Don’t you hate how some places blend up frozen yogurt and sugary strawberries and call it a smoothie? Us too. And you know we’ve got your back – we know where to find the good stuff around Denver.
That’s why we put together this list of all the best juice and smoothie spots in Denver for when you are craving something made from actual fruit and veggies, not just a glorified milkshake.
This spot has to be the most unique stop on our list. See for yourself at this joint on East Louisiana, near South Peal. Expect, handcrafted açaí berry bowls, pitaya bowls, smoothies, and more. In other words: healthy eats that taste like treats. Everything is made-to-order, and the employees know the source of every ingredient, so Berriegood can easily (and happily!) accommodate every dietary or allergen need. Fitt tip: they are open through 630pm (6 on Sunday), so you can swing by after that evening jog in Wash Park. After our run, we love the Evergreen or Kokomo bowl for a light, but satisfying snack.
Nékter Juice Bar
If you find yourself just outside the city, get your juice fix at Nékter in Lakewood or Greenwood Village. There’s something for everyone with loads of different handcrafted juices, smoothies, and acai bowls—always clean and buzzing with the good stuff. For healthy on-the-go, try one of their bottled cold-pressed juices or take a six-bottle “vacation” with a Nekter Cleanse.
The Corner Beet
If the catchy and clever name doesn’t convince you to give this Capitol Hill shop a shot, the unpretentious, relaxing, and earthy vibe will. All juice is organic and cold-pressed in small batches on a Norwalk juicer. Juices change daily (like we said, small batches!) but always include a good variety of colors and flavors for beet, carrot, and kale lovers alike.
This Boulder favorite finally made its way to Denver and set up shop in LoHi! W Rush deconstructs your typical smoothie into a “meal-in-a-bowl” that can be protein-packed, sweet, or savory. Try the Power Buff Bowl with berries, protein powder, organic granola, and honey. Or keep it drinkable with an açaí or signature smoothie. You really can’t go wrong here. And yes, they keep it clean. No fake stuff makes its way through the doors at Rush.
A welcome addition to LoHi, ProsperOats offers both juices and bowls that are delicious, healthful, and portable. The build-your-own bowls start with your choice of base (steel cut oats, oats and quinoa, yogurt, or açaí), add on your choice of sweetener (Colorado honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, or coconut sugar), and then load up with toppings (protein powder, fruits, seeds, etc.). These guys are happy to suggest some favorite combos if you can’t make up your mind. Admittedly, it’s easy to go a little overboard, but it’s even easier to keep it healthy. Plus, almost all of its ingredients and paper products are sourced from Colorado companies (yay, local!).
Pressed Juice Daily
This may surprise you, but Pressed Juice Daily presses its juice daily. We know, we know – crazy talk. It is 100% raw and organic and available at three shops throughout the city: Capitol Hill, the Highlands, and RiNo. Juices are categorized into greens, roots, and citrus, and can be combined in a variety of different cleanses depending on your goals. The Smart Shots are also a hit, with options like the Detox Rx (activated charcoal, black walnut, dandelion, pau d’arco (go ahead, Google that), milk thistle, burdock seed and root, and coconut water) and Slim, a tamer option made with various fruits, spices, and alkaline water. What happens to the waste from juicing, you ask? The leftover pulp at Pressed Juice Daily is composted and used for fertilizer in local gardens. FYI: Hours vary by location.
Whole Foods Market Union Station
Ever wish you could create your own juice flavor without the work of doing the juicing yourself? Well you’re in luck, because Whole Foods read your mind. The new Union Station flagship store features a 12-tap fresh-pressed juice bar where you can blend and mix to your heart’s content. And don’t worry, if you aren’t feeling creative (or fear you’ll mix up a big cup of fail) they’ll have plenty of recommendations for you.
These folks have been juicing since before juicing was cool. The juice menu started with the still-popular Kate’s Kiss, made with organic kale, spinach, celery, parsley, carrot, and lemon. Though their juice menu has since expanded, the original inspiration remains. Simple and tasty smoothies are also on the menu: try the blueberry granola, with organic blueberries, banana, oats, walnuts, and yogurt. Parsley definitely plays to the Golden Triangle lunch crowd with only mid-day opening hours, with everything is made-to-order.
The Juicing Tree
With stores in both Park Hill and LoHi, you’re never too far from some of the Juicing Tree’s raw, organic, cold-pressed juice. You won’t be confined to the usual juice suspects, either; the Juicing Tree gets creative with their Norwalk juicers for some unconventional and seasonal picks. Bottoms up with the Sweet Heat, with cucumber, celery, pineapple, turmeric, lemon, and cayenne, or the summer-themed watermelon and mint. Not a juice fan? Then why are you reading this? Kidding. The Juicing Tree also offers a variety of nut milks, infused waters, and shots/boosters. But listen up: A limited amount of juice is made fresh daily, so they close up shop when sold out. The early bird gets the juice, in this case.
Whole Nectar Smoothie & Juice Bar
Whole Nectar wants you to be aware of the “extremely low amount of B.S. in everything they produce.” Yep, that’s a good thing. Choose from fresh-pressed juices, detox and ginger shots, hot oat bowls, smoothies, and smoothie bowls (topped with Denver’s own Udi’s granola, of course!). Check ‘em out for breakfast, lunch, or a healthy snack right in the middle of downtown.
The folks behind Vital Root believe that there aren’t enough veggie-focused restaurants, or enough affordable and fast-casual healthy options. So they created a place in Berkeley that offers all of those things! Vital Root is much more than juices and smoothies, but trust us — they really nail the juices and smoothies. Try the Safe Word Cacao, with cacao, hemp protein, sunflower butter, medicinal mushroom complex, MCT oil, coconut milk, and apple cider. Or keep it green with the Green Ginger and slurp up some avocado, kale, spinach, parsley, spirulina, cashews, and pineapple.
Superfood Bar is a relative newbie to the healthy scene in Denver. Bringing their love from New Orleans, they set up shop in LoHi with the mission to make healthy eating accessible to everyone while supporting the local economy by sourcing only the best local and organic ingredients. In addition to their gluten-free, vegan, and raw breakfast and lunch menu, they’ve got an impressive list of smoothies and juices full of insanely nutrient-dense fruits, veggies, and superfoods. You’re gonna feel real good leaving this place.