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Vancouverites are serious about their health. Really, we’re getting pretty smart about it, too. We know you can’t be fooled into thinking that apple juice with a few spinach leaves tossed in counts as green juice. You want the real deal. You want more veg-heavy bang for your buck.
Well, you know what? We happen to appreciate a good green juice or smoothie as much as the next guy. Read on for all the juicy gossip.
The Juice Truck is one of the OG players in the cold-pressed juice business here in Vancouver. Community is at the heart of all that they do, with regular events for both occasional smoothie sippers and hardcore cleansers alike. Hiking, Mama Mondays, and thought-provoking pop-ups — there is really something for everybody. If we’re talking nourishment though, The Green Protein is our go-to, but don’t be fooled by the name; the protein comes in the form of delicious almond butter. Fancy a treat? Try the Mint Chip — it tastes like milkshake.
Do you work out? Yes? We thought so. Meet our go-to place when we’re trying to make some [object Object]. Eight Vancouver-area locations make it a convenient place to stop on route to work, and there, a completely customizable menu caters to all your nutrition needs. Want it vegan? No problem. Dairy-free? They can do that, too. Too many dates? They will just add less, no worries. But if you like to make your own smoothie at home, we should note that they are also a nutrient and supplement store. You’ll be making gains in all the right places.
A cafe as well as a juice bar, Glory’s five Vancouver outposts are the place to go if you want more than just juice. Their juice and smoothie menu is extensive (and the reason why they’ve landed a spot on this list), but it’s the food that sets them apart. Set yourself up with one of the acai bowls, in four flavours, topped with incredible house-made granola. They have us dreaming about bites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Got a cold or feeling sore? Their turmeric and ginger shot is potent!
This Coal Harbour juicery knows how to make amazing, good-for-you treats. And one thing you should know is that their range of health bars is the best in town — in their own words: ‘Kind of a fig deal’. But back to the juice: their nut mylks are the prettiest in town. The Pink Elephant is blended with strawberries and Blue Majik is a trippy blend with blue-green algae. Guaranteed, it will keep your Instagram feed looking fresh and your taste buds satisfied. Fitt Tip: they deliver!
If you’ve battled the crowds on the Quarry Rock hike, you are probably going to need to refuel. We’ve gotcha. The Bluhouse Market & Cafe in North Vancouver has a full range of smoothies, as well as excellent savoury crêpes and baked goods. And if you’re going, look for the Om My Greens smoothie and a The Cove Crepe. Bonus: they have a second eatery 10 minutes away in on the North Shore.
In their words, UPJUS is where health begins. And if that’s to be believed, we suggest you start with the Daisy Water... because where else can you buy a drink with chrysanthemums in it? Seems like as good a reason as any! Fitt tip: It’s a tiny little store in the heart of Yaletown’s busy Mainland St; keep your eyes peeled for the sandwich board outside or you’ll miss it!
Abbotsford still counts as Vancouver, right? It’s worth making the trip out to the sticks to pick up a pretty bottle from one of their stockists. However, if the thought of leaving the safety of the city makes you shudder, you can just order online. Need help with the menu? The Bronzite nut mylk contains cacao powder, so it’s like a healthy chocolate milk. And in the winter, heat it up. Trust us.
With 100% organic, plant-based, whole food meals, desserts, juices, and smoothies, how could you say no to The Green Moustache? With locations in North Vancouver, Port Moody, and even in Squamish and Whistler, you will be spoilt for choices at this local spot. For the freshest, and purest juices and smoothies, look for their signature—yes, you guessed it—green moustache logo.
If you have yet to lunch at LeafyBox in Yaletown, it’s past time you do. The salad shop and juice bar prides itself on convenience, style, and curated healthy menu of salads like the Harvest Bowls Salad—crafted with kale, sweet potato, and wild rice—and collection of eight different bottled juices. From the Essential Greens, a classic green juice, to an orange-hued Funky Mint flavor with pineapple, apple, ginger, and mint, it’s hard to go wrong.
South Granville's Heirloom does it all. If you're plant-based, plant-forward, or just want a taste of green, Heirloom's fast-casual concept in Ambleside, OG full-service eatery in South Granville, and juice operation literally across the street is the move. Their juice shop, in particular, is dedicated too freshly pressed juices and smoothies that are outrageously convenient to grab and go about your day. If we had to pick one? The Fire Extinguisher, a zesty blend with carrot, pineapple, orange, lemon, ginger, and turmeric.
**Updated by Audrey Lim, February 2019