When traveling do you find yourself indulging in foods that you don’t eat everyday at home? I definitely do! I struggle to eat fresh fruits and veggies while traveling and don’t have a green juice or smoothie often enough. This Summer I’ve been working hard to change that. On a recent visit to Memphis, Tennessee, Cosmic Coconut helped me stay on track.
We planned to leave Memphis early on a Monday morning on a group drive with several hundred cars, part of MINI Takes the States. The folks at MINI are terrific to provide food for all of us, but it doesn’t always work with my nutritional needs. (Sometimes it does so very well, though. More on that soon…) I had already been on the road for a few days and knew I needed to focus on getting food into my body that would keep me healthy. I also needed a picnic lunch to eat, as the day’s planned lunch stop was at a drive-in BBQ spot several hours outside of Memphis.
Cosmic Coconut to the rescue! I phoned them ahead of time to make certain I could pick up lunch during their breakfast hours and was assured I could. Terrific! We planned to grab plenty of juice and lunch.
As we pulled up to Cosmic Coconut, I noticed how bright and happy everything appears. Not an easy task in a strip mall!
Inside is very inviting, plenty of spots to sit and enjoy a juice or a meal.
While we waited for our juice and lunch to be prepared, I saw a few folks come in to pick up a full day or two of juice, probably doing a cleanse. I also got the chance to talk to the owner, who is super knowledgeable about the food and juices they are serving. So nice to find a spot like this while on the road!
I kicked the morning off with a Go Green juice with cucumbers, apple, celery, kale, lemon ginger and some extra ginger…because I like a lot of ginger in my juice. They were happy to make it just how I like it. My favorite fella had the Immunity juice with pineapple, orange, lemon, ginger, cilantro and cayenne. Spicy!
We were in and out in just a few minutes with fresh juice, bottled juice and lunch. As happens to me on road trips, I got about halfway through lunch when I realized I didn’t take a photo of my fella’s lunch (he ate fast, too!) and had already made a sizable dent in my salad. I’m going to show you the gorgeous salad anyway. It was the daily special, a taco salad with a spicy lentil mix, which made me question why I don’t cook more lentils! So good, excellent guacamole, beautiful organic greens. It was such a treat to have a meal like this while my traveling mates were waiting for BBQ and fried food. I just feel better when I eat this kind of food instead. (And to be honest, I ate a pizza the night before in Memphis, had a few cocktails, including starting the prior day with a mimosa at brunch. I needed some wholesome food!)
Here’s a travel tip for you: when you find a gem like Cosmic Coconut, pick up some bottled juice. Stick them in your travel cooler and you’ll have a healthy boost handy for 2-3 days down the road. The swell folks at Cosmic Coconut even offered ice packs to me for my cooler! I made it all the way back to KC with my last bottled juice from Cosmic Coconut. The Solar Power juice may be my favorite of the flavors I sampled.
If you are looking for more tips on where to eat and places to check out while in the incredible city of Memphis, visit this post. I enjoyed my time in Memphis and hope you’ll get a chance to visit!
EAT WITH: Minimal caution. The staff is super well-informed about dietary concerns and did their best to make sure I ate safely.
Cosmic Coconut is located at 5101 Sanderlin Avenue, #104B, Memphis, Tennessee, 38117. 901.729.7687. Parking is plentiful, as Cosmic Coconut is in a shopping area.
Johnna’s I Ate Here series is not intended as a restaurant review, rather a summary of Johnna’s experience dining out. You may or may not have a similar experience. Menu prices, items and ingredients featured were current at the time of writing. Please read the menu carefully and ask your server for assistance in ordering if you have dietary restrictions. It’s a good idea to call ahead and let the restaurant know of your food needs. If you are eating gluten-free or specific allergen-free, Johnna suggests informing the restaurant staff of this, so they know this isn’t a food choice, but a necessity, and consumption will result in illness.
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