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14 May 2015

To balance out our always ravenous appetites, we’ve found ourselves reaching for juiced fruits and veggies with frequency lately to supplement our sometimes inverted food pyramids and prep for those beach days ahead. As much as we love our sugary sweet beverages (sweet tea, ya’ll), there’s much to be said for the nutrient-rich pick-me up you can get from a cold, vitamin-packed juice. Thanks to an influx of local juice shops as of late, we can refrain from chopping and juicing at home. Here’s where we’re most likely to be vegging out.

Arden’s Garden
This mom-and-pop local juice brand has locations all over the city, as well as a presence in major chain grocery stores. Stop in and order pre-made juices by the bottle, order a suggested juice from the menu, or create your own by picking a base juice, frozen fruits and any wanted extras (like a wheatgrass shot or spinach). If you’re looking for something more ambitious, you can grab gallon-sized jugs of pre-made juice to go and partake in a juice cleanse.

Insider’s tip: Locations tend to feature special juices of the day/week and offer up free samples. Give it a try, even if you’re skeptical of the combination.

Dtox
Ever considered taking on a juice cleanse? If so, this would be a good place to start. The local juice brand offers a range of different juicing plans available for pre-order. What you’ll receive are cold-pressed juices served in glass bottles in daily (or multi-day) kits like the Skin Cleanse, the Liver Cleanse, the Recovery Pack and the Clean and Lean. If you’re not quite ready for that kind of commitment, swing by the Buckhead or Midtown location (soon, on the Westside, too) for an 8-ounce or 16-ounce bottle to go. You can choose from juices like the Pink (grapefruit, cranberry, coconut water, aloe, pear, lemon) or go with one of the shop’s nutritious milks or smoothies.

Juicy Jenny
Souper Jenny owner Jenny Levison has a penchant for healthy eating—one swoop through her daily salad selection at Cafe Jonah and the Magical Attic or Souper Jenny will indicate that. So, we were delighted to see her open a juicing concept a few steps away from Souper Jenny along East Andrews. Here, you can get her cold-pressed juices (like the Beets Me Baby with beets, carrot, pear, apple, ginger, lemon and turmeric), superfood smoothies, power shots and vegan lunch items.

Juicy Jenny's emporium offers a range of delicious cold-pressed juices and smoothies.

Juicy Jenny’s emporium offers a range of delicious cold-pressed juices and smoothies.

True Food Kitchen
Aside from the open-air space that lets you gawk at other diners and the tasty spread of brunch, lunch and dinner choices (hearty salads, sandwiches, sides and numerous gluten-free and vegetarian options) healthy eating mecca True Food Kitchen (at Lenox Square) is also a natural pick if you’re looking to snag fresh-pressed juice. Go at lunch time and order from the juice menu. The Kale-Aid, for instance, consists of kale, apple, cucumber, ginger, lemon and celery.

Juice Bar
Former Atlantans, John and Vui Hunt, opened their first Juice Bar location in their hometown of Nashville in early 2013. Now, over two years later, Juice Bar has made its way to Atlanta, opening recently in the Toco Hills shopping center. On par with other juice shops in the area, they sell fresh-pressed juices and smoothies alongside salads and housemade hummus. We love their 100% veggie juice, called Fresh Greens (made with spinach, celery, kale, cucumber and parsley). It’s a great choice for those looking for a fructose-free option.

Veda Juice Bar
Tucked away near the corner of Peachtree Hills and Lindbergh, Veda Juice Bar offers juices, smoothies, parfait-esque salads and out-of-this-world acai bowls packed with protein. They cold press juices on-site, so it’s easy to grab food and juices on the go.