The juicing craze has hardly hit its peak in Atlanta, but health-conscious residents are going crazy for eateries that let them drink their fruits and veggies. When done right, integrating these drinks into an everyday diet can infuse a greater amount of nutrients into a system without overloading on calories. Here are five of the best locally based juice and smoothie spots in Atlanta.
Atlanta, Decatur, Vinings locations. ardensgarden.com
As Atlanta's best-known juicery, Arden's Garden products are sold in plenty of local grocery stores and supermarkets. But don't let that get in the way of a trip to one of its many locations, where the fresh juices and thick, filling smoothies are at their best. Luckily, the spicy nuts and variety of greens added make the drinks a filling meal replacement or satisfying snack.
Multiple Atlanta locations. dtoxjuice.com
This shop is popular for its "Green Pineapple" juice with kale and cilantro, and with multiple cleanses on the menu, it's easy to buy in bulk. But dtox goes beyond sipping. It also offers detox eucalyptus baths to clients looking to immerse themselves in an anti-inflammatory experience.
Kale Me Crazy
Atlanta, Decatur, Roswell, Sandy Springs locations. kalemecrazy.net
It's not uncommon to walk into a Kale Me Crazy location and find hordes of health-conscious Atlantans lining up shots at the bar -- wheatgrass, aloe vera, and other wellness shots, that is. With a wide menu that includes salads, smoothies, juices and teas, the chain is perfect for both newbies and veterans craving something juicy.
590 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-588-0857. lottafrutta.com
The juice and smoothie spot is tucked in the middle of several residential neighborhoods, making it the ideal spot for a nutrient load up or cool off after a run or jog. Baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and a formidable lunch menu also make it a must-try for a solid food fix.
209 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta. 404-996-6698. thecurbmarket.com/rawesome-juicery
This cold-pressed juice and smoothie bar in Edgewood boasts detox-friendly fruit and vegetable juices alongside thicker, nutty smoothies to satisfy any craving. The must-try on this menu is the peanut butter and jam smoothie, which is as nostalgic as a PB&J without the stickiness and added sugar.