…the healthy way
If you’re looking to add more fruits and veggies to your daily routine, look no further than JuiceLand.
Words by Sam Lauron Photos by Ashley Haguewood
The JuiceLand at the corner of MLK and Chicon might be compact, but the brightly colored building and giant fruit on the roof make it hard to miss.
With 18 locations in Texas and one in New York, it’s not far-fetched to assume that you’ve probably sipped on a JuiceLand smoothie or juice before. But the location at MLK and Chicon offers more than just nutritious beverages. “The community here is the best,” according to manager Kyrany Sagen-Cook, who’s been with JuiceLand for three years. The shop, one of two east side locations, has a close-knit neighborhood vibe like no other and is a favorite among locals who live and work nearby and are in the mood for a healthy pick-me-up with a side of friendly conversation.
The Austin staple features a variety of healthy drinks, snacks, and meals that make it easy for everyone, from the health enthusiast to the picky eater, to find something they like. And with a staff as vibrant and welcoming as the storefront itself, don’t be surprised if they offer up drink suggestions, like one of their best-selling smoothies, the Originator. Jam packed with protein and fruits, the Originator makes for a quick and delicious way to sneak breakfast in at the start of your day. Whether you’re fueling up for a long day at work or for an hour of kayaking at the lake, this smoothie will give you the nutrients you need to push through and finish strong.
Though it gained popularity for its smoothies, JuiceLand also offers salads, vegan grab and go meals, and other specials like their new Un-Believe-A-Bowl—an acai bowl topped with homemade granola, goji berries, and coconut oil.
Next time you’re in the neighborhood, pop into the funky MLK and Chicon location, and you’re bound to leave feeling refreshed and with a new favorite drink in hand.
Drink Ingredients: Originator – Fresh apple juice, banana, blueberry, cherry, peanut butter, brown rice protein, flax oil, and spirulina
Native Knowledge: During peak Cedar Fever season, order the Fireman Shot: a combination of spicy, flavorful ingredients that may help relieve those pesky allergy symptoms.
1900A E Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
or 2601 E Cesar Chavez St.