Gone are the days of Ensure Nutritional Shakes and Carnation Instant Breakfast. Tasty green juice, fizzy kombucha and vitamin-packed elixirs are everywhere these days. At these healthy hot-spots, you can, quite literally, drink to good health.
1100 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids
Inside the NewBo City Market, among the burgers and pizza, cupcakes and ice cream, you’ll find Get Fresh—a juice bar offering some of the area’s best cold-pressed juices, smoothies and natural sodas. With juice offerings from classic orange and apple to the more complex vegetable and green juices, there is something for all palates and in every color of the rainbow. Purchase a refillable glass bottle so you can sample them all. Try We Got the Beet (a blend of beet, carrot, apple, sweet potato and ginger) for something vibrant and zippy, or Oh KALE Yeah! (kale, spinach, pineapple, pear, zucchini and mint) for a green juice with citrusy mint notes.
If you’re really looking to jump in with both feet, try their Immunity Blend, a juice with raw garlic and beets! Looking for something besides juice? Get Fresh also has a great selection of custom blended smoothies for those days when you need a meal on the go.
309 S Madison St, Iowa City
Tell your coworkers you’re headed to the gym for a lunch-hour sweat sesh and hightail it down to the University of Iowa Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. Whether or not you actually hit the elliptical is up to you, but be sure to duck into the Power Cafe for a fruit-forward smoothie. This way there’s at least proof you entered the building. The menu here boasts a large selection of blended drinks ranging from the classic strawberry-banana combo to concoctions with a superfood slant, studded with açai and goji berries, pomegranate and spinach.
Go crazy with the supplements and add-ins to really maximize this liquid meal. Choose from probiotics, multivitamin, vitamin C, vitamin B12 and protein powders in varying forms. Post-workout, you can return to work in top form, perfectly put together and well-nourished.
Bread Garden Market
225 S Linn St, Iowa City
An expansive menu of smoothies and blended drinks means you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for. Choices run the gamut from the typical fruit-based drinks like Fruit Cleanse (strawberry, mint, apple), to protein-packed choices like Green Almond (almond butter, spinach, banana) and light, bright options like Clean Breeze (cucumber, celery, ginger). Order a custom blend or pack it full of add-ins—the baristas here are willing to accommodate your requests. For something on the lighter side, Bread Garden Market also offers a variety of cold-pressed juices in vibrant flavors—the shining star is hands-down the green MoMo juice.
Wild Culture Kombucha
Look for them them at area farmers markets and on tap at many local businesses
Initially keen kombucha homebrewers, co-owners Tim Roed and Rachelle Schmidt started Wild Culture Kombucha as a part time gig in February 2015. Since then, their craft kombucha brewery has blossomed into a full-time operation with multiple distribution locations. Wild Culture Kombucha brews full-strength kombucha (a gut-friendly, fermented, lightly effervescent and sweetened black or green tea drink) in regularly available flavors such as Grapefruit-Carrot-Ginger, Beet-Orange-Lime, Honey-Lavender-Chamomile and Pineapple-Jalapeño.
Sourcing their produce from local producers as often as possible and juicing the fruits and vegetables themselves allows Roed and Schmidt to develop their own delicious seasonal flavors such as Pumpkin Turmeric Spice or Aronia Elderflower when the produce lands in their lap. Swap your standard hoppy brew for pint of kombucha fresh from the tap at select locations, or purchase a refillable growler of one of their bubbly teas to enjoy at home.