I have to say that there must be a correlation involving inspiring, empowering women and the healthy living/food blogging community. I always leave a blogger meet-up feeling so incredibly grateful to know such amazing women so when Angela invited us out to Waterloo (my old University stomping grounds) to try out Thrive Juice Bar, I jumped at the chance!
Thrive is inspired by Brendan Brazier’s Thrive Diet which emphasizes a vegan lifestyle utilizing whole and superfoods and is becoming quite the movement these days! With that in mind, let’s talk food!
We were greeted with a warm-up of some delicious flatbread and marinated olives (which I had to keep my hands away from as they were quite tasty and I am a huge olive lover).
Next we tested one of their smoothies, the Sangria which contained fresh orange, lemon and lime juice, pineapple, agave, berry gelato, organic pomegranate and blueberry juice! It was a seriously tasty drink!
I also sampled their Lil’ Green juice which contained pear, apple, kale, spinach, lemon and spirulina. It was tart and tangy and just what I needed to recover from a minor cold!
Finally to lunch! After a very hard decision I decided on the Vegetarian Reuben! This beauty is described as: “Lightly toasted organic rye bread with virgin coconut oil, smoked tempeh, vegan sauerkraut, house made dijon mustard and swiss cheese with a vegan dill pickle and vegan potato chips.”
I’m sorry, did you say vegan dill pickle?! What’s NOT vegan about dill pickles?!
I had to investigate!
According to The One Who Knows All (that being Google, naturally)…umm…it’s not sure. All I can find is that Bread & Butter pickles contain sugar and regular, processed sugar isn’t vegan. But as for dill pickles the jury’s still out. Anyone know?!
Regardless, it was a tasty pickle!
This sandwich rocked! I’m not really a huge fan of sauerkraut but this wasn’t very strong and the smoked tempeh was out of this world! I love anything smoked and it really added a boost to the sandwich that blended nicely with the tanginess of the sauerkraut. And can I say how wonderful the bread is? Nice and chewy! This was a fantastic sandwich!
Dessert was a surprise that Danielle brought us! The amazing folk from Sweets From The Earth, a Toronto vegan bakery that I’ve loved for years and Rivi’s Guilt Free Cookies gave her quite a care package to bring to the meet-up! Check it out:
Can you say “spoiled”?!?!
Hidden in that pile o’ goodies is a chocolate vegan cheesecake which Thrive was kind enough to serve (they just started selling Sweets From The Earth products!) with some coconut gelato.
Before we left we also got to sample some ginger tea which I loved so much I brought it all home, boiled up some water and had again!
Needless to say, we all loved Thrive Juice Bar. The staff was incredible, the food even moreso and the inspiration behind it one that is guaranteed to become more widespread. Until they open up a branch in Toronto (hint, hint) I definitely suggest taking the time to drive to Waterloo and check them out!