who you kale-ing crazy?

appetizing and still healthy food options at college are…limited. while it’s easy for me to avoid the cafeteria’s dessert station, stacked with neon-colored sheet cakes and gelatinous “raspberry” toaster strudels, i often compensate with my own creations. the cinnamon raisin bagel i toasted for breakfast last week, smeared with peanut butter and subsequently dipped in maple syrup (what?) may not have been my finest moment. i decided that some real nutrients were needed.

and so i sought out this goodness, along with my roommate:

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a spinach/goat cheese/raisin/apple/pear/walnut salad and a “kale-licious” smoothie from kale me crazy, on atlanta’s north highland avenue. the establishment opened last june as a juice bar and has since expanded its menu. customers are flocking to the healthy haven, where quirky, kale-y artwork lines the glowing white walls.

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for the purposes of this post, we ordered from every section of the menu (or at least that’s what i told the cashier who looked skeptical when we placed our third and final order). that meant salads, smoothies, and shots.

apart from the spinach salad and kale smoothie above, we tried the “grounded” smoothie, made with almond milk, hemp protein, raw cacao, banana, hemp seeds, brazil nuts, dates, cinnamon and raw honey…

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…and then naturally ended the meal with a round of shots. wheatgrass and lemon juice shots, that is.

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the burn from those babies was a good one, and we left feeling like we’d gotten more nutrients from our meals than we had in months at the cafeteria.

kale me crazy, but it’s a place worth checking out if you’re in the neighborhood and looking for a health boost.

the end:

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