Refuel Juicery is where you'd go to fill yourself up with cold-pressed juice, smoothies and light, vegan meals. The compact take out spot on Yonge, just north of Eglinton, has a few street-facing seats, but it definitely seems to cater to an on-the-run crowd.
Front-of-house staff Raeanne Quinton says all of Refuel presses all of its organic, cold-pressed juices at the brand's other location on Bayview Avenue. Quinton notes that the owner is a big advocate of whole and locally grown ingredients.
The glass fridges hold a lineup of green juices, booster shots and handmade cashew milks - all juices sit around the $10 mark for 500 mililitre glass bottles.
But despite the place's inherent crunchiness, Quinton notes that she and the refuel team have fun with the menu. Some salad, for instance, come with eggplant bacon - as a bacon-averse individual, I find it to be a suitably smokey replacement for the real thing.
On the beverage front, Quinton whips me up a cocoa maca smoothie ($7.50 for 16oz.), for instance, and calls a guilt-free chocolate milkshake. I'm a little dubious of her description considering it's filled with raw cocoa powder, maca roots, raw cashews, dates and almond milk. It's love at first sip for me - this simple shake satiates both my hunger and my sweet tooth.
At lunch time, customers come in to pick up pre-made vegan salad and zucchini noodle (or zoodle) boxes. The pad thai zoodles ($9.50) are particularly popular, but have way fewer calories than the typical rice noodle dish. At Refuel, spiralled zucchini slices comes topped with red peppers, carrots and mung beans that've been sprouted in house.
For those looking for something lighter to nosh on, Quinton recommends an energy ball - she devised the recipe for these and refers to them as a healthy timbit - and they really do look like donut holes. But instead of being deep fried they're raw, but still delicious, spheres made with dates, cashews, maple syrup, salt and a dusting of almond meal.
Along with its in-house juice and smoothie bar, Refuel offers days-long cleanses, but I think I'll stick to bite of my faux junk food for now.
Photos by Jesse Milns.