Shown in the picture is a Mango Lassi from Masala Times on Bleeker St, NoHo. It’s a deliciously creamy and sweet, Indian yogurt drink with a very tropical flavor! And probably much healthier than a milkshake.
As a college student, elaborate baking is not a very feasible option, and microwavable cup noodles and mac and cheese are not exactly healthy for everyday life. So little snacks in liquid form are actually very nifty for those times when I’m on the verge of rushing to the nearest bakery to get a giant chocolate brownie or something. But why not get a sweet drink with natural ingredients to fulfill your sugar craving?
One of my favorite places to grab a quick drink is Chloe’s Soft Serve Fruit. The two drinks shown above are actually faux ‘milkshakes’ – A delicious blend of fruits (and a veggie shot in the second one) with almond milk. The place is actually dairy, fat, and gluten-free! Their froyo is made with only fruit, water, and organic cane sugar. The shakes are very creamy and filling and will keep you energetic till dinnertime.
This little blend here is called a ‘Down To Earth’ smoothie – I discovered a little juice bar near University Place that opened recently, and this fresh fruit smoothie has mango, blueberries, cantaloupe with freshly squeezed orange juice as the base, plus a good serving of kale! With all the sweetness of the natural fruits, the kale actually gives the whole drink a flavor boost. If you have a blender at home, this is a totally do-able natural smoothie – just be careful not to get pieces of kale stuck in your teeth! 🙂
Aw, you can’t really see the inside of this drink, but this smoothie, called “Royal Rush”, is from Healthfully Organic Juice Bar on East 4th street. It has the most amazing apple flavor, and has spirulina, making this drink an instant all-natural protein boost.
Now onto some of the more veggie-oriented drinks. A lot of people drink vegetable juice as part of a cleanse, but I just don’t think I can get myself to consume only liquid for even a day! Nevertheless, veggie juices, though not as sweet as fruit smoothies, are super satisfying and healthy.
This cold-pressed veggie juice with kale, cucumber, swiss chard, celery, dandelion, parsley, lemon, and ginger (phew, that was a mouthful) is from the Squeeze truck on Union Square. Their products are on the pricier side, but I got this juice with a PayPal special offer, and they gave me a free wheatgrass shot with the juice! The ginger and lemon leave a very strong, citrus taste in your mouth, so if you don’t like ginger, I recommend you find a veggie juice that has a more sweet tone to it, maybe with apples added.
Speaking of apples, this was a veggie juice with apples and beets (again from Healthfully Organic Juice Bar), and this one was sweeter than the one from the Squeeze. But personally, I feel like veggie juices taste a whole lot better when they’re really cold, and this one was freshly squeezed but a bit lukewarm…maybe I should have brought it back home and kept it in the fridge for a while.
Tis my list of juices and smoothies with lots of healthy fruits and vegetables, and when I have a kitchen, I’d definitely be down to make my own smoothies! But for cold-pressed juices with a whole bunch of superfood ingredients, I think I’d still pay a visit to a juice bar, due to my slight laziness..