Let’s face it: there’s a high likelihood that you ate and drank way too much over the past few weeks. It’s hard to abstain when there are plates of cookies, free-flowing eggnog and family and friends hurling junk food at you from all directions. The upcoming New Year’s Eve partying and New Year’s Day brunches will probably only exacerbate the problem.
Once the holidays are finally over, many people are probably ready to swear off heavy, rich eating for a few weeks and resolve to get back on the track to healthy food. It’s a goal that’s easier said than done.
A trendy option is to bump up the intake of nutrient-rich raw and cold-pressed juices (and no, chugging Kool-Aid and Sunny D don’t count). When taken to the extreme, fresh juices can be an expensive and the liquid-only diet can be somewhat unsatisfying.
There’s little evidence that juices are really any kind of cure all, but they can certainly be a step in resetting a pattern of bad food habits and get 2016 started off clean. But even if you’re not up for committing to a total cleanse, it can be a convenient way to chug a meal if you’re short on time.
A variety of restaurants and shops in DC offer juice selections, whether you’re looking for a quick one-time meal or snack or to start a longer-term detox.
At Jrink Juicery, the three-day “beginner reboot” sells for a steep $155. You can also build a custom six pack for $54. The recipes are designed and named for specific purposes like fuel, cleansing, energy and protein. Jrink has several locations, including in Dupont Circle, Shaw and Falls Church, Virginia. It also accepts online orders for local delivery.
Nearby in Dupont Circle is The Little Beet, a natural food restaurant that has a few locations in New York and recently arrived in DC. On the menu is a selection of cold-pressed juices like the Lemon Switchel. It’s made with apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, lemon, ginger, apple and water. The Wake Up Call is a blend of spinach, pineapple, mango, avocado and lemon.
For those outside the city, the Tysons Corner location of popular restaurant Founding Farmers (1800 Tysons Boulevard) offers a special order juice cleanse program. Options range from the $65 one-day package up to $195 for a three-day supply. The juices are cold-pressed at the restaurant. The only downside is that they’re pick-up only at the Virginia location only, so you’ll need to drive or hop on the silver line.
In Bethesda, Puree Juice Bar is a good spot to seek out. The juice menu has refreshing options like rosemary grapefruit, green goddess and even something named bunny brew (carrot, beet and ginger). Or put in an order for one of its shakes, in varieties like orange lassie or banana butter cup. Full cleanses can be picked up in store or other area locations or shipped within the U.S.
Finally, on a lighter – or perhaps “higher – note, District Growers now offers medicinal cannabis-infused cold-pressed juice for purchase by eligible customers. Medical marijuana patients can take advantage of flavors including freedom, bliss, passion and smiles.
These are just some of the most popular examples, so feel free to do some research about health food stores and juice options in your neighborhood. Here’s to raising a healthier glass to start the new year!