Don Bauder 4:30 p.m., Dec. 9
Ok, maybe we won't live forever just from including a little freshly squeezed juice, green smoothies, and wheatgrass in our diets, but it's not going to hurt. Personal feelings on the health benefits of juicing, superfoods, and supplements aside, there's no denying that juice tastes better mere moments after squeezing than it does after preserving, packaging, and shipping. Liv Juice Bar in Hillcrest has all the juice one could hope for, and a few other things besides.
Some juices are sweet and fruity, but perhaps more interesting are options like "El Machete," wherein apple, carrot, celery, parsley, and jalapeno juice swirl together in blood-purifying, orange glory. Also notoriously potent, the "Flu Fighter" (pineapple, orange, grapefruit, ginger, garlic, and cayenne pepper) practically has to lay waste to infection, how could it not? Juices cost between $3.95 and $5.95.
If juice isn't health food enough, consider wheatgrass. It tastes like sweetened lawn trimmings, but it's actually kind of delicious in a backwards way. Plus, it's allegedly brimming with antioxidant effects and, at $2.95 for a two ounce shot, it's cheaper than a yoga membership and easier to commit to.
Liv also sells sandwiches ($6.95) and an assortment of acai bowls, pico de gallo, parfaits, oatmeal, and breakfast cups ($3.95-$10.95). The sandwiches are of average construction, though meats are generously portioned, and can be had as combos with juice or a smoothie for just shy of $11.
Live Juice Bar
1225 University Avenue
Open Daily 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
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