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These Are the 5 Photoworthy Smoothies of Your Social Media Dreams

Smoothies are a breakfast, lunch and snack staple these days (even great for dessert!). They’re perfect for when you need something to go, and they combine nutrient-rich fruits and veggies of all kinds. But a major breakfast bummer is a smoothie destined for social media greatness that turns muddy from the wrong combo of ingredients. We stopped by Liquiteria — the masters of photoworthy smoothies themselves — in New York City to learn how to get the best combos for the prettiest smoothies. They make 4,000 of them a week!

Mean Green

Ingredients: kale, spinach, mango, bananas, golden pineapple and fresh golden pineapple juice

One of the most-popular smoothies at Liquiteria, the Mean Green keeps the intended gorgeous green because the green and yellow ingredients blend together to amplify the shade. Keeping interfering colors — like blue and red — out of the mix helps this smoothie retain its hue true.

Coffee and Cacao

Ingredients: fair-trade coffee, raw cacao, almond butter, bananas, chocolate almond milk, chocolate whey protein and raw coconut sugar

Caffeinated breakfast smoothies? Oh, yeah! This fan-favorite smoothie is intentionally brown, but like a perfectly milky latte instead of swampy pond water. Committing to the chocolate theme across the board with all ingredients brings the flavor home.

Berry Powerful

Ingredients: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, bananas, vanilla almond milk, vanilla whey protein and flax seeds

The deep-purple hue here comes from a palette of berries. Think back to elementary art class: red (strawberries and raspberries) and blue (blueberries) make purple. It’s as simple as that! The lack of greens keeps this one from turning into an unappetizing shade.

Deep Blue Acai

Ingredients: acai, blueberries, mango, vanilla almond milk, orange juice, ginger, vitamin C and raw coconut sugar

Acai naturally has a deep color profile; it appears purple, navy and brown in different lights and in different combinations. In this smoothie, a combination of blue and orange additives brightens up the acai to make it a super-photographable dark purple.

Hangover Cure

Ingredients: papaya, peaches, bananas, apple cider, vanilla almond milk, coconut, vitamin C, liver-kidney-lymph detox and honey

Great for clearing out your system, this smoothie doesn’t need to be limited to a heavy-headed morning. Again, keeping the fruit in a similar color palette gives this smoothie a Creamsicle color. It’s like you’re drinking melted ice cream, but with a boost of vitamins and detoxifying magic.

Read more at: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2015/08/05/these-are-the-5-photoworthy-smoothies-of-your-social-media-dreams/?oc=linkback

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Liquiteria: Difficult to Say, Easy to Sip

By Dana Ferrante ’17

One week ago today, Liquiteria opened its doors to the public for the first time, its bright blue and yellow interior the only beacon of hope on the otherwise dismally cold June day. While the New England weather may not always show it, Liquiteria radiates the tastes and smells of summer, offering an extensive variety of smoothies, cold pressed juices, cleanse kits, and to-go food items.

Sitting on the corner of Mass Ave and Church St. (translation: right near the once 24-hour CVS, or 20 steps from Johnston Gate), this outpost is the first to open in Massachusetts. The original three locations reside in New York City where Liquiteria began as cold pressed juice shop. Cold pressed juices became very popular a few years ago, as big names such as Starbucks and ‘the west coast’ caught on to the trend, and Liquiteria seems to have benefitted from the juices’ widespread success.

So what’s the difference between cold pressed juice, and well, regular old juice? Chances are the apple juice your mom used to buy at Walmart is ‘hot pressed juice,’ made by heating, boiling, or steaming the fruit so that its skin and pulp will separate. The pulp then becomes very easy to press, making for a smooth, skinless juice. However, with the benefit of easy-pressing comes the risk of losing flavor and nutrients. When juice is heated, volatile flavor compounds are the first to go. (If you are familiar with the use of what are called glass, or cellophane, noodles in Asian cuisines, these noodles absorb the volatile compounds released while stir-frying vegetables, retaining the flavors that would otherwise be lost in the cooking process. This is conceptually similar to what happens when making a hot pressed juice, except these compounds are lost.)

Cold pressed juices are a different story. To eliminate the negative effects of heating, thousands of pounds of pressure go into squeezing all the juice possible from the fruit or vegetable, a method known as high pressure processing. Furthermore, as compared to hot pressed juices, much more produce goes into a single bottle of juice. For example, some companies claim that up to 6 lbs of produce can go into one 16 oz bottle of cold pressed juice, whereas Tropicana orange juice (a hot pressed juice) has less than 2 lbs of oranges per 16 oz bottle.  Thus, cold pressed emerges as the nutritionally, and most likely flavorfully, superior choice.

Liquiteria offers twelve different juice flavors daily, ranging from the obligatory All Greens (Kale, Spinach, Romaine, Parsley, Celery, Cucumber) to some funkier blends, such as Turmeric Tonic (Turmeric, probiotic, lemon, maple syrup), the unfortunately-colored Skin Trip (Parsley, Spinach, Cucumber, Carrots), and my personal favorite, the refreshing, much-needed-wakeup-call-to -your-taste-buds, the Killer XX (Apple, Lemon, Ginger, Cayenne). As a seasonal extra, they are currently offering Watermelon juice, which essentially is like drinking the 4th of July from a plastic bottle. Each juice flavor comes in a 16 oz bottle, and is always available in the grab and go section.

A particularly intriguing set of options on Liquiteria’s menu are the fruit juice cleanses, sold in either 1 or 3 day packs. Four cleanses are available, ranging from the introductory/beginner level in which one is still allowed to snack intermittently throughout the day, to the final level which is described simply as “aggressive.” If you’re interested in giving your body a boost, or just want to see if you can “drink your body weight in ounces of spring or purified water per day”, check out Liquiteria’s website for more information. 

While I was only able to try one smoothie flavor during my visit, the smoothie options seemed on the whole very promising. Whether you’re feeling fruity, craving peanut butter, dreaming of açaí, or still can’t get enough of kale, there’s a smoothie for you. Even if you’re not sold on the pre-made combinations, you can customize any of the smoothies to your liking, as well as substitute almond butter for peanut butter if you have an allergy. There is also the option to add boosters to your smoothie—chia, vitamin c, aloe vera, spirulina (a blue-green algae purported as a “superfood”), bee pollen, and flax seed oil, to name a few—and many of these ingredients are also featured in the 1 oz juice shots in the grab-and-go section.

Sure to be a campus-wide favorite, during my visit I decided to try the too-good-to-be-true Hangover Cure smoothie. While I admittedly did not have the proper qualifications to participate in a controlled study of its efficacy, I can attest to its perfectly blended texture, and mild, satisfying taste. I would say this smoothie as a whole lacked any sort of “wow” factor in terms of taste, but this may be mainly the fault of the typically milky taste of its main ingredients: papaya, peaches, and bananas. 

Hangover Cure Smoothie.

[But then again, no one who actually needs this smoothie would want anymore surprises after hearing from their blockmates what happened last night…]

The service at the newly opened location is the perfect blend of excited and sassy. Having gone through an extensive training before the opening, the staff have memorized the ingredients of each item and are also capable of speaking to their health benefits. They also have had time to pick favorites. One staff member raved about the PB&J Parfait, as well as the Blue Velvet smoothie, which she said tastes like you’re sipping blueberry cake. Sounds good to me.

Besides the great staff recommendations, Liquiteria is notably staffed with enough people, and also enough blenders, to get the orders out quickly. This cannot be said of all smoothie places— I know I have waited considerable amounts of time for blended drinks, as most places only have one or two blenders, and not always enough staff on hand.

So… what’s the catch? As you might have already suspected, Liquiteria is not exactly a bargain like our beloved Noch’s or Felipe’s. While theoretically we should all invest in our general wellbeing (remember, there could be up to 6 lbs of produce in one 16 oz bottle of juice), up to $9 for a juice or smoothie seems outrageous for the average college kid on a budget. With that being said, the staff were quick to mention that many of the smoothies contain whey protein, meaning they can serve as a meal substitute in terms of the nutritional content. In that sense, $8-9 does not seem too terrible, especially if you are in a rush between classes and don’t have time to chew.

Only time will tell if Liquiteria lives up to all its pulp and circumstance.

To give you a better idea of how Liquiteria fits into the current smoothie-scene on and around campus, check out the chart below!

*Walking distance with Harvard Yard as the starting point.

Source (crimsoncrave.com)

Juicing in the City: Best Spots for fresh pressed juices

JUICE HERE: LIQUITERIA

Why: The simple, no frills cold-pressed drinks at Liquiteria are great for keeping your immune system in check, and making sure you fight off any signs of sickness. The cold pressed drinks are just what the doctor ordered. Bonus tip: Grab a Liquiteria fresh pressed drink for breakfast right here at District M before hitting the lively streets of NYC!

Order This: All Greens with apple, lemon and ginger: just about everything you need to fight off any germs you might have picked up on the 6 train.

Location:
Liquiteria – Original location
170 Second Avenue
New York, New York, 10003  

A Stop Along the Way: Liquiteria

A Stop Along the Way showcases the top up and coming restaurants, shops, galleries and everywhere in between to visit on the East Coast. Somewhere you think I should check out? Tweet me @alexa_curtis with your idea! 

I chose 4 different juices to try (there are several more options) along with 3 elixir shots. My favorite juice is the pineapple + apple, and my favorite shot was the ginger, lemon and cayenne. I couldn’t finish the rest of the shots they are that intense, but my dad enjoyed them! 

Along with goodies in the cooler, Liquiteria offers a huge selection of gluten-free and dairy-free treats for you to take home, like brownies made with cacao and almond flour, scones made with brown rice flour, and quinoa granola bars!

This is oatmeal with almond milk topped with raisins, cinnamon, apples and berries. 

Today on “A Stop Along the Way” (I sound like a TV ad here) I bring you Liquiteria, New York City’s Original Cold Pressed Juice joint. I’ve known about Liquiteria for quite some time now, but with 2 up and coming locations in NYC (as well as plans to expand across the country) I had to stop in and see what the commotion was about.

The original location is on 2nd Avenue, close to Union Square. What looks like a normal corner store joint is a health junkie’s playground. This is the largest Liquiteria location, so the seating inside allows you to grab breakfast or a juice and people watch on your way to work or on a lazy Sunday morning. Everything at Liquiteria is made to order, besides the fresh to-go meals and juices inside the cooler (that are made that day and pre-packed, the food comes from a raw chef in a neighboring state). With items like peanut butter acai bowls (the best one I’ve ever tasted) and green juices to “skinny” smoothies with strawberry and banana, Liquiteria is for the health nut and everyone in between.

A large concern for many when purchasing raw/organic foods is the price. Why spend $7.50 on a small bottle of cold pressed coconut water when you can spend $4 on 2 servings at Walmart? The difference is obvious. Compare Liquiteria’s cold pressed coconut water to Vita Coco and you can taste the difference. This one seems cleaner, fresher, and with a more rich and delicate taste. And what the heck is whey protein and liver kidney lymph detox? Are we back in science class here? Both are common superfood additions to add to smoothies and juices, which are created right in front of your eyes at the juice bar. 

“Our cold pressed juice is packed with easily digestible raw vitamins, minerals and enzymes from fresh fruits and vegetables, flooding your body with wholesome nutrition with the nourishment you crave.”

Along with the delicious tasting juices,  the food is a strong competition. Everything from toasted yams made with coconut oil and turmeric, packaged and ready for you to take home and eat up, to kale and salmon salad to incredibly satisfying chocolate chia seed pudding is available. On the menu made in kitchen, you can choose warm and hearty oatmeal topped with additions of your choosing, as well as acai bowls (see my recipe for one here, made with almond milk and blended acai). I recommend the peanut butter acai bowl, topped with granola and a rich, indulgent layer of fresh peanut butter. 

For those of you into nutrition, and those of you aren’t as in to the trend, Liquiteria has something for everyone. Make sure to stop by the 2nd Avenue location, the Chelsea location, and the new Union Square location!

 xoxo

Miss Fashionista

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