As a college student, brunch with friends seems like an essential part of the weekend. But with popular brunch menu items like deep-fried French toast, crispy hash browns, or sides of bacon, it can be hard to eat a healthy, balanced meal. Juicy Kitchen, a small breakfast and lunch spot near the University of Michigan, makes enjoying a healthy meal much easier.
Juicy Kitchen is run by former personal trainer and health cook, Susan. The little café serves breakfast and lunch and features its menu items in bright, colorful writing on hanging chalkboards. Breakfast options include sliders made with eggs and served on whole-wheat focaccia bread, eggs benedict served over veggie cakes instead of toast, and a power bowl with quinoa, kale, and other yummy add-ins. Even “unhealthy options” are made healthier. One of the most popular dishes is a healthy take on pancakes. They are oatcakes made with oats, flaxseed, gluten-free flour, and eggs served with seasonal fruit compote. If you are in the mood for something lighter, they also serve fresh fruit smoothies.
Juicy Kitchen is also popular for their coffee drinks. They serve Mighty Good Coffee, a popular shop with multiple locations in Ann Arbor, and offer a variety of other specialty drinks. As a sucker for lattes, my personal favorite is the cinnamon vanilla latte. They offer non-dairy milk options for coffee drinkers, including soy and almond milk.
I know after a super healthy meal, I am always craving something sweet. Juicy Kitchen serves healthier baked goods, like “chocolate-chip ‘smart’ cookies” that are naturally sweetened with bananas.
The menu is super easy to navigate for people with special diets or food intolerances. Non-dairy, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan meals are all noted. If an item is not naturally gluten or dairy-free, chances are that they can make you a substituted version.
The Atmosphere & Location
If you don’t have time to sit down and eat or if the small café is too crowded for your liking, you can order meals in advance. Their prepared meals to-go are featured on their website and include a variety of options not seen on their daily menu.
Although this healthy spot is a little harder to get to than other popular brunch places on campus, it’s definitely worth the trip. Before heading home for the summer, celebrate the end of finals this weekend with a yummy, but nutritious breakfast at Juicy Kitchen.