January is a time to renew focus on a healthy lifestyle and recharge after a harried and sugar-filled holiday season. Unfortunately, those goals are often easier said than done, and eating right doesn't magically get easier when the calendar changes.
One way to take the guesswork out of improving your diet is to grab a fresh juice packed with nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, nuts and herbs. Swap out that daily soda for one of these tasty concoctions, or reinvigorate the body with a single or multi-day cleanse.
Here are seven D.C.-area juice shops ready to help you keep those 2019 resolutions alive.
This plant-based eatery opened in CityCenter in 2015 and plans to expand to Dupont Circle in late January. Its menu includes a section dedicated to "liquid meals" like the F.I.T. , with almond milk, blueberries, banana and peanut butter. There's also the Tumerango, a blend of cashew milk, orange juice, turmeric, mango, bananas, carrots and vanilla extract. Customers can also wake up with the Matcha Morning with almond butter, oats, matcha, dates, spinach, mango and bananas. There are more than 13 varieties available in 16-ounce or 24-ounce portions.
Jaco Juice and Taco Bar
(1614 Wisconsin Ave. NW)
Fresh juice is the inspiration for the first half of the name of this Georgetown juice and taco cafe, which also serves up smoothies, burritos and quesadillas. Combinations like the Just Beet It with beet, celery, apple and ginger are ideal ways to keep those healthy eating resolutions alive. If you can't decide, go with the Kitchen Sink, a blend of five fruits, spinach and seeds.
Joe & the Juice
This international juice bar arrived in D.C. last year with locations in Farragut North and McPherson Square. The freshly-made (not to mention colorful) creations have clever names like the Stress Down and the Energize to make ordering easier. Spice things up with the passion fruit-filled Sex Me Up or keep winter colds at bay with the carrot-infused Go Away Doc. The diet conscious can visit the Joe & the Juice website for additional health information on the options.
Make juice more than a snack with a signature multi-day cleanse from this local juicery. Start with the "Easy" package, designed for first-timers looking to reset their diet. Experienced customers can pick up the seasonal "Winter Immunity" package, optimized for fighting the flu and promoting gut and liver health. Anyone looking for less commitment can boost their day with concoctions for various moods and needs. Prepping for a workout? Choose the Hulk, an energizing combination of spinach, kale, raw almonds, cinnamon, vanilla and dates.
South Block has locations across Northern Virginia and D.C., each blending up small-batch juices with cleansing in mind. Pop a ginger, lemon and turmeric "Bomb Shot" or simple organic celery. Give your body some love with a one-day routine of six different juices or reach for the three-day package.
Turning natural is a woman-owned shop that prides itself on providing healthy and affordable juices to underserved neighborhoods like Anacostia, District Heights and Howard. Treat yourself with the fennel and apple Green Latifah or a Mikale Jackson, with dandelion, kale, pear, apple, lemon and ginger. There are nearly a dozen recipes to pick from in addition to 10 smoothies and some healthy eats.
The Juice Laundry
(1331 4th St. SE)
Down in Navy Yard, The Juice Laundry provides organic juices optimized with the nutrients the body needs to thrive. Cleanses are categorized as "normal," "deep" and "active" and include between six and eight juices per day. Individual servings range from the cucumber, grapefruit and celery Rinse & Refresh to the Spicy Green, which amps up a garden's worth of vegetables with a kick of jalapeno pepper.