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Health Benefits of the Acai Berry

The Acai berry has been used for its medicinal effects for hundreds of years in Brazil, and more recently has taken over the health food industry as one of the most popular berries to consume. But how is the açai berry used for health, what is its origin, and what is the best way to consume it?

Health Benefits of Açai
The açai berry has been used to treat cholesterol, erectile dysfunction, arthritis, and for detoxification. Although the jury is still out in regards to the medical community’s support, açai berries are still regularly consumed for their super food benefits. Additionally, fitness experts recommend consumption of this fruit on a regular basis in order to improve general health and to maintain a healthy weight. The following additional benefits are also possible with açai.
  • Excellent antioxidant rich vitamins and minerals.
  •  Contains several anti-aging, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory chemicals.
  • Rich and vitamin B complex which contributes to the breakdown of carbohydrates and certain fats.

The Origin of Açai
As mentioned earlier, the açai berry is harvested from a palm tree that is native to Brazil. South American tribes have been using açai to treat different ailments for hundreds of years. The popularity of the açai berry gained traction with Dr. Nicholas Perricone who discussed the tremendous health benefits from the berries on the Oprah Winfrey show.

Sidewalk Juice's New Acai Bowl

Smoothies and Acai Bowls
Due to the potency and texture of the açai berries many health experts recommend breaking it down into either smoothies or a açai bowls. Açai bowls became strictly popular in South America and then were imported into Hawaii. Now it seems that the mainland has taken to this new way of consuming açai berries. 

Smoothies can contain virtually everything that açai bowls do with the exception of granola. Either way you consume them, açai berries will give you energy and improve your overall health.

24th Street Spotlight

Sidewalk Juice has been a long time Mission district staple. We opened our first location in 2006 bringing healthy options for our Mission neighbors. Since that time we've made a new home at our newest location at 24th Street and Folsom. We've embraced this amazing area of the Mission for it's unique qualities.  

We wanted to highlight some of our favorite sites and invite you to grab your favorite Sidewalk Juice smoothie or juice and experience these Mission district favorites.

1) Balmy Street Murals
There is no denying the culture that is expressed on the walls in the Mission district. The community's  art and mural tradition is prevalent. Visit Balmy Alley and see some of the murals that make this community a gem. Balmy Alley is just a few short blocks away from Sidewalk Juice on 24th and Balmy (between Treat and Harrison). 

 2) Luz De Luna 

This Mission district gift shop is adorned with an exterior mural, and filled with religious antiques, gifts, candles, cards and jewelry.  Owner Denise Gonzales moved her original store location on 25th Street a year and a half ago to join the lively 24th Street community. 3182 24th Street, San Francisco

3) Mission Sk8boards 
Need a new mode of transportation? Stop by Mission Skateboards, a skater owned and operated skateshop nestled in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District at 3045 24th Street (at Treat St.). Mission offers the latest decks (GIRL, Real, Anti-Hero, Blood Wizard and more), trucks (Ace, Indy, Thunder), wheels (Spitfire, Hubba, more), apparel (Lowcard, Mission), footwear (Nike 6.0, Dekline, etc.) and all the latest videos.

Sidewalk Juice Cleanse

We are big fans of juice cleanses. It's a great way to start a new year and refresh your body after the holidays.   The benefits of a juice cleanse has many great benefits including detox, weight loss and increase in energy. At Sidewalk Juice, we recommend a cleanse every now and then. 

If you decide to do a cleanse we recommend anywhere between 3-7 days. Here is our customized Sidewalk Juice cleanse menu: 

The Jake: 4x the kale, pineapple, lemon, ginger and celery. 

Green Energy: spinach, parsley, kale, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon, ginger. 

Purple Energy: beets, apple, celery, lemon, carrots, ginger.

The Chuy: double kale, double spinach, double parsley, ginger, pineapple and pear.

What is Kombucha?

What is Kombucha made out of?  It’s actually a pretty simple and natural drink.  Kombucha is made of black tea, sugar, and a fermenting element called a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast).  Much like yogurt, this SCOBY or probiotics help aide digestion and can conceivably improve your immune system.  The sugar and caffeine from the tea are used up in the fermenting process so the final result contains very little caffeine and sugar.  However, the tiny bit of caffeine is great for a boost of energy.  This, combined with our regular fruits and vegetables, makes a great and healthy afternoon pick-me-up. 

Happy Halloween!

Halloween is known for the great costumes, trick or treating, and carving pumpkins.  There is so much fun and creativity not only for the kids, but for everyone!  After all the prepping and treat buying is done, what else is there to do?  How can you make this Halloween a healthy one?

For one thing, you can save the insides of your carved pumpkin for a variety of tasty and healthy treats.  Pumpkin seeds make a great snack and are loaded with magnesium and zinc which great for proper bone and tooth formation, energy production.  Additionally, pumpkin seeds help promote sleep, mood and sensory health as well as an insulin regulator.   

Another great use for your pumpkin is to save the insides for a tasty smoothie or use it for some holiday baked goods.  You can do this just simply by blending or chopping the pumpkin and adding it to your favorite recipes for a festive flare. 

Happy Halloween everyone!

Why is Green Energy Hella Good?

Ever wonder why Green Energy is one of our most popular drinks? Besides being packed with tons of nutrients and taste, this drink does exactly what it's called. Give you energy! We all can get slugglish from time to time and sometimes caffeine may not be the best option. Green Energy gives you the energy while supplying your body with all the nutrients it needs to sustain that energy. We have carefully picked our ingredients to give you the healthy boost you need. 

Here is a little break down of the fresh ingredients we use and why they are hella good for you.  

One of spinach’s more well-known health benefits is fiber.  One cup of spinach accounts for 20% of our daily dietary fiber alone which aids digestion to prevent constipation, maintains low blood sugar levels, and can also curb overeating.  Spinach also has anti-cancer properties called flavonoids.  This property slows the division of these cells.  

Parsley is packed with essential vitamins C, B 12, K and A which keeps your immune system strong, nurtures your nervous system and tones your bones.  Parsley is a key herb for supporting healthy kidney function as it helps flush out excess fluids from the body and can help control blood pressure with the folic acid that it contains. 

Kale is one of the greatest super foods there is.  It is extremely low in calorie and has zero fat. Much like spinach, kale is great for aiding digestions with its high fiber content and contains more iron than beef which is very important for healthy cell growth and proper liver function.  It’s also packed with vitamins A, C, K, calcium, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids.  

Celery is a great aid in weight loss because of its filling fiber and low calories.  It also helps flush out any excess fluid from the body with its high potassium and sodium content.  Celery is very good for your immune system and contains lots of vitamin C.

Cucumbers are an excellent source of vitamins B, B1, B6, C, and D, folate, calcium, magnesium, fiber, and potassium.  What does that mean for you?  Well, with the high content in fiber, cucumbers are used to aid in weight loss and digestion and are very effective in ridding the body of toxins.  They also help promote joint health, relieves gout, arthritis pain, reduce cholesterol, and controls blood pressure. 

We’ve all heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  But why?  What are in apples that keep us so healthy?  Eating apples and drinking apple juice fights against the effects of aging on the brain which means apples can directly affect Alzheimer’s and Parkinon’s and possibly keep it away.  In addition to your brain, apples have a direct affect on your pancreas.  Eating apples can reduce your risk of pancreatic cancer by 23% and studies have shown that women who eat at least one apple a day are 28% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Eating apples is heart-healthy, lowers cholesterol, controls your weight, detoxifies your liver, boosts your immune system, and neutralizes digestion and irritable bowel syndrome. 

Have you ever felt the sting of lemon juice on an open wound?  The sting is actually the citrus in the lemon trying to fight against infections in your body and around your wounds.  Eating and drinking lemons will allow the citrus to fight any infections that are inside your body.  Lemons also help lower cholesterol and increase the levels of HDL which are the good cholesterol.  Lemon juice can relieve gingivitis, stomatitis and inflammation of the tongue.  It is also preventative for the common cold, urinary tract infections, can relieve colic pain, gastric problems, can prevent and cure osteoarthritis.  

Ginger is great for all sorts of remedies to preventative treatment.  Ginger is a helpful remedy for morning sickness, motion sickness, heartburn, migraines and menstrual cramp relief.  Ginger is also used to prevent diabetic nephropathy (kidney damage) and can also prevent the cold, flu, ovarian and colon cancer.  

3 Ways to Stay Hydrated this Summer

Summer is here and although our beautiful city by the bay isn't the most swimsuit friendly place, we San Franciscans still know how to enjoy the summer.  We enjoy sunny days at Dolores Park, taking side trips down the coast or planning a vacation to a place where we can actually work on our tan. Regardless of your summer plans, it's important to remember  to keep healthy and hydrated this summer.  Here our a few easy tips to jumpstart a healthy summer. 

1) Munch on Fruits and Vegetables
Many fruits and vegetables are water rich and can help in rehydrating your body.  Some of our favorite picks are cucumber (96% water content), watermelon (92% water content), and grapefruit (91% water content).

2) Ditch the Caffeine
Caffeine like coffee, black tea, and soda can severly dehydrate your body.  Instead sip on herbal tea, and sparkling water.

3) Sip on Coconut Water
Coconut water is great for hydration and contains tons of electrolytes to keep your body in blanace. We love it so much, we just had to add it to some of our tastiest smoothies.

Sidewalk Juice Coconut Water Smoothies: 

Blueberry Colada: coconut water, blueberries, pineapple, shredded coconut, pineapple sherbet, ice

Pineapple Mango: coconut water, orange juice, pineapple, mango, pineapple sherbet, ice

Kale Colada: fresh organic kale, coconut juice, pineapple, coconut shreds, pineapple sorbet and ice

A-Lot-A- Colada: pineapple, coconut water, pineapple sherbet, shredded coconut and ice

Tropical Valencia: coconut juice, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, raspberry sorbet and ice

Strawberry Colada: coconut juice, coconut shreds, double scoop of strawberries, pineapple sherbet and ice

Peach Colada: coconut juice, coconut shreds, double scoop of peaches, pineapple sherbet and ice

Mango Colada: coconut juice, coconut shreds, double scoop of mangos, pineapple sherbet and ice

Where to Get Your Yoga On

Do you like getting your zen on with a little yoga?  Here at Sidewalk Juice we are big proponents of keeping our bodies fit and healthy.  Yoga is a little treat that keeps our bodies lean, flexible and not to mention feeling the great meditative and calming effects it has on our minds.  We have compiled a list of some of our favorite studios here in the Mission.

If you have any suggestions or have a must go to yoga spot, please leave a comment below.

Laughing Lotus Studios
3271 16th St (between Guerrero St & Dolores St) 

Yoga to the People
2973 16th St 5th Floor 

Yoga Tree
1234 Valencia St (between 24th St & 23rd St) 

Yoga Kula 
3030 16th St

Sidewalk Juice Now Caters

Have you ever wished you could have a fresh cup of juice at your company meetings or events?  Sidewalk Juice has got you covered.  We are now bringing the juice to you.  Call or email one of our locations to place your order for delivery.      

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Another Reason To Love Our Top Ten

While we have over 100 different juices on the menu, we are especially proud of our top ten.  Here are some of the nutritious highlights of our customer’s favorite menu items.
1. CUCUMBER- Among the several nutritious ingredients in our GREEN ENERGY juice is cucumber.  Cucumbers have several health benefits including keeping the body hydrated (with over 96% water content).  The high water content, vitamins A, B & C and the presence of certain minerals like magnesium, potassium, and silica make cucumbers an essential part of healthy skin, and the potassium, magnesium and fiber present helps to regulate blood pressure.  (Ingredients Include: spinach, parsley, kale, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon, ginger.)
2. BLUEBERRIES- With a heaping portion of blueberries BERRIES VALENCIA packs a punch of antioxidants which help boost the immune system, aids in reducing belly fat and helps promote urinary tract health.
(Ingredients Include:  blueberries, strawberries, banana, orange juice, marion berry sorbet and ice.)

3. BEETS- Beets have several benefits including helping mental health, cleansing the body of toxins as well as being known as nature’s Viagra.  What’s not to love about APPLE BEET KOMBUCHA JUICE? (Ingredients Include: one whole beet, one apple , kombucha.)
4. MANGOS– The deliciously sweet mangoes found in MANGO BERRY SMOOTHIE are a great source of potassium, vitamin A and have been known to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. (Ingredients Include: apple juice, strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, mango tangerine sorbet, ice.)
5.CARROTS-  These root vegetables provide a ton of benefits including cancer prevention, anti aging, improved vision, healthy teeth and gums.  Just another reason to drink up some MISSION ELIXIR(Ingredients Include: carrots, celery, apples, beet, ginger, parsley.)

6. SPINACH- GREEN KOMBUCHA JUICE is filled with fresh bundles of spinach containing vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, manganese, zinc and selenium.  Spinach serves as powerful antioxidants that combat the onset of osteoporosis, atherosclerosis and high blood pressure.  In addition, the vitamin K that is present in spinach can prevent excess activation of osteoclasts (the cells that break down bones), as well as promote the synthesis of osteocalcin, the protein that is essential for maintaining the strength and density of our bones. (Ingredients Include: bundles of spinach, kale, parsley, celery, ginger, kombucha.)
7. KALE- Kale is a great anti-inflammatory and is rich in antioxidants, high in vitamin C, calcium, iron, vitamin A, K as well as being super low in calorie and full of fiber. Just another reason to try KALE COLADA SMOOTHIE. (Ingredients Include: fresh organic kale, coconut juice, pineapple, coconut shreds, pineapple sorbet, ice.)
8. PINEAPPLEJJ’S TROPICS JUICE is filled with yummy pineapples which have several health benefits including alleviating the pain of arthritis  strengthening bones, improving digestion, and with all the vitamin A, C, calcium, phosphorus and potassium, it’s no wonder it can prevent coughs and colds. (Ingredients Include: apple, pear, pineapple, carrots.)

9. ALMONDS- Nothing is more delicious and decadent than our ALMOND DELIGHT SMOOTHIE.  Luckily, almonds are loaded with tons of health benefits including developing stronger bones, lowering bad cholesterol, reducing the risk of heart disease, and even helps with weight loss. (Ingredients Include: almond butter, almond milk, banana, and ice.)

10. GINGER- This fantastic digestive aid helps with heartburn, morning sickness, motion sickness and relieves stomach aches.  It also helps with migraine and cramp relief.  All this can be found in our APPLE LEMON GINGER KOMBUCHA.  (Ingredients Include: 2 apples, half a lemon, 2 inches of ginger, kombucha.)

Take a Stroll to Sidewalk Juice

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Sidewalk Juice

The ultimate grab-and-go spot in the Mission, this venue (which boasts two locations) has over 100 choices when it comes to made-to-order juices, smoothies, kombucha, wheatgrass shots, and more! Bonus: Awesome people-watching. 

Stop by our Second Location

Did you know that Sidewalk Juice recently opened a second location?  It's true!  We are spreading the love all over the Mission.  Our spacious second location at 3100 24th Street (between Folsom and Shotwell St) welcomes guests with colorful walls, murals, and seated bar.  Fill up on one of a hundred different fresh juices, smoothies, kombucha and more!