Well, it's that time of year again. Your New Year's resolution to eat healthy is on your mind and you're still feeling motivated enough (i.e., overwhelmingly guilty about all of your past sins of indulgence) to follow through with it. And nothing provides the semblance of health better than a pricey bottle of cold-pressed juice, a process that is supposed to be better for you because it offers optimal nutrient retention. Whether you're attempting a cleanse or just want to drink some nutrients instead of empty calories, here are some of the city's best cold-pressed juiceries.
Quirky flavors like #getyourgreens (celery, cucumber, chard, romaine, cilantro, lemon, ginger, aloe) and Jala-Greeño (pineapple, jicama, kale, jalapeno, lime) can be found at Project Juice, along with cleanse levels that range from beginner ("Can You Kick It?") to advanced ("Forever Young"). 50 Post or 1717B Fourth St., Berkeley; 857-3869, projectjuice.com.
Nestled inside of Range restaurant during its off-hours, Happy Moose Juice cold-presses more fruit options for those that aren't prepared to jump into green juices. The juices can also come to you through grocery delivery service Good Eggs. 842 Valencia; (765) 543-8836, happymoosejuice.com.
Juice Shop sources all of its produce within 200 miles of its kitchen and maintains quality through very thorough washing and refrigeration. The company also provides delivery to San Francisco and Marin for a $5 surcharge. 1994 Union or 353 Pine; 834-5161, juiceshopsf.com.
FiDi's Native Juice Co. has freshly made juices with unusual ingredients like sunflower sprouts and sugar snap peas, along with smoothies like Popeye on Vacation in Thailand, which combines mango, spinach, mint, and coconut water. 250 Montgomery, nativejuiceco.com.
Greens and Company has a lineup of juices claiming specific benefits like energy, fat burning, cell renewal, and immunity-building. It also ends each cleanse with raw coconut water to make sure that you're hydrated before you head to bed and dream of cheeseburgers. 3236 Scott; 580-7717, greensandcompany.com.
With six locations around the Bay Area, including outposts in the Ferry Building and Westfield Mall, Pressed Juicery is fairly accessible — all the better to try seasonal flavors like yam apple with vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg, or apple with cinnamon and persimmon. pressedjuicery.com.
Thrive Cleanse understands that committing to just one day without solid food can be pretty daunting. That's why its "Juice. Eat. Repeat" allows you to mix juices with raw snacks and vegan, gluten-free meals. 3330 Steiner or Embarcadero One; 508-4577, thrive-cleanse.com.