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ATLANTA'S BEST JUICE AND SMOOTHIE SPOTS

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UPDATED OCT 14, 2019

These local juiceries have taken on the task of bringing hyper-health-conscious, homegrown juice and smoothies to the city streets. Expect nothing but the raw, fresh best from behind the counters of Atlanta’s top juice bars.

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SAMANTHA DIMAURO

FITT ATLANTA CONTRIBUTOR

Adored on both the local and national stage, this joint will have you saying, “Can I get a Kale Yeah!?” Literally. The “Kale Yeah!” is a smoothie menu staple, blending spinach, cucumber, apples, and lemon with—you guessed it—a whole lotta leafy green kale. You can pick it up from 15 locations (and counting) around Atlanta, from Inman Park to Midtown and up to Buckhead. It just goes to show that there’s no such thing as too much kale.

Need a karma boost? The juices at Peachtree Hills’ Veda are inspired by the Vedic scriptures—the oldest sacred text of Hinduism—and are here to answer your prayers. Realign your chakras with a “Tune Up” of beets, apples, and a kick of ginger. Or maybe just “Spice It Up” with some orange, parsley, and jalapeño? Whatever you’re fixing to try, pair it with an acai power bowl and finish with an Om.

Raw. Organic. Farm-fresh. Just a few of the buzzwords you’ll hear in line at dtox. They have an amazing array of juices and elixirs paired with fun and catchy names. Lean + Mean. ImmuniTea. And don’t leave without a bottle of Black Magic, a “heavy metal cleansing” blended with activated charcoal, bentonite clay, lemon, and maple syrup — designed for a serious detox. Check ’em out when in Buckhead, Virginia Highlands, and Decatur.

Arden’s is juicing everything under the sun. We’re talking super-green smoothies packed with spirulina, fruit blends laced with echinacea and ginseng, and it doesn’t stop there. The Garden’s “Grand Slam” drives it home with a helping of four 1oz. wheatgrass, ginger, lemon and cranberry juice shooters. Leave any of their many ATL area stores feeling like the winner you are.

“Good Juice Starts With Good Produce.” A hearty motto with a menu to match. The bulk of Journey’s produce comes from local farmers markets, some of it being what the makers call the “ugly” kind (like yummy power greens after they’ve lost their crisp — still edible, but not as visually appetizing). As you’ll taste, they give new life to the fruits picked last, turning them into snappy sips like Chia Fresca, Veggie Town and “Yodalicious.” This juice is worth the journey east of Atlanta to Athens, GA.

Found among the produce stands and delis at the historic Sweet Auburn Curb Market, this truly awesome juicery is begging to press you down a pick-me-up. Fruit and veggie juices are made daily, pressed on the spot, and in full view from the counter. With juice in hand, explore the market. Pick up a new read at the Sister’s Bookshop (a haven for rare and used reads) or load up on some fresh produce or seafood

Roots, in Buckhead, is more than a juice bar — it’s a lifestyle. They’ve got your pre-workout and your morning kick, just as they have your cocktail mixers and hangover cure. Every juice, shot, and fortified water is expertly crafted and brimming with nutrients you need. The Ready to Run essential oil shot—made with lemon, rosemary, and peppermint—will have you out the door and on mile 10 before you realize your buddy needs a water break. And if you’re dying for a detox, they offer one- to five-day cleanses in three levels.

Sublime Tree is rooted just north of the city in Roswell, as well as an outpost in Buckhead, and it’s budding with awesomely original fresh picks. They’ve got your favorite tried-and-true root juices and fruit juices, but add an offering of nut milks, wellness shots, and element-inspired Chia Water. Feeling down-to-earth? Sip on a grounded concoction of orange, lemon, and agave mixed with turmeric, black pepper, and, of course, a healthy handful of chia seeds.

When it comes down to serving up the drink of the gods, anything is palatably possible. Nectar’s Decatur location has a massive menu of made-to-order raw juices, shots, and smoothie options — but that’s not all. They’re known for wholesome eats like veggie paninis and home-made soup. They also offer a Soup & Juice Detox Plan for one, three, or five days, featuring all the protein and nutrients your body could ever want for. Bonus: find a slimmer menu on Georgia Tech campus or on the go with their roaming food truck.

Found inside Be Yoga Studio in Marietta, UpDog is proud to be one of the only fully-organic, non-GMO juice bar in town. No funny powders, just raw ingredients. Shoot back the “Crocodile Shot”, a pure blend of ginger, kale, and jalapeño. And bring your yoga mat — you’ll wanna drop in on a Vinyasa class while you’re there.

Alkaline Junkie is Atlanta’s first mobile wellness cafe — a truck you’re likely to see rolling around farmers markets from Decatur to Grant Park and everywhere in between. The founder, LeAnna Wilson, has it out for junk food and instead wants to treat you to plant-based recipes rooted in Ayurvedic medicine: handcrafted lattes, bowls, smoothies, and even toasts meant to balance energy, support immunity, and increase well-being.

What do you call a shop opened by former bodybuilders with an affinity for cold-pressed nourishment and plant-based eats? Juiceheads seems pretty appropriate. This community space and organic juicer can set you up with a smoothie (like the pear-orange-banana-apple medley called Big Mama), a juice, health shots, and even acai bowls, avo toast, and plant-based burgers. It's definitely worth the stop.

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