JuiceLand

I’ve never really been much of a smoothie person. Other people in my life have loved them and sworn by them- my sister is a big fan of classic strawberry-banana smoothies and my dad can’t live without his green veggie mix. But I never really had the urge to buy one or try a new one- until I started seeing JuiceLands all over town during my summer in Austin.

Their Barton Springs location piqued my interest first. (Coincidentally, this is also their flagship store.) I see it when I drive home from work that way, and it always looked busy. I was intrigued, and looked them up. Turns out, there was a JuiceLand location only 2 minutes away from my barre and pilates studio. Score!

After class on Thursday, I decided to stop in. For what it’s worth, smoothies are supposed to be pretty healthy (at least compared to something like a milkshake,) so I didn’t feel guilty treating myself after an especially grueling pilates class.

As some of you know, I’m a creature of habit and very rarely branch out and try different foods. I decided to challenge that, and order something I wouldn’t usually try (but still looked tasty.) Enter: the Raspberry Hooray! Made with pineapple, banana, and raspberry, it wasn’t too far from the norm for my conservative palate, but was still different enough for me to be proud of my adventurous spirit.

Spoiler alert: It was so good. I slurped it down in under 5 minutes, and felt completely refreshed. With the small clocking in at only 293 calories, it made me feel good, too.

JuiceLand has around 25 locations in Austin, and 3 each in the Dallas and Houston areas. Can they come to Norman next, please? I’m feeling like I might get addicted to these this summer.

-K

The Simple Joys of Avocado Toast

A meal that I was really into this summer that I kinda forgot about over the course of fall semester is avocado toast. While this meal is often stereotyped as “basic,” I promise it really does live up to the hype.

My preferred way to eat avocado toast is what is pictured above: mashed avocado on thinly sliced white bread, topped with salt/pepper and feta cheese, with roma tomatoes on the side. The fats in the avocado make it so filling, and I’m easily satisfied for hours afterwards. For me, the game changer is the feta cheese: I put feta on just about everything, so it would make sense that I would put it on my toast, too.

Eggs (scrambled or fried) are also egg-celent (ha, ha) sides to add to your avocado toast. You can easily put them on top for a fresh taste combination or keep them on the side to enjoy separately. When I’m not in a rush, scrambled eggs are a breakfast favorite of mine because they’re just so easy. I haven’t mastered fried eggs yet, but maybe soon.

When I’m feeling particularly spicy, I’ll add hot sauce to my avocado toast combo. My personal favorite brand is Louisiana Hot Sauce, but any hot sauce will do. I find that the heat from the hot sauce balances with the avocado and feta cheese and isn’t too overpowering. (But I’ve also been eating Louisiana Hot Sauce daily for 3 years now, so maybe I’m just used to it.)

How do you eat your avocado toast? I would love some suggestions!

-K