I own a juicer and can make my own fresh press juices, so I haven’t visited “Glory Juice” until today. This was the last stop in our morning work out sponsored by “Saucony”. Where I found out that “Glory Juice” is a great place for vegan friendly, healthy food, drink, and snacks. Nothing like continuing your healthy choice to exercise, by making another: a nutritional brunch that will start your day with some extra energy.
Their menu was hung on the wall across a series of boards. Along with their cold press juices they also offer a line of almond mylks and 11 organic smoothies. Each one also doubles with the possibilities to be made into one of their popular smoothie bowls. You pick a flavour, and too it they add their house made granola, bananas, honey and goji berries.
We had the “Creamy nutty”, the perfect description for their smoothie bowl of frozen açai berries, raspberries, blueberries, banana, almond mylk, maple syrup, and glory nut butter. This was my first time enjoying a smoothie like I would soup. But instead of it being warm like your brain thinks it should be, it turns out to be chilled. It was a little perplexing for my mouth and tongue. It is like yogurt, but in a drinkable texture, yet I am using a spoon to eat it, as if it is much thicker than it really is. That’s where the fruits and nuts come in. Both give the serving some crunch and a lot more filling substance. It surprisingly helped to fill me up. @pekopekolife enjoyed the bowl so much that she bought a bag of their coconut flavoured granola to be able to recreate a version of this in her own, at home. Overall a great snack, not substantial enough to replace a meal though.
The “Cauliflower and chickpea” bowl would be the one to get if you were hungry. It was extra filling with a bevy a vegetables. Quinoa, lentils, roasted cauliflower, chickpeas, red onion, smoked paprika, and tahini; all drizzled over with a light maple dressing. I was skeptical. I went in cautious and left surprising myself, learning that you can find healthy food that can be this tasty. It felt like you were eating salsa and guacamole with bean dip and were just missing some crunch. The lentils and quinoa added a heartiness, the avocado offered moisture, and the red onions some sweet tang. The only ingredient I would want in addition was some deep dried shallots or maybe some crispy coconut shards, once again for that crunch factor. I definitely would eat this again if it was more readily available. This would be the perfect work time lunch, if only it was more readily available to me. The ideal meal for when you get that feeling like you haven’t eaten enough vegetables.
They also offered the trendy “Avocado toast”, this would be my first taste of the combination. House made gluten free chia flatbread, spiced avocado, pickled red onions, and sunflower shoots. I liked how they included texture in this and an array of flavours. The crispy wafer, the creamy avocado mash that was spread over, the crispness of the thicker shoots, the tangy onions, and all the ground pepper that flavoured it. This made another great snack option.
For drinks we grabbed a couple of their cold pressed juice to go. I ordered the “Magic switchel” for its blue colour. It was ideal for after a workout, like the one we just completed. It helps to rehydrate, it aids in digestion, and boosts immunity. It was bitter and spicy, with ginger being the main ingredient. You can’t help but make a face after sipping it. You would think it would be somewhat sweet considering the cotton candy blue hue.
@pekopekolife wanted her drink to be the most healthiest of their green juices. She ordered it asking for the most bitter juices. The #1 has kale, celery, cucumber, parsley, ginger, and lemon. It was exactly as she wanted tart and strong. It was made with 3 pounds of fresh organic produce, and it tastes like it. It helps alkalize the body, it is good for cleansing blood and liver, and it helped to build her immunity.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – No.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – No.
We had a super light meal that had us feeling good walking out. And as I mentioned earlier if given easier, daily access to any “Glory Juice” location, I would most definitely visit them regularly for lunch at work. I consider them a convenient stop, and not really one that I would go out of my way for. Because, to be honest, my body is so use to grease and carbs that it wanted ramen after all the above, although at the same time I always want ramen. Don’t deny your cravings.