When I get into a good workout routine, I automatically shift into health mode. “No, I don’t want that egg mcmuffin. I’d rather sip on a kale smoothie” I convince myself.
Well, recently one Sunday morning after spin class I have a hankering for some real nutrients and I am starving. I remember walking by a smoothie spot just a week before and I am curious. As I stroll up Princess street I spy the sign, “Fuel.” “Fitting name, that’s exactly what I need!” I think. I walk into the very sleek looking locally-owned juice/smoothie bar and I am greeted by a very friendly face.
A quick look at the menu and I know I’ve found my healthy happy place. Coconut, banana, pineapple, avocado, mango – it’s like they’ve read my mind and made smoothies and juices based off of my favourite fruits and veggies.
Drink Choices: On my first visit I go for the special that is often featured because of its popularity (I’m told). The Avocado Sunrise: guava, avocado, coconut water, mango, pineapple, banana, lime, ginger, greek yogurt, vanilla protein and mint. I hadn’t eaten anything before spin and this smoothie fills me right up! Plus, it’s delicious. On my second trip, my Kalefornia Dreaming smoothie has banana, kale, pineapple, mango, mint, greek yogurt, vanilla protein, sunflower sprout and coconut water. Again, delicious! If you’re into smoothies, you’ll be hooked.
I’ve been feeling like my immune system is a little low lately so today I stopped in for a green juice, the Green Goodness: with kale, ginger, apple and pea sprouts and got a bonus shot of wheat grass. I swear, it gave me an energy boost!
$$$: A smoothie on average is just over $9 so not cheap by any means. However, they use local and organic ingredients so I can understand the price-range. The fresh-pressed juices are a bit more affordable, around $6 (an extra $2.5o for a wheat grass shot!)
BONUS: If you’re vegan or gluten-free they offer tons of snacks and supplements for you. And if you’re into clean protein powder, they have plenty to choose from.
Chances of Re-visiting: I have been three times in the last month so chances are pretty high that I’ll be back.
Location: 268 Princess St, just west of Sydenham street on the south side