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Juice and smoothie bars in Chicago

Fruits and vegetables are the cornerstone of a healthy diet
Fruits and vegetables are the cornerstone of a healthy dietFruits and vegetables

The new year is upon us and now that the final Tings dust of 2011 has been swept away, every last vegan cookie recipe has been fully explored and you’ve finally finished off that carton of Coconut Bliss in the freezer, the time might be right for looking into a cleaner diet in 2012. It used to be that being vegan meant that you were slim but this is no longer the case: with a broad variety of decadent vegan treats available without too much difficulty - an environment almost unimaginable even ten years ago - it is no secret that vegans can pack on the pounds like the rest of ‘em. Want to set a better example? Consider breaking some bad habits by replacing the processed foods with fresh juices and blended drinks when you are on the go. If you want to look beyond the Jamba Juice’s, there is a small but growing assortment of independent juice and smoothie bars in Chicago that can help to keep you on track – and away from your junk food drawer - yes, I know you have one - with juiced and blended perfection.

Some great juices and smoothies can be found here in Chicago:


The Fruit Factory
, 166 W. Van Buren

Vegetarian Express, 3109 N. Halsted

Peeled
, 1571 N. Sheffield

Loop Juice at the Chicago French Market, 131 N. Clinton

Green Corner Grocer (all organic!), 1880 N. Damen

Earth’s Healing Café, 1942 W. Montrose

By the way, I have not seen this movie yet but I’ve seen a lot of glowing reviews for the feature-length documentary, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, and it can be viewed for free on Hulu. “Part road trip, part self-help manifesto,” Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead is all about the power of juicing as a means for reclaiming our health and the trailer looks intriguing. Check it out here.

Here’s to a healthy 2012!

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