UPDATED FEB 25, 2020
San Diego is practically famous for local hotspots that offer entire menus dedicated to cold-pressed juices, nutrient-packed smoothies, and other superfood sippers. So, throw on your favorite pair of leggings and head to one of these juice and smoothie hubs to enjoy your vitamins like a local.
Sweat out the bad; fill up with the good. Mantra Yoga & Juice Bar in Carlsbad comes in clutch with their post-savasana Maca smoothie and a Green Dream juice for when the night before has come back to haunt you, causing you to miss that yoga class. Whether you enjoy your drink on the run or prefer to chill on the outdoor patio, the options—in partnership with Juice Right—will have you feeling oh so good.
Northside Shack in Point Loma is a “community-oriented beverage bar” that does not disappoint. The staff will greet you with a smile and gladly help you sort through the impressive menu so you can decide which bev is right for you. And with smoothie options that range from straight up greens to more dessert-y flavors like PB&J, there’s sure to be something that’ll satisfy you.
The San Diego outposts of Grabbagreen are one-stop shops for healthy snacks and sips made from all-natural, locally-sourced ingredients. While they’ve got a huge menu offering everything from grain bowls to breakfast plates, it’s their smoothies and juices that keep us coming back. Try an Energy Elevator for a one-two punch of coffee and protein that’ll keep you going all day long (or help you recover from a long night out).
We want juice that’s made from fruit grown on trees — that’s not too much to ask, is it? Not at Juice Alchemy in Bankers Hill where they rotate their menu seasonally, ensuring only the freshest (never frozen) ingredients make their way into your belly. From the greenest of green juices to smoothies that taste more like milkshakes, you can feel good about satisfying your cravings here.
Thanks to old-school hip-hop references and its prime location in PB, The Mad Beet has officially made healthy cool again. We mean, who doesn’t want to drink a smoothie called the “Acaizy-E”? And they’re not just serious about their pop culture know-how — the creative geniuses at Mad Beet use local, wholesome ingredients to develop recipes that’ll have you feelin’ funky fresh in no time, yo.
Remember how your parents used to sneak veggies into your dinner? Well, the blend experts at Vitality Tap in downtown and Carmel Valley are just as sly —every one of their delicious beverages comes packed with powerful nutrients. Whether you order the Avocado Bliss smoothie—a creamy combination of almond milk, avocado, spinach, mango, lime, chia seeds, and agave—or any of the fresh-pressed juices, you’ll forget all about the new ice cream flavor Halo Top just released.
Juice Wave in Mission Beach is green in more ways than one. They’re passionate about making delicious juice blends and promoting sustainability. The rad women owners started out with San Diego’s first organic juice truck in 2014 and quickly landed upon a brick-and-mortar on Mission Boulevard in the heart of Mission Beach. There they offer organic, fresh, and cold-pressed juices and smoothies that are perfect post-surf of post-bar crawl. PB is right up the street after all.
With locations up and down the California coast, you’ll never be too far from a Project Juice outpost. That’s pretty crucial considering that after one sip of their healthified Mint Chip shake, you’ll be hooked. Looking for healthy juices on the go? They’ve got plenty of those too. Plus, they’ll deliver ’em right to your door at no extra cost (because SoCal traffic is no joke).
With spots in La Jolla, Del Mar, and in the La Costa Equinox, Beaming excels at taking the most buzz-worthy superfoods (think maca root, camu camu, goji berry, etc.), and turning them into purposeful, delicious smoothies. Plus, the names are tough to beat: Rockstar is for muscle recovery; Euphoria is a mood elevator; and Sexy Mayan… well, we think you can guess that one.
A resident of the North County bubble? Here’s your best bet for getting your (green) drink on without sitting in traffic on the 5: Choice Juicery. With four North County locations, Choice Juicery makes grabbing your Superhero smoothie, Dawn Patrol juice, or a three day-cleanse easy-peasy (lemon squeezy). They believe food is thy medicine, and that their brand of medicine is “organically awesome and awesomely organic”. We’d have to agree.
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