Sweet Eats: Green & Tonic: Westport, CT | Review

green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT

I recently took a trip back home to Connecticut to visit family and friends and to get some suburban relaxation. I know people always hate on Connecticut due to the fact our highway, I-95, is so long (93 exits to be exact) and boring. While I can’t argue that fact, I can argue that Connecticut is far from boring. I grew up there, I had my first boyfriend there, met all of my best friends there (who 18 years later are still my best friends) and I had the time of my life growing up there. Not everyone has a deep connection like I do with this quaint state, I get that, but hopefully I can get a few of you to see the beautiful state of Connecticut the way I’ve seen it growing up, and how I still see it when I go back and visit.

Now this isn’t a PBS special on all the ways Connecticut is worth visiting, rather, this is a post about an amazing green juice place I found during my last visit. I try and eat healthy as often as I can, you know, balance. It’s so easy to do so when I’m home in the city of Boston, but when I go back to Connecticut to visit family, the green juice places (I’m talking organic, non-GMO type places) are hard to find.

green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT

So, I found myself driving down the winding, tree-lined roads of the gorgeous town of Westport, the colors of autumn dancing in front of my eyes and the crisp New England air whipping through my hair. The destination: this bright and inspiring shop called: Green and Tonic. Why inspiring? Well, as soon as you walk into the door and take a look to your right, you see a wall filled with catchy sayings and words (“food should taste good naturally” or “consider how your food dollars shape the future of our food system”) that make leading a life filled with organic, plant-based and whole foods even more desirable. Looking around the shop you see merchandise, books, green juice (obvs) that they make, cold-pressed and ready to serve, vegan salad bowls, vegan soups, vegan wraps and much more (check out their menu, here). They also have have local honey, body oils and scrubs, boosters for brain & memory, sinuses and digestive health. I was in clean-eating heaven.

green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT

The staff was very knowledgable as to what I should add to my smoothie and acai bowls, which they have an array of smoothie and acai combinations to choose. I got the Zenergy superfood smoothie, which has Matcha Green Tea, Banana, Spinach, Almond Butter, Coconut Mylk, Cinnamon, Bee Pollen. I also got an acai bowl topped with granola, banana, goji berries (my favorite!) and blueberries. Sooooo good!

green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT
green and tonic-Westport,CT

Besides the juices and smoothies, I’d also recommend the lemon miso soup, the spicy avocado wrap and the delicious (tastes like the real thing) taco salad. All of the things I’ve mentioned are vegan and gluten-free!

So, ladies and gentleman (especially those who say “CT is boring”), take a pit stop in Westport and visit the folks at Green and Tonic; eat in, or take your healthy bites to go, you won’t be sorry. It’s time to take back your health.

Check out their other locations as well:

        Cos Cob, CT

 7 Strickland Road

Cos Cob, CT 06807
203.869.1376

Greenwich

 85 Railroad Ave

Greenwich, CT 06830
203-622-1479

Darien

 1098 Boston Post Road

Darien, CT 06820
203-656-1036

New Canaan

 5 Burtis Avenue

New Canaan, CT
203-920-1395

Westport

 17 Jesup Road

Westport, CT
203-557-6392

I was provided a complimentary meal for review. All content and opinions are my own. 

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