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Drink local: Top green juices to replace alcohol on your health kick

Happy health kick season! Good news: Despite your vows to eat well and/or steer clear of alcohol, you can still drink local — and green.

I’ve tracked down only four locally owned spots that make juices (Jamba Juice and I Love Juice Bar are fun to have in town, but they’re actually chains). For your guzzling purposes, here are the most popular green juices from each spot.

Green Harvest

Found at: Viva Raw at 7th Street Public Market.

Could replace: White wine.

Price: $7.50 for 12 oz.

Vibe: Refreshing.

Contains: Cucumber, apple, kale, collard greens, celery, parsley and lemon.

First taste: Cool, crisp spike of celery that goes down like water. Light. Slight kale-y aftertaste.

Why their green juice matters: “It’s over a pound of produce and it’s super nutrient-dense, super-healthy and alkaline … low in sugar,” said Jordan Allen, Viva Raw market manager.

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Aww Kale Yeah

Found at: Green Brothers Juice Co. in Bank of America Plaza.

Could replace: Whiskey.

Vibe: Incendiary.

Price: $6.45 for 14 oz.

Contains: Kale, celery, pineapple, lime and jalapeno.

First taste: Fiery but smooth on the tongue, followed by a celery-infused throat burn. A hint of kale. Sweet, lemony aftertaste.

Why their green juice matters: “Green juice provides a portal for people to get all the amazing phytonutrients and living enzymes into their diets,” said Josh Norris, co-owner of Green Brothers Juice Co.

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Just Greens

Found at: Berrybrook Farm in Dilworth.

Could replace: Red wine.

Vibe: Earthy.

Price: $6.75 for 12 oz.

Contains: Spinach, kale, parsley, cucumber, celery.

First taste: Frothy, with a grassy, dry finish. Fresh spinach overtones, a hint of cucumber.

Why their green juice matters: “All green vegetables contain chlorophyll and chlorophyll helps detoxify the body of stinky bacteria,” said Katie Doernan, a nutrition grad student who was working a shift at Berrybrook Farm. “It’s rich in B vitamins and you get an energy boost.”

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Gateway to Green

Found at: Luna’s Living Kitchen in South End.

Could replace: Tequila.

Vibe: Tangy kick.

Price: $10 for 16 oz.

Contains: Kale, apple, orange, lemon, ginger.

First taste: Apple and ginger fizz at the roof of the mouth. Chilled and clean, with a citrus aftertaste.

Why their green juice matters: “It’s easier to chug down a green juice than it is to eat a salad,” said Andrew Lizotte of Luna’s Living Kitchen, adding that you still get the minerals and nutrients. “A juice is like a daily multivitamin.”

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As for replacing your beer cravings? You should probably just drink some water. Cheers.

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