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If like me you are sometimes too lazy to peel an orange on the go, then give Boost Juice Bars a try.
Boost is basically a smoothie making company that has little booths in most travel places like stations or airports. They have a large selection of fruit, yoghurt, soy, and many other products that just scream HEALTHY at you as you walk past the brightly coloured green and orange stand.
One bad thing is that the queues can sometimes be quite long, although each smoothie doesnt take long to make.
Basically you can either choose everything that goes in, a fresh juice, or you can just choose one of their pre named smoothies. Most are made with yoghurt but you can ask for juice in the drink instead if like me you are allergic to milk.
They also sell bottled water, healthy breakfast bars and snacks.
The staff can differ in every branch so I cant really comment on that as Ive been to branches in Sydney, Southampton and many others.
Each smoothie is quite expensive, around £4 upwards depending on which one you get. So its best for a treat and not to make a habit of getting one for breakfast as it will add up!
You can get a small or large smoothie but I find small is enough to fill me up until lunchtime. You could of course just buy a smoothie maker and do it at home but thats just too much effort!
I am a big fan of juice bars now that I am trying to eat healthier and I always try and ensure that I do get my 5 a day.
When a Boost Juice Bar opened up in our local shopping centre, I just had to try it. Here they sell all sorts that are made with fruits and some fruits that I hadnt even ever heard of! Some of my new and old favourite fruits I enjoy in fruit juices include: watermelon, passion fruit, pineapple, banana, cranberry and acai berry. At the Boost bar, you can mix your own fruits together and make your own little concoction of fruits all mixed together.
I love buying and drinking a drink from Boost as not only does it taste great but its also really good for you. Here they sell a number of products all made with fruits. Some of which include: smoothies - super, low fat and skinny, crushes, wheatgrass, juices, boosters and hotties. I love the super smoothies and juices from here. They always taste so great.
What I love about these bars are that they are quick, healthy and might even be changing how some people live their lifestyle. For example if you are drinking one of these regularly, it will certainly make you think about getting healthier if not actually getting healthier!
These Boost Juice Bars are convenient for those who are on the go all the time and need a good fruit intake, but havent got the time to actually eat fruit. Instead they can just grab a Boost drink and thats one of your 5 a day! Each freshly squoze juice from Boost is one portion of your daily intake of fruit, so if you need a Boost, then this for sure will do it for you.
Each drink from Boost has its own nutritional value and of course they vary depending on which fruits you choose. Some have more calories than others too. Here are two of my favourite smmothies compared:
Mango Magic (per 100ml)
Fat 1.2g Of which saturates 0.5g
Carbs 12.6g Of which sugars 11.7g
Skinny Minnie Melon (per 100ml)
Fat 0.3g Of which saturates 0.1g
Carbs 6.2g Of which sugars 5.9g
If you look at the nutritional values, you will see that they are really good for you and the calorie count is really low. Overall I love Boost Juice Bars and will certainly continue buying from them as long. I feel healthier after drinking them and feel healthier on the whole.
There is one of these little shops at the trafford centre. I have been a few times and really have enjoyed it. I will review that shop but bear in mind different locations will probably differ.
Firstly it isnt strictly a shop. You dont actually go into a store, there are no tables or anything like that. It is simply set into a recession in the wall and you walk up to the counter and place your order. This is quite clever really. People walking past are more likely to stop and get a quick drink as it does give you the impression there is no messing around and you will get speedy service. Guess what...you do!
There are many options of drink for you to get. Smoothies are mainly what is on offer but you can also get fruit and ice blends along with wierd thing like wheat grass shots. They also do little boost shots which are full of stuff that is good for you! That is the main thing here by the way. These drinks are healthy. You see exactly what goes into your drink and its exactly how it was described.
Example : I bought a lemon ice blend. The ingredients said - Jusice of a lemon and orange, ice and lemon sorbet. From what I saw that is all was put in it!
It really tastes fresh aswel. They must get their fruit in each day as everything looks and smells great. My drink was stunning. It was tangy and refreshing to levels I hadnt experianced! I wouldnt say it gave me a huge boost but it beats what I would have usually gone for (chocolate frappucino from starbucks). Not only is it better for you but it probably costs less also. My drink today was free for unknown reason, promotional I think! You get a lot aswel. I had a loof at the price and it was around £3 on average for a drink. Kids can get smaller ones for less also. Im pretty sure if its your birthday they give you a free one aswel.
These drinks are the perfect compliment when walking up and down the endless amount of shops in the trafford center. I imagine on a hot day (should we ever have one) these bad boys would be better than an ice lolly...better than anything even!
When I was in Oxford recently I was given a flyer offering me a half price juice at a local juice bar, it was a warm day so I decided a glass of juice was just what the doctor ordered and followed the map on the flyer to Boost.
All I can say is what a fantastic idea. When I lived in the US a number of years ago there was a juice bar on every corner and even larger hotels incorporated them into their general layout, but unfortunately the juice bar phenomenon didn't make it across the water to the UK. A few sprang up in the 90's but while they were fairly popular with the health nuts among us, they didn't really hold very much appeal for people who just wanted a nice thirst quenching drive.
My visit to Boost showed me that this company knows exactly what is needed to create a successful and customer friendly juice bar.
Boost is located in Oxfords Clarendon Centre, which in my opinion is the perfect location for it as it's generally whilst shopping that people need the boost that freshly squeezed juice can give them!
The bar itself is brightly coloured with large pictures of fruit dotted around a pristine white background. It's completely open plan so I could see the staff members making the juices and smoothies in front of me, it has a bit of a McDonalds feel I think although is obviously cleaner and without the appalling smell of greasy burgers!
The lady who took my order was very helpful. I explained that I wasn't really sure what I had to do and she pointed out various options on the overhead menus to me and also explained how the juicing process works and the fact that different juice combinations would help me in different ways. She certainly knew what she was talking about and hardly needed to refer to the menu at all when she was going through the different juices available and discussing their helpfulness.
I chose something called an 'Immunity Juice' as she had asked if I had any ailments or predispositions to colds, when I replied that some of the medication I take can suppress my immune system leaving me open to colds this was the juice she suggested. It's a blend of freshly squeezed watermelon, strawberries and orange to which an immunity booster shot is added.
I have no idea whether it helped my immune system or not but it tasted absolutely delicious. The overriding flavour was definitely the watermelon which made this an extremely refreshing and delicate drink, while the strawberries added a natural sweetness and the orange worked to tone down the sweetness of the drink and made it a very palatable and thirst quenching drink. It was served in a paper cup with a straw which made this the perfect drink for wandering around the shops with, the amount of people I saw with these paper cups made me think that perhaps the whole of Oxford had descended on Boost to take advantage of this half price offer!
My friend had a smoothie which looked and smelled delightful. I didn't get to taste it but I could smell the mango and banana in it and when I gave her a kiss at the end of the day I noted that her breath still smelled very tropical! She said it was one of the freshest and tastiest smoothies she'd even been served and was extremely impressed with her drink.
You can choose from lots of menu options for different juices and smoothies or create your own, where you choose from a wide selection of fruits and have any combination you fancy. I would probably have done this if the Immunity Juice had not contained all the fruits I love because the create your own list is so extensive that you really could make yourself the perfect drink. I also noticed a few options that contain chocolate for a more luxurious drink, and there is a Skinny option which I was told is perfect for dieters as one glass of this contained only as many calories as two small apples. However, no sugar is added to any of Boosts juices so I would imagine most of them would be as low calorie as the fruits used in their creation.
We also both chose something to eat while we were there to go and sit outside with and soak up the sun. I had a slice of banana bread which was wonderfully fresh and tasted perfectly of banana, and my friend had a yogurt and a fresh red apple. Our drinks and food only cost £5 which I think was a bargain compared to the prices in Oxford where it seems to be steadily getting more and more expensive to eat.
There are other Boost juice bars in the UK, as well as lots in Australia if you're heading out there during the summer. The lady in this branch has been to the Boost in the Trafford Centre in Manchester and she said it's excellent and seems to run more price promotions that this Oxford branch that I visited.
I'd love to see one open closer to me as it's very rare I get to Oxford these days, although I will definitely remember Boost next time I'm visiting.