By Alison Bailin Batz / Photo by Clayton Lindberg Photography
Need a little extra fuel to help fend off the often-exhausting effects of the hot summer sun? Check out these venues’ menus featuring vitamin-rich, superfood-packed smoothies, juices and bowls to help you fill up and chill out.
Luci’s at the Orchard, Luci’s Healthy Marketplace, and its newest location – Luci’s at The Grove in Central Scottsdale – have extensive smoothie and juice menus as well as acai and protein-packed bowl options. There’s even a build-your-own juice menu available with nutrient-rich ingredients including apples, cantaloupe, carrots, kale, spinach, parsley, mint, ginger and much more. Don’t miss the Acai Superfood Bowl with chilled acai, organic fruits and hemp granola. www.lucisurbanconcepts.com.
Divine doesn’t even begin to describe this healthy eatery, which was founded in Sedona before expanding to the Valley. The menu is based on 12 ingredients, each with vitamins, nutrients and healing properties: acai, guarana, blueberries, strawberries, dark chocolate, bee pollen, chia seeds, goji berries, flaxseed, spinach, hemp seed and kale. Signature bowls are offered two ways: A blended bowl option where the acai is blended with frozen fruits and a nondairy milk or juice, or a soft serve option, which is an organic frozen blend of acai, apple juice, beet juice, lemon juice and cane sugar. Both are topped with fruit, granola, honey and other healthy ingredients. There are also eight smoothies, all made using frozen acai instead of ice. www.berrydivineacai.com.
This newly opened eatery focused on breakfast, brunch and lunch features smoothies, cold-pressed juices, and a fruit-filled berry bowl. Each of its smoothies is made with organic fresh fruit and low-fat vanilla yogurt. The cold-pressed juice menu has four creatively named offerings including: Sonny & Cheer with pineapple, lemon, orange and turmeric; Root Root Baby with ginger, carrot, celery and apple; We’ve Got the Beet with beets, apple, lemon and carrot; and Kale Yeah with kale, cucumber, celery and ginger. www.brunchcafe.com.
Open to resort guests and locals alike, Ironwood celebrates American cuisine while bringing Arizona agriculture to the forefront as often as possible. The restaurant partners with farmers and artisans across Arizona to ensure it is offering each season’s finest local and organic produce, dairy and beverages. This is especially evident on the breakfast menu, offered daily until 10:30 a.m. and featuring a heavenly take on an acai bowl with fresh local blueberries, sundried fruit, pistachios, freeze-dried strawberries, and lime posset, which is a silky, light cream. There is also a daily cold-pressed juice option that changes weekly based on local fruit selections and a smoothie menu with berry, kale and peanut butter banana options. www.scottsdaleprincess.com.
Nekter operates under ingredient transparency by eliminating hidden fillers, unnecessary sugars, processed ingredients, and artificial flavors from its menu of made-to-order juices, smoothies and acai bowls. Its antioxidant-packed acai bowls are naturally sweetened with fruit and topped with superfood add-ons like goji berries, cacao nibs and hemp hearts, while the smoothies feature energizing, immunity-boosting ingredients blended with coconut water or housemade cashew milk. Six juices address a variety of health needs, including increased energy (try The Buzz) or detoxification (try the Green Apple Detox). New to juicing? Ease into it with a fusion blend, a cross between a juice and a smoothie that provides an entire day’s serving of fruits and veggies. www.nekterjuicebar.com.
True Food Kitchen’s philosophy, spearheaded by founder Dr. Andrew Weil, is rooted in the notion that food should make you feel better, not worse. Since its opening more than 10 years ago, True Food has done just that, focusing its menu on an anti-inflammatory diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats. This notion is clear in its brunch selections, notably several smoothies and juices, including a kale and coconut option bursting with the flavors of banana, pineapple, lemon, ginger, and honey. www.truefoodkitchen.com.
As a spinoff of True Food Kitchen, Juby True’s name is actually short for “Juice by True Food.” As such, its unique recipes balance flavor and nutrients made from the season’s ripest ingredients. In fact, each 16-ounce bottle of juice contains 5 to 7 pounds of raw, 100 percent organic produce that is cold-pressed and never pasteurized. In addition to juices, there is a menu of vitamin-rich smoothies. Juby True also offers optional add-ons including chia seeds, organic yogurt, flaxseeds, coconut oil, almond butter, hemp protein, and pea protein. www.jubytrue.com.
A local success story, Kaleidoscope Juice began as a venture fueled by a $6,000 grant from the Edson Student Entrepreneur Initiative at Arizona State University and was founded by a then-student at the school, Alexandra Maw. Her initial goal was to develop a brand offering clean, handcrafted items that tasted as good as they made one feel. The result: A product line that now features 90 different items, all of which are natural and organic. Among the most popular offerings are the acai and pitaya bowls, each blended with bananas, blueberries, raspberries, almond butter, coconut oil, cinnamon and coconut water; smoothies with ingredients including collagen, cacao, avocado and goji berries; and cold-pressed juices with spinach, kale, cucumber, broccoli, celery, beets, pears and more. www.kaleidoscope.love.