Green juice tips and some of my favorites

We joke around in the office at work about how green juices are the new flowers (just for the record, I still like flowers though..). Someone pointed out to me that I always post photos and talk about my love of green juices but never actually share the love (how mean of me). So I figured I would share with you my 5 favorite green juices in NYC.

Before I dive into it, let’s go over some basics- what exactly is green juice?

So it’s exactly what it sounds like-  the juice from greens. Just like how you would juice an orange, except with greens. Think kale, spinach, collard greens, bok choy, watercress.

What makes it so great?

Green juices are a great way to get in your veggies if you don’t consume a ton of it on a regular basis. Think about how much spinach you need to juice to get a cup of liquid (answer is A LOT). Oh, and good luck if you’re trying to juice kale, you’re going to need a ton..

So you’re basically getting loads and loads of nutrients in a bottle of green juice. I call it a green powerhouse. I don’t dig the juice cleanse stuff but am all for having one as a snack or with meals.

Green Juice Tips:

If you’re going for bottled, I like cold pressed drinks because the process presses all the juice out without using heat so the nutrients are not destroyed in the process.

You also want to try to go organic as much as possible when it comes to these juices. Since you’re using so much produce to make a bottle, you don’t want to be drinking down all those yucky pesticides.

But watch out, some green juices are mostly fruit (not considered green juices in my book!) which mean they turn out to be super high in sugar.

Check your label on your bottle, many have 2 servings per bottle so be sure to double the grams of sugar that is on the label (I’ve seen 38 grams before!) that’s about 9 teaspoons of sugar…eek. Some don’t have labels but to be on the safe side, choose those with max ONE fruit per green juice (lemon/lime is okay) OR if there is a label, I cap it a 12g of sugar per bottle.

Okay now here goes….my faves in NYC (you’ve probably seen these already if you follow me on instagram..)

1) Gingersnap Organics Go Kick- all greens with pear and ginger  (cold pressed, organic)

Address: 130 E 7th St New York, NY 10009 in the East Village

There’s something about the sweetness and tart flavor from the pear, and the zing that the ginger adds to it that really makes this one stand out.

2) Feel Food Open Mind – Green mango, cucumber, cilantro, romaine, apple, ginger (cold pressed, organic)

feel food gree juice

Address: 496 6th Ave between 12th and 13th St New York, NY 10011

Interesting combo, not a ton of leafy greens in this one but the tartness of the green mango goes well with the apple and the cucumber makes it super refreshing.

3) Organic Avenue Green Love- Kale, Cucumber, Celery, Romaine, Spinach, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard, Lemon, Pear, Parsley (cold pressed, organic)

organic ave green

Love this one because it has tons of greens and just 1 fruit and the cucumber gives it the hydrating factor. This one is pretty green so I would probably not start off with this one when you’re just getting used to the taste of green juice. You would probably like Sweet Greens which is sweeter.

4) One Lucky Duck Swan greens– cucumber, spinach, dandelion, pear, grapefruit, tarragon, spearmint, yuzu (cold pressed, organic)

one lucky duck

Address: 125 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003 in Gramercy

Super interesting ingredients here and I think this is the most unique green juice I’ve had.  It’s not too sweet so I break my 1 fruit rule for this one 🙂

5) Sun in Bloom Sweet Lady Green – Collard Greens, Romaine, Cucumber, Celery, Parsley (cold pressed, organic)

sweet lady sun in bloom

They recently opened a location in Tribeca but their original one is in Park Slope

Address: 165 Church St New York, NY 10007

blurry photo of my lunch too from Sun in Bloom. Rockin veggie collard wrap (yum). This one is ALL GREENS but really good and pretty tolerable for you green juice newbies

You can find an organic pressed juice near you from this great resource, the pressed juice directory, from the organic food expert, Max Goldberg.

I also love Well + Good’s map of juice bars.

If you’re looking into making your own juice and don’t know where to start, check out Juice Generation’s book by founder Eric Helm. It is a great resource and really aims at getting those unfamiliar with how to use greens in juices and smoothies started.

Do you drink green juice? Which ones are on your favorites list? Do you make your own? what are your “must have” ingredients in every juice?

Happy sipping,

Joanna

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