5 Delicious Juices to Start Up Your End-of-Summer Cleanse
August 19, 2014 | by Christine Borges | Food & Drink News
These juices and smoothies from Miami's best health food destinations will refresh and rejuvenate—and in some cases, cleanse and detox the body—after too much summer fun.
Miami's cold-pressed juice mecca JugoFresh has a summer menu with tasty, everyday options, from the spicy Gazpacho Rosa with ingredients like watermelon, tomato, red onion, and garlic, to the veggie-centric 1st Street Surfer with cucumber, apple, celery, alkaline water, e3live, lime, and mint. But our favorite is the simple Summer Chia with pineapple, orange, strawberry, ginger, and chia; it has enough nutritious fruit and a kick to keep you going all day. Five Miami locations, including 222 N.W. 26 St., Miami, 786-472-2552
Discretely located off Washington Avenue, Pura Vida is a mainstay for beach goers and devoted healthy eaters alike. Among the salads, bowls, and wraps on the menu, the juices are the real standouts. We prefer The Best Antioxidant, made with açai, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, and orange juice, blended together for a perfect beachside accompaniment. 110 Washington Ave, #CU2, Miami Beach, 305-535-4142
Choices Organic Cafe has plenty on the menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but the Miami-born vegan eatery's juices and smoothies—available on their own or for cleanses—serve up quick energy, nutrition, and detoxification. Opt for the Tropical Escape with apple, orange, mango, banana, and strawberry, and add one of 12 boosters like goji, maca, or kale. 646 N.E. 79 St., 786-408-9122
Three-year-old juice and smoothie spot Under the Mango Tree is the epitome of the mom-and-pop shop; owner Patricia Olesen also sells soaps, crafts, and other sundries, many of which are made by local artisans. Regulars swear by the creamy Marley smoothie, a refreshing, organic drink made with kale, spinach, almond milk, banana, and peanut butter. 714 Sixth St., Miami Beach, 786-558-5103
North Beach's Athens Juice Bar has been making organic fruit salads and juices since 1942. As always, the staff is happy to make recommendations for juicing newbies. Mango is their go-to summer fruit, but if you prefer to try a classic, order the Athens Punch: watermelon, orange, lemon, papaya, lime, and more. 6942 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-861-2143
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