5 Juice Bars For A Post-Weekend Detox

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We love a good doughnut-and-fried chicken combo as much as the next person, but we have to admit that food trends taking root in D.C. are none too friendly for our health and well-being. While we all know the best places to get cupcakes, ice cream, and the like, we could use some healthy alternatives — couldn't you? Luckily, even though juice bars haven't quite reached cult status here the way they have in, say, Los Angeles, there are some DMV options that keep locals coming back for more. Here are our favorites:
Purée
This hotspot inhabits prime Bethesda real estate (right next door to Equinox, if you need a post-workout refreshment), and will soon cross city lines with a new Adams Morgan location in August. Purée is a DMV standout, offering one of the most expansive juice menus and even a cleanse package for post-vacation sluggishness. For those of you new to the juice game, start off slow with the Easy Green, a mixture of apple, kale, cucumber, and lemon. If you're ready for a challenge, try the Green Goddess. It’s packed with spinach, romaine, kale, cucumber, and celery, so you don’t have to feel too bad about skipping salad with your dinner.
Purée, 4903 Elm Street, Bethesda; 301-654-7873.
Hawthorne Homemade
This Cleveland Park gem opened last year in a tiny location on Macomb Street NW, right off of Wisconsin Avenue. The adorable outdoor seating and on-the-go salad and wrap selections make it a must-visit, whether you're a local or just passing through. For a classic raw juice, try the Hawthorne Essential, made with carrots, apples, and ginger, or go full speed ahead with the Beety Green Liver Cleanse, a mixture of whole beets, collards, kale, cucumber, and carrots.
Hawthorne Homemade, 3706 Macomb Street NW; 202-248-2374.
The B Spot
The B Spot definitely takes the cake for the most unique concept on the list. An art gallery, juice bar, and tearoom located right near Eastern Market, this place has something for everyone. On any given night, customers can stop in for juice or tea and catch live entertainment on The B Spot’s open stage. Newbies should try out the new, not-yet-on-the-menu Green Island juice, a reinvention of an existing drink. The addition of spinach and wheatgrass to the mixture of pineapple, mango, coconut milk, coconut water, and agave nectar gives an added healthy punch. If you're going for a total body boost, try the Super Green , which is a blend of spinach, celery, parsley, wheatgrass, and cayenne.
The B Spot, 1123 Pennsylvania Avenue SE; 202-546-7186.
Khepra’s Raw Food and Juice Bar
Ask any local raw-food junkie and they'll tell you that Khepra’s has been one of the city’s best-kept secrets since it opened in December 2011. Located near Union Station, this small shop makes top-quality raw foods (we’re talking coconut crab cakes and nut HempBurgers) and juices that have the local health food community buzzing. With everything from fresh coconut milk to Green High Juice, made of kale and pineapple, this raw food haven is paradise for the health-conscious.
Khepra’s Raw Food and Juice Bar, 402 H Street NE; 202-803-2063.
Juice Joint Café
We would be remiss not to include the Juice Joint, which, in its 16th year of business, can easily claim the title as D.C.'s original juice bar. While this perpetually busy establishment carries an enticing array of juices, it also has an entire menu of sandwiches, salads, and even stir-fries. If you’re going just for the juice, try out the O’Berry for something on the sweeter side (it’s a mixture of orange, pineapple, and strawberry). Or go ahead and try Tom’s Choice, made with carrots, apple, beet, and ginger —a classic Juice Joint experience.
1025 Vermont Avenue NW; 202-347-6783.

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