SUFFOLK – After being out of town on vacation for a week and consuming too many rich foods, I was craving something light and healthy.
Breakfast at the Nutrition Ignition smoothie and juice bar was the perfect prescription – delicious rather than medicinal.
Also, I was able to enjoy the donuts.
Nutrition Ignition opened in February in a blue and yellow brick building in downtown Suffolk. Inside, the high ceiling covered in dark tin panels and the sparsely decorated gray and cream walls created an air of serenity as my husband and I sat at a small table by a sun-drenched window and we lingered over our drinks.
The cafe offers low-sugar, high-protein shakes/smoothies that can be considered meal replacements, as well as iced protein coffee and sugar-free teas meant to provide energy.
Prices, although available online, were not listed on the paper menu at the counter. The nutritional information, however, was. For example, a medium shake (20 ounces) has 24 grams of protein, 13 grams of carbs, nine grams of sugar, and 200 calories, while a medium tea (24 ounces) has no sugar and has less than 100 calories. .
I started with a medium banana nut muffin shake ($7.50), full of banana flavor with a hint of cinnamon. The soft, cool drink tasted just like its namesake muffin, only in liquid form.
For a caffeine boost, a medium Wonder Woman tea ($7.50) was truly a treat. Made from a blend of strawberry, mango and orange, the tea was refreshing and slightly tart.
For his breakfast, Jay chose a medium deep-fried ice cream ($7.50). Thicker than my banana nut muffin smoothie, this creamy dessert-like shake featured French vanilla and cheesecake.
He also enjoyed a medium iced coffee ($7.50) made with protein powder. Its three grams of sugar made the drink sweet enough.
As a treat, we devoured a 10-pack of gluten-free, high-protein, low-fat mini donuts ($8). These cute, cookie-sized donuts with a soft texture and slightly nutty flavor were made to order, served hot, and personalized with my choice of chocolate sauce drizzled and a sprinkle of coconut flakes.
With all that protein in our systems, it was several hours before Jay and I started getting hungry again.
I won’t wait until I’m back from another gluttonous vacation to return to Nutrition Ignition for satisfying smoothies and snacks that aren’t loaded with sugar.
Nutrition Ignition, 137 W. Washington St., Suffolk
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Banana Nut Muffin, Fried Ice Cream Shake, Iced Protein Coffee
To note: The COVID-19 situation may affect opening hours. Please check for updates.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday.
Cost: Energy drinks $7.50 to $10.50, smoothies/shakes and iced protein coffee $7.50 to $9.50, mini donuts $8 for a pack of 10.
Suitable for children? The kids’ menu offers $7.50 caffeine-free drinks like cherry lemonade.
More information: 757-809-0812, nutrition-ignition.square.site
Sonja Barisic, [email protected]