To juice or not to juice is something health-conscious consumers ponder at one time or another. While there are many health benefits to juicing (detoxification, energy, vitamins, weight loss), what usually holds people back is the taste. Veteran juicers aren’t fazed by a garlic/sprouts/broccoli/lemon smoothie, nor do they have to hold their noses when they chug a kale/grapefruit/spinach/radish concoction. If taste is still an issue, these five LA juice bars will help you find the right combo for your body and your taste buds.
Liquid Juice Bar
8180 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
From its hangover helper of green apple, cucumber, kale, ginger, lemon and aloe vera juice with a dash of mineral salt, to its super stamina of almond milk, mango, pineapple, banana, ginseng and your choice of protein (hemp or whey); Liquid Juice Bar can cure whatever ails you. From fatigue to indigestion this place boasts a beverage that can help. In addition to its fresh juice blends and succulent smoothies, it also offers delightful acai bowls, wellness shots and cleansing packages.
Raw Cane Super Juice Bar
5301 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 7
Los Angeles, CA 90027
One of the newest trends in juicing is sugar cane, which is rich in minerals, particularly manganese and magnesium, and has a high amount of chlorophyll. Because it has only 11-percent sucrose compared to the 92 percent found in refined sugar, it’s diabetic friendly. Spearheading this movement is the Raw Cane Super Juice Bar on Sunset (in a small strip mall across the street from the 99-cent store). Sample blends such as the cappugreeno, raw cane sugar juice or the 50/50 (half raw cane/half coconut milk) and you’ll agree detoxing has never been so sweet.
Rainbow Acres Natural Foods
13208 W. Washington Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Rainbow Acres Natural Foods is a one-stop shop for health nuts. The mom-and-pop shop offers all your vegan, gluten-free, organic produce, supplements and specialty foods. One of the greater things about Rainbow Acres is the smoothie/juice bar in the back. Indulge in a Thai young coconut smoothie, a 14-carrot protein shake, an acai bowl or a zesty veggie juice while you cruise the aisles. Friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you navigate your health-food shopping quest.
1651 W. Temple St. A
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Specializing in fresh-squeezed juices and smoothies loaded with healing nutrients and cleansing fibers, The Tribal Café is everything you want in a juice bar. It also offers a wide selection of unique tropical juices, smoothie combos, milkshakes and protein/power shakes that will help with anything from arteriosclerosis to high cholesterol, and kidney function to hair and fingernail growth. Tribal Café offers an extensive deli menu that is very vegan and vegetarian friendly as well.
3824 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
One of the problems with being a novice juicer is figuring out what the juice combos do for you. At Naturewell, finding the right juice blend is as simple as looking at the menu. Names including wake up, healthy heart, cold buster, anti-virus and just juice make getting exactly the right drink easy for everyone. In addition, Naturewell carries healthy, packaged meals, bulk goods, vegan ice cream and offers seasonal smoothies such as coconut kale and coconut date.
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Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.