Packing a punch
Juice bars gain popularity in Tulsa.
Hi, Juice is the new Cherry Street juice bar for all kinds of juicers — from those who regularly partake in cleanses to those who have never stepped into a juice bar.
Juice bottles are popping up all over Tulsa. Look around — while walking the dog, playing at the park, shopping — you’ll see people with plastic bottles of bright-colored juice. Some drink them as meal replacements, others as an alternative to coffee.
If you’ve been curious but haven’t tried a fresh-squeezed juice bar, your options are expanding. Tulsa’s love for juice has led to a plethora of juice joints across the city.
Whether you’re tough enough for the pure green juices packed with spinach and kale or prefer the milder options with oranges and strawberries, you’re bound to find a juice you love.
Living in Los Angeles, Madison Ingram discovered her passion for juicing. But after coming back to Tulsa, she missed the abundant juice bars of California. She and friend Kristen Witter opened Hi, Juice on Cherry Street in September.
“We wanted a place where people can hang out, build community and eat healthy,” Witter says.
Witter and Ingram are intentional about making Hi, Juice a place for all juicers — from those who do regular juice cleanses, to those who’ve never stepped into a juice bar.
“We want it to feel like it’s for everyone,” Witter says. “Some people are super into their greens, and we have those juices.” Witter says a simple mix of strawberry, pineapple and banana is a great start for beginners.
Vitality — orange, carrot, apple and turmeric
1548 E. 15th St. | 918-392-0191 | hijuicetulsa.com
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday-Saturday
For Cynthia Beavers, juicing isn’t a fad. It’s something she has been doing professionally for 16 years in various establishments and vegan restaurants. All those years ago, when the idea of drinking raw juice and eating raw plant-based foods seemed out of touch to some people, Beavers preached the benefits of a such a diet.
Beavers has many clients who have been with her all that time. Others are new to eating and drinking raw. She is an informative and gentle teacher to those wanting to dive into a juicing lifestyle. But Pure also is a great place to go for a breakfast smoothie or an occasional pack of juices for the family.
Beavers takes her fruit and veggies seriously and says each bottle of juice contains 3 pounds of produce. She also says more than 1,600 people have participated in Pure’s 21-day transformation cleanse.
Hot Pink — beets, pineapple and pear
606 S. Elgin Ave. and 3516 S. Peoria Ave. | 918-510-1417 | purefoodandjuice.com
Downtown hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday
Center One hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday
Bright lights and a clean, open kitchen welcome customers at Nutrify. The space in south Tulsa offers fresh-made juices and smoothies, coffees and teas, plus a menu of soups and salads, muffins and sweets.
Many customers are there for the bottled juices they can take home for a cleanse or for a quick and healthy on-the-go breakfast or lunch.
Nutrify offers a kids’ menu with options such as the Purple Monster made with watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, banana, kale and hemp seeds.
Master Mind — apple, pineapple, carrot, spinach and lemon
8931 S. Yale Ave. | 918-794-9344 | nutrifycafe.com
Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Friday; 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sunday
Sisters Piper Kacere and Amy Murray were stay-at-home moms known for their popular cleanse recipe when they decided to take a hobby to the next level.
At Ediblend, some customers pop in to their locations in midtown or south Tulsa for a kale salad from the refrigerator case and a freshly made juice from the juice bar. Others pick up juice packs with curated blends of juices for one- and three-day juice cleanses.
Those cleanses come with instructions on when to drink each blend, along with encouragement and reminders on how much water to drink.
Classic green blend — kale, celery, cucumber, chia, ginger, lemon, apple and coconut water
2050 Utica Square (opens Jan. 2) and 10115 S. Sheridan Road
918-991-1717 | ediblend.com
Utica Square hours: 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
South hours: 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
“Juice cleansing is an easy and available way to reboot your body and immune system,” says Madison Ingram, owner of Hi, Juice. With juice options that are packed full of pure, raw nutrients, juice cleanses are a great way to jumpstart healthy living. The health benefits are a major plus. From lowering stress levels to facilitating a more restful sleep, juicing has the ability to alter your lifestyle. “Cleansing your body leaves you craving raw nutrition instead of processed foods,” Ingram says.