Spring Has Sprung

By: Eleanor Amari

Guest Post from Clean Plates

Spring has sprung, and so has our urge to put aside the hot chocolate and fill our cups with something more appropriate for the warmer seasons. It’s a great time to do some spring-cleaning for your body and there’s no better way than with fresh juices and smoothies. Tasty juice blends are abundant in our urban jungle, and we’ve listed some of our favorites, letting you know what’s organic and what will bring your taste buds into full bloom.

Candle Cafe

Cozy up at the counter of this local favorite. The highly popular Green Goddess is light and airy with a strong astringent feel we so crave in our refreshing juice blends. It’s packed with veggies but boosted with ginger and lemon, a slightly sour mix that keeps you sipping. Kale shines in The Solar Power, another mixed greens juice with the sweeter carrot that pays homage to the harvest with its deep green color and late autumn orange froth on top. If you want to know you are consuming your veggies, this is your order. For a creamier alternative, try the Sweet Potato Pie smoothie. It will change your life, the waitress told us. And it did. Sweet potato, almond milk, nutmeg, cinnamon and maple syrup, this is a must try if you have a hankering for the sweeter side.

1307 3rd Avenue @ 75th Street

New York, NY 10021
(212) 472-0970

Jivamuktea Cafe

You’ll chug, not sip these glorious smoothies, titled to tantalize your belly and your mind. We tried the Love smoothie, a medjool date, banana, spirulina powder and almond milk blend. The low number of ingredients allows you to taste the subtlety of the medjool date. And the rich, mossy green color comes from the spirulina powder which you only taste at the end of the sip-sorry-chug. They additionally serve a simple variety of fresh juices, like the energizing grapefruit and the purifying wheatgrass.

841 Broadway (2nd Fl.) b/t 13th & 14th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 353-0214

Elm Health

Choose your potion at this health market and juice bar. They list their juices with the health benefit italicized underneath so you can choose to focus on ingredients or by body boost. Try the Red Alert, the blood builder & detoxifying properties or The Body Cleanser, the digestion & circulation advocate. They also have produce and boosters not common to most juice bars: produce such as bok choy, red cabbage and both green and red apple varieties; boosters such as Camu Camu and Maca which also have their added benefit described on the menu.

1695 1st Avenue b/t 88th and 87th Streets
New York, NY
(212) 348-8500

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Eleanor Amari

Eleanor Amari is a freelance travel and food writer for Clean Plates www.cleanplates.com

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