4 years ago a friend introduced me to the benefits and power of green juice, and I am not talking about Jamba juice. Green juices are typically a combination of leafy greens, parsley, cucumber, celery, lemon, ginger and sometimes apple.
I recall my first few sips were slightly bitter almost medicinal for my palate, but so like everything else with time and of course a good detox of the permanent “sugar taste” on my tongue, I fell in love with “green juice” and have been juicing ever since. This was before the plethora of juice bars and juice cleanse programs, became mainstream. Although I prefer to make my juice at home, it is nice to know that there are so many juice bars, and I don’t have to be limited to the juice bar at Whole Foods. Once you start juicing and notice the benefits you will be hooked, whats not to like: more energy, clearer skin, nutrients and vitamins, I could go on and on.
Here are a few of my favorite tried & tested and “Gigi” approved juice bars…
MOON JUICE – 507 Rose Ave. Venice 310 399 2929 www.moonjuiceshop.com
Canyon Greens (collards, rainbow chard, parsley, ginger, celery, cucumber ) 16 oz. $9.00
The Juice is dense, rich and flavorful similar to how I make my juice at home, not watery at all.
Nekter Juice Bar – 6467 Pacific Coast Hwy
The Greenie (parsley,spinach, kale, celery, cucumber, lemon, apple) 16 oz. 4.75
Nekter is located by my yoga studio, which is convenient. The juice is not as dense as mine, but after a hot yoga class it is perfect. Nekter is now a franchise and they are popping up everywhere.
Pressed Juicery – Westwood Village & Beverly Hills location
Greens 3 (Kale, spinach,romaine, parsley, celery, cucumber, apple, lemon, ginger) 16 oz. 6.00-8.00
Pressed Juicery are opening locations all over the southland. They are generous with samples, and the staff is so friendly.
Beverly Hills Juice: Raw since 1975 – 8382 Beverly Blvd. LA
Mixed Green (Cucumber, parsley, spinach, kale, romaine) 16 oz. 5.50
Every time I go here, there is a line out the door, every thing is so fresh.
Kreation Organic – Santa Monica location
Green # 3 ( cucumber, spinach, romaine, kale, parsley) 16 0z. 7.00
I also like going to Erewhon and picking up juice there as well they have a fresh juice bar and a variety of locally made juices. LA has so many juice spots, perhaps it is due to our lifestyle and a large selection of organic produce readily available. Make a point of visiting your local juice bar or trying a new one this week.