Monday, 8 February 2016

Coffee Break #24 Wonderfully Healthy Treats from Applebar

After a morning yoga session at Studio 13, I popped into Applebar on Winchcombe Street, Cheltenham to see what they had to offer in the way of post-workout snacks and maybe even something I might be able to pass off as lunch in the hope of having a lazy day off.

All of their juices and smoothies are freshly pressed/blended to order, they also offer a homemade soup of the day, hot drinks and some raw sweet treats from Lussia’s Healthy Goodness.

 I knew I’d be ordering the soup of the day even before I’d ever stepped foot in the shop (Hannah, the owner, had put the name on their social media and it instantly appealed to me). It was Cajun Sweet Potato, and it certainly lived up to my expectations. It was a big pot of warmth and flavour (and really filling too) which we served with a couple of slices of rye bread. They also sell rolls in the shop if you’re eating on the go or heading back to the office.

Wanting to try the juices and smoothies they are known for, I chose one of each. The juice called Mockito shouted out to me (I love Mojito’s) and as for the smoothies, well, I was really impressed with the amount of choice and the various options available. There were so many that took my fancy, that I fell back on the same technique I use to put horse racing bets on and just went for a name: Applebar Pie which has apple juice, cashews, dates, ginger and cinnamon. We liked our mock mojito, but the Applebar Pie really was different to any smoothie I’ve had before. I absolutely loved it and I supped on it throughout the afternoon, making it last as long as possible.

A little later in the day we decided to tuck into our sweet treats, and not being able to choose one over the other, we cut them in half and got to try both. We have experimented with lots of clean and raw sweet recipes at home over the last few months and I’ve got to say, some of them I prefer to ‘normal’ chocolate/treats. We tried the Peanut Butter Fudge with Carob and the Chocolate Matcha Buttercup. I know from experience that these raw treats can be very costly to make and time-consuming too, so it’s good to know you can get your hands on some in Cheltenham.

I’m just starting to feel a bit chilly, if only I had some more of that Cajun Sweet Potato Soup…

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