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Published November 21st 2012
When you need that extra boost
Perhaps the first thing you do when you decide to take a serious look at your health is ditch your regular coffee bar for Boost Juice Bar. Holding one of those tall cups filled with the goodness of the fruits you chose makes you feel like you've done the right thing. This is what happened to me when I first stepped up to a Boost counter eons ago. Though I do a bit of two timing around winter, I always make my way back when the weather turns all springy and warm. And I cling to it in desperation when the thirties and forties come searing down in the hot summer months.
All Boost bars are created alike. They have a very organised functioning behind the counter. A cheerful individual, usually young and full of life, takes your order and gets your name. Even as he or she is doing this, another chirpy individual peers over his or her shoulder to get an idea of the order and sets it in motion. As you pay and make your way to the throng already waiting there, your order is already half-way through.
Soon enough, your name rings out like a long lost relative finding you in a crowd. And there you are, with your cup of goodness, freshly created, and icy cool. You take that fat straw and stab it in the head and lose yourself in the yummy contents. Okay, that sounds a bit ghoulish, but hey, that's what you do.
Boost is much more than a juice bar. They are the epitome of imagination when it comes to the art of juicing. What they have done is taken some fruits, yoghurt, and ice and come up with an amazing range of smoothies—low fat, super, sporty, skinny, lite; crushes—berry, lemon, mango tango, tropical, watermelon; juices—energiser, immuniser, two & five, wild berry. They also have a retail range that includes Smoothie-on-a-Stick and Natural Born Juice. If that isn't the height of innovative thinking, I don't know what is.
Another convenience where Boost Bars are concerned is that they are everywhere. Whether you're at your favourite mall or at a far flung location such as the Tullamarine Airport, there is a Boost Juice Bar there. When you're at the counter, you know how it works, what to order, what to expect, and how much to pay. On top of it all, you know you're not consuming junk.
Which brings me to the health aspect of Boost Juice. I'm not quite sure if their products are organic. They were quite evasive on the one occasion I did ask. They just assured me that it was all top quality and freshly prepared. Their website does not have any information to that effect either. The one thing that they could assure me about was that there was no added sugar or artificial flavours.
What they do add are boosters in the form of protein powder, wheatgrass powder, chia seeds, and immunisers like Echinacea, vitamins, minerals, and green tea. These seem like a good idea especially when you're hit with the sniffles or feel a bit low. For me, it's all a matter of experimenting with taste and goodness. I've gone for the Echinacea and the green tea; that's it.
My favourite drink is the orange juice—a tall one on the rocks. This usually works out well for me, but then on occasion I've been served really sour orange juice that made me squirm uncontrollably. So, it's a bit of a gamble but I still like my orange juice and don't mind taking the risk because when you get a good one, it's really, really good. On a cooler day, I'd ask for an added piece of ginger to pep it up a bit.
If you want a bite with your drink, Boost has that covered. From fresh cut fruit, yoghurt, and banana bread to wraps and salads they always have a small selection at hand. I go for a packet of organic pop corn whenever that is available.
If you're a fresh juice or smoothie addict, it would make sense to grab a loyalty card and become a member of the Vibe Club. Once you've got the card, you need to go online and activate it. Every eleventh drink is on them once you've done this. This really doesn't take that long and I quite like the idea. You also get a free drink on your birthday. Plus there's a whole lot of competitions and prizes to be won if you like that sort of thing.
Another fruit juice bar, in Adelaide, I believe, has suggested that Boost Juice actually add syrups and concentrates to their smoothies and that they don't always add fresh fruit. This could at least be partially true, as Mangos are not always in season. This then travels on to the old OJ debate and the fact that some of the best brands are actually made from concentrates (not the black labels, so I'm informed)... perhaps even, concentrate is not so bad for you (except for the sugar content) as frozen is proven to be fresher than from the fruiterer. Who knows what is really good for us????? Strangely though, I've never craved a Boost Juice smoothie and have never been that enamoured, when my children have them. It seems to be almost down the line a teenage thing. This then, tends to make me believe that the smoothies are highly sweetened, as kids seem to be almost addicted to them. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
you know what, Melb freelancer, you can pick up a juicer for around $70 give or take and make the most delicious apple (being Grannys of course!), carrot and celery juices. Carrots are always reasonably priced; oranges are pretty cheap at the mo too and so is celery!!! Check out Lillian Finch's recipe for healthy cupcakes with veges and cocoa - they sound yummy really; even with the addition of broccoli - yes, really. If you're on the go - you can't go past Charlie's Honest Quencher Lemonade, it's sweet/sour, so like homemade!!! OR try my Lebanese Lemonade. I think Boost Juice may just in fact, have the 'COOL' factor, like 'THE BODY SHOP' way back when. But sugar content in Boost juices and smoothies; syrups, concentrates??? Well, I would like to know too??? As I mentioned, there is a Chiropractor I read about here, in Adelaide, who has opened a juice bar (I'll have to write about him, won't I?) and alluded to the fact that other juice bars use syrups and concentrates. Now, I can only deduce from this, that he means the Boost bars, as there really aren't that many juice bars in Adelaide. Adelaide is not Queensland, after all!!!! Someone please add anything they've got on this....