And we’re off! Dashing into the holidays, our eyes glazing over with visions of sugar cookies dancing in our heads. Yes, it’s all about the lavish meals and holiday parties, but that doesn’t mean you can’t at least strive for some balance. In that spirit, we're sharing our favorite places to snag on-the-go juices and lighter meals.
We’ve got you covered from coast to coast, and thanks to overnight delivery: everywhere in between. It’s not possible to feel guilty about that extra serving of Aged Eggnog when you’ve got a dreamy, green juice waiting at home, right? That's what we'll be telling ourselves at least!
Arguably one of the first LA juice bars to make juice “look cool;” Moon Juice has become an LA staple (with locations on both the West and East side). Expect a rainbow assortment of your classic juices with an emphasis on health benefits and descriptors to relieve ailments like “headache” or “digestion.” This isn’t your average smoothie shop though: the focus here is on holistic well-being. Some of our favorite grabs are their tonics and elixirs. So, when you’re hopping that plane home for Christmas, be sure to snag their “Elderberry Immunity” and a packet of raw, cacao-dusted walnuts for good measure.
Let’s face it, the Sakara Girls are living proof that you are what you eat. Friends in life and business, owners Whitney and Danielle have crafted an organic, plant-based meal that is delivered direct to your doorstep in NYC, LA, and now Miami. Not only are the meals gushing with gourmet ingredients, but they are gorgeous to boot. A sample menu might include “Indian Samosas” or “Toasted Granola with Goddess Mylk” and is sure to satisfy with 1 day, 5 day, or 20 day meal packages. Having your (delicious) meals pre-determined takes out all the guess work (and temptation).
Has juice become a fashion accessory? Hey, if it keeps us healthy on-the-go, we’ll accept that. No one in LA does it better than Juice Served Here. Their gorgeous packaging and design-friendly stores are easy on the eyes, and we think you’ll love them too. Their original location is in West Hollywood, but they’ve since popped up all over with 12 locations and a fleet of eye-catching black trucks that deliver to your office or home. We adore their spicy “Block Rockin’ Beets” and sinfully good “Cream Party” juice (which you could, theoretically spike like eggnog…just saying).
Many folks might say that California started the juice craze, but we think the NYC juice institution, Liquiteria, has that claim. Since 1996, this East Village spot has been pioneering the “cold-pressed juice movement.” We love that they’ve been able to stand the test of time, with new locations, and even an app. Although juice is the main squeeze, we can’t ignore their incredible smoothie selection. Whether it’s a peanut-butter protein smoothie or an acai parfait, they have a supplemental breakfast or lunch to hold you over until the holiday finger foods arrive.
There’s a special place in our heart for Sweetgreen, and it’s not just because they make salad taste so good. It’s because they actually care about the quality of their ingredients and the relationships they have with local farmers. For a fairly young “chain” that has locations in 7 states, it’s a sweet reminder that you can be big and still think small. Our all-time favorite (often ordered through the ease of their app) is the Spicy Sabzi (crunchy sprouts, beets, and tender tofu), although they also partner with local Chefs in the community for “featured” salads, like “Jon and Vinny’s Za’atar.”
We’re obsessed with this local San Francisco favorite when we’re on the go. True to their California roots, they focus on organic produce, free-range poultry, and sustainable seafood. Expect a health-forward menu with a selection of warm mains like Green Curry Bowls or filling smoothies like the Green Banana Almond. With over half a dozen locations across the Bay Area, you might be like us and find the most convenient one of all is in SFO’s Terminal 2. Thank goodness for healthy travel!
Perhaps at the top of our list is Dr. Weil’s, True Food Kitchen. Holidays or not, it deserves a weekly spot on our dinner schedule. The menu truly has “something for everyone” (think: turkey lasagna or grass-fed beef tacos) but is built around the concept of an “anti-inflammatory” diet. What originally started as a Southwest chain has branched out across the country and can be found almost anywhere your travels might take you this season, from Georgia, to Illinois, to Texas. Insider tip: don’t skip out on dessert, we adore the Coconut Chia Pudding!
Opening photo by Studio Firma // All other photos by Hayley Feldman