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Nekter Juice Bar – Mountain View

November 10, 2014


After discovering acai bowls on this trip, I was very excited to be invited to try out a local Nekter Juice Bar in my neck of the woods.  With the help of my favorite juice loving gal pal – Erin, we were able to indulge in a crash course of Nekter’s bestsellers… and now we want to share them with you!


First up on our tasting menu – Acai Bowls.  Erin and I tried (and LOVED) the Pitaya Bowl and the PB Bowl.  The Pitaya is made with dragon fruit, pineapple, coconut butter, banana, coconut water, hempseed granola, and raw coconut flakes, and while super delicious and refreshing, it was the gorgeous color that made this my favorite.  The PB Bowl made with acai, peanut butter, strawberries, dates, housemade vanilla cashew milk, granola and fresh berries was equally delicious but a little more on the indulgent side (definitely share worthy).



This place could survive on their acai bowls alone (as proved by the throngs of people leaving with them), but I am so happy they don’t!  Next up – juice.  Griffin, our all-star Nekter guru, educated us on their processing methods (HPP), and that their juice needs to be consumed within 15 minutes (the nutrients deteriorates by 70% after that window).  They also offer cold pressed juices (depicted below) that have a longer shelf life and are great for on-the-go.  Another perk? You can pick up a 1, 2, 3 or 5 day cleanse at their stores or online (classic or advanced)!


Erin and I enjoyed the Greenie (with light parsley) and The Glow.  Griffin let us know The Glow was going to help our skin look great, so naturally we ordered that immediately.  The carrot based juice was yummy but we didn’t love it as much as the Greenie – a green juice with a hint of apple and lemon, that was super refreshing and light.  I also loved that you can customize your orders (add ginger, carrot, etc.) – so everyone is bound to find something they love!



We also enjoyed one of their ginger shots – mixed with lemon, strawberries and a dash of cayenne pepper.  It definitely cleared the senses, but (supposedly) gives you an energy boost… Between the great space, green juice, amazing customer service and overall great zibe, the energy level was already off to a great start!





We were able to finish with a couple of their smoothies.  We went with the Tropical Cooler and the Date Nut.  The Tropical Cooler  is like a pina colada meets green juice (pineapple, coconut butter, banana, kale, spinach and coconut water) and is equal parts refreshing and fulfilling.  The Date Nut (vanilla cashew milk with dates and bananas) was like a “healthy milkshake” – super tasty and perfect way to treat yo self.





I couldn’t find enough nice things to say about this place – super clean, attentive staff, amazing food, great selection… such a great way to start your day!   And come on… tell me Griffin isn’t cuter than your Starbucks barista!?


So be sure to click here to find a Nekter nearest you… and if you are in Northern California be sure to check out their newest location in Mill Valley (right in the Strawberry Village Shopping Center)!



Green Goddess Bowl

February 24, 2014


After all my Valentine’s indulgence (which carried over for a couple more weeks… opps), I am trying to get back into health-mode.  I have had a bunch of “detox” meals pinned and wanted to get on trying some of them… first on the docket – a Green Goddess Bowl!





Green Goddess Bowl

adapted via Lunchbox Bunch

Step One – Layout the following:

  • 2-3 cups cooked grains (I used couscous, but quinoa, barley, brown rice are all great options)
  • 2-3 cups sautéed greens (I used 2 heads of broccoli, 1 head of kale and sprinkled some edamame – you can use any green veggie you like, brussel sprouts, peas, spinach, etc.)
  • Sweet Accent: I used citrus (I used a Cara Cara orange, but grapefruit could be a great option)
  • Garnish: Avocado and fresh chopped green herbs

Step Two – Sauté Greens:

  • Sauté green ingredients on med-high until tender with the following ingredients:
    • 2 Tbsp white miso paste
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • 2 Tbsp blood orange olive oil
    • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
    • Pepper to taste

Step Three – Fold:

  • Add to large bowl and fold together:
    • 3 cups fluffed couscous (or another cooked grain)
    • Some orange zest and juice of 1/2 an orange if you desire
    • Sautéed Greens

Step Four – Garnish:

  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Chopped fresh herbs (I used cilantro, but basil, chives or parsley work too)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion (red onion would work as well)
  • 1 large orange, peeled and diced

Step Five – Dressing:
*choose one below or use your own – or for lighter version, just use fresh lemon juice over top bowl

Tahini Maple

  • 2 Tbsp tahini
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • Pepper

Creamy Wasabi

  • 1 tsp wasabi powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp mayo or greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
  • Pepper