Cocoa Beach’s Gathering Place for Surfers, Skaters and Other Health-Conscious Foodies
It started out as a gathering place for surfers looking for an energy boost before or after a session. A demanding sport, surfing requires a lot of energy, and Cafe Surfinista met that need, with its cold-pressed juices, healthy food choices and delicious smoothies loaded with fresh ingredients chock-full of vitamins and antioxidants. Since that time, it has become a place health-conscious foodies in Cocoa Beach often say feels like home.
Adorned in an assortment of vibrant art influenced by both the surf and skate culture, the cafe is the creation of owners Bruce and Diane Reynolds. Diane is a yoga practitioner who wanted to provide a Zen space where people could come together and enjoy food that made them feel good.
“I can’t take credit for the creation of the Surfinista…my husband, Bruce, who is a lifelong surfer and artist, is responsible for the artwork and the relaxed surfer vibe,” she says.
Besides their smoothies and juices, the Surfinista serves up organic acai bowls, coffees, salads, wraps and a number of locally baked goodies. While you’re there, you can hang out in their groovy art gallery lounge, surf the net on their free Wi-Fi, play pingpong in the back room or just relax. It’s up to you.
For a delicious and easy-to-make smoothie you can try at home, Diane shared the cafe’s recipe for one of her favorites highlighted here.
The Mana (Hawaiian for “life energy”)
8 ounces organic unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 cup pineapple chunks
1 teaspoon coconut flakes
1 cup spinach
1 cup kale
1/4 cup ice
Note: The cafe recommends freezing your fresh fruits before blending. It offers a nice consistency and reduces the amount of ice you will need.
Place all ingredients in blender, replace lid, blend on high until desired consistency.
Spinach is packed with antioxidants; anti-cancer and cardiovascular properties; and magnesium, which is necessary for energy, metabolism, maintaining muscle and a healthy immune system. Kale is not only loaded with iron and vitamins, but it’s also great for digestion, as well as a great detox food.
For the skeptics wondering if a smoothie can still taste good with greens in it, the answer is a resounding yes! Don’t be turned off by the idea, because it’s delicious, and you really should give it a try. You only live once…
86 N. Orlando Ave., Cocoa Beach, Florida, 321.613.3864, Facebook.com/TheSurfinista