This is the month of January joining (you know, gym memberships for your New Year’s resolution), and it turns out Rochester is a great place to get healthy.
Our very own Tonic Fresh Juices and Local Food was given the WCCO Viewer’s Choice Award for Best Juice Bar in Minnesota a couple weeks back, and owner Nicci Sylvester said she’s been on cloud nine ever since.
“Winning this award really validates everything we’ve been doing here,” she said. “It’s amazing. I’m happy to have won this for Rochester.”
If you’re new to juicing or haven’t tried it before, Sylvester can help guide you through the nuances of the super-healthy meal in a glass.
“I always recommend that my customers try one of my blends first, and then build their own if they can’t find anything they like,” she said. “But typically, everyone finds something.”
Sylvester said her “Easy Being Green” juice blend is easily the most popular item on their menu — outselling every other food and beverage item by far. The green concoction packs a healthy punch with the juice from 2 cups of spinach, 2 cups of kale, ½ cup fresh mint, fresh ginger root and two green apples, all squeezed into a 12-ounce cup of juice.
“People love juicing because it’s fast. That’s the best part,” said Sylvester. “To sit down and eat all that produce would take forever, and to pay for it at the grocery store would be expensive. Juicing is a great way for people on the go to get what they need.”
I got to sit down with a LOT of fresh, organic produce at Tonic, all squeezed out and pumped into a rainbow of three beautiful glasses.
My favorite, along with the rest of Rochester, is the “It’s Easy Being Green” juice. It was a perfect blend of sweet, refreshing and substantial. Let me tell you: It does not taste like the two cups of kale I know are in there.
Next up was Coastal Sunshine, a blend of carrot and various citrus juices. This one is like a wake-up call, beautiful, bright and citrusy, but the carrot grounds the flavors, lending some gravity to a lovely glass of orange juice and lemonade.
Salad with a Straw was up next, the earthiest of my three picks. It’s almost a savory juice, with lots of beet and then hints of cilantro, carrot, celery and lime.
Of course, if you need something more, Tonic also has amazing smoothies and a great menu full of local and sustainably sourced foods, too.
“We are so blessed here,” said Sylvester. “We want to especially thank our customers for helping recognize what we’re doing to create a healthy community.”