Summer hibernation time is almost over and a light cleanse is a great way to wash away the months of lazing around in air conditioning watching Netflix. Lucky for us Phoenicians, there's been a boost in cold-pressed, raw and organic juice makers popping up around town to help us mainline nutrients into our couch potato bods. Some have an upscale ambiance, some are nestled in yoga studios or in food trucks and some will even deliver to your door. No matter where you're at in the metro area and what you're looking for out of a juice bar, you're sure to find it in one of these ten spots that we love if and when you're ready to step outside again.
Original ChopShop Co. When the original Original ChopShop Co. opened in Old Town earlier this year, it pretty much exploded in popularity among college students, health nuts and those looking to stay trim. Just recently, the juice and salad specialty spot opened a second location in downtown Tempe right next to the ASU campus, finally giving students a legitimately healthy and tasty option within walking distance. The garden patio features bocce ball, a fireplace and ample seating, while the inside offers delicious vegan, raw and organic eats. If you're looking for a boost, try out 16 ounces of pure the fresh goodness found in the power green.
Kaleidoscope Juice Regardless of how healthy you're interested in being, you certainly don't want to be sick. Lucky for you, Kaleidoscope Juice offers a juice elixir called the flu shot. $5 gets you the small, but potent combo of oil of oregano, garlic, tumeric, ginger, cayenne, lemon and green apple for flavor that will surely knock the sniffles out of you. While the small juice operation works inside Butter & Me Bakeshop currently, rumor around town is it will soon be moving to a bigger location off First Avenue in Scottsdale with a full juice bar, smoothies and wheatgrass shots--or you can just have your juices delivered on Monday, Wednesday or Friday if you pre-order.
Phoenix Natural Medicine and Detox Center If the other juice bars so far haven't met your high expectations for health and wellness, drop into the Phoenix Natural Medicine and Detox Center for all of your holistic health needs. With a doctor, chiropractor and soon-to-be urgent care clinic on site, you can easily release all of those built up bad vibes. The shelves are covered with apothecary jars stocked with encapsulated or dried herbs and naturopathic medicine tinctures. Plus, the green machine juice ($8 for 16 ounces) is advertised as an "immune rocket" on it's own. We recommend adding some dandelion greens for an extra boost.
24 Carrots Venturing down to the south Valley, Chandler to be specific, leads us straight to 24 Carrots and we're glad it did. The mostly-vegan café specializes in healthy eating and drinking with great specials and a full menu. The unique juice combos feature some not so raw ingredients, like the Sriracha in the voodoo child juice, but that extra spice, mixed with the beet, carrot and other juices makes for an addicting experience that'll surely get you hooked on juicing for good. The friendly, knowledgable staff is also there to guide you in the right direction if you have any questions.
S.E.E.D. Juice cleanses can be draining, but if you keep up your exercise regimen with a healthy dose of vitamin yoga, you're sure to get out those icky toxins. That's why we love Madison Improvement Club, the one stop shop for yoga and fresh juices at its S.E.E.D. café. The pep in your step juice packs a powerful vitamin C punch with carrot, red and yellow bell pepper and apple, while having one of the most unique and cravable juice flavors on the list. Plus, you can get a whopping 24 ounces of the tasty beverage for only $10.
Mantra Juicery Mantra Juicery takes their cold-pressed juices and smoothies mobile, giving Phoenicians a guilt-free option for all their food truck desires. While other folks are dropping into fried and cheesy gut bombs at neighboring trucks, you can hold your head and juice high with your choice to go to Mantra. If you're really looking for a juice high, try out the Green Mantra 2 ($6.50 for 16 ounces) complete with kale, spinach and romaine. That might be a little to much savory for you, though, so you can always turn it into a smoothie and add some Mantra-sweet, an all natural sweetener made from dates soaked in coconut water.
Juice Core Whether you're a new juicer or a seasoned veteran, Juice Core specializes in the per diem method of juicing so you can choose how long you're on a liquid diet. For $75, you get the sampler with five juices, one protein supplemental almond milk based drink and two elixirs. Or if you're ready for a challenge, the hardcore cleanse for $80 per day Juice Cleanse experts gets you six veggie intensive juices and two elixirs--none of that sissy sustenance and fruity flavors found in the almond milk drinks or the other juices. While Juice Core has a brick and mortar shop in Old Town right near Kaleidoscope and Chop Shop, we love to pick up a bottle of Juice Core juice at one of the many farmers markets the juicery frequents for a mid-shopping pick me up.
True Food Kitchen The Sam Fox joint True Food Kitchen has locations in Arizona, California and Colorado now, but it seems like no matter how many of these get built, it's still liable to be packed on any given night. If you're just there for the juice, you can skip the lines and go to the bar. Our favorite semi-juice combo, the medicine man ($6), is not recommended for those on a juice cleanse because it does have caffeinated black tea. However, the tart and sweet sea buckthorn juice, combined with other berry juices and poured over tea and soda water, makes for a deliciously refreshing summer juice drink that we just can't get enough of. More typical juice variations are also available for serious juiceheads, too. Plus, the Scottsdale Quarter location is gearing up to open an attached juice stand to cater to nutrient thirsty crowds.
Inta Juice If you're a newbie to the juice world and want to make the switch from Jamba Juice type establishments to more health-conscious options, Inta Juice in Gilbert is the place for you. While specializing in a wide array of smoothies, Inta Juice also offers seven different veggie and fruit juice options, along with wheatgrass shots. You can also add greens to any smoothie if you're looking to make baby steps. We say jump right into the juice world with a sweet and spicy apple zinger. The apple juice and ginger mask the carrot and spinach well enough that it'll just seem like you're drinking cider, rather than going full on cleanse. Plus at $5 for 16 ounces and $6.50 for 24 ounces, it's some of the cheapest fresh juice in town.
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Paradise Juice If all of that monsoon rain has you sniffling in sneezing with the Valley's sudden flora abundance, send yourself to Paradise (Juice) in North Phoenix with an allergy soother juice blend. The $8 blend combines carrot and fruit juices for flavor and parsley and honey for an allergy immunizer. While it doesn't completely replace a good dose of Wall-Zyr, combined with one of PJ's sandwiches or salads, it's at least a healthy, tasty meal with some natural allergy relief benefits.