Monday, January 26, 2015

Upbeat Health Bar @ Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur

If you need a quick energy boost to keep you awake through the day, why not skip the caffeine and get your fix of cold-pressed juices at Upbeat Health Bar instead? Located at the Kuala Lumpur city centre, it is a popular spot among the corporate crowd and healthy goers who are seeking for healthier meal alternatives.

Aimed to change the way people eat on-the-go, Upbeat Health Bar kiosk is constructed in an open kitchen concept so that patrons can see how their nutritious protein smoothies, cold-pressed juices and tortilla wraps are prepared freshly here. A bonus for customers who share the same values, there are plenty of SHAPE and Men's Health magazines on the table for your reading.

I love how they display their detailed menu with beverages content breakdowns and calorie indicators so that we know exactly what and how much we are consuming! To achieve ultimate health, Upbeat totally avoids refined sugar and unhealthy fat by using solely natural sweeteners such as banana and honey.

PROTEIN SHAKE
Peanut Butter Goodness (Small) @ RM9.90 (261 kcal)
Add-on: Chia Seed @ RM2

One of the bestsellers is the powerful concoction of Peanut Butter, Banana, Chocolate Whey and Milk. Creamy and nourishing, I'm surprised that it tastes so delicious and thick that I'd ditch my cup of latte for this!

Using only premium class of Whey Protein that gives low carb and high protein content, gym lovers from Fitness First, a neighbour to the kiosk, can hop over after their training sessions for an energy boost with the protein shakes. Don't forget to add on Chia Seed, the superfood for high protein and omega-3 essential fatty acid content!

Displayed on a separate sheet of leaflet, you not only get to know what you're drinking, but also the nutrient composition of each beverage. Among the exciting flavours such as Mocha, Cocoa, Green Tea, Mango and Berries, you should also check out the popular ones including Berry Slim and Cocoa Delight.

Upbeat believes that cold-pressed juice is a great addition to a daily routine as an excellent alternative to sugary drinks, therefore it introduces 8 types of cold-pressed raw fruit juicesThey are cold-pressed from 100% raw and fresh fruits and vegetables to ensure all the enzymes and vitamins are still live and kicking. In this way, it yields 3 to 5 times more nutrients than other conventional methods!

Drink Me Skinny @ RM11.90 (350ml)

True to its name, it is a refreshing and cleansing concoction of grapefruit, lemon and orange that can help cleanse, detoxify and rejuvenate the body because of its extremely high antioxidant content. Embodying citrus sweetness in the mouth, the juice has a little bitter aftertaste. 

Freshly Prepared Cold Pressed Raw Juices
From Left to Right:
Heart Protector (Tomato, pineapple, carrot) @ RM9.90
Golden Immune Booster (Ginger, pineapple, carrot) @ RM9.90
Keep Calm & Detox (Apple, pineapple, cucumber, ginger) @ RM9.90
Drink Me Skinny (Grapefruit, lemon, orange) @ RM11.90
Upbeet (Orange, beet, carrot) @ RM11.90
Green Lemonade (Apple, lemon, cucumber, celery) @ RM11.90
Beet The Flu (Apple, beet, carrot, celery) @ RM11.90
Liver Saver (Bittergourd, apple, celery, cucumber) @ RM11.90

The juices are cold pressed freshly at the kiosk, so don't worry about the freshness as they can be kept chilled for up to 3 days. They are served at Awesome Canteen too! Here the healthy light bites are limited to a few varieties of tortilla wraps, each equally balanced with nutrients and able to deliver sufficient energy with minimal fat.

Mushroom Galore Tortilla Wrap @ RM8.90 (413 kcal)

I am one of those who don't fancy meats, so the grilled mushroom wrap is exactly what I need for a healthy change! Wrapped in Mission flour tortilla, it is loaded with egg goodness alongside onions, lettuce and light sour cream. 

Gourmet Chicken Tortilla Wrap @ RM8.90 (495 kcal)
Add-on: Whole Wheat Tortilla @ RM1

Upbeat does not serve any processed ingredients as the owner believes real food is the key of healthy eating. Lean smoked chicken breast is a great protein booster, ideally served as a post-workout meal. For the health conscious, whole wheat tortilla may interest you apart from the zesty secret house sauce used as a replacement of mayonnaise. 

Don't forget to pair your tortilla wrap with juices as the perfect meal combination!

*Picture courtesy to Upbeat Facebook Page

To reboot your body to a healthier lifestyle, let's try out Upbeat Juice Cleansing Detox Program! It is all about having 6 bottles of juices a day-- Each bottle of 500ml at 2-3 hours interval. In between the juices, one should drink a lot of water to 'flush' away the toxins.

Juices include:
1. Powerhouse Green: Kale, Organic Spinach, Romaine, Parsley, Cucumber, Celery, Apple, Lemon
2. Glowing Citrus: Grapefruit, Pear, Ginger
3. Jade Green: Organic Bok Choy, Organic Spinach, Parsley, Celery, Apple, Lemon
4. Spicy Limeade: Lemon, Lime, Cayenne Pepper, Organic Agave, Filtered Water
5. Red Beauty: Kale, Organic Beet, Carrot
6. Vanilla Almond: Almond, Vanilla Beans, Organic Agave, Water

For a start, I think I should begin with a 3-days cleanse plan! Since the freshly prepared juices can only be refrigerated for up to 2 days, I can have them delivering the supply to my doorstep every 2 days! (Delivery at KLCC area is free)

With Upbeat Health Bar, now I believe healthy food and beverages can be very exciting and full of surprises. Let's start to eat clean now and make a change in our lifestyle!


Verdict:
1. Healthy food and juices are NOT just for those who are watching their weights, it is about a whole new lifestyle that leads to a healthy self which I believe Upbeat is doing great to influence Malaysians towards this direction.
2. Eating healthy at Upbeat can be very satisfying and cost even cheaper than the coffee and cafe food.
3. Recommended: Peanut Butter Goodness, Cold Pressed Raw Juices


Upbeat Health Bar
Lot L2-2, Level 2 (Next to Fitness First)
Avenue K,
156, Jalan Ampang, 
50560 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 6 017-606 2833
Email: upbeat.healthbar@gmail.com
Facebook: fb.com/upbeat.healthbar
Instagram: @upbeat_healthbar
Business Hours: 10am - 10pm daily

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