Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Commodity Juicery

Juice Tasting 
Commodity Juicery 

There's been an explosion of juice bars in downtown Vancouver and a huge movement towards healthy living with restaurants being more mindful of where they're sourcing their meats and produce, and lot of people are more aware of what they are putting into their bodies.

E and I have had our fair share of fresh pressed juices over the summer - we mostly drank them because they were delicious but never really thought much about the "healthy" aspect behind it - until we met Carissa at Commodity Juicery.

We joined Carissa and her team for a mini tasting session at their store located in the Mount Pleasant area. She laid out a colourful pallet of juices for us to try and my first thought was hmm Vegetables in my juice? - personally I shy away from juices that contain vegetables. As a kid I grew up drinking sweet juices from those tetra paks (most of those juice boxes have a ton of sugar in them and probably not very good for me). 

It was only recently that I started drinking cold pressed juices - but even then I don't order anything that contains veggies - which means I don't know what they taste like in juice form. Well that all changed at Commodity Juicery. To start the tasting off, our first shot of juice was called All Greens, which had Kale, Cucumber, Romaine, Celery, Parsley, Lime, Lemon and Ginger. Even before tasting it I was already preparing myself for it to taste bitter - BUT I was completely wrong! The All Greens tasted like a glass of refreshing cucumber water with a hint of lemon - no bitterness at all. 

After the first shot of All Greens we were ready to take on the other shots. I love how Commodity Juicery have a "Sweetness Scale" on their menu - this is great for new juicers (like us) to have an idea of  how sweet each blend is. My absolute favourite is the Matcha Mylk and Orange Roots 

Commodity Juicery also serve delicious vegan bowls, and other healthy foods and snacks. We tried their Kale Caesar and the Sesame Donburi bowl - which was my personal favourite. The dressing in the Donburi bowl was aromatic and savoury - I absolutely loved the Raw Ryce, (a new spin on "rice") made with cauliflower! I now have a new appreciation for all things vegan - it absolutely takes a lot of creativity and science to create a healthy and delicious dish. 

I think what we got out of Commodity Juicery wasn't just a delicious afternoon of sipping on juices - We really got a chance to chat with Carissa and her team and understand why certain ingredients in their juices are good for your body. 

E and I love to eat (hence our food blog) but we also know that we're probably not the healthiest people out there - our excuse is always "too busy" or "too tired," and typically because of our busy schedule we always end up skipping meals. It wasn't until recently that both of us became a little bit more health conscious (issues with our thyroid seems to run in the family).

E was recently diagnosed with early stages of Hyperthyroidism and one of the concerns about Hyperthyroidism is the fluctuation in weight loss/gain. One of Carissa's team mate is a certified holistic nutritionist, and she had a lot of recommendations and alternatives to help E with her weight management. Besides their cold pressed juices and nutrient dense smoothies they are working on a Meal Plan Program which is a great way for people who want to eat healthy but not quite sure where to start (kind of like us).

What I really liked about Carissa and her team was how engaging they were with everyone that stepped through their door! We really did enjoy our tasting with Commodity Juicery ♥ and we will definitely be back to check out their new menu items!

If you are new to juicing or just want to sit down and have a chat I highly recommend
visiting Carissa and her team!

If you're curious about how to make Mylk click on the link below and find out!

Saturday Sips: Making Vanilla and Almond Mylk

Commodity Juicery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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