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  • BLM Jul 23, 2007 05:18 PM
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Any opinions on Liquid Nutrition, which have several locations in around downtown Montreal? Main focus is their fruit smoothies & other healthy based food products.

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  1. Smoothies are pretty good and flavourful, cost/ratio decent; for about 5-6 bucks,get a good sized cup compared to say, Jus Boosters, which gave me a measly cup for about the same price and was a pretty flavourless affair. Like LQ's Nutz About You: peanut butter apple soy smoothie......

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    1. re: chilipepper

      What I really like about Liquid Nutrition is that you can get 150-calorie smoothies that are sweetened with stevia. I really like the "Man Goes Berry Crazy" (mango-berry) and the "Beta-Carotene" (carrots and orange). I get a good smooth-beverage fix and none of the guilt.

      I also love the smoothies at Jugo Juice, which cost about the same as at LN, but get them rarely because they all have at least 300 calories.

      One complaint I have about LN is that the staff seem kind of complacent and bored. I wouldn't mind that so much if I weren't in a rush, but when I'm on my way to work, I need them to be a bit more speedy. I've had to wait at the cash a few times (when it's dead) for no good reason, wating for someone to take my order, while three staff are dilly-dallying, looking bored.

      Another thing I'm not crazy about is the music they blast to the outside. I feel sorry for the residents who live above it. They must not get to sleep in, ever.

      1. re: mainsqueeze

        Which LN location have you gone to(in particular the complacent staff)?

        1. re: BLM

          On Bishop.

          1. re: mainsqueeze

            And that's considered their flagship location.

        2. re: mainsqueeze

          I believe all their smoothies are sweetened with stevia.

          1. re: BLM

            Stevia is only listed under certain items on their menu.

            1. re: mainsqueeze

              That's what I thought I heard. I'll doublecheck on that.

              1. re: mainsqueeze

                Went to Liquid Nutrition today. Their smoothies are either sweetened with stevia or honey.

            2. re: mainsqueeze

              jugo juice and other several smoothie places use syrups and other chemical taste "enhancers", Liquid Nutrition only has natural ingredients... Most of the fruits are fresh and all the supplements they use are high quality.
              In regards to your staff complaint, hopefully they will fix things with time... LN has BIIIG issues in the HR department, from what I know, most of the people working there are related to each other or friends. That might explain the lack of interest and knowledge of the majority of the staff at LN.

              1. re: blusky

                Jugo Juice's website makes no mention of the use of syrups. What do you mean by chemical taste enhancers? Where are you getting this info?

                1. re: blusky

                  I am curious about this comment as well. The ingredient list of my favorite smoothie (Berry Binge) lists the following:

                  Blueberries, blackberries, cranberry juice, low-fat yogurt

                  So do you mean that they sneak some artificial stuff in the yogurt part? Would you please explain?

                  1. re: emerilcantcook

                    All of Jugo Juice's smoothie bases and so called juices are artificial and high in sugar&CO. The amount of fruit they use is ridiculous, the taste is certainly not natural. They have such a wide variety of flavours... c'mon! It's obvious how they get most of their "smoothies" to taste the way they do... (nectars, juices, iced teas incorporated in "healthy" drinks??? )
                    On the other hand LN has changed dramatically in the past half a year at least. Not only by the terrible price increase (supplements doubled????? ) but by the taste as well.
                    I Like they focus on the health side, I like the variety of supplements they offer (altho' they have no info on it, had to figure it out by myself with time) but the staff lacks knowledge and ruins their image as a health store/place.

                    1. re: blusky

                      Interesting claim. Is there a source you can quote to substantiate that? I do care about what I eat, and I think it is unacceptable, and perhaps not very legal, if they use ingredients other than what they list. In their own web site, Jugo Jus denies not using anything other than fruit:

                      http://www.jugojuice.com/content/view...

                      1. re: emerilcantcook

                        I simply have talked to people that worked there and studied the ingredients more in depth... I would love to see a complete nutritional info on all those juices and bases they add to their smoothies (aside from the frozen fruit and ice)... and all the flavoring... they make no mention of that anywhere (obvious why)
                        On the other hand... Liquid has sugar in those juices they use while their motto sounded something like "we only use sugar when we address each other" (from what I heard not true either... )
                        Bottom line... LN has less artificial stuff, I consider them a healthy alternative to smoothies out there.

                        1. re: blusky

                          You still haven't provided any info to back up your claims that jugo juice is lying to consumers about the content of their products. I'm still not clear on what you are referring to when you talk of JJ's "mixes" and "flavourings".

                          Here is the nutritional info for their iced tea. It obviously has some form of sugar added because if it were just tea steaped in water it wouldn't have even 70 calories:

                          http://www.jugojuice.com/component/op...

                          1. re: mainsqueeze

                            I have never said they are lying about their ingredients, they are providing all the info... I simply know that a coconut flavoured smoothie or whatever is obvious that is not natural, same goes for their nectars, coffee mixes and whatever they might add to their smoothies.
                            I simply cannot bring myself to ingest whatever they are selling... I am not reffering just to Jugo Juice (i am not a customer) but to smoothie places of all kinds in general that got me on the run after taking a closer look at their menu and ingredients. I know Liquid however, and I do dare to stop by and enjoy a smoothie once in a while.

            3. I'm glad their offer seems rather better than their name (sounds like hospital food). I don't like smoothies, but I'm spoilt with access to fruit all year round...

              1. I noticed they revised the nutritional info on their menus. Turns out they were underestimating the calorie content of their smoothies. I find this irksome.

                On the plus side, they have this new smoothie called Ginger Zest made with orange juice, pineapple, cantaloupe, and ginger. Pretty yummy.

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                1. re: mainsqueeze

                  I tried the Ginger Zest from the Village location. The smoothie is not very smooth but the Ginger kick goes really well with the pineapple.

                  I will try Ebony and Banango next.

                  1. re: mainsqueeze

                    The new menu is more accurate (and bilingual). They have not just underestimated the calorie content of some smoothies, some are actually lighter than they have claimed, so it's not all bad news.

                    1. re: mainsqueeze

                      Ginger zest is old... They have a lot of specialty smoothies not available on the menu... ask about them!

                    2. I admit to having gone to Liquid Nutrition a few times but I think $6 for a smoothie is a giant rip off. These ones aren't that great. They barely use any fruit. You're paying for juice.

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                      1. re: celfie

                        Who makes a great smoothie in Montreal?

                        1. re: BLM

                          some might disagree, but I like the style of smoothie at Hawaii tropical - especially the one made with avocado and pistachio

                          1. re: celfie

                            I do like their avocado "juice". It's a bit too sweet though. And they don't make it to order so you can't ask for it less sweet.

                            I agree that LN's prices are out of line. They recently increased them. I don't go nearly as much as I used to, just for that reason.

                            1. re: mainsqueeze

                              i was under the impression that they have some default juices that they blend with actual avocado pieces. it might be a little sweet, but it's much better than the juice coming from liquid nutrition's juice machine. That stuff has got to have a ton of sugar in it.

                              1. re: celfie

                                I'm talking about the green stuff they keep in a pitcher under the counter. I've ordered "cocktails" there that are comprised of chunks of mango and strawberries with this green avocado stuff poured over top, and the whole thing is topped with achta, crushed pistachios, and a drizzle of honey.

                                Oh great, you've got me craving this now!

                                They make so many different things, though, so maybe you're right.

                                1. re: celfie

                                  I've seen the nutritional info on those things (as they scared me as well), the orange juice is just concentrated no added sugar or chemicals, the others have a small amount of sugar and other natural flavors. They have assured me that the qty. they use is too small to cause any harm.

                              2. re: celfie

                                Do you mean Cocktail Hawaii on Maisonneuve?

                                1. re: SnackHappy

                                  I tried the Mango Berry with extra whey protein at the Concordia University location. I thought $8 was much too expensive for a juice. It would have been ok if the juice had been filling enough to tie me up until supper time, but I got hungry again a couple hours later. A simple home made smoothie is much cheaper and, personnally, I think mine taste better. The one I had was too watery, not fruity enough.

                                  Service was bad at that location.

                                  1. re: pinkatronica

                                    Are you talking about Liquid Nutrition or Jugo Juice? What turns me off on Jugo Juice, is the amount of ice(too much) they put in their fruit smoothies. I like Liquid Nutrition much better, but it's expensive. Who makes a very good fruit smoothie IYO(besides a home-made one you make)?

                                    1. re: BLM

                                      jugo juice might be the fast food version of smoothies but it's way more of a deliciously refreshing junky treat than Liquid Nutrition which tries hard to be something it's not. The Jugo Juice Banana buzz is so grossly awesome. It's banana, some kind of coffee mix, and vanilla frozen yogurt. Another thing jugo juice has on liquid nutrition is the coconut flavoring.

                                      1. re: celfie

                                        I'll try it(Banana buzz)!

                                        1. re: celfie

                                          that's the thing that disturbs me... all that "flavoring" and weird "mixes" Jugo Juice uses... for a health fanatic it's a turn off... If you just want a smoothie for the taste, you might as well stick to McDonalds milkshakes...
                                          I, for one, am all about the nutrient density and less about the taste.
                                          Anyone ever tried the Detox smoothie? It's amazing, never had something like that anywhere else!

                                          1. re: blusky

                                            i don't know about you, but I don't go to a mall food court when I am concerned about health. Smoothies have always held this health food reputation, but most places use sugary fruit juice or frozen yogurt. I guess it's on you to not be a victim of clever marketing.

                                            1. re: celfie

                                              When I'm out of the house all day and get hungry I try to find a better alternative to eating out, and since we were talking about smoothies all that I am saying LN seems healthier and more trustable than other places. I choose them over anything else.
                                              Aside from the juice they use as base everything else is ok, while all the other smoothie places are using several "nectars" "yoghurts" and other weird mixes that really freak me out

                                    2. re: SnackHappy

                                      I'm sure celfie is talking about Cocktail Hawaii. I go to Cocktail Hawaii for their avocado drink(I guess it's considered a smoothie).

                                      1. re: BLM

                                        yes! I always forget the true name. thanks.

                                  2. re: BLM

                                    Station Knowlton on Sherbrooke in NDG has a reputation for wonderful smoothies, though I've not yet sampled their wares.

                                    1. re: BLM

                                      I like the juice mixes at Chez Jose.

                                      1. re: eoj

                                        It's a fruit smoothie? Some of the Latin establishments make juice mixes of some kind I know, but have very rarely tried them.

                                        1. re: BLM

                                          I'm not sure what qualifies for a "smoothie", which is why I called it a juice mix. It is just juice, no dairy.