Our Favorite Juice Bars + Green Smoothie Recipe
We really love our juices and smoothies—morning, noon, night.
Some say that juicing is better for you than eating whole foods because the nutrients in fresh produce can be absorbed more quickly in liquid form. But we’ll be honest: we love a fresh-pressed juice and fruit-and-veg-packed smoothies because they’re delicious and a quick-and-easy way to stay stocked up on our vitamins and minerals as we run from spin class to lunch meeting to school pickup. Jess also says they’re a great way to get your kids (and some picky adults) to add fruits and veggies into their diet without the struggle. Of course, we all have our favorite places, presses, and blends, so we’ve shortlisted some of our favorites for you—along with Jess’s favorite green smoothie recipe, too.
The N.Y.C. flagship of this purveyor of delicious, “nutrient-dense” food and drink is one of Jessica’s must-stops when she’s on the East Coast. Delivering the freshest organic juices, smoothies, homemade foods, signature cleanses, and clean-food diet plans, Juice Press has locations in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Washington DC, Washington, and Nevada.
We get juiced over: the Green Light green smoothie, a blend of spinach, kale, banana, date, vanilla, maple, and water; the Love at First Sight green juice with green apple, kale, spinach, parsley, and lemon.
The gold-standard for cold-pressed juice in Southern California, Kreation Organic started out as an organic café and now has locations throughout L.A. (and not far from our offices). We are obsessed with pretty much everything Kreation has to offer, from juices and smoothies to wraps and salads to breads and puddings, and now finally coffee!
The Juice Bar
This Dallas hotspot is well known for its chef-developed creatively concocted juices, smoothies, and bowls, and caters to on-the-go health-and-wellness seekers. The Juice Bar doesn’t just have customers—it inspires devotees who visit one of its three locations seeking a little of that old cold-pressed magic it’s so famous for (translation: the juices deliver with healthy drinks that also offer superior taste).
We get juiced over: the almond milk, Greek yogurt, blueberries, banana, and vegan protein powder of the gorgeous Purple Haze smoothie; the antioxidant-rich creative juice We Got the Beet, with carrot, green apple, celery, beet, and parsley.
Sincerely Kara’s Green Smoothie
Makes two smoothies
2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2–3 handfuls baby spinach
1/2 frozen banana
1 heaping cup frozen mangos
2 Tbsp. chia seed
2 Tbsp. flaxseed
1 Tbsp. almond butter
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
1 scoop collagen peptides and/or your favorite protein powder
(if sweetened already, reduce amount of banana and mangos)
Add almond milk and spinach to high-powered blender and blend well.
Next, add in banana, mangos, chia seed, flaxseed, almond butter, cinnamon, and sea salt. Blend well.
Add collagen peptides and/or protein powder, if you’d like, and blend well.
Pour into glass and enjoy!