Now that juice bars have become absolute essentials-could the day start without an infusion of dandelions and cucumber?-there are countless varieties to sip, depending on the results you're after. Here, NYC nutritionist Stephanie Middleburg evaluates the most buzzed-about juices-from West coast favorites to Brooklyn upstarts-to see which are worth the squeeze.
1. Glow Bio
The Juice: Beauty Builder from L.A.-based Glow Bio juice bar, owned by celeb nutritionist Kimberly Snyder (Drew Barrymore is a client)
The Benefits: Improved digestion
The Ingredients: Raw aloe-sourced in small bathes from the whole leaf to maintain its enzyme-rich integrity-cucumber, lemon
The Nutritionist's Take: "This is extremely hydrating, nutrient-rich and soothing to the gastrointestinal tract. It contains B vitamins-many people with digestive issues tend to have low B12 levels-along with vitamin C to regulate your system."
The Cost: $5 per 8-ounce bottle
2. One Lucky Duck
The Juice: Swan Greens Juice from One Lucky Duck, created by Sarma Melngailis, author and the founder of Pure Food and Wine in New York City.
The Benefits: Better skin
The Ingredients: Cucumber, spinach, dandelion, grapefruit, tarragon, spearmint, yuzu
The Nutritionist's Take: "Not only is cucumber high in silica-a mineral that aims to improve skin elasticity-but it also de-puffs your complexion. Dandelion is one of the most nutrient dense vegetables with a very high carotenoid content, a key nutrient for glowing skin, while yuzu is also gaining popularity as being extremely effective in boosting skin cell turnover."
The Cost: $10.89 per 16-ounce bottle
The Juice: Immune Rocket Booster from Liquiteria, a long-standing favorite in the East Village, New York.
The Benefits: Stronger immunity
The Ingredients: Carrots, celery, beets, ginger, flax seed oil and the Immunity Now supplement (a blend of Echinacea and various roots) juiced with the "Norwalk method" to extract the most vitamins, minerals and enzymes, and then pressed to ensure a shelf life of up to three days.
The Nutritionist's Take: "This helps prevent colds and builds a super powerful immune system to fend of bacteria with a potent blend of zinc, vitamin C, omega 3's, carotenoids and antioxidants."
The Cost: $7.50 per 16-ounce bottle
4. Juice Press
The Juice: Drink Your Salad from the Juice Press in New York City, which caters to the green-conscious with all organic produce
The Benefits: More energy
The Ingredients: Ripe tomato, carrots, celery, beets, parsley, kale, spinach, lemon and a pinch of cayenne, onion, garlic, sea salt.
The Nutritionist's Take: "This juice has everything hence the name. It combines the staying power of fiber, calcium, iron, B and C vitamins and folic acid with potassium to maintain proper fluid balance and up your energy. It's also got lemon juice and cayenne to help rid the body of toxins so you feel less sluggish."
The Cost: $9.99 per 17-ounce bottle
5. Tiny Empire
The Juice: Cayenne, Maple Syrup, Ginger, Filtered Water & Lemon Juice from the Tiny Empire, a newly opened juice bar in hipster Williamsburg, Brooklyn
The Benefits: Best overall cleansing
The Ingredients: The name says it all
The Nutritionist's Take: "This rids toxins and stimulates digestion and circulation. Cayenne pepper contains a high level of capsaicin to increase one's basal metabolic rate-the rate at which we burn calories (and who doesn't want to improve that?). Ginger also works to soothe the intestinal tract."
The Cost: $9 per 17-ounce bottle
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