Healthy Eating

The Ten Best Juice Bars in Miami

Food trends come and go with the flip of a calendar, but at one point the biggest food trend of them all wasn’t even food — it was juice. Despite its inconsistency in mainstream food culture, juicing is still all the rage in the Magic City, with both longstanding and newfangled juice bars proving that their feel-good, cure-all refreshments remain a hot commodity no matter the season. From Green Garden Organics, South Florida's oldest wheatgrass grower, to the über-trendy cold-pressed juice chain Jugofresh, these passionate local purveyors squeeze out all-natural goodness that kicks your supermercado V8 and Naked juice to the GMO curb.

Different techniques are used to create such nutrient-rich fruit and vegetable blends. Some employ the traditional centrifugal extraction process, while others use a newer, slow-pressed system. Regardless of the method, Miami’s juicing hot spots add the freshest, highest-quality ingredients and a whole lot of love to their healthful liquid concoctions. We all have our favorite juice bars in Miami. Here's to drinking your way to optimal health at these ten best.

10. Miami Juice
A Sunny Isles Beach staple for premium-quality juices and freshly made fare, Miami Juice (18660 Collins Ave.) even has a healthy food emporium chock full of wholesome produce and other necessities. Flush out your system and start fresh with seasonal vegetable or fruit juices that start at $4.95 for a small cup to $20.95 for a half-gallon. Quench your thirst with a piña colada — the nonalcoholic, healthful kind — that uses pineapple juice, organic coconut milk, and honey. Fresh grapefruit, organic apple, or papaya juice also works wonders.

9. Gables Juice Bar
Located at 230 Almeria Ave., this Coral Gables mainstay offers an eclectic, no-frills atmosphere with a focus on what matters most: the juice. The result is flawless, made-to-order juices and smoothies packed with bold flavors. Take, for example, a delightful twist to your classic lemonade that’s turned up a notch with fresh ginger, apples, and lemons. Veggie and fruit juices cost $6.75 for 16 ounces or make it jumbo for $7. Either way, your complexion, metabolism, and immune system will thank you.

8. Raw South Juice
In the far reaches of downtown Dadeland, Raw South Juice (9804 SW 77th Ave.) fuels South Miami with organic juices, smoothies, açaí bowls, and other nutritional selections that are as heart-healthy as they are picture-worthy. A cup of I Am Raw South is just what the doctor ordered for an energizing morning treat featuring spinach, kale, dandelion, celery, lemon, green apple, ginger, and cucumber, while Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot! adds a little Miami spice to your day with its blend of apple, pineapple, cucumber, and jalapeño. All juices cost $9 for 20 ounces.

7. Miami Squeeze
A nondescript gem known to North Miami Beach's top insiders, this breezy roadside bungalow, located at 18315 W. Dixie Hwy., brims with hearty and healthy options, from pre- or postworkout juices like the Fat Burner, which uses pineapple, celery, mint, and grapefruit, to soothing remedies like the Flu Shot ($4.95), a dose of ginger, lemon, and honey. Prices range from $5.95 for 16 ounces to $24.95 for a half-gallon. Pair your liquid goods with scrumptious Mediterranean, Asian, and pan-American eats for a complete meal outdoors.

6. The Juicery Bar
For the past six years, this cheerful juice joint on Brickell Key serves made-to-order juices and smoothies using the freshest, unpasteurized ingredients and bottles them only by customer request. At the helm is certified holistic health coach Mariela Maldonado-Keen, who says that to the rest of the world, juicing has become a fad, but at the Juicery Bar, it’s a lifestyle. Cure your hangover with the After Party, made with tomato, kale, cucumber, celery, lemon, and cayenne, or splurge on a nonguilty supercharged treat like Yogurt Bliss, made with spirulina, pineapple, Greek yogurt, apple, and banana. Juices cost $6 to $8.

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Maureen Aimee Mariano is a freelance food writer for Miami New Times. She earned a bachelor of science in journalism from the University of Florida before making her way back to the 305, the city that first fueled her insatiable appetite.