Juice bars, which feature vegetable and fruit juice based drinks, have become the new watering holes for the health conscious. These beverages often include powdered supplements, in addition to fruit and juice, and are often nutritionally sound enough to serve as full meals. Here are a few terms for some of the products offered at juice bars:
Wheatgrass: The embryonic first leaves of the wheat plant. Wheatgrass, served as a juice or powder supplement, contains amino acids, minerals, chlorophyll, vitamins and enzymes. Wheatgrass enthusiasts claim that wheatgrass juice helps with detoxification of the body, digestion, cancer prevention and general well being, but there is scant scientific research supporting this.
Protein Powder: A dietary supplement commonly used by athletes and professional body builders. It is mixed with either milk, juice or water and taken in place of a meal or immediately before or after athletic exertions. Commercial protein powders are made of either soy, whey, milk, egg white, hemp, pea or rice protein. Protein powders are also often included as a supplement to the milkshakes and blended beverages served in juice bars.
Smoothie: A juice or milk based beverage consisting of ice, blended bananas, strawberries, peaches, blueberries or other fruits, and often sorbet, yogurt or sherbet. Juice bars often incorporate powdered nutritional supplements in smoothies while blending. These are often soy or whey protein powders, green tea, flax, multivitamins, fiber and ginseng.
Boost: A market term for the nutritional supplement powders juice bars add to their juices and smoothies.
Organic: A term for the agricultural science of cultivating crops without the use of synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, hormones or antibiotics.
Juice bars are located just about everywhere. They specialize in providing beverages of whipped fruit juice, often combined with whole fruit, yogurt, or sherbet. These healthy drinks are known as smoothies and are popular because of how natural and fresh they are. They are a nutritious substitute for a soft drink or, for some, an entire meal. These franchises also sell snacks, accessories, and often appropriate books with healthful tips. One great feature of juice bars, or juice stands as they are sometimes called, is the addition of boosters to your drink of choice. Boosts are supplemental powders combined into the smoothie to give it an extra nutritional value. Some of these include a multi-vitamin boost, soy or whey protein, immune system strengtheners, energy, and fiber solutions. A shot of wheatgrass, or a concentrated dose of the required daily serving of vegetables, is also usually offered at most franchises. Some of the fruits they use in these drinks include peach, mango, orange and other citrus fruits, as well as berries of every kind, including acai berry. Customers return not only due to the great taste, but because the beverages are hearty, with pure ingredients, and low in calories. Different sizes are available and some locations even offer dessert type drinks with chocolate or peanut butter. Some juice stands are now serving breakfast beverages too as genuine meals. These are filled with yogurt, granola, and other options for those interested. Since most of the world is health-conscious, juice bars keep growing. You likely know of a couple you pass on your way to school or work.