Organix Juice Bar offers new menu
By: Jennifer Zeleski
Leave your judgment at the door and hear me out: healthy food can be delicious. With one location in Winston-Salem (1318 S. Hawthorne Rd.) and another in Greensboro (1941 New Garden Rd. #108), Organix Juice Bar has been cold-pressing juice in the Triad for over a year, but they just recently took a big step up. From Aug. 17 to 19, the juice bar dove head first into the healthy food scene with a fully-stocked pantry and fully-loaded menu at its Greensboro location. The grand opening was my first stop after Saturday morning yoga, and rightfully so.
I will admit that the menu was a bit overwhelming at first. There were a variety of options that listed fresh ingredients, with everything from a classic smoothie (strawberry, banana, pineapple and almond milk), to a Holy Cacao smoothie bowl (açaí, cacao nibs, almond butter, cashews, pineapple, banana, honey, granola and almond milk). My choice landed on the Berry Beautiful bowl that came packed with açaí, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, banana and almond milk, topped with honey, goji berries, more fresh fruit and granola. I was impressed with the list of ingredients and was eager to see which flavors stood out most, especially with locally-sourced organic produce.
Now, I had to choose something that would satisfy my craving for carbs, and serve as a savory contrast to the sweet smoothie bowl. There was no question that the Avo Love would have to be a part of my order. Creamy mashed avocado on top of a seedy piece of multigrain bread, with cracked black pepper, sea salt, olive oil and red pepper flakes. That sounded like my kind of lunch. Since it was the grand re-opening, they also had free samples of the juices and toasts being passed around, and I was able to get my hands on a sample of the Nuts Over Seeds. It was a layer of almond butter on a piece of multigrain bread, topped with honey, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and granola, and definitely had a crunch on the first bite. The combination was a little too seedy for my liking, but for someone who’s seeking a protein-packed vegetarian snack, it would be a solid choice.
My boyfriend Peyton also wanted a savory option, and he was instantly drawn to the kimchi toast. Local kimchi piled high on a piece of multigrain bread and topped with micro greens. As for the juices and lemonades, the selection was decent, and each had a distinct flavor that was mildly sweet and not overwhelming. If you’re looking to kick a soda habit that is filling your diet with sugar, it’s worth trying one of Organix’s lemonades as a replacement. The juices come in glass bottles that can be returned for reuse (they just surpassed over 50,000 bottles being reused through their locations) and also come as wellness shots (more concentrated, smaller versions of the juices that are geared toward specific health benefits) and full juice cleanses that can be bought for one to multi-day use.
There was hardly a wait for our brightly-colored and freshly-made food to make it to our table (you could also pick up at the counter if you hadn’t already picked a seat), and we were ready to dig in. The kimchi toast, at first glance, was easily the most impressive. We opted to try both of the flavors of kimchi, each on its own piece of toast. The red kimchi had a very crisp flavor and included cabbage, carrots, onions and radishes. It was spicy, delicious and would be perfect if you love Korean or Asian-inspired dishes. The white kimchi, on the other hand, did not have much spice, but a more prominent flavor of ginger. It was the less strong of the two, with a fresh flavor that would pair well with any of the detox juices or lemonades. Our hearts were set on the red kimchi toast, and we know we’d be craving it again soon.
The Avo Love was exactly what I wanted. It was smooth and had a slight spice that made it all the more addicting. I was grateful it wasn’t too much avocado which could end up being sickening, but I did wish the bread had been toasted a bit more. The weight of the avocado (as well as the kimchi) made the bread limp and challenging to eat. Nonetheless, both toasts were some of the best tasting snacks I have eaten in a while, and if you aren’t up for making them at home, they’re absolutely worth getting.
Finally, the Berry Beautiful was a great combination of flavors and wasn’t overly sweet. The base was a bit thin for normal smoothie consistency, but the berry flavors of açaí, strawberry, blueberry, blackberry and raspberry were bright and identifiable. It paired well with the sliced strawberries, bananas, blueberries and honey on top. The granola gave it the crunch it needed, and there was even some at the bottom as an added bonus. Truthfully, I didn’t want to stop eating the food and was sad to see it all go. However, my stomach was satisfied, and the combinations of fresh flavors were so powerful yet healthy that it left me feeling energetic and content rather than lethargic and stuffed. Unfortunately, eating this way merely once won’t make your body or health transform overnight. But by including fresh ingredients, cold-pressed juices and locally-based meals in your diet, it can help you form new eating habits and even help motivate you to exercise more often. Can I get a kale yeah?
Jennifer Zeleski is a student contributor to YES! Weekly. She is originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Communications at High Point University.