I love fresh-squeezed orange juice. I love unusual flavors. But I’ve been pretty slow to get on the bandwagon for juicing. It seems like a great way to ruin a salad to me. But lately I’ve noticed more and more of them and even smoothie chains and teashops seem to be getting on the juice train. So maybe it’s time that I do too—especially if I’m going to stay cool and eat light this summer. If I were to try a juice bar, I’d definitely look at some the places that have become so popular around Pasadena:
The Freshly Squeezed Juice Bar particularly intrigued me when Yelpers reported that it is one of the few places to use pitaya in the juices and bowls. Intrigued, I have since discovered that pitaya is also known as dragon fruit and is one of the newly hailed “super” fruits (think goji berries and acai of the past). Better yet, it’s a brightly hued Barbie pink when blended and seems to make an excellent and refreshing treat for those shopping in the Paseo.
The Freshly Squeezed Juice Bar; 390 E Colorado Bl Pasadena, CA 91101 626-577-5001 freshlysqueezedjuicebar.com
Juice Served Here didn’t originate in Pasadena, but it is easy to see why the local chain has grown. For the health minded, Juice Served Here makes it super easy to try juicing. They offer a delivery service to your home or office. And if you’re interested in cleanses, but still a little wary, you can try some of the options at Juice Served Here. They also regularly participate in healthy lifestyle events so that you can learn more about the juicing lifestyle. And offering flights so that you can taste different juices is a brilliant idea.
Juice Served Here; 57 E Holly St Pasadena, CA 91103 626-578-0101 juiceservedhere.com
Nektar isn’t a one-off shop but has numerous locations in the Western states. Once you check it out, it becomes a little more obvious as to why. In addition to juices and cleanse options, Nektar also has more accessible options. Like smoothies. Including a Chocolate Dream smoothie that seems to be pretty popular with the locals. And in case you feel like chewing your way to health, Nektar also offers bowls.
Nektar; 345 S Lake Ave #110 Pasadena, CA 91101 818-928-330 nekterjuicebar.com
And of course, Jamba Juice and other smoothie shops have also jumped on the juice train so that you can pretty much find yourself juiced anywhere you happen to find yourself around town.