Photo of the Smoothie Room by Dave Plotkin
Two truths: 1) Juice cleanses are hard. 2) There's barely a better way to lose a couple of pounds of bloat while still feeling like a human being.
Sure, you could go out and buy a $200 juicer that you'll use for four days and will end up in the pantry collecting silverfish, or you could go on a progressive five-day juice cleanse and visit each one of these temples of health each day.
Extract Juice Bar
Situated in picturesque Hannibal Square (and another location downtown on Garland Ave.), you'll spot this walk-up counter by the old-timey gas pump right outside. Fill 'er up with the Red Wedding (GOT fans, that one's for you) made with beets, bell pepper, strawberry, apple and grape juices.
The Smoothie Room
Once you find parking at SoDo, this art-gallery-cum-juice-bar space is tops for fresh juices at a sweet price point. Our favorite: the Pineapple Cleanse, which combines pineapple, celery, hempseed oil and ginger.
Take a class at Orlando Power Yoga and then swan-dive yourself next door after class and pick up a one-, two- or three-day cleanse of cold-pressed juices like Hail to the Kale. One caveat: You have to order 72 hours in advance, so plan ahead.
Skyebird Juice Bar & Experimental Kitchen
East End Market's juice counter features both green juices and fruit-based juices like the Lizzy, which includes watermelon, mint, lime and orange. Cleanses are also available on request.
Wheat Berry Cafe & Raw Juice Bar
In an indication of just how far the juice trend has stretched, even sleepy Altamonte Springs has a raw, vegan juice bar. Wheat Berry is a vegan cafe, and touts juices like "Today Is Your Day" on the menu (a combo of kale, cucumber, celery, romaine, parsley, lemon and apple). You can also order one- and three-day cleanses, starting at $51 for six servings.