The juice craze has finally hit San Antonio!
In a city overrun with greasy tacos, healthy options are a much needed and much appreciated reprieve from the norm – especially when these healthy options are as tasty as URTH Juice Bar!
While URTH has been serving up delicious, fresh, cold-pressed juices made with premium, locally grown ingredients since 2009, they just introduced two new locations in the "Alamo City" – one in the Southtown arts district at 812 S. Presa and the other in Stone Oak at 21019 US Hwy. 281.
URTH Juice Bar's new edibles — Photo courtesy of URTH Juice Bar
Thankfully, the two new locations will also be serving up some lunch or early dinner options that are as yummy as they are healthy. And who doesn't want that!?
The kale and quinoa salad, for example, comes with goat cheese, pecans, roasted beets and a house-made mandarin vinaigrette. The kale is provided by Local Sprout, a local hydroponic company that grows the most tender greens you'll eat in your entire life. It makes for the perfect salad, to be sure.
If you'd rather have something more substantial, URTH also serves up three different sandwiches, including a gluten-free turkey focaccia that comes with avocado, havarti cheese, onion, tomato and spring mix.
However, let's not forget the juices and smoothies, which can easily serve as a meal replacement or an accompaniment to your sandwich or soup. All of the drinks have amusing names such as Co-owner Elsa Alonzo's favorite: the Pina Turner smoothie, which comes with pineapple, yogurt, coconut oil and pumpkin seeds.
As for juices, you might want to try the Goddess, made with cucumber, pineapple, celery and apple, or go for a Juggernaut, if you like your juices green. There are many more to choose from.
Owner Elsa Alonzo kicks back with an URTH juice — Photo courtesy of Kimberly Suta
What makes URTH Juice Bar special is their friendly vibe. Unlike some juice companies that use intimidation tactics and make you feel out of place unless you're a super ripped CrossFit trainer or the equivalent, URTH is all about, well, everybody.
"We want to have a welcoming environment that's fun," says Alonzo. "We're pretty much a grass-roots movement. San Antonio is moving towards a sustainable lifestyle, and we're glad to be a part of that. We want it to be for everyone!"
Alonzo, whose great grandmother was a healer, was born and raised in San Antonio but lived in Los Angeles for a stint, which is where she was introduced to the juicing lifestyle.
After seeing how much it changed her own life, made her feel better in her own body, she wanted to share that same experience with her hometown.
URTH also sells additional products for the health-minded, including a proprietary line of natural enzyme supplements formulated by a Chinese herbalist.
The Southtown location will also participate in the arts walk that takes place in the neighborhood every first Friday of the month. Alonzo, a creative in her own right, is a big supporter of local artists, and she features original artwork on URTH's colorful walls.
So if you're visiting San Antonio, get happy and stay juicy; URTH Juice bar can certainly help make that happen!