Island Grill & Juice Bar: A Shock to the System

Feeling a little hung-over, I was looking for something to fix me up. I spotted Island Grill & Juice Bar (4024 Bellaire, 832-539-4254) next to the Whole Foods and decided to give it a try. I sat at the old-fashioned-looking counter and ordered breakfast, starting with a juice cocktail, the Emerald Island Cooler. It was a fancy blend of carrots, beets, celery, parsley, spinach and Emerald Energy. The juice was earthy; the beets made it sweet, but the spinach and parsley gave it that dirty chlorophyll taste. I poured it over a cup of ice to chill the carrot-peelings taste. I am not a juicer, but this thing brought me back from the dead. It also went into my stomach like cement.

The Healthy Juan was a plate of scrambled egg whites, sautéed mushrooms, jalapeños and onions, with a side of fresh salsa and a whole wheat pita. All the ingredients were fresh, and they weren't overcooked. Nothing was over-seasoned, either; maybe that falls into the whole healthy thing. The salsa was simple but tasty. I ate about half of this healthy mound and started to cramp up. I don't know if I put my body into shock from eating something healthy or what. If there would have been some alfalfa sprouts on there, I might have just keeled over and died. I could see the blog now..."Houston Press food blogger Dies from Consuming Meal Without Grease." I did my best to chug the rest of my Island Cooler and vowed to come back and eat a bacon cheeseburger to redeem myself.

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