Healthy Hotspot: Greenhouse Juice Co
Juicing is a craze that has caught on in recent years and doesn’t seem to be disappearing anytime soon. You can’t seem to walk more than a few hundred metres without passing one kind of juice place or another. It’s important to know however that not all juice bars are created equal. Many of the larger juice chains deceive consumers into believing they are offering fresh, natural juices and smoothies when in fact they often contain juice concentrates and added sugars.
There are many different types of juicing and some are better at retaining all of the nutrients and enzymes in the fruits and vegetables than others. One of the healthiest types that has seen a surge in popularity in recent times and is now trending is called ‘Cold Pressed Juicing’. This type of juicing extracts the juice by first crushing and then pressing fruit and vegetables for the highest juice yield. As it doesn’t produce as much heat as regular juicers, it keeps more of the fresh ingredients and nutrients intact and doesn’t denature the enzymes.
I am a big fan of cold pressed juices so I was excited to see ‘Greenhouse Juice Co’ opening up in Yorkville and decided to go and check it out. It is located at the basement level of a small but cute white building on MacPherson avenue. The decor inside is modern, simple, warm and inviting. On the morning I visited there were already a handful of people eagerly waiting in line for their clearly very popular drinks. Their menu up on the wall offered a wide variety of juices, elixirs, smoothies, nut milks and acai bowls which you can clearly see being made from the service counter.
It was a tough choice between all the enticing juice flavours but I decided to go with a vegetable based juice called ‘The Good’ made with cucumber,spinach, celery, lemon and romaine and a ‘Classic Acai Bowl’ made with acai, mixed berries and home made granola. I also bought a ‘Cashew Crave’ to have the next day which is made with cashew milk, dates and maple syrup ’The Good’ was refreshing, nutritious and full of flavour and the Acai bowl was simply amazing. The beautiful vibrant colours and look of it alone were enough to make me happy. Packed full of nutrients and super foods this is definitely something I will have again when I’m in the neighbourhood and looking for a healthy breakfast or snack. The next morning I tasted the cashew crave and again Greenhouse Juice Co did not disappoint. The creamy, sweet nut milk was delicious and a great way to start my day.
The staff were friendly and informative and happy to answer any questions that I asked. All items on the menu have been designed with the help of a holistic nutritionist and all the fruit and vegetables used are 100% organic. The drinks are also packaged in reusable glass bottles which keep the juices fresh for up to 72 hours and they offer a free juice when you return 10 empty bottles.
The average price for the juices, waters and smoothies is about $8 depending on the size. Whilst it may seem expensive it is located in a high end neighbourhood and appears to be pretty much on par with other similar cold pressed juice bars. There is also a lot of juice and nutrients contained within one bottle and according to them, one of their single 500 ml bottles contains up to twelve servings of organic fruits and vegetables. They have also recently started offering a delivery service and juice cleanses where they provide all of the 8 juices you would need for each day, along with a pre-cleanse consultation. The cost of one day of their cleanse is hard on your wallet at $73.
I was hugely impressed with the place and although it’s expensive it offers an inviting atmosphere with great service and great drinks and I will definitely be back to try some more menu options in the near future.
Overall healthy hotspot rating
Staff friendliness and knowledge: 5/5
Decor & Ambiance: 5/5
Location:5 Macpherson Avenue, Toronto Website:https://greenhousejuice.com