Clean Juice

Everyone on Instagram is obsessed with fancy açaí bowls topped with anything and everything from chocolate to toasted almonds to goji berries.

But are they actually as good as everyone hypes them up to be?

I took it upon myself to find out if these $10+ smoothie bowls are worth it. Like, do they even leave you feeling full?

In Chapel Hill, you can find smoothie bowls from a variety of places like The Purple Bowl and soon-to-open Frutta Bowls.

I decided to give Clean Juice a try.

The Food:

Clean Juice has a larger menu than I expected. They have smoothie, juice, bottled drink,açaí bowl and even warm food options, which surprised me.

I went in with the intention of getting an açaí bowl, but the power oats bowls and toasts definitely caught my eye (maybe next time).

There’s six different açaí bowls on the menu and an additional seasonal flavor. From ingredients like berries, spinach, almond milk and even pitaya, there seems to be something for everyone.

I decided to order the Berry Bowl, which is a combination of açaí , almond milk and different berries. It’s topped with granola, bananas and strawberries if they’re in season (they aren’t in season). IMG_0152

Now I love berries and fruit, so maybe that’s why I thought this bowl was incredible. I loved the berry flavor and the sweet honey taste. The bananas and granola on top went well with the smoothie and gave the bowl a nice crunch. It was so yummy that I even got a brain freeze from eating too fast.

The size of the bowl is pretty big and actually kept me decently full.

I also tasted the Winter Bowl, which was chocolate and cherry flavored and the Beauty Bowl (thanks to my friends that came along with me).

I’m not a huge cherry fan, so the Winter Bowl wasn’t my favorite. However, it tasted fresh and I loved the cacao nibs on top. The Beauty Bowl was so different than the other two bowls I tasted. Instead of having a powerful fruit flavor, the Beauty Bowl tasted more like coffee. The toppings of almond butter, cacao nibs and granola were a nice addition to the flavor of the smoothie. But because of such a unique flavor smoothie, I don’t think I would order the Beauty Bowl in the future.

The Atmosphere:

Clean Juice in Chapel Hill occupies a small space on the end of a strip mall. Inside, it feels very modern and clean. From the large windows, wooden tables and bars to sit at, the restaurant feels very bright and open.

IMG_0144It’s one of those places where you order and pay at the back of the store and they call your name out at the end of the bar when your order is ready. It has a very casual feel, which I appreciate.

Heads up, it can get pretty loud inside when all of the blenders are on, so keep this in mind if you decide to eat there. Most people that came in took their food to go, but there are plenty of seating options.

Overall, I liked the vibe Clean Juice gives off.

Oh, and to answer the question I posed at the beginning, I think these acai bowls are pretty dang good and I was full until dinner. They are pricey, so they won’t be a regular in my diet, but every now and then I’ll splurge!

 

More photos:

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The Winter Bowl

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The Beauty Bowl

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Clean Juice, Chapel Hill

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The Berry Bowl and the Beauty Bowl

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