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Loaded acai bowls are a highlight of the large menu.

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Doctors may not be sold, but plenty of others have long been convinced that juicing equals health. For dieters, getting nutrients from a low-cal drink holds plenty of appeal, but many people simply can't stomach forcing down cup after cup. Enter a Houston juicing pioneer, "the Juice Girl"—a.k.a. Gretchen Todd-Hawkins, owner of the juicy Heights hideaway of the same name.

Juice Girl's primary focus is, of course, freshly pressed concoctions combining organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and herbs. But there's solid food, too, including a selection of organic energy snacks which is made in-house daily. An ever-evolving roster of fresh pressed juices, smoothies and acai bowls is listed on the chalkboard wall, but the store's newest innovation might prove to be the most palatable yet—even to juice haters.

Hawkins' latest creation? Soft-serve juice cream. Made using some of her most popular juice blends—including Green Glow, the Flaming Lips Zinger and Fruit Punch—Hawkins' one-of-a-kind juice cream has a consistency similar to sorbet or frozen yogurt and offers a healthier twist on dessert. Too pious for your taste? Add organic and vegan toppings like marshmallows and gummy bears.

The Juice Girl's wide variety of non-dairy and vegan ice creams has long been a hit among customers with rotating flavors such as rocky road, vanilla chai, chocolate-covered cherry and banana-cinnamon-pecan. Vegan cones will naturally follow and Hawkins hopes to launch them in early spring. Forget about The Ice Cream Man—the Juice Girl could be your source for a frozen treat.


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