In vogue for their vitamin-packed and nutrient rich contents, cold-pressed juices are still all the rage and make the perfect way to kick-start your New Years health resolutions. From post-workout pick me ups to hangover cures, check out these 10 Great Spots for Juices and Smoothies in San Diego for some of the city's finest organic greens and energizing elixirs on the go.Read More
10 Great Spots for Juices and Smoothies in San Diego
Super foods, power shots, smoothies and more.
Organic superfood smoothies and elixirs, raw sprouted nut milks; power shots and plant-based juice blends grace the menu at Lisa Odenweller’s health conscious café. Customize smoothies like the metabolism-boosting Mojo Matcha with boosters ($1.50 each) such as local bee pollen, or grab a cold-pressed Skinny Cooler to go. There are seven cleanses including a 21-day transformation package, plus superfood snacks, baked goods and acai bowls too.
Blended for creativity and balance, all Lindsay Nader's creations at this hip East Village café are cold-pressed, unpasteurized and 100 percent natural. Several juices (Grow a Pear, Apple A Day, Pulp Fiction, Drop The Beet) can be blended into smoothies like the free radical fighting Mango Unchained ($9). Or try a ‘Rookie Cleanse’ with one-day, three-day and five-day packages available which cost from $50 - $250 for a selection of six juices/nut milks per day.
Sacred Juice Co.
Alongside a range of cold pressed organic juices - Holy Kale and Pineapple Prayer are popular choices – Sacred also stocks fresh organic fruits and veggies from local farms. While the turmeric and cayenne-laden Lucifer shot helps fight inflammation, their banana, date, cacao and Dark Horse cold-brew coffee-based Get Ready To Fly smoothie is a great kick-start to any morning. Multi-day cleanse packages are offered with free local delivery available.
Lucky Dutch Juice Company
Jonny Dunhowe and Starlene Roop create small-batch juices, nut milks, teas and lemonades using locally sourced ingredients at this North Park outpost. Current best sellers include the blood orange Mexican Candy, and maple vanilla almond latte. Bring in your empty bottles to get a discount on your next purchase. Lucky Dutch is open Monday to Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with free deliveries in the Mid-City area.
While it might not be as health focused as other juice bars this small --but perfectly formed fruteria-- is a San Diego smoothie staple. Made using ripened fruit blended with fresh squeezed orange juice (ice and sugar are optional), choose up to three fruits to create your own concoction ($3.25 - $3.95) or select from one of ten options on the menu like Sweet Papaya and Very Berry.
Myxologie Juice Bar
Serves up healthy and fresh juices, smoothies, probiotic frozen yogurt, acai bowls and other healthy items. Grab a wheatgrass shot ($3, 2 oz.) or ‘myx’ your own smoothie ($6.45, 16 oz.) by choosing from any number of bases -- including almond milk, coconut water and cucumber juice -- before customizing with fruits, veggies, plus kickers like cayenne pepper and superfood add ons. San Diego Library members get 10% off all smoothies and frozen treats.
Ditch the cornflakes and stop by this charming juice stand for their Açai Breakfast Smoothie -- a hearty combination of soymilk, banana, agave and organic acai ($6). Shots include 'Beam' with burdock, honey, maca, cinnamon; plus juices like the Pink Lady with pear, beet, ginger and pineapple. Perfect for all your post-workout needs, the Recovery is a protein-packed blend of almond milk, banana, almond butter, dates, protein powder and maca,
Stop by the shop in Mission Beach or catch the Juice Wave truck at places like the Encinitas Farmers Market for your daily dose of goodness. Two of their winter menu standouts include the Dracula’s Punch juice (celery, romaine, carrot, apple, blood orange, chia seed) and Strawberry Fields Forever smoothie. Kalefornia is one of three cleanse programs available and costs $82 for 6 juices, 1 almond milk and 2 shots.
Fully Loaded Micro Juicery
These Encinitas-based wellness warriors will soon be bringing their raw, organic, cold-pressed recipes to Liberty Public Market, but for now you’ll have to venture to north to taste their wares. Seasonal specialties include pumpkin pie almond mylk and Kahuna’s Cure tonic; while green juices run the gamut from Avatar, The Samuari and RawBrah Juice to Carrotopia and the beet-based Purple Verde. Juices and mylks cost $12/bottle and tonics are $4 per 4 oz. shot.
Nekter Juice Bar
This local chain offers specialty drinks, cleanses and health-conscious snacks at outposts across the county. Juice blends include Green Apple Detox and The Buzz (carrot, orange, lemon, ginger), while for smoothies think Chocolate Dream, the pitaya and strawberry-based Pink Flamingo, and Date Nut with housemade vanilla cashew milk. Cold-pressed bottled drinks are available as grab and go’s, while orders can also be placed online for pick up.