The juice bar is officially here, South Florida.
In the past several years it's become a growing trend, shops popping up here and there with their own line of fresh-squeezed or hydraulically pressed fruit and vegetable juices.
These days, almost everyone is aware of the cleansing and healing properties raw fruit and vegetable juices have on the body. 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 just 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 will clean up the pulp for you.
To respond to the growing fad, juiceries have set up shop from Miami to Jupiter, each proudly proclaiming the use of high-tech juicers that extract liquid under high pressure, activating and protecting all those vital nutrients and enzymes.
However you choose to hydrate, refuel, or cleanse, there are plenty of options to choose from. Here's our list of the best juice bars in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
10. Modern Juice Company
287 E. Indiantown Rd., Jupiter; 561-320-9300; modernjuicecompany.com.
Like so many new businesses, Modern Juice Company in Jupiter began as a passion project, one that just so happened to become a successful (and healthful) endeavor. Today, the business has become a haven for those seeking healthful, nutritious juices and smoothies. For founder Jon Sullivan, it's all thanks to his original mission to find a way to make the best-tasting juices possible while retaining maximum nutrition.
The shop serves a full menu of cold-pressed juices, smoothies, açaí bowls, and a number of grab-and-go locally baked goods for those looking to add a bit of health and happiness to their diet — without the added sugar or less-than-ideal fillers. Popular menu selections include the Citrus Sunrise açaí bowl prepared with pitaya (AKA dragonfruit), orange juice, pineapple, and strawberry and topped with honey; the Sunshine Punch juice made with carrot, pineapple, orange, and ginger; and the Mr. Green Go smoothie with kale, spinach, banana, pineapple, and apple juice.
9. Purely Pressed Juice Co.
6314 Powerline Rd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-772-5000; purelypressedjuiceco.com.
Purely Pressed Juice Co. in Fort Lauderdale is a unique approach to the average juice bar. The way they make and sell their cold-pressed, bottled juices stems from supply and demand: They only make what they plan to sell each day, so juices are always super fresh. Co-owner Alan Potrzuski offers a short menu of vibrant-hued juices priced at $8 each. Popular concoctions include the Farmer's Basket (kale, spinach, cucumber, celery, lemon, and apple) and Summer Harvest (pineapple, orange, ginger, cucumber, strawberry, and chia seeds) or the occasional seasonal special rife with the freshest local produce available. Like many area juice bars, Purely Pressed also serves vegetable- and fruit-packed smoothies, locally roasted Calusa coffee, and organic vegetarian and vegan eats.
8. Raw Addiction
8200 Wiles Rd., Coral Springs; 954-753-1418; rawaddictioncoralsprings.com.
Raw Addiction in Coral Springs is a one-stop shop for a healthier lifestyle. The juice bar offers açaí bowls, salads, wraps, and smoothies as well as a full menu of prebottled, raw, cold-pressed juices. The Hulk combines kale, cucumber, spinach, apple, celery, ginger, orange, and spirulina and promises benefits like detoxifying cells, reducing inflammation, aiding digestion, and boosting immunity. The Green Envy marries apple, celery, collards, cucumber, spinach, parsley, ginger, and cayenne for lowering cholesterol and reducing inflammation while offering anticancer and antibacterial properties. Feeling like an extra dose of good-for-you ingredients? Each is available with customizable "power" add-ins like organic hemp and flax granola, maca powder, chia seeds, spirulina, raw honey, bee pollen, and Vega Sport protein powder.
7. The Zen Bar at Marando Farms
1401 SW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-937-8546; marandofarms.com.
Check out Zen Bar at Marano Farms in Fort Lauderdale 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, with tons of other health-minded products. They also have a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, so you can choose one of the blends they've designed or customize one for 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 and the Zen Bar to help make your healthy eating habits easy and local.
Multiple locations; jugofresh.com.
Juice lovers rejoiced when Miami's popular Jugofresh arrived in Broward County, bringing its cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and plant-based snacks to Fort Lauderdale Whole Foods Market. Since then, the partnership has extended to include two additional locations at the Davie and Boca Raton Whole Foods stores. Founder Matthew Sherman and chef-partner Darren Laszlo opened the first Jugofresh in April 2012 with a menu of culinary-driven, organic cold-pressed juices, health shots, raw mylks, and smoothies known for their topnotch organic, unrefined, high-quality ingredients. There are dozens of juice options available that arrive fresh-pressed daily from the nearby Miami processing kitchen, each sporting quirky names like El Green-Go (apple, celery, spinach, parsley, lemon), Phylled Mylk (cucumber, almond, water, chlorophyll, coconut palm nectar, vanilla extract, grey sea salt), and Kale'ing Me Smalls (coconut meat, coconut water, banana, kale, spirulina, coconut palm sugar). They also fit any lifestyle, from the serious juicer on the lookout for the ultimate green drink to first-time juicers who need something a little sweeter.
5. Myapapaya Juicery + Kitchen
1040 Bayview Dr., Fort Lauderdale; 954-338-5651; myapapaya.com.
Myapapaya Juicery + Kitchen in Fort Lauderdale opened in 2012, long before many of today's South Florida juice bars were even a twinkle in their founders' eyes. As the first cold-press juicery and one of the leaders in the area's healthful eating movement, husband Adam, wife Michelle, and then-14-month-old daughter Mya Kanner decided to do "their part to build a community" of health-conscious eaters and — of course — juice drinkers. At Myapapaya, the juices are extracted using a custom-made three-ton hydraulic press, which minimizes the changes that fruits and vegetables endure during a typical juicing process. Try the Go Green, with kale, spinach, romaine, celery, parsley, cucumbers, lemons, ginger, and apples, or the Get Rooted, with beets, spinach, apples, carrots, and ginger for a great blood-cleansing and digestion-supporting juice. A favorite is the treat-like Hawaii 5 Glo, with grapefruit, oranges, lemons, aloe, and pineapple, which helps boost immunity and aid in digestion. They also offer fresh, young Thai coconut water for the ultimate postworkout hydrator.
4. The Raw Juice Company
7130 W. McNab Rd., Tamarac; 954-861-0506; therawjuiceco.com.
You can't bottle health and well-being, but you can get pretty close. That's the philosophy behind the juices at the Raw Juice Company in Tamarac. With its line of bottled, cold-pressed beverages, the shop makes it easier to get a daily dose of healthful nutrients for people with a busy, on-the-go lifestyle. The company sources produce from local farms, so only the freshest fruits and veggies are used in the juices, allowing for a range of both seasonal and signature juices. These liquids are then blended together to balance health benefits with palatable flavors, like the Dirty Lime-aid (activated charcoal with lime, cucumber, pineapple, and apple) or the Green Monster (kale, celery, apple, cucumber, and orange). If customers aren't sure which flavors will appeal to them, the staff is happy to provide samples so there are no surprises — just good juice juju. They also offer cleanse packages and home or office delivery.
3. Juicery Rx
5910 Coral Ridge Dr., Coral Springs; 954-752-6069; juiceryrx.com.
As a clinical pharmacist, Kimmi Stultz was trained to believe that medication was what would help patients get better. But when she began suffering from her own illness – an autoimmune disorder that caused dizzy spells, digestive issues, fatigue, and a host of other symptoms – she went on her own quest to find alternative solutions to her health problems. Today, the 33-year-old Parkland resident is the owner of Juicery Rx, a juice apothecary at Sawgrass Center on Coral Ridge Drive in Coral Springs. Her goal is to not only sell homemade cold-pressed juices and a small selection of healthful menu items but to educate people, especially families, about food. The shop creates its own raw, cold-pressed juices and offers tailored-to-you juice cleanses. If Stultz is symptom-free now, chances are a trip to Juicery Rx might be just what the doctor ordered.
2. Swami Juice
3100 NW Boca Raton Blvd., Boca Raton; 855-467-9264; swamijuice.com.
Boca Raton-based Swami Juice is the brainchild of late founder Stephen "Jak" Jakobot. Today, each of his five signature cold-pressed juice recipes is still on the menu at his 4-year-old juice bar in Fort Lauderdale (and at the processing facility that doubles as a small storefront in Boca Raton). Dozens more are now offered as well, including his Sunscreen, made with carrots, oranges, apples, ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon, and several green drinks dubbed the Bush Doctor, Yo Greens, and Swami-ade. More recent additions include tasty concoctions like the Jungle King (cucumber, spinach, kale, banana, and lime) and Love Jak (pineapple, strawberry, orange, beet, red apple, and mint). Swami has also become well known for its one- to five-day juice cleanses that — unlike many cold-pressed bottled juices that add too much fruit to appeal to the masses — offer a high vegetable content that makes them the juice of choice for local patrons battling illness. Stop in during the daily happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. when select juices are on sale for $8. Can't make it to either location? Both offer free delivery when you purchase six juices or more.
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1. Raw Juce
Multiple locations; rawjuce.com.
Raw is the new way to eat. From vegetarians to vegans, today eating only raw, uncooked foods just the way nature intended is becoming more popular. But is raw really better than heated, pasteurized, and processed? Just ask Boca Raton resident Barry Rabkin, one of the founders of — and also the source of inspiration for — Raw Juce, the new juice and smoothie bar that came on the scene in 2014 promising Boca Raton its first cold-press juice bar and raw food lunch spot. Since they did, the juicing game hasn't been the same; each juice is custom-blended to allow for maximum taste and nutrition, many including superfoods like chia seeds, spirulina, and E3 Live (the blue-green algae supplement). It's also one of the few juice bars in the country to obtain Certified Organic labeling status. Over 15 juices are available daily at five locations across South Florida. The most popular juice is the original Raw Greens made with parsley, lemon, spinach, kale, kiwi, gala apple, romaine, ginger, and chlorella. Looking for a custom juice cleanse or some nutritional counseling? You can find one-, three-, and five-day cleanses — and knowledgable, friendly staff — as well.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.