If your taste buds are ready for an electric ride, head to Watts Juicery. The tiny storefront has enough bright, fresh flavors to power you up and propel you into next week.
The Watts’ originals are grab ’n’ go good-for-you juices prepped and bottled daily. The juices are broken down into fruits, roots and mega greens and assigned a number based on the goodness content. The higher the number, the more veggies. For example, the 36 Watt, the lowest, has cucumber, pineapple, mint and lime, and the highest, the 215 Mega-Watt, has dandelion greens, kale, spinach, chard, lemon, bok choy, cucumber, parsley and pink salt.
The juices are used as bases for the smoothies; beachgoers will dig the light, fresh, fruity offerings, but if you’re in the mood for something more rich and dessert-like, Watts has got you covered. I tested The Islander ($11) with the 75 Watt base (carrot, orange, pineapple and turmeric) and baobab super fruit powder, pineapple and ginger. Also catching my eye was the Bold Electric with Bold Bean coffee, almond milk, vanilla cinnamon and banana. You can make your own blend, too.
Also serving breakfast and lunch, Watts Juicery’s prepped savory foods are delicious, vegan and filling. The protein power bowl ($9) is a hearty mix of curry-roasted chickpeas, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, yellow pepper, pumpkin seeds, quinoa and rice with a side of a curry-carrot dressing. Each bite mega-colorful and the chickpea and pepper crunch adds nice texture.
Breakfast lovers will dig the coconut yogurt parfait ($6) and its layers of granola, fresh fruit and pumpkin seeds. The layers are generous; you’ll scoop each ingredient in every bite.
The coffee and milk section, the most decadent part of the menu, is to die for. These amazingly healthy concoctions actually taste great. I got the 08 Watt: chocolate cashew milk ($8) with cashews, dates, vanilla, cinnamon, sea salt, cacao nibs, cacao powder and alkaline water. That punch of chocolate from the sharp cacao nibs is unbeatable. It’s like digging into a rich, chocolaty dessert that’s legit healthful—a true whoa moment in food. True dark chocolate lovers gotta try it.
From Watts Juicery’s mini-boost shots, try elixirs like the Immunity Boost 3, which has a smoky kick from oregano oil and one helluva light-the-tongue-on-fire zap from cayenne and ginger. The fresh lemon finishes it with a slightly bitter taste. While that doesn’t sound like the most appealing thing to sip, I can tell you that I didn’t want to stop until it was all gone.
Watts clearly cares about how healthful each product is for your body. The juices and food are designed to boost you up, like a friend giving a helping hand without expecting anything back (except currency, of course). After a visit to Watts Juicery, you’ll be ready to take on the world … and then some!