Blenders are made for vegetables … there’s green juice, beet juice, carrot concoctions, and conventional smoothies — all of which you can find in Oakville, Burlington, and Milton. You can just throw in cups and cups of greens, which would take hours to chew, and have them injecting your body with boundless energy and vitality in no time! And of course we’ve gotta rep our hipster readers and throw in some coconut oil, too. With so many options when you’re on the go, there’s excuse not to stick to your #goals and lean out in 2018. Here are the top 5 places to get a healthy smoothies and/or juice in Oakville, Burlington, and Milton.
This Milton joint is all about the greenery, from the tabletops to the bowls. It opened in Dec. 2014 and the menu offers smoothie bowls, cold-pressed juices, wraps, grain bowls (while the portions are small, you’ll feel better about making positive dietary choices, #amirite). Secret menu items are offered from time to time. Smoothies range from chocolate to kale to strawberry to pina colada. Almond milk is made in-house. I prefer my green smoothie without the apple juice but do you, boo.
What $10 will get you: Greenery juice.
4. Goodness Me! Natural Food Market
Health is tops at this supermarket, where the Goodness Eatery boasts everything from organic meat to a smoothie bar. (Janet Jacks opened the store’s first location in Hamilton in 1981 after her husband, Scott, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes). Organic and high-quality ingredients are always on the menu. For lunch, sauteed kale was ramped up with lemon vinaigrette, while roasted squash and a scrumptious veggie lasagna filled me right up. They’ve also got an array of soup and chill with vegetarian and meat options.
What $10 will get you: Tropical Warrior smoothie
There’s beets, spinach, kale, and spectacular customer service in south Oakville. And it’s not pretentious or overpriced. Trish Juice opened in spring 2018 along Lakeshore Rd. W. (meaning there’s a good chance this cute resto might be near your home or work). It’s a great breakfast, lunch, or light dinner option, especially after a particularly punishing training session in the weight room. Or if your hands are full with a baby — the owner will stop what she’s doing to help a mom with a stroller get in and out the door. But back to the bevvies. I love me some fresh juice, and the beet juice, with carrot and lemon, didn’t disappoint. Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather eat my calories than drink them but there’s one exception and it’s a real juice made right before my eyes, full of brightly hued fruit and vegetables, poured into a tall glass. Trish Juice is in the former K.B. Rugs spot. You’ll find hip, trendy items such as Avocado Toast, (we tried the Hummus Toast, topped with alfalfa sprouts — yum). This independently owned and operated juice bar will not only serve fresh juice, but also smoothies (including bowls), milkshakes, cocktails, salads, wraps, and quick health shots. Even better news? All menu items are under $15 — so it’s perfect for anyone looking for a healthy, affordable lunch. Exhibit A: Avocado Toast – served on rye bread – is $2.99. Exhibit B: Salads and wraps are $5.99. We dug right into the Maple Apple salad (it’s perfect for a sweltering summer day), with spinach, kale, chopped almonds and walnuts, granny smith apple, feta, and a tangy maple dijon dressing. This is also the spot to visit if you want to hop on the turmeric bandwagon.
What $10 will get you: Beet juice.
It’s an unpretentious haven near Mount Nemo. You’re not going here for the decor or to post pretty pics on your Insta feed … unless those pics are for your bonafide foodie following. The menu at this low-key farm-to-table resto is created by a holistic nutritionist, Philippe St-Cyr, who’s created an extensive selection. Start by reading the medley of beverages, ranging from a beet-apple-lime concoction (which I downed in 1.3 seconds) to ginger kombucha. Then there are shots — with standard wheatgrass to items such as Indian gooseberry, or Amla. Not sure what that is? Ask the servers, who know the menu inside-out and clearly care about customizing options. (They convinced me to try the Wundeba Caesar salad with avocado garlic dressing — yum!). Wundeba features weekly specials, in addition to steak, sandwiches, and breakfast. Sundays offer yoga on the patio, followed by brunch. They’ve also got herbal concoctions such as astragalus and cat’s claw — Katherine, my acupuncturist, would approve. Oh, also make sure you try the raw Cacao Avocado Mousse!
What $10 will get you: Beet-Apple-Lime juice ($9)
Delicious bites await at this tiny vegan/gluten-free eatery renowned for its menu. I had the Power Bowl, a nutritious dish made up of organic steamed quinoa, grilled sweet potatoes, black beans, braised kale, avocado, grilled portobello mushroom, brazil nut parmesan, and lemon tahini sauce. It was beyond delicious and full of so many complementary flavours. It was chased with an ice-cold Pure Chocolate Love smoothie comprised of almond milk, raw cacao powder, cacao butter, coconut oil, bananas, dates, cacao nibs, and sea salt. It wasn’t a sweet drink and I loved everything about it. Needless to say, I’ll be returning to try all of the drinks, including the newest addition to the menu: hot blendies, such as Power Coffee, and Spicy Hot Chocolate.
What $10 will get you: Pure Chocolate Love ($8.80)