Although I live a pretty healthy lifestyle, there are times when I don't always eat as many nutrient-rich foods as I could. That's why I am a big fan of smoothie/acai bowls, which pack nutrition into every spoonful.
Jrink is a juice shop here in Washington D.C. that has several locations around the city. I've passed by their locations before but for one reason or another did not stop in to order.
On a sleepy Saturday morning, I decided to finally check out their fare after a particularly hot week left me feeling me out of whack. With a menu full of cold pressed juices designed to boost your health, I was eager to see if I could find a beverage to meet my needs.
Because I hadn't eaten breakfast yet, I decided to order the blueberry acai bowl, which features acai, blueberry, cacao, banana, almond milk, and sea salt with a topping of coconut and honey. Looking at the ingredient list, you'll see that it's naturally sweetened, not loaded with sweetener as smoothie chains tend to do.
The blend of the acai is not smooth, as I have experienced in the past, but is chunky, which definitely different but I liked the texture. With a fruity, berry-like flavor, it's not as sweet as I was expecting, but the drizzle of honey provided a nice burst of sweetness. I am not a huge coconut person, but liked the textural contrast of the flakes and their non-overpowering flavor.
Because I have hydration issues during the summer, I decided to try out two of their juices that are formulated to combat dehydration: the "Nourish" Jrink H2O and the "Freshen Me Up" juice.
Nourish is an infused alkaline water that is colored with blue pea and also features collagen and lemon. Taste-wise, it tastes like a lemon-infused water, which definitely helped me keep drinking it throughout the day versus plain water.
The runaway favorite of the three items I purchased was the freshen me up juice, which is basically summer in a bottle. Watermelon, grapefruit, hibiscus, and mint combine in a deliciously tangy concoction that is refreshing and not too acidic (considering the grapefruit). I love the flavors of all four ingredients, so combining them into one juice is downright brilliant. I definitely will be stopping by Jrink soon for another bottle of this sheer perfection.
Usually when I visit juice/smoothie places, I stick to the smoothie part of the menu and cautiously explore the juice part. Jrink flipped the script, as I cannot wait to try more of their juices. The acai bowl was good, but I left wanting to come back soon and try more of the juices, nut milks, and other health-focused cold brew beverages.