Health-conscious Angelinos are getting smarter. They’ve realized that granola bars can contain just as many carbs as chocolate bars, that trail mix can have more calories than French fries, and that smoothies can be more fattening than milk shakes.
Folks who walked around Los Angeles with a Jamba Juice in their hands and a smug grin across their face, looking down on those poor saps still sipping on the bad, bad caffeine-laden Starbucks, are now being pushed off their high horse. Because, as it turns out, smoothies that are pumped with yogurt, juice and syrup, with a handful of frozen berries tossed in the mix, are not all that healthful.
Raw Cold-Pressed Juicing
Enter juicing -- the smarter, hipper alternative to blended fruit smoothies. Juicing – or more specifically, raw cold-pressed juicing – is designed to deliver concentrated, pure nutrition to your body, instantly.
If you want to get your juice on, here are three Los Angeles-based juiceries to check out.
1. Pressed Juicery.
With multiple locations in and around LA, including Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Malibu, West Hollywood and Santa Monica, Pressed Juicery is a great place to start your adventures in juicing. Pressed Juicery boasts over 30 varieties of juice concoctions crafted from healthful, pure ingredients such as kale, spinach, mint, lemongrass, lime, carrots, almonds, beets, cayenne, and aloe vera.
If you like mixing your juice with celebrities, well-known fans of Pressed Juicery include Nicole Richie, Jennifer Garner, Fergie, Zooey Deschanel and Gwen Stefani.
2. Moon Juice
Located in Venice and Silver Lake, Moon Juice offers 100 percent organic cold pressed juices that, according to their website, are of medicinal strength. For example, Canyon Greens (made from collards, rainbow chard, parsley, ginger, celery and cucumber) is designed to help strengthen bones, heal wounds and protect lungs. Moon Juice also features a “Moon Milk” bar, a station in which guests may concoct their own customized organic milks, made from raw almond milk that is blended with an assortment of nut butters and various spices.
3. LifeFood Organic
For those of you interested in juicing but not fully ready to immerse yourself in the land of the liquid cleanse, you might want to try LifeFood Organic. Located in Hollywood, LifeFood Organic not only sells detoxifying juices, they also serve healthy organic fare including soups, salads, sandwiches, even pizza and desserts. The unique twist though, is that LifeFood Organic prepares all of its food in temperatures no more than 118 degrees in order to preserve heat-intolerant enzymes.
At-Home Juicing Option
There are plenty of juice bars to choose from in LA, from powerhouse chains to indie shops. If you fall in love with one of them, you might consider investing in your own juicing equipment. At-home juicing is more cost-effective for juicing loyalists than purchasing from a store. It is also safer than buying raw juice in bulk because raw juice is not pasteurized.
With your own juicing equipment, you don't have to make frequent trips to your brick and mortar juice bar of choice. You don't even have to leave your LA home to buy juicing equipment. Online stores such as Ultimate Nourishment provide an impressive inventory of competitively priced, top of the line juicers and the latest in health-related kitchen equipment.