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Isaac and Moishe's Green Drink a Salad in a Glass

Kale, orange juice and granola put through a blender may not sound delicious, but it is.

If you've been to La Casa de Isaac and Moishe recently, you've seen it: the green drink.

If the look of it doesn't catch you off guard -- a thick, glistening green liquid -- its preparation will. The drink is spinach, kale, celery, cucumber, cactus, aloe vera, pineapple, flax seed, oatmeal, granola, orange juice, ice and honey blended together and poured into a 16 or 32 ounce glass.

Some of you may have stopped reading this at "kale." Those still here get to be let in on a little secret: this drink is delicious.

Last fall, the minds behind Highland Park's a Mexican food gem on the North Shore, decided to install a juice bar in their Highwood grocery store. Isaac and Moishe Nava borrowed a recipe from a weight-lifting relative for a drink that includes ingredients you wouldn't normally expect to, well, drink.

The honey and orange juice give the drink a sweetness while the granola and oatmeal make it surprisingly filling. It should surprise no one that the drink's color comes from the veggies.

A 16 ounce glass costs $3, and a 32 ounce glass costs $6. For a few bucks more, you can get a dose of protein added as well (though its this writer's humble opinion that the taste is better sans protein).

I was at Isaac and Moishe's Highwood market last summer and watched as about a dozen people came in and out to buy a green drink. One man bought a 64 ounce jug of it so he could store it for the week. Since its popularity has grown, the drinks availability expanded from the market to the brothers' restaurants as well.

The Nava brothers know the drink may be intimidating to those that wouldn't try its ingredients on their own, in the safety of its solid form. As a result, they're liberal with their samples. So next time you're at one of their restaurants or their market and someone holds a small cup of green liquid towards you, don't be scared: it's just a lot of healthy stuff in a glass.

Sara Hoffman November 09, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I love the green joy drink!
Lcpfeifer November 09, 2012 at 02:35 PM
What is the nutritional value? Thank you
sibuna November 09, 2012 at 04:53 PM
I shop regularly at this store for my meat, fish and produce as their quality is outstanding. More importantly, their prices beat any other local grocers, especially corporate owned, hands down. I can load up a tote bag filled to the brim with produce and spend about $6. I kid you not. I will shop at the big-named stores for some groceries, but then go to Isaac's for everything else because of the price. The entire staff is exceptionally friendly and you will find shoppers of all ethnic groups and from all walks of life in there. Those in the know, know that this is the spot for your fresh groceries as well as the deeeeeelishush Green Joy drink! It looks gross, yes, but it really is very tasty, especially with the pineapple in it.
Heidi November 09, 2012 at 09:07 PM
It's not just that the green drink is amazing, it's that everyone is Issac and Moishe are so nice. It's a welcoming place with great personal service. The deli is great, fish and my kids love the taco meat!
Bob Levi November 10, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Buy some tamales at their grocery store. I'm told by people who know about these things that their tamales win - hands down - as the best north of the Mexico/U.S. border. They freeze nicely too.
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