I was originally born in Brazil, but grew up in Virginia. With that being said, I’ve always known about the Açai berry. It’s a superfruit that makes us feel and look good and has a ton of antioxidants, amino acids and omega fatty acids. They are known to help slow down aging and boosts our immune systems and metabolisms. Sounds great! Now, the Virginia part of me has never heard of cold press juices, or cleanse programs, or açai bowls until I moved to California. I still think Virginia is not up to date with all of this healthy info. I’ll try to educate by telling you about my favorite acai spot in LA. It is Nekter Juice Bar in Santa Monica (there are other locations).
Nekter Juice Bar was started by a couple that wanted to find an alternative to coffee in the morning, yet still provide something nutritious and tasty. They created a Juice Bar, which became a lifestyle bar where people could enjoy not only cold pressed juice, but nutritious snacks and smoothies too. They also have my favorite: Açai Bowls. Not just one, but several like the Açai Banana Berry which is loaded with acai, banana, cashew nut milk, berries and granola and topped with sliced bananas and berries. Yum! My favorite is the PB Bowl (acai, bananas, dates, frozen strawberries, peanut butter, raw vanilla bean and cashew nut milk. Topped with bananas and granola), It reminds me of a classic PB and J without all the bread. The portions are great also but the best part: the low price. They even have a happy hour if you come in from 4:00pm - 7:00pm, so it’s even cheaper. I’m not a bit vegan and you wouldn’t know the difference with these bowls. So, if you’re looking for an alternative to coffee and bread in the morning, try finding a juice bar near you and try a smoothie or an acai bowl and tell me what you think. Make sure to tag us to show us by using #estcalifornia on your social devices!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Keyla Vasconcellos is originally from Brazil and grew up in Virginia. When she moved to California, it immediately stole her heart. After attending Pepperdine University, she worked in restaurants where she grew to love all types of cuisines. She is aspiring to be a Gastronomist Extraordinaire by eating her way through Los Angeles and sharing her adventures with anyone who enjoys a delicious meal.