The growing trend for healthy drinks is sweeping over Nashville. Now many neighborhoods are featuring fresh, raw, organic, cold pressed juice. They’re called ‘juice bars’, and they’re becoming very popular. Christiana Muir (left) investigates.
Throughout time, cultures have always found ways to use ingredients from the earth to benefit their wellness. Many fruits and vegetables naturally contain medicinal properties that can treat a host of issues including organ function (heart, lungs, liver, and kidney), skin health, weight loss, cold/flu treatment, general wellness, and more.
While there are a variety of juices available in your local grocery store, most of these drinks have been pasteurized and contain preservatives so they can have an extended shelf life. Any drink being bottled for more than 3-4 days has to go through a high heat pasteurization process, killing potential harmful bacteria and often many healthy parts of juice including antioxidants, protein, and fiber.
However, as the methods of juicing have advanced, people are now able to access an excellent source of vitamins and nutrients in the form of a fresh, tasty, and healthy drink. You simply go to a juice bar, order your drink, and watch as it’s made in front of you. No pasteurization. No preservatives. Simply fruits and vegetables in their healthiest liquid form.
Juice bars offer beverages that are not only delicious but are also tailored to fit your health needs. The Urban Juicer, a popular juice bar with five locations in the Nashville area, has named many of the items on its menu based on how each juice can help you. For example, The Cold Buster is a drink full of vitamin C with its apple, grapefruit, ginger, and lemon blend designed to combat a cold with the freshest ingredients. The Well Being is a mixture of kale, spinach, cucumber, apple, ginger, and lemon. They also feature juices on their menu named The Liver Lover, The Brave Heart, The Miracle Worker, and more, starting at $6.00 for 16oz.
Many items on juice bar menus contain superfoods such as beets, carrots, spinach, and kale, along with fruits such as apples, grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon. Some drinks also include some unexpected ingredients such as jalapeno, garlic, coffee, cayenne pepper, cacao, cilantro, bee pollen, cashews, and mint. At most juice bars, you are able to choose what ingredients you like and custom build your own drink. There are savory and sweet options to help satisfy your craving and most juices already are or can be modified to be vegan and gluten free.
In addition to buying juices, most juice bars also provide smoothies, healthy food options, juice cleanse packages, and even “shots” – a small concentrated blend of citrus, spices, and essential oils to boost your health.
If you’re interested in giving juicing a try, here are some local juice bars that may be in your neighborhood:
Find your local Juicer:
• Melrose: 2206 8th Ave. South – Nashville, TN 37204
• East Nashville: 1009 Gallatin Ave. – Nashville, TN 37206
• Downtown: 21 Arcade Alley – Nashville, TN 37219
• Charlotte: 4021 Charlotte Ave – Nashville, TN 37209
• Franklin: 158 Front St. Suite 100 – Franklin, TN 37064
• Green Hills: 2120 Green Hills Village Dr. – Nashville, TN 37215
• Berry Hill: 522 Heather Pl. – Nashville, TN 37204
• Hillsboro Village: 2005 Belcourt Ave – Nashville TN 37212
• The Gulch: 222 11th Ave. South – Nashville TN 37203
• Germantown: 1120 4th Ave. North – Nashville TN 37208
• Belle Meade: 6000 Highway 100 Suite 101 – Nashville, TN 37205
• Mt. Juliet: 2726 N. Mt. Juliet Rd. – Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
• East Nashville: 1100 Fatherland St. Suite 102 – Nashville, TN 37206
• Downtown: 211 3rd Ave. South – Nashville, TN 37201
• Brentwood: 700 Old Hickory Blvd. Suite 203 – Brentwood, TN 37027