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Juice Bars to Keep You Feeling Fresh in the New Year

New smoothie and fruit juice spots are cropping up left and right.

By Lauren Cohen | December 21, 2018, 10:00 am

In Good Taste

Juice Bars to Keep You Feeling Fresh in the New Year

New smoothie and fruit juice spots are cropping up left and right.

By Lauren Cohen | December 21, 2018, 10:00 am

When it comes to trendy New Year's diets and cleanses, juicing is all the rage. But for those of us who are always on the go, it's much easier to skip the peeling and grinding and grab a drink at a local juice bar, which seem to be cropping up left and right in the city. Check out these spots—old and new—for juices and smoothies that will help you to feel refreshed, satisfied, and guilt-free.

Pure Raw Juice: This local institution has been a favorite since it opened inside a former Riverside ice cream parlor in 2015. Now, Pure Raw also operates a second location in Towson, and a third is on its way in Hampden next year. As its name signifies, Pure Raw Juice uses fresh fruits and vegetables to create unpasteurized juices, smoothies, and power shots. Also of note are its colorful acai bowls topped with a variety of seeds and fruits. Popular Pick-Me-Up: The "True Blood" juice blend mixes pineapple, carrots, oranges, lemon, and beets—which are known to increase stamina and lower blood pressure. Multiple locations including 1401 Riverside Ave., 410-659-6928

Plantbar: The landscape at Belvedere Square Market was forever changed when this health-conscious spot debuted a few years back. And now, Plantbar operates a second location at Harbor Point in between Fells Point and Harbor East. In keeping with the wholesome vibe of its sister restaurant Zia's Cafe, Plantbar offers create-your-own and made-to-order juices, smoothies, and acai power bowls. A bevy of bottled juices are also available to grab and go. Popular Pick-Me-Up: The "Daily Greens" juice blend—made with cucumber, kale, mint, parsley, and lime—is a tasty way to make sure your body is getting its proper nutrients. Cucumber is great for your skin, and it's also good for flushing out toxins if you're trying a New Year's detox. 529 E. Belvedere Ave., 410-264-2364

Corner Juice Bar & General Store: This Canton store offers everything from wildflower honey to crafty handmade jewelry, but it's the juice bar menu that truly shines. Options include fruit and veggie bases that can be paired with add-ins like cucumber, sweet potato, parsley, and pineapple. Popular Pick-Me-Up: The fresh-presssed "Total Body Reboot" combines kale, spinach, dandelion, parsley, celery, cucumber, kiwi, green apple, ginger, lemon, and lime. Raw kale is full of vitamins and protein, and sneaking it into this flavorful medley is a great way to mix up your vegetable intake. 2400 Fleet St., 410-844-1538

Liquid Earth: If you made a resolution to throw back more wheatgrass and less Fireball this year, old standby Liquid Earth is a must-try. With a lengthy menu full of veggie shots, and all natural juices and smoothies served in a massive 16-oz. measuring cup, this vegan and vegetarian restaurant is a great place to grab a refreshing beverage any time of the year. Popular Pick-Me-Up: The "Ginger Cold Snap Cure" is an invigorating concoction made with juiced organic carrots, granny smith apples, ginger, liquid Vitamin C, ginseng, and bee pollen. Vitamin C could help get rid of that nasty winter cold and bee pollen is a known energy enhancer. 1626 Aliceanna St., 410-276-6606

Sunset Raw Juice Bar: Ravens Justin Tucker and Terrance West have been known to frequent this fuel-up spot at Foundry Row in Owings Mills, whose owner just so happens to be former wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard. Aside from smoothies, acai bowls, and wellness shots, the spot also offers pre-planned cleanse programs that include a certain number of juices per day. Popular Pick-Me-Up: The green "Island Kale" smoothie is blended with pineapple, mango, kale, coconut flakes, and coconut milk. 10160 Reisterstown Rd., Ste. 20., Owings Mills. 410-902-1111

Stall 11: Head to R. House in Remington to take advantage of the plant-based menu at this sustainable stall. Wash down all of the vegan snacks and sandwiches (think crispy cauliflower and mushroom burgers) with a variety of smoothies and pressed-juices. There are also 2-oz. immune booster shots if you need some extra energy. Popular Pick-Me-Up: The "Californian", which can be ordered as a drinkable smoothie or 24-oz. bowl, has a hint of spice with cinnamon, cardamom, almond milk, almond butter, banana, and date coconut yogurt. 301 W. 29th St. 443-681-1911

Earthshake: This Fells Point hangout offers a lunchtime "happy hour" with $8 acai and pitaya bowls from 12-2 p.m. on weekdays. Aside from the bright bowls, there are also blended smoothies and cold-pressed juices in varieties like the "Wondermelon" (watermelon, pineapple, and ginger) and the "Pear Jam" with pear, apple, and kale. Popular Pick-Me-Up: Try the "Mean Green" mixed with kale, celery, cucumber, and a bit of ginger and lemon for good measure. 600 S. Wolfe St. 410-276-0777




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