Now that the new year has officially begun, there aren't many people out there who aren't hell-bent on starting 2015 with a clean, healthy kick. After a month and a half of ongoing parties (especially in your mouth), flowing liquor, roasted turkey, and a few dozen cheese platters, you know you could use some serious cleansing.
Now, before you haters get started on how juice cleanses are pointless or -- even worse -- dangerous, hold up. There are others out there who fastidiously believe they're the ultimate detox, aiding your digestive tract to flush all those toxins and purify your system.
And maybe you're both right. The truth is, there isn't any hard evidence on either side that cleanses are good or bad. Thankfully, no matter what category you fall into, there are literally dozens of juice shops across South Florida ready and waiting to help you reset after the caloric binge you just embarked on.
While cleanses certainly aren't a cure-all, if done right, they will help you feel more energetic and all-around healthier. So what are you waiting for?
Purely Pressed in Fort Lauderale offers a unique approach to making and selling their juices, smoothies, and healthy fare. According to co-owner Alan Potrzuski, the shop is more than just a health-focused juice bar. Purely Pressed serves fresh-pressed fruit and vegetable juices, as well as smoothies, locally-roasted Calusa coffee, and organic vegetarian and vegan eats. Potrzuski insists, however, that unlike many juice bars that have a set menu of recipes that never change -- or others that make juices to-order at ridiculously high prices -- at Purely Pressed you won't find either. Instead, the short menu of high-pressure, cold-pressed juices change often (sometimes weekly, but often monthly) and are sold at different prices according to demand. The best-sellers go for $8, while the less popular drinks go for $5 to $6. There are a few things each juice has in common, however: They are all made daily using only organic produce, with ingredients that rotate according to what is plentiful, available, and often seasonal. Last, they are bottled in 12-ounce plastic bottles, with no label, and are sold that day, or not at all. Think of it as everyday juicing: a neighborhood commune where lower prices means you can enjoy your juice cleanse without hurting your pocket. Call Purley Pressed Juice Co. at 954-772-5000, or visit purelypressedjuiceco.com.
Myapapaya Juicery + Kitchen
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 healthy eating movement, husband-wife-and-14-month-old-daughter-team Adam, Michelle, and 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; releasing essential vitamins and minerals into each 17-ounce bottle and giving the drinks a three- to four-day shelf life. There's the "go green" with kale, spinach, romaine, celery, parsley, cucumbers, lemons, ginger, and apples. Or try "get rooted" with beets, spinach, apples, carrots, and ginger for a great blood-cleansing and digestive-support juice. Cleanses are available for $65 to $69 per day. To order, call Mayapapya Juicery at 954-358-5651, or visit myapapaya.com.
This Boca Raton-based juice shop was one of the first on the scene in South Florida, delivering a variety of nutrient-packed fruit and vegetable juices cold pressed and bottled in glass bottles. Their 1, 3, 5, and 7-day cleanses are designed for various-sized wallets, and they are all available for delivery within a 5-mile radius of the Boca Raton or Fort Lauderdale store (a few extra dollars will get you delivery outside their coverage area). For committed cleansers, get a friend or family member involved and try the cleanse with a friend for $50 a day. Call Swami Juice at 855-467-9264; or visit swamijuice.com.
Believe it or not, cleansing doesn't have to mean starving yourself. At least that's how the co-founder of Boca Raton's Raw Juce looks at it. Since opening his cold-pressed juice bar just one year ago, the philosophy has been pretty basic: good, clean food will fill you up and leave you satisfied. Cleanses shouldn't be something you do every now and then to remedy a dirty diet, either. They can also be long-term, sustainable experiences that help you transition into a healthier lifestyle. To achieve this, Raw Juce offers assistance in the form of an in-house dietician and health coach, who aids people in making the right dietary choices as they clean up their act, so to speak. Juicing packages include a variety of options, and you can create your own to allow what's best for your taste buds and goals. Choose from a mini day-long cleanse that will get you through the day until dinner, or a 1, 3, 5, and 7-day cleanse package priced from $45 to $450 (extra fees for professional health coaching). Call Raw Juce at 561-424-5823, or visit rawjuce.com.
Green Bar & Kitchen
If you're the type of person that needs a little support to get started on a new diet (or cleanse) then Green Bar & Kitchen new group cleanse should do the trick. The Fort Lauderdale-based eatery is opening a new location on Galt Ocean Mile this month, and to celebrate the new store -- and the New Year -- they will be offering a special seven-day group cleanse, kicking off on January 12th. If you're interested in learning more about the collective effort, you can attend their open information meeting on Monday, January 5, at 7 p.m. The cleanse (which will be offered monthly from January on) will last seven days, and will primarily consist of organic, raw, vegan, superfood power shakes that can be delivered door-to-door. The process will be guided by Kinsey Van Druten, the store's nutrition consultant and culinary nutrition expert. Call Green Bar & Kitchen at 954-533-7507, or visit greenbarkitchen.com.
Field of Greens
Best-known for a customizable experience, Field of Greens -- FOG for short -- allows guests to choose from a list of salads and sandwiches, all mix and match. Want that salad on a wrap? Go for it. Think a sandwich would be perfect without the bread and just a platter? It can be done. Guests at each of the three locations (Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, and Wellington) can select from more than 100 meal combinations that incorporate sandwiches, wraps, soups, and salads. But that's what you'll be snacking on after your juice cleanse, part of the juice bar available at the West Palm Beach location only. Priced incredibly well, each cleanse includes six 16-ounce juices, four cold-pressed juices, one master cleanse, and one homemade sprouted almond mylk, priced anywhere from $60 (for a one day cleanse) to $165 (for a three day cleanse). Call Field of Greens at 561-820-1498, or visit fieldofgreensonline.com.
Nicole Danna is a food blogger 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 Clean Plate's Instagram.
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