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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.
Well, here we are—a couple of months into 2021. A year that we all (still) hope will be much better than the last. This past year was nothing short of a dumpster fire—between the pandemic, ongoing racial injustice, and the most dramatic election ever, 2020 was riddled with anxiety, grief, anger, and was just downright exhausting.
Heck—if somebody even dared to ask me how I was doing last year, I couldn’t help but roll my eyes and say, “Omg I can’t even.” I mean, what other year can you think of that became its own expression? When something would go horribly awry, we would literally blame it on the year by saying, “2020, am I right?” complete with a sheepish chuckle —and eventually some tears when you realized just how many times you’ve said those words. Seriously, I lost count a long time ago. It was not healthy.
Sorry, tangent—where was I? Ah yes, 2021. The good news is there’s still hope that this year won’t make us want to roll into a tiny little ball on the floor and cry. Well, at least not as much as its predecessor—I’m not a miracle worker, you guys. However, I do have some wellness tips to help you stay just a little bit cooler, calmer, and collected-er this year.
If there’s one thing we learned last year, it’s that wellness is always here for us. Maybe at this time last year, your goal of going to Pilates five days a week came to a screeching halt as fitness studios were required to shut down to protect the community. For a time, we were all frazzled because our usual workouts and wellness routines were turned upside practically overnight. I think I speak for us all when I say that our favorite fitness class, and the community that comes with it, plays a huge role in our overall happiness. The good news is the wellness industry has come a long way in just under a year.
While it is true that some areas still aren’t allowing the in-studio experience for their workout classes due to the pandemic, we have more options to practice wellness safely than ever before. Right now, some studios are allowed to operate with in-person, socially distanced classes—and pretty much every studio broke into the virtual space to provide fitness classes you could participate in from the comfort of your own home. Not to mention, at-home virtual options are typically cheaper and allow you to try our studios from all over the country. With online gym memberships like Mindbody Flex, you can have access to thousands of live stream classes at your fingertips for less than $5 per class.
Look, 2020 was scary. After a year like that, it’s can be hard to tap into a positive mindset. But it’s more important now than ever before to let go of assumptions and focus on the good that 2021 can bring. This shift to acceptance will ultimately help you put your best foot forward in any situation that arises.
Take a step back and try to focus on the things we can be grateful for in this moment. Like what? Well, for starters more and more people are receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, which means things are slowly, but surely, getting back to normal. I, for one, am grateful that my at-risk family members have already received their first rounds of vaccinations and are on the path of staying healthy since they are protected from the coronavirus.
The best thing we can do right now for our mental health is to learn to give ourselves some grace through practicing self-care. And this can look different for everyone. Maybe your version of self-care comes in the form of daily journaling, getting a workout session in, curling up with a good book, or having that glass of wine while taking a bubble bath. Whatever makes YOU feel good—keep doing it.
To keep my mental health in check, something that I’ve started incorporating into my daily self-care routine is practicing mindfulness. Some days that means I focus on my breathwork practice—other days I may scroll through the Mindbody app to find a virtual meditation class or Yoga Nidra class. I’ve also embraced the motto there’s an app for that. Right now, I’m really loving the Headway app because it helps me set daily intentions from the moment I wake up with a morning survey and then checks in with me at the end of the day with an evening survey. Having the ability to write down my goals and hold myself accountable for them has really taken my self-care routine to the next level.
Some days we fall a little short of our goals—and guess what? THAT’S OKAY. Honestly, I think we should all just focus on being okay for the rest of the year. The past year caused us to be tough on ourselves and I encourage you to make this year kinder. Any new goals you set that involve changing habits or overhauling your lifestyle will likely have some setbacks. So, when that happens, remember to be compassionate with yourself.
If there’s anything I want you to take away from this blog post is to let go of the illusion that perfection is always the end goal. When in doubt I always remind myself of something my favorite spin instructor (hey Steph!) says: “If you look for perfection, you'll never be content. Just focus on your growth.” Allow that to sink in and make it a goal to remind yourself of this every single day.
And remember: You don’t have to—and really shouldn’t—give up hope that things will get better this year, even if you feel overwhelmed now. Having a positive mindset is never a silly thing. In fact, it is actually quite admirable; you’re an admirable badass.