8 GREAT JUICE AND SMOOTHIE SPOTS IN CHARLOTTE

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Anna Simpson

It can be difficult to use healthy and delicious together when describing a favorite food, right? Well Charlotte’s juicing scene is here to change the game.

Boasted as a nutrient-packed punch (think vitamins and minerals), juicing is not just a health craze but also a tasty way to fuel the body. And luckily, fresh-pressed juices are popping up around the Queen City, from juice bars to natural food stores.

Ready for a taste? Whether you’re popping off the Rail Trail in need of a post-run pick-me-up, or want to go full throttle with a juice cleanse, these Charlotte juice bars have just what you need.

With two locations in South End and South Park, Living Kitchen brings a fresh concept to Charlotte in the form of an organic, plant-based, mostly-raw menu. Included in the lineup is a juice bar, serving up cold-pressed juice blends that will definitely treat your taste buds. If you’re in a rush, order online ahead of time, and grab your juice to go. Or, take things to another (plant-based) level with their juice cleanse packages — you’ll feel rejuvenated in no time. And don’t fret if neither location is convenient for you — Living Kitchen has a juice truck that pops up in different spots around town (just check the schedule on their website).

From fresh-pressed and blended juices to smoothies to acai bowls to grab-n-go bottled drinks to juice cleanses, the options at this South Blvd. hot spot are seriously endless. In need of an ice cream fix but could do without the dairy? Nékter has you covered — they serve up delicious dairy-free, soy-free, and refined sugar-free cups of Skoop, a plant-based frozen treat made with cashew milk. It really doesn’t get much better.

Everyone needs an excuse to peruse the shops at the 7th Street Public Market in Uptown Charlotte, and Viva Raw can be just that. Working with all raw, seasonal ingredients, this place cranks out fresh juices that you might just become addicted to. And if you’re in need of a detox, they offer juice cleanse packages, too. If you can’t make it Uptown, no worries — they understand convenience is everything. Not only do they have pick-up locations across the city (like Bicycle Sport and Okra Yoga) but they can also deliver to your home or office. Juicing has never been so easy.

This fruit and vegetable bar serves up drool-worthy, fresh-squeezed juices, smoothies, and essential shots from its NoDa digs (and we just can’t get enough). Grab your juice and then peruse the funky and unique stores along North Davidson St. while you soak in all the amazing historic arts and entertainment district has to offer. Fitt Tip: had a little too much fun last night? They claim to have the Hangover Remedy — just ask!

Brothers Josh, Jacob, and Jason opened Green Brothers Juice to provide fresh, healthy, and delicious fuel for the masses, and let’s just say, they’ve got a good thing goin’. Stop by one of their three locations in Dilworth, the Duke Energy Center, and the Bank of America Plaza for a Nutty By Nature bowl made with pitaya, strawberry, banana, and almond milk and Aww Kale Yeah juice made with double kale, celery, pineapple, lemon, and jalapeño that’ll give you just the boost you need (and definitely hold you over ’til dinner).

I Love Juice Bar

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Whether you are feeling the burn from a killer sesh at CorePower Yoga or you’re dripping sweat from Flywheel, Juice Bar is a perfect post-workout pit stop if you’re near Cotswold or the Park Road Shopping Center. Serving up juices, smoothies, and healthy on-the-go eats, Juice Bar stays true to its name. Get down with any of their six greens-based smoothies — they make consuming veggies so incredibly simple (and delicious!). If you’re interested in doing a juice cleanse (like the classic Essential Cleanse), set up your order in-store, they’ll help you figure out just want you need.

Clean Juice

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Clean Juice has hit its stride, and they’re showing no signs of slowing. They’re currently serving fresh, cold-pressed juices in StoneCrest and Northlake, and they’ll be popping up in Uptown, Steele Creek, SouthPark, South End, and Plaza-Midwood, too. But it’s not all juice here, they’re also treating Charlotteans to tasty açaí bowls, protein smoothies, and bites like the millennial necessity Avocado Toast. And if your body needs to reset and detox, order one of their juice cleanses — you won’t regret it.

As soon as you walk into Berrybrook, you know it’s old school — but in the legit, authentic, they-know-how-to-do-it-right way. Having been around the block since 1972, Berrybrook is a Dilworth staple and knows a thing or two about serving up healthy eats. From traditional fresh-pressed juices to juice-based smoothies to out-of-this-world vegetarian sandwiches, Berrybrook brings its A-game. If you’re tight on time, be sure to call ahead. If not, grab your drink and plop down on one of the outdoor wooden swings to fully enjoy your antioxidant and vitamin boost.