“It’s not easy being green.” That Kermit the Frog is alive, kicking and still at it sixty years later may mean this hypocrisy is Hippocratic.
Health food brings to mind tasteless, calorie-diminished alternatives. On the forefront of the local Green Food Revolution, Mooshi Green Bar eases the crowd into the fold with very tasty fruit and vegetable combinations that surprisingly have absolutely no added cane sugar or syrups. Their green smoothies that come in a wide variety of blends with proprietary benefits can now be had with an equally large selection of primarily plant-based, organic food pairings. (a)
Pushing six years as a triathlete, Jun Angeles wanted to boost his athletic performance but was very wary of popular commercial and synthetic products. Trying out green smoothie recipes at home, he found that these gave him energy and endurance for his rigorous tri-sport training and in the equally grueling race events. Seeing marked performance improvements on top of numerous other health benefits and overall well-being, he and his wife, Cathy, decided to share the miracle of fruits and vegetables “mooshed” together in tasty, powerful potions through Mooshi Green Bar.
Trumping earlier pure wheatgrass-only green bar incarnations with their array of fruit, vegetable and superfood combos, Mooshi appeals to wider tastes and age groups. Most of their Green Smoothies come named after their respective benefits: Wellness, Power, Boost, Glowing, Cleansing Cilantro and the oh-yeah-it-really-does-give-you Good Vibes; among the other flavor-focused smoothies. These and cold-pressed Green Juice blends are also available in Cleanse Kits for the habitual health buff or the determined converts.
Liquid lunches have yet to pick up locally and Mooshi is ready with their solid options. A “meaty” Mushroom Cheesesteak Panini is one of two Green Sandwiches currently available. The stack packs flavor with fresh Oyster Mushrooms, Fajita Vegetables, Mozzarella, Romaine Lettuce with Mooshi’s Signature Spinach Pesto in toasted Whole-Wheat Ciabatta Bread. This take on the classic Philly Cheesesteak promises not to make you miss the meat.
The Veggie Garden Panini takes it further into the green zone with Balsamic-Glazed Zucchini & Eggplant, Caramelized Onions, fresh Tomato, Mozzarella and, Romaine Lettuce with the Signature Spinach Pesto. As with their smoothies and juice blends, the stellar combination of vegetables make each bite an explosion of fresh flavors.
Salad Shakers take the mess out of the salad game with the greens and the dressing in convenient shakers. The PussyKat needed to feel good and did so with an aptly named shaker with the crunch of toasted Walnuts, the creamy tang of Feta, the crispy sweetness of Apples with Romaine Lettuce bound by Mooshi’s Signature Mango-Maca Dressing. I, protein-whore, snapped up the Protein Power with toasted Almonds, Organic Quinoa, roasted Chickpeas and the tangy-nutty Lemon-Chia Vinaigrette. As choices and serving sizes can be daunting, Mooshi put out well-portioned Salad-Sandwich-Smoothie/Juice combos-of-choice in their All-Day Box Lunches.
Like the meal itself wasn’t a treat enough, Mooshi also has a selection of Mooshi Treats to cap off a meal or to just have alone. While there was Mooshi-In-A-Bowl — fruit and nuts in Almond Milk and Butter, Spinach Yogurt Salad and, Fresh Fruit Salad + Mangoes N’ Cream Smoothie, we had the handy Mooshi Pops. Mango, Organic Banana and Organic Spinach figure in that non-dairy popsicle with Coconut Cream. Their Native Hot Chocolate was too tempting to pass up with dairy-free whipped Coconut Cream drizzled with homemade chocolate sauce. The texture and density were all too familiar to me not to know that the base was from a growing player in The Island’s chocolate scene, Charlie’s Chocolate Farm.
I’m such a carnivore but I’d say that absolutely meatless meal was quite refreshing from my usual animal proteins. I expected hunger pangs to kick in towards midnight but it did tide me over to my usual noon brunch the next day. I believe my gut also gave me gratitude with ease on the throne. Buzz among Mooshi’s other patrons report overall well-being on top of the welcome side-effect of weight loss that may have been hinted at by their kiosks’ rather svelte wooden furnishings (badum-tusss!). Sure, it may not be easy being green but Mooshi Green Bar sure makes it delicious.
Mooshi Green Bar has outlets at Ayala Center-Cebu, SM City-Cebu and Banilad Town Center.
(a)from this author’s own write-up for Mooshi in Sun Star Cebu’s Best Of Cebu 2014 issue Food & Drink section.