Juicing is really popular among Millennials, Vegetarians and anyone trying to eat a healthier diet. You can find a juicing bars in gyms and strip malls all over the country. In 2013, Austin was named the most Vegan-friendly city by PETA.org which is rather surprising considering the reputation Texas has for all things BBQ. However, there is a large number of Vegan and Vegetarian-only restaurants, including a handful of juice bars. One juice bar, Juiceland, has 14 locations in Austin (and 1 in Brooklyn New York City). I stopped in for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up and I was immediately intrigued by the monthly special as posted by a sandwich board outside the front entrance. A Vegan pecan nog.
Bananas, almond milk, pecans, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg make up this Vegan Holiday smoothie and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised how “noggy” it really was. By the way, the monthly specials are part of their “Feel good, do good” initiative where 50% of the drinks’ profits are donated to a selected local non-profit organization.
Juiceland is a pretty neat place- yes, I called it pretty neat. In addition to seasonal monthly specials, they offer cleansing and energizing cold-pressed juices and an entire menu of smoothies like the Wundershowzen (almond milk, banana, spinach, hemp protein and peanut butter) or the Crunk Tesla (pineapple, peach, mango, grapefruit, maca, ginkgo, biloba, camu camu and coconut oil).
Reasonably priced and a large variety of creative options give this place an easy 5 out of 5 sprouts.