The Main Squeeze

Have you joined in on the juice craze yet? I’ll admit it took me a while to catch on, but once I did I was hooked. I love that I can “eat” 1 apple, 1 pear, AND half a pineapple in a 12oz cup. What I don’t love so much is the prices. In this case, buying a juicer and a blender may be worth the splurge. If you’re not into the whole DIY-juice thing, here are my top 3 juice bars in NYC that are definitely worth checking out.

1 Liquiteria: This is my favorite destination for juice and is also the least intimidating.  Sure they have wheatgrass shots, vegetables juices, and vegan smoothies, but they also have the most approachable and customer-friendly menu for those of us that are not completely vegan and enjoy healthy juices. Compared to other juice bars, they are pretty affordable [$5-$7 juices]. They offer juices and smoothies of all varieties, of which you can add different assets [protein, immunity, energy, memory, etc]. My favorite juices are the Reggae Rhumba [mixed berries, pineapple, watermelon, apple cider, Vitamin C, aloe vera] and the Grasshopper [apple, pear, pineapple, wheatgrass, mint]. They also have delicious smoothies for both energy boosting and meal-replacing. They have their own juice cleanse which includes free delivery [$147-$200 for 3-days].You can find out more info here.

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2 The Juice Press: This place is all about raw, organic juice. They offer a juice cleanse [$60-$75 per day for a recommended 3-6 days for beginners] and the locations are set up as a grab-and-go situation. Each juice is almost $10 for a 17oz bottle, however it is supposed to replace a meal and all have great health benefits that are explained on the labels. Lots of New Yorkers swear by this cleanse [I’ve never tried it]. They also offer smoothies, snacks, and lunch options.  My favorites are the “Queen Wah,” [quinoa, seaweed salad, avocado, tomato, sesame dressing] and the “Marinated Kale” salad [kale, nori, tomato, avocado, flax crackers]. No dairy, no soy, no refined sugar. You can find out more info here.

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3 One Lucky Duck: Owned by New York City’s first raw, vegan restaurant, Pure Food & Wine. The juice bar is a bit expensive [$8-$12 smoothies], but the smoothies and juices are beyond delish. My favorite smoothies are the Spanking [coconut, blueberry, banana, cashew milk, cinnamon, vanilla] and the Berry Blue [mixed berries, banana, coconut water, blue-green algae]. This place can be pretty intimidating because everything is vegan, raw and organic, so the menu ingredients can often look foreign if you aren’t familiar with this lifestyle. However I’ve never tried something there that I didn’t like.  They have really great healthy lunch options like spicy thai lettuce wraps, chips and guac, and the caesar salad.  They also have really tasty granola bars, crackers, and healthful sweets. You can find out more info here.

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There are also tons of random places that sell freshly pressed juices.  My go-to drink is apple, pear, ginger, but a lot of people like to add vegetables [carrots, kale, wheatgrass, cucumber, beets]. I’m not quite there, yet.