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Drink your daily fruit and veggie quota at these juice bars around Vancouver
Full of flavour and packed with the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay well, fresh juice is one trend that’s (hopefully) here to stay.
And with plenty of local restaurants, cafés and stands squeezing out the stuff, it’s easier than ever to drink your daily dose of fruits and veggies in Vancouver.
The idea for The Juice Truck — parked at the corner of Abbott and Water streets on weekdays (summer weekends are split between Gastown and Kits) — was born after Zach Berman and Ryan Slater tasted a sweet drink made from sea-buckthorn berries in a tiny village high in the Himalayas. "It became all about finding unique juices and bringing them to Canada,” says Berman.
Back in Vancouver the buds set up shop in their stoplight-red truck, offering all-natural juices and smoothies made without ices, syrups or sorbets (also on the menu: raw-food snacks and soups). To their knowledge they’re the only juicers in town using a cold-pressing technique (similar to the way olive oil is made) to deliver optimal flavour, vitamins, minerals and enzymes.
Tucked between a tailor and a second-hand shop, Sejuiced — Kitsilano’s very own vegetarian, vegan and raw café — was juicing long before drinking your vegetables became au courant. Whether you’re looking for healthy refreshment on a hot day or a surefire hangover cure, Sejuiced covers you with a variety of liquid tonics.
From juice basics to super shots, vital fluids, energy elixirs and power shakes, the squeezed and blended drinks on the menu go down easy — and benefit your well-being, too. Try a combo of spinach, celery, carrot and apple to heal hypertension or a shot of spirulina (with plenty of B vitamins) to decrease stress.
Understanding how food affects health is the philosophy behind OrganicLives — and the thinking doesn’t stray when it comes to juice. With its flagship location just off Main (on Quebec) and a takeaway café inside the Chopra Yoga Center, this raw restaurant serves wholesome drinks that range from surprisingly spicy to satisfyingly sweet.
Nip a cold or flu in the bud with algae, celery, camu and ginger, or get your "Brain On" with blue-green algae (and pea). Independent thinkers will also love the iJuice option, which lets you combine romaine, cucumber, celery, parsley, ginger, cilantro, kale, apple or pear to your heart’s content.
This tiny juice bar and healthy eatery, located on the west side of Granville Island Public Market, takes first prize for access to fresh produce. Surrounded by fruit and veggie stands, Fraser Valley Juice & Salad has been expertly squeezing oranges, grapefruits, carrots, celery, kiwis, pineapples, melons and more ever since the market’s opening days.
For a delicious pairing try a cold vegetarian salad roll with a glass of honeydew juice.
With underground stands in every Canada Line SkyTrain station from 41st Avenue to Waterfront Station, Jugo Juice makes getting your daily drink easy. And with five servings of fruit in each of its fresh-pressed juice options, your well-being won’t be derailed, either.
From the basics (apple, carrot and orange) to carrot-fruit combos to a "Max Veg" option packed with an entire alphabet of vitamins, Jugo Juice posts nutritional facts for all its flavours online. For a shot of health on the go, try a one- or two-ounce serving of wheatgrass, grown in store and cut and juiced fresh to order.