Salads, smoothies, and more: Juicery at BGC makes healthy eating easier
Not a carnivore, but not yet a vegetarian either?
You probably fall into the health-conscious, gulay-eating omnivore class – foodies who can't commit just yet to a 100% no-meat lifestyle, but still choose to eat less of the junk and more of the right stuff, most of the time (cheat days not included)!
But the struggle can get real, though. Finding affordable, fresh, and on-the-go healthy food options isn't exactly a walk in the park in this city of fast food and sugar.
Thankfully, though, many "green-minded" restaurateurs are changing suit – just like Juicery, the 1771 restaurant group's latest venture into the land of salads, smoothies, juices, and more.
"We wanted something that was casual and easy to eat and drink while you're malling, but at the same time, fresh and healthy," Executive Chef Vicky Pacheco said of Juicery, which opened at the second floor of One Bonifacio High Street Mall, Bonifacio Global City mid-2019.
Compared to Sentro 1771 and Chateau 1771, Juicery aims to be a "middle-ground concept between fine dining and eating at the mall," as Chef Vicky explained, keeping healthy eating fresh and premium, yet still wallet-friendly.
Customers can opt to dine in the Chateau 1771 branch for a slightly higher price, but are also very welcome to bring their own baunans and purchase their salads and drinks to-go.
What else are you guaranteed at Juicery? According to Chef Vicky, only the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients, delivered to their store every morning.
That means no shortcuts and no extenders; just the natural flavors and nutritional benefits of freshly-cut, non-frozen vegetables and fruits (except for the berries, which are imported and seasonal, and the bananas, which discolor quickly)
Thirsty? Juice go with it
Joining the all-natural cold-pressed cult, Juicery offers refreshing, antioxidant-packed 12oz blends of purely fruits and veggies, sans any sweetener.
Their best-selling The Big Vibe (P220) isn't just big on good vibes, but big in naturally-sweet flavor, combining the fresh juices of apple, beets, orange, carrots, and citrusy lemon. Immunity: definitely boosted.
If you want your drink on the creamier and slightly sweeter side, try out Juicery's smoothies – made with sugar-free yogurt sourced from Lipa. Optional: you can be like the band and go totally sugar-free with Juicery's diabetic-friendly nipa palm sweetener option.
The Strawberry Kale smoothie (P210, P230 for sugar-free) won't kale your vibe, we promise – it isn't as veggie-tasting as you might think. The strawberries still take the smoothie spotlight, while the fibrous kale humbly offers just its nutrient-heavy being and green hue to the drink.
On the other hand, the Banana Strawberry Smoothie (P170, P180 for sugar-free) is exactly what creamy bananas and tart strawberries would taste like together: berry good.
Other smoothie choices include Banana, Strawberry, Mango, and Strawberry Mango.
Fruit shakin' things up
Made of fresh fruits, organic milk, simple sugar syrup, or nipa palm sweetener, Juicery's fruit shakes range from seasonal avocado, mango strawberry, to just watermelon, mango, banana, and strawberry.
A crowd-fave is the Pomelo Watermelon (P130, P140 for sugar-free), the perfect cool-down to a sweltering hot day – pomelo pulp, refreshing pakwan, and lots of ice included.
Kale them with kindness
For a more filling option, perhaps a salad?
You better beleaf it – Juicery's vegetarian Pink Detox Salad (P230) is a hit with the mall crowd, serving detox realness and an eye-catching presentation in one bowl.
Crisp kale greens are mixed with juicy pomelo, crunchy watermelon, and crunchy walnuts. Worried about all crunch, but no creamy? The feta cheese does the trick, along with the salad’s millennial pink yogurt-pomegranate dressing.
Your next meat cute
Craving for steak but want it with a salad? Well-done.
Juicery's best-selling Asian Steak Tips salad (P150, P110 without beef) is balance done right – green ice lettuce, cucumber, and onions, co-existing with marinated tenderloin tips and a soy-sesame dressing.
"We make sure to use healthier ingredients, but you're not going to get hungry. You don't have to feel like a vegeterian either but its still healthier," Chef Vicky said.
Juicery also sells frozen vegetarian soups-to-go, which you can also enjoy warm in-store.
Among the Onion, Tomato, and Muhsroom choices, we tried the hearty Curried Squash Soup (P250), a reliably comforting squash soup peppered with curry spices.
We also heard through the veggie vine that sandwiches, light pasta dishes, and quinoa bowls are on their way to Juicery, too.
"We don't compromise on our fresh ingredients, and we will suffer the cost for that, as long as it's sustainable for the business and the customers who don't want it to be expensive," Chef Vicky said – and hey, no one's complaining. – Rappler.com