It was a lovely sunny weekend in Calgary, and while I enjoy fresh, healthy juices year-round, there’s something about the warm sun shining that makes them extra refreshing. I indulged in a few this weekend and I wanted to share some great local places that I frequent for juice. Most I am sure any Calgary health enthusiast is quite familiar with but, there may be a few that you might not know about.
It seems as though the past few years have been really great for YYC in the healthy foods department.
I love a nice, fresh juice, and typically I make them myself at home but there are great places in and around YYC where you can pick up a freshly-pressed or even a cold-pressed juice when you are on the run or just want an extra-boost of energy.
Let’s start with the difference between fresh-pressed and cold-pressed.
According to this article on the website Mind Body Green, the difference between cold-pressed an fresh-pressed comes in the last step of the process. Fresh-pressed juice should be enjoyed immediately, where cold-pressed juice can be stored in the fridge for a while and still have all the nutrients in-tact.
“In cold-pressed juice, the cold juice is bottled, sealed and put in a large chamber, which fills with water and applies a crushing amount of pressure (equal to 5 times the pressure found at the deepest part of the ocean) to inactivate pathogens. This allows cold-pressed juice companies (like Evolution Fresh) to ship you juice that tastes vibrant and is safe for a few weeks instead of a few days.”
It is important to know the difference, to know how quickly you should drink it to get the most nutrients possible. Cold-pressed juice is generally more pricey than fresh-pressed and, in my opinion, you are definitely getting what you pay for. You can read more about that, here.
Juices are so beneficial because you can get a large amount of nutrients in one drink. They can be great for illness or to boost you energy, amongst other things, depending on the mix of fruits and vegetables.
Cold-Pressed Juice in YYC:
- Cru Juice – Cru Juice is a local Calgary cold-pressed juice shop that has one main location in Bridgeland but they also offer their juices at several locations around the city. They are cold-pressed and full of nutrients and I have loved every combination that I have tried. Some of their ingredients are organic but not all. My favourites are their #greenjuice, the OC, and the dirty lemonade. Check them out here!
- Lady Bug and Cafe Delicate and Raw superfood juice bar – This stop offers maximum nutrition, superfood, cold-pressed juices. Located in the gorgeous SW community of Aspen, they offer a variety of juice cleanses as well as the opportunity to purchase individual juices in the cafe. They are a bit pricey but definitely well worth it.
- Juice Because – I have yet to try this juice spot but I have heard really good things. It is on my list and I will update when I try! You can read more about Juice Because, here. UPDATE: I tried one juice and it was delicious – I would recommend and I will continue to try.
- Well Juicery – Another juice stop that I need to try. Check you more info, here.UPDATE: I have tried two juices – the Be Well and the Well Greens, both pretty basic but both really really good.
Fresh-Pressed Juice in YYC
- Wild & Raw Superfood Juice Bar – This has become my new favourite stop. So much so that I wish I still lived in Sunnyside – well this amongst other reasons. They have a huge variety of superfood juices. My favourite is the alchemical alkalizer. You can read more about this place in another article I wrote profiling the business, here.
- Mrs. Greens – Mrs. Greens is an American Natural food store that recently purchased Planet Organic. Their 130th Avenue location in Calgary has a full juice bar where you can get a variety of fresh-pressed juices made to order. I’ve tried a few and they all taste great! It’s a great little juice stop in the suburbs.
- High Wood Natural Foods – Not in Calgary, this natural food store in High River offers a fully functioning juice bar and even offers daily cleanses. They have great combinations and you can add boosters like spirulina to any juice for just $1. My favourite is their Green Ginger Twist juice which combines celery, leafy greens, ginger, lemon, parsley and apples. Their Pick Me Up juice is a great citrus boost, especially when you are feeling a little under the weather.
- Cherry Pit – The Cherry Pit at the Calgary Farmers Market has recently started offering fresh-pressed juices. They are pretty tasty and come in a cute mason jar which is super handy to re-use. None of their ingredients are organic so that is definitely something to take note of but it is nice to have an option like this while grabbing some groceries.
I am sure there are a lot of other great options in the city and I have no doubt that the selection will continue to grow. Let me know other places I should try! Where are your favourite spots to grab some healthy juice?