Ten Best Juice Bars in Broward and Palm Beach Counties
The juice bar is officially here, South Florida. It's slowly becoming a trend, shops popping up here and there with their own line of fresh-squeezed or hydraulically pressed fruit and vegetable juices.
Photo courtesy of Mayapapaya Juicery + Kitchen
These days, almost everyone is aware of the cleansing and healing properties fresh fruit and vegetable juices have over our bodies. When you drink the juice from whole foods, you are drinking concentrated nutrition. But did you know the method of extracting the juice and the type of produce you use -- just plain old responsible juicing -- are important factors when it comes to getting a cup of green liquid or a healthy, nutrient-dense drink?
Luckily, if you don't want to juice at home, now Broward and Palm Beach counties have a number of places that juice for you. Where did they all come from, what makes one juice different than another, and how did we ever live without them? Find out here.
Today, juicing has become big business, a Hollywood celeb-style fad making bold claims that juice drinking can help remove toxins, cleanse your digestive system, and aid in weight loss. Does it? Researchers on both sides argue evidence supporting and refuting these claims -- but what we do know is that a diet high in fruits and vegetables does reduce the risk of certain diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, while aiding in weight management. Add that to the fact that most Americans don't eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, and the alternative is finding a way to chow down on a pile of fresh produce every day.
The alternative? Just juice it. To respond to the growing fad, juice bars have set up shop, proudly proclaiming the use of high-tech juicers that extract juice under high pressure, activating and "protecting" all those vital nutrients and enzymes. However you choose to hydrate, fuel, or cleanse, here is our list of the best juice bars in Broward and Palm Beach counties that do all the juicing for you.
10. The Vegan Cafe
Nicole Danna The Vegan Cafe in West Palm Beach uses a Norwalk juicer to make cold-pressed juices fresh-to-order.
A small, aging strip mall in West Palm Beach -- located amid a plethora of fast-food establishments -- may be the last place you'd expect to find a vegan lunch spot. But just a few miles west of I-95 off Okeechobee Boulevard, that's exactly what you'll find with the Vegan Cafe. Owner Moe Senechal has filled his small shop with a wide array of health-focused fare, from fresh juice to fermented foods. Since opening in July, already a few local vegan-loving "celebrities" have stopped in to check out the small café, including Hippocrates Health Institute codirectors Anna Marie and Brian Clement. Several large tables allow for the lunch crowd to eat in and enjoy a chalkboard menu of cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and a serve-yourself soup bar that changes daily. There's also a short menu of raw, vegan eats. And for the fully committed vegan, an entire wall is dedicated to shelves showcasing colorful jars of Senechal's own homemade, probiotic-infused fermented foods. The menu of juices is scrawled across the chalkboard menu, fun names like "garden of greens," "pink panther," and "sunrise." You can also order a 16-ounce smoothie for just $6.99 with funky flavors like apple berry pie, go go yogi, and chocolate thin mint.
9. Marando Farms
Marando Farms Facebook The Marando Farms Zen Bar juice bar allow you to make your own juice or smoothie.
Check out Zen Bar for a cold-pressed organic juice or a refreshing smoothie. It has shots of wheatgrass and E3 "Brain On" blue algae, which helps you focus. Check out other E3Live and Sunwarrior products. It has a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, so you can choose one of the delicious blends or customize one yourself. In addition to local, 100 percent raw coconut water from Nomad's Gold -- or raw yogurt and cow's milk from Joash's Dairy -- there's plenty of fresh and wholesome foods to buy at Marando to help make your healthy eating habits easy and local.
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