Keeping Fresh in NYC with Acai Bowls and Green Juice

September 27, 2011

I’m sure you can gather from my San Francisco posts that I did a lot of eating on my recent USA trip. Often this food was more ‘indulgent’ than my usual diet choices – you know, a few more pastries, bagels and fried food thrown in. And I was fine with this. My body, however, would often scream out for something a little ‘cleaner’. Once you get the hang of listening to your body, it really does know best.

In New York City, when my body told me it wanted something fresh and full of nutrients I went to one place. It was a little street shack right near the 2nd Avenue Subway Station, on the corner of 1st Ave and Houston.

My girlfriends had been in New York for a few days before I arrived, and they were in love with the Acai bowls at this shop (Bhey, our friend who lives in New York, made sure to introduce the girls to this little gem of a place straight away). They also make a strong iced-coffee, a necessity to power you through a day of exploring the City!

In the humid New York City Summer, a bowl of frozen pureed Acai Berries was a brilliant heat remedy – almost a necessity, I would say. They should put that in travel brochures. Topped with sliced fresh banana (hello, where have you been all my life?), frozen berries and a scattering of granola, this was one refreshing, nutritious and invigorating breakfast.

I recommend eating your Acai bowl in First Park next to the subway station, sitting on a park bench with your girlfriends, planning your day and pinching yourself that you’re actually in New York City.

Another good way to keep fresh in New York City, when you’re body is craving vegetables, is with a Juicy Lucy’s Daily Green Juice (also found at the Acai Shack). This is a supremely efficient way to feel fresh. Every now and then I would down a bottle of Kale, Parsley, Celery, Cucumber and Ginger Juice and feel as fresh as a daisy.

You need to drink this baby fast. Just Get. It. Down. because it is gross. Seriously gross.

Note the concentration.

I was the only one who felt better after drinking the juice – my girlfriends did not partake in this activity. They thought it was foul. I’m certain others will find this Green Juice tip useful though. I honestly felt fantastic after drinking this Green Juice. Afterwards. Not during. After.

Here’s another tip, make sure you’re doing something fun while you’re drinking your Green Juice, just to make the experience a little more pleasant. I recommend catching the (free) Staten Island Ferry while you do so. It’s a great way to see the Statue of Liberty from afar.

It’s also a great way to see the City from a different angle.

Sharing a pretzel with your friends is a lovely thing to do while on the ferry. Just note: it may lead to Green Juice cravings. I’m just saying. But boy, the pretzels and pastries are worth it.

Heidi xo

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  • Leah September 27, 2011 at 7:53 am

    looks like you had such a wonderful time Heidi. Really beautiful pics.

    NY has been on my travel list for ages. I want to go when little G can enjoy herself too! 😀

  • Hannah September 27, 2011 at 8:23 am

    haha I'm glad you're honest about the juice! I've seen recipes where they add some pear/banana/apple, some kind of fruit to make it sweeter. mmmm pretzel looks yum 🙂 x

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 27, 2011 at 8:37 am

    hehe that juice reminds me of a disgusting iced tea I had in Japan. Everyone was drinking it – but it was seriously the most foul thing I have ever tasted lol

  • Michelle Chin September 27, 2011 at 8:42 am

    i would totally dig into that juice. anything to get rid of zits! so how did you feel when you see the statue of liberty?

  • Lisa September 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    That juice sounds revolting, but I do understand what it is like when your body is desperately craving veggies. Your breakfast however looks phenomenal.

  • Blithely Unaware September 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Baaahaahahahaahahahaaaa the juice photos and accompanying text made me laugh.

    The pretzel looks sensational, fluffy and golden and gorgeous.


  • Hannah September 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Oh no, I think I need to take my previous excitement back! I honestly don't know if my well-being can cope with the roiling feelings of misery and longing that will accompany reading your NYC posts.


    Nope, I'll be fine. I'm happy when you're happy 🙂

  • Heidi September 27, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Leah – oh, travel planning with bubs, how cute! 🙂

    Hannah – oooh yes it definitely needed some fruit in there 😉

    Lisa – haha lol, noted (if I ever get to Japan!)

    Michelle – it was wonderful! I would have liked to see it up close though…next time 🙂

    Lisa – hehe thanks!

    Blithely Unaware – hehehe I'm glad to have made you laugh! It was really delicious. Plain salted ones were my fav 🙂

    Hannah – save up and go again soooooooon misses!! Is it a possibility?? I hope so!

    Heidi xo

  • The InTolerant Chef September 28, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Maybe your liver was craving the juice to detox from all the naughty fried foods? I'm impressed you persevered with the juice and didn't just stick to the yummy berry breakfast. Good for you!

  • chutneyandspice September 28, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    I am so jealous…of NYC and acai bowls, but maybe not the juicy lucys!! Although I can see how your body might love this treat, I am amazed you didn't gag. No wonder you look so healthy!

  • Heidi September 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    InTolerant Chef – hehe, thanks 🙂

    chutneyandspice – oh thanks, how nice!

    Heidi xo

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Ahh yes memories of pretzels in NY! They were so good especially with mustard. And I get like that when I've eaten a lot of rich food. In Paris all I wanted for dinner was a tomato one night! 😛

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