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Don’t you hate how some places blend up frozen yogurt and sugary strawberries and call it a smoothie? We put together this list of all the best juice and smoothie spots in Denver for when you're craving something made from actual fruit and veggies, not just a glorified milkshake. Bottoms up!
If you find yourself just outside the city, you can get your juice fix at Nékter in Highlands Ranch or Greenwood Village. And lucky for city-dwellers, they’ve now set up shop in Denver too! There’s something for everyone with loads of different handcrafted juices, smoothies, and acai bowls—always clean and buzzing with the good stuff. For healthy on the go, try one of their bottled cold-pressed juices or take a six-bottle “vacation” with a Nékter Cleanse.
This may surprise you, but Pressed Juice Daily presses its juice daily. We know, we know—crazy talk. It's 100% raw and organic and available at three shops throughout the city: Capitol Hill, the Highlands, and South Broadway. Juices are categorized into greens, roots, and citrus, and can be combined in a variety of different cleanses depending on your goals. What happens to the waste from juicing, you ask? The leftover pulp at Pressed Juice Daily is composted and used for fertilizer in local gardens. FYI: Hours vary by location.
This superfood hot spot blends up all kinds of plant-based goodies, including organic cold-pressed juices. Hardcore juice drinker? Try the Spicy Greens. Want a healthier pre-workout supplement? Try theirs, blended up with beet, apple, carrot, ginger, and lemon. About to head over to a Flywheel class? You’ll want to hydrate (and turn heads) with their Pure Glacier Water, a naturally bright blue bev thanks to the addition of blue spirulina to coconut water, aloe water, spring water, lemon, and stevia. Find them at Union Station, plus Sloan's Lake and RiNo in 2020.
Ever wish you could create your own juice flavor without the work of doing the juicing yourself? Well you’re in luck. The Union Station Whole Foods features a 12-tap fresh-pressed juice bar where you can blend and mix to your heart’s content. And don’t worry—if you aren’t feeling creative (or fear you’ll mix up a big cup of fail) they’ll have plenty of recommendations for you.
The name says it all. Clean Juice serves up super-fresh, cold-pressed organic fruit and vegetable juice, made daily, right there in front of you. Stay and sip or grab and go—either way, you know it’s made from the best of the best. And if you feel like mixing it up, try one of their juice-based shots, a smoothie, or a blended bowl. You can find them on Steele St. in Cherry Creek or head down Colorado Blvd. to their 9th & CO location.
Where to even begin with Lacuna Juice and Yoga? Yes, you have the airy, minimalistic studio with a full schedule of signature Vinyasa and Hatha yoga classes. But whether you attend a class or not, you have to swing by their organic juice bar. This nourishing in-studio operation serves nut milks, smoothies, soups, salads, toasts, and more. And for juice, you'll find a full menu of cold-pressed concoctions named after precious gems (we like the zesty Topaz). Fitt Tip: you'll pay an extra $1 to get your juice in a glass bottle, but bring it back and they'll count that buck toward your next purchase.
Parsley has been juicing since before juicing was cool. The juice menu started with the still-popular Kate’s Kiss, made with organic kale, spinach, celery, parsley, carrot, and lemon. Though their juice menu has since expanded, the original inspiration remains. Simple and tasty smoothies are also on the menu: try the blueberry granola, with organic blueberries, banana, oats, walnuts, and yogurt. With only mid-day opening hours and everything made-to-order, Parsley definitely plays to the Golden Triangle lunch crowd.
A welcome addition to LoHi, ProsperOats offers both juices and bowls that are delicious, healthy, and portable. The build-your-own bowls start with your choice of base (steel cut oats, oats and quinoa, yogurt, or açaí). Then add your sweetener and load on the toppings (protein powder, fruits, seeds, etc.). Admittedly, it’s easy to go a little overboard, but it’s even easier to keep it healthy. Bonus: almost all of ProsperOats' ingredients and paper products are sourced from Colorado companies (yay, local!).
Whole Nectar wants you to be aware of the “extremely low amount of B.S. in everything they produce.” Yep, that’s a good thing. Choose from fresh-pressed juices, detox and ginger shots, hot oat bowls, smoothies, and smoothie bowls (topped with Denver’s own Udi’s granola, of course!). Check ‘em out for breakfast, lunch, or a healthy snack right in the middle of downtown.
Bringing their love from New Orleans, Superfood Bar set up shop in LoHi with the mission to make healthy eating accessible to everyone, while supporting the local economy by sourcing only the best local and organic ingredients. In addition to their gluten-free, vegan, and raw breakfast and lunch menu, they’ve got an impressive list of smoothies and juices full of nutrient-dense fruits, veggies, and superfoods. You’re gonna feel real good leaving this place.
This Boulder-born real food gem in Greenwood Village is all about whole, fresh ingredients. At Zeal, you can hang out in the cozy space, try one of their organic cold-pressed juices, or play the sample game and grab a flight of all of them. Love ’em? You can surely grab some to go! And for more liquid nutrition, try one of Zeal’s creative smoothies like the Green Alkalizer, made with spinach, kale, avocado, ginger, chia, cinnamon, dates, green juice, and your choice of almond, hemp, or coconut milk. What's extra cool about Zeal? Since 2016, they've operated a small farm north of Boulder where they grow organic produce for their menu. It can't get any fresher than that!
With stores in both Park Hill and Stapleton (at Stanley Marketplace), you’re never too far from some of The Juicing Tree’s raw, organic, cold-pressed juice. You won’t be limited to the usual juice suspects, either; the Juicing Tree gets creative with their juicers to concoct unconventional and seasonal picks. Bottoms up with the Yogi, made with pineapple, granny smith, turmeric, ginger, and lemon, or try the summer-themed watermelon and mint. Want more than juice? The Juicing Tree also offers a variety of nut milks, infused waters, and shots/boosters. But listen up: a limited amount of juice is made fresh daily, so be sure to catch them before they sell out and close up shop.
This Atlanta-based superfood chain finally made its way west and has settled in the Highlands. The health-focused spot serves up all sorts of eats, but their cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and shots land it a well-deserved spot on this list. Whether you’re looking for a post-workout protein hit or a mid-morning immunity boost, Kale Me Crazy has you covered.
Ah, 2020—the year that truly put our sanity to the test. On top of that, something that most people use to navigate through a tough time has essentially been stripped away from us—our normal workout routines. I don’t know about you, but even skipping a week at the gym can send me into a tailspin. But several months of sheltering in place and being forced to adapt to this new normal?
That’s a different story.
While I think we can all say we’re grateful that fitness studios were quick to offer virtual classes when COVID-19 hit—there is something about constantly working out by ourselves that may trigger some of us to hit pause on our workout routines and start turning towards less robust habits. *Reluctantly raises hand*
The other day I came across a stat that really set off some alarms. According to a recent study, Americans are spending an additional two hours each day on their couch since March 2020. As of recently, I can say I’m totally guilty of a little too much R&R. While an evening of Netflix and wine once sounded like heaven on earth for most of us, I think it’s safe to say the repetition of this is starting to get kind of old. Also, Schitt’s Creek is over now, so I really don’t have any excuse to not dedicate my free time to jumping back into my at-home workouts.
I started pondering what made dial back my fitness routine in the first place? Was it a lack of motivation? No, not really. Screen fatigue? I think my Netflix history outlined above would tell you that’s a solid ‘no.’ Then it hit me—the thing that motivated me to stay on top of my fitness goals was being around other people with the same goals. Pre-COVID, going to my favorite spin studio and the local yoga hot spot was how I typically spent my social hour during the workweek. I realized the best way to amp up my at-home workout routine was to re-connect with my workout buddies and start doing virtual classes together to create that sense of community I craved.
If you’re also experiencing some form of live stream lull when it comes to your workouts, then getting a virtual workout buddy may be exactly what you need. Here’s why:
Just like in-person workouts, making plans to sweat it out with one of your friends motivates you to show up and be your best self. According to the Mindbody Wellness Index, 25% of the folks we surveyed said they found it difficult to hold themselves accountable to their workout goals on their own—and an additional 20% of people said a lack of support was responsible for missed workouts.
Everybody enjoys a little friendly competition, right? Maybe you have a friend who is a powerhouse at virtual HIIT—try signing up for a class with them to help you take your workout to a whole new level.
Getting a workout sesh in with a friend is the perfect time to try a new exercise such as virtual yoga or virtual barre. Trying something new can be scary—I get it. But by trying a new type of exercise with a friend, you can both give each other a confidence boost by acting as each other’s personal hype man.
Look, we’re all craving human interaction these days—and I know I’m not the only one who is missing weekly happy hours with friends. Luckily, fitness studios are getting creative with their virtual offerings post-workout, too! When we asked members of our MindbodyOne Community how they are keeping things interesting for their students in the virtual space, they said they are hosting monthly virtual wine dates to share fitness stories and personal victories. Not only do you get to drink wine, but you and your buddy get to meet other like-minded people at the same time.
As 2020 winds down (thank goodness), you have a unique opportunity to reconnect with your friends and take your workout sessions to the next level with a virtual workout buddy. So, why not start now? Book a virtual fitness class and encourage your friends to show up for you and themselves today.