It has been quite some time since I last paid a visit to The Juice Truck, and frankly, it’s unacceptable. Especially considering that I’m now commuting to school again, and it’s just a short jaunt over to their location in Gastown. I really have no excuse for not being a more frequent customer. There is a whole whack of juices and smoothies I have yet to try!
Well, today, I changed that. And you know why? This tweet right here:
Baked yam? In a smoothie? Sign me up!
Despite the rainy day, I was determined to get my Juice Truck fix after classes ended this afternoon. I survived the stuffy, warm bus ride into downtown, and made my way to the bright pink truck on the corner of Water & Abbott. There was much chatting to do with the juice guys, Zach & Ryan, but eventually I had what I came for.
The Baked Yam Smoothie – baked yam, soy milk, banana, cinnamon.
Oh this was good. First off, the texture was awesome. It was so thick and creamy, it pretty much could have been a meal in and of itself. I was informed it was so thick because “there’s a lot of yam in there”. Makes sense to me. It tasted kind of like pumpkin pie, but not quite. Perhaps if I had ever had sweet potato pie before, I would have thought it tasted like that. The banana flavour was very subtle, which I was glad to discover, because who wants silly ol’ banana competing with that sweet delicious baked yam? It was just a bit sweet, which kept it from seeming just like a dessert smoothie – in my mind, this is a good thing. I could have used a touch more cinnamon, but otherwise it was very well balanced. And think about it – you get fruits, veggies, fibre, and protein all in one. Gotta like that! Pretty sure I’m going to need to make my own baked yam smoothies at home now.
If you want to try out the Baked Yam Smoothie, you had better get down there quick – the guys told me they plan on serving it through Monday, and will bring out a new fall special after that. In fact, we chatted a bit about their plans for the fall and winter. You’ll be happy to know (or at least I was), that they plan to stay open, and will be slowly adjusting their menu to go along with the season. Think more fall inspired smoothies (I’m hoping that apple pie one I heard about makes an appearance), blended veggie soups, hot chocolate, and more. Good on them to work with the seasons to keep Vancouverites satisfied with delicious and healthy street food eats. Can’t wait to hear what the special is next week!
If you missed my previous visits to The Juice Truck, you can check them out here: