RAYZ-ing the Bar on Delicious
By now you know that there are few things I love more than finding tasty, healthy food options that are both fast and easy. In other words: things that don’t require me to cook but still allow me to stay on track. Bonus points if all the macros are figured out for me and I don't have to hunt and peck my way through my food tracking app. In a city widely recognized for its tacos and tequila however, that hasn’t always been easy. Lately, however, there seems to be a trend emerging in chef driven meal prep options that check all the boxes. The most recent one I’ve discovered is SunRayz Juice Kitchen. Not only does it offer a rainbow assortment of fresh, cold pressed juices, there is an extensive selection of smoothies, and a full menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner options that can be enjoyed on site, or to-go. Daily, weekly, and monthly meal prep options, along with one, three, or five-day juice cleanse programs round out the offerings.
“Our mission statement is to help health conscious people on-the-go,” says owner and certified sports nutritionist, Justin Ray who consulted with well known San Antonio chef Brian West as he developed his concept. “We have great options for everyone from the macro-counting athlete to the average person who is simply looking for healthier options.”
A former football player at West Texas A&M, Ray has more than 20 years of combined experience in the health, fitness, and restaurant industries. He has worked as a personal trainer, was a former general manager at Gold’s Gym, and ran Embody Fitness Gourmet in Connecticut. Over the years, he has learned that lack of education is one of the biggest deterrents when it comes to healthy eating.
“There is a misconception that if the food isn’t full of fat then in won’t taste good,” he explains. “I am working to change that perception.”
The fact that he just opened a second location attests to the fact that he is doing a good job with that endeavor. The menu is filled with a wide variety of options to suit every taste. There’s even a “sweet tooth” section. As someone who has a banana allergy, I was impressed with the amount of banana-free smoothie options—not always easy to find. My personal favorite after-class pick-me-up is The Athlete, a delicious blend of chocolate and vanilla whey, peanut butter, raspberry, oats, bcaa’s, and cashew milk. It’s light but filling, and gives me the energy I need to power through the rest of my morning.
Macros are printed right on the menu, alleviating any guesswork, and Ray can customize macros and calories for meal prep clients to help them meet their personal goals.
Check out the menu at http://www.sunrayzjuice.com and then head to one of their two locations to take advantage of 10% off your order from now until Oct. 1, when you mention B.FIT-SA. Offer excludes juice cleanse or meal prep programs. Enjoy!