Here’s a rhetorical question for you: When did juice get so good?! Seriously, though! One year, the best the world of juice has to offer is removing pulp (ew, thank you very much), and before I know it there is a whole world of juice that has been born that involves mixing fruits and adding spice and way more antioxidants than I ever knew existed. Juice is no longer a sad substitute for kids that aren’t allowed to drink coffee yet, it’s…it’s a thing. If you order juice nowadays, it’s no longer assumed that you must be fighting off some strange form of the bubonic plague, instead, people will probably think that you’re as hip as they come or that you have your life super together. Because whatever the modern problem, juice seems to be the anecdote. So, where can you get in on the juice trend in the District? These are the best kept (juicy) secrets…
Fruitive classifies itself as an adjective, claiming it means “fruitful; enjoyment.” Go on… Although they started down the road a ways in Virginia Beach, they now proudly boast a store in downtown DC and serve up food that is “good for the mind, body, and planet.” Some juice flavors they offer include:
Beet Faster: Beet, carrot, cucumber, lemon, celery, ginger, turmeric
Pineapple Xpress: Pineapple, pear, aloe Vera, ginger
Charcoal Limeade: Lime, pineapple, activated charcoal water, ginger
Plus, like any good juice bar, they have food to wash it all down with – some examples from their menu include Strawberry Peanut Butter Toast, Collard Tacos, and Berry Basil Salad.
It ain’t easy being green, but Greenheart makes it look GOOD. These guys have a wide selection of cold-pressed juice as well as a variety of handmade nut milks to choose from. Put simply, it’s health food on another level! The choices are plentiful, with items such as:
Summer Garden: Spinach, pineapple, apple, zucchini, cilantro, lemon, lime
Elevated Greens: Fresh young coconut water, matcha, moringa, chlorella, vitamineral green
Cashew Chai: Raw cashews, medjool dates, ayurveda spices, vanilla bean, Himalayan pink salt
This is a juicer’s heaven. Plus, you don’t even have to go into the store to get your fix! JRINK offers delivery services – both on demand, and by subscription. Their subscriptions are said to be 100% customizable and helpful for staying regular and de-bloated. Who doesn’t want that?
Some of their flavors include:
Clean Me Up 2: Apple, lemon, ginger, turmeric
Buzz Me Up: Cold brew coffee, raw Brazil nuts, mint, agave
Blossom Me Up: Strawberry, lemon, honey, filtered H20
Plus, they go as far to tell you when each drink would be most beneficial (i.e. Buzz Me Up is perfect for an energy boost!)
Jaco is a juice and taco bar (JACO= juice + taco) and quite honestly a hipster paradise. Perfect when you want to be healthy, but you’re trying to live a little, too. Plus, they do breakfast food too…in the form of burritos or acai bowls. If a more perfect menu exists, I certainly haven’t seen it.
Some examples of juice/ smoothie options:
Kitchen Sink: Fresh apple juice, pineapple, banana, strawberry, mango, spinach, chia, flax seed, hemp protein
Blueberry Hill: Blueberry, pineapple, kale, coconut water
Spinach Colata: Banana, pineapple, spinach, coconut water, shredded coconut, cia, agave
And a few taco examples (because I know you’re intrigued)
Tijuana Street Taco: Choice of braised beef, chicken, or pulled pork topped with raw sweet white onion, cilantro, and side of hot sauce
Baco Taco: Avocado, sweet onion, tomato, sweet corn, cojita cheese, tomatillo salsa, and roasted poblano crema.
Keep it juicy, my friends!