As I drive around the city I’ve been living in my whole life, I’ve begun to notice the array of juice bars that have been emerging throughout Buffalo. Are juice bars becoming the new coffee shop? With everyone having their own immensely busy schedule, sometimes an “on-the-go” meal is the only thing you have time for. There really isn’t an abundance of healthy fast food options that you can eat while driving to your next daily activity, but juices are filling, convenient, portable and most importantly, healthy!
5461 Main Street / Williamsville / Northtowns | (716) 634-0713
Juices and smoothies are such a fast, easy way to get essential fruits and vegetables! Juice bars are very talented when it comes to concealing powerful greens in their drinks with fruit, so you can’t distinguish spinach or kale, but you still get the benefits. One of the first juice bars I tried was Quench, on Main Street in Williamsville. I generally try to order juices and smoothies with kale or spinach in them. They’re all flavorful and the titles of the drinks are quite fun and creative. My favorites from Quench include “Yoga in a Cup” (apple, celery, ginger, lemon, cucumber, spinach, parsley, and kale), “Dandayamana” (cucumber, kale, and pineapple) and “Happy Smiling Face” (spinach, celery, cucumber, pineapple, lime, and avocado). Quench is an exceptional place to try juices if you are in the Village of Williamsville.
Lexington Co-operative Market
807 Elmwood Ave / Elmwood Village / Downtown | (716) 886-2667
Even though I currently live in Williamsville, I trek to the Elmwood village often. I’m attracted to the fun, laid-back energy of that area. With all the amazing restaurants, bars, shops, the Art Gallery and Delaware Park being right there, there’s always something going on in the village. A place I visit often when I’m down there is the Lexington Co-operative Market.
The Co-op has an eclectic range of options when it comes to healthy foods. The Co-op has fresh organic produce, unique cheeses (especially great got cheeses, also found at the Elmwood-Bidwell farmers market), fresh bakery items (including some of the best dinner rolls I’ve ever had), teas, meats, and seafood. I love that the Co-op sells spices, grains, and beans by the pound, for when you just need a pinch of something. I enjoy exploring all of their options and seeing what new products they have in stock. The last time I was there I noticed they carry and item called “Suja Juices.” Suja Juices come in oodles of flavors that are all tasty, organic, cold pressed juices.
It’s expensive to juice so I’m always looking for organic juices at a fair price. They have had sales on the Suja Juices before and almost always have coupons for them in the store. I’ve noticed that the Co-op usually has two flavors in the store at a time. The first time I noticed the juices, they had “Fuel” and “Fiji” in stock. “Fuel” contains carrots, oranges, apples, pineapple, lemon, and turmeric and “Fiji” contained fuji apples, cucumbers, celery, kale, spinach, collards, lemon, and gineger. The last time I was at the Co-op I was pleased to see two new varieties of Suja Juices. This time around I tried “Purify” and “Glow.” “Purify” included carrots, apple, celery, cucumber, beets, and lemon. “Glow” included apple, cucumber, celery, mint, kale, spinach, and collards. All of Suja Juices are all organic and delicious! Just a tip for anyone wanting to try them, the orange juice (Fuel) is an acquired taste.
Ashker’s Juice Bar
1002 Elmwood Avenue / Elmwood VIllage / Downtown | (716) 886-2233
Also found in the Elmwood Village is Ashker’s Juice Bar. Just look for the bright green awning.
I was immediately impressed with the warming ambiance and amused by the unique drink titles. I ordered the “Kale Cocktail,” (kale, carrot, parsley, and apple) and some of the others had names like “Upbeet,” (beet, apple, carrot, and celery) and “Elvis Parsley,” (parsley, celery, carrot, cucumber, and lemon). I couldn’t help laughing at that last one! Ashker’s originally stuck out to me because of the price. Most fresh juices seem to range from $6-8, and rightfully so. It’s expensive to juice with all that fresh organic produce. Ashker’s, however, only charges $3.99 for their juices. You can’t beat that price! You can also add a shot of wheatgrass for only $1.50. Wheatgrass is often a couple dollars for one shot of the juice.
In addition to the wide variety of smoothies, juices, and infused waters that Ashker’s has to offer, they also have a sizable menu full of different breakfast entrees, salads, wraps, and paninis. I ordered the “Tomato & Basil Grilled Cheese” which was a combination of parmesan, provolone, fresh basil, red onion, tomato and cheddar and pepper jack cheese.
Everything at Ashker’s was delectable. I plan to return often in the future.
Organic 3 Cafe
4446 Main St / Snyder / Northtowns | (716) 204-003
Organic 3 Café offers countless salads, sandwiches, wraps, paninis, soups, and juices. I enjoy the build your own menu. You can build your own salad (romaine, spinach, or mixed greens), wrap (flour or spinach), or sandwich (crispy ciabatta bread, whole grain, or a gluten-free roll). After the base, you can add on whatever you’d like. There are all different kinds of fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheeses, and proteins like housemade organic hummus and antibiotic free, free range chicken.
One thing I make sure to buy when I stop into O3 Café is a shot of wheatgrass. I see endless articles about the benefits of wheatgrass and I believe the café has a handout explaining all of the benefits. There are two ways you can order wheatgrass at O3 café; a wheatgrass shot or a wheatgrass sparkler (a 1 oz wheatgrass shot, organic apple juice, and sparkling water). I prefer to take the shot (it hasn’t been that long since college, after all). They give you a lime wedge and some sparkling water. It really isn’t bad and it’s an excellent body cleanse.
Wherever you decide to head first, you should absolutely give in to the juice craze. It’s a healthy fast food option or a new meeting spot to spice things up from just going to the usual coffee shop. Find your favorite spot and get your greens!
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