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.
Found at: Viva Raw at 7th Street Public Market.
Could replace: White wine.
Price: $7.50 for 12 oz.
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.
Aww Kale Yeah
Found at: Green Brothers Juice Co. in Bank of America Plaza.
Could replace: Whiskey.
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.
Found at: Berrybrook Farm in Dilworth.
Could replace: Red wine.
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.”
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.”
As for replacing your beer cravings? You should probably just drink some water. Cheers.
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