Three food-free cleanses you may or may not be ready for
In the neverending quest for wellness, guzzling murky green concoctions—and nothing else—for days on end is standard practice. Luckily, the city is bursting with juice shops that’ll cater to your cleansing needs, whether it’s a quick detox or full-body reset. For first-timers, protein-packed almond milks can make the journey less painful, while healing burdock root blends may appeal more to seasoned vets. Here, three of the city’s best programs, from least to most intense.
Greenhouse Juice Co.
5 Macpherson Ave., 416-546-1719
The Rosedale boutique calls its gentlest program the “boyfriend cleanse”—the one- to three-day diet features enough protein-packed almond milks (one of them spiked with energy-boosting maca) to keep a grown man from feeling woozy. Other components include chia-seed water, liquefied lettuce and murky green shots of E3 Live.
Cost: $69 per day for three juices, two milks, two waters and an E3 shot.
The Good Press
87 Yorkville Ave., 416-962-4000
The Yorkville shop’s one- to three-day cleanses include a straightforward selection of fruit and veggie elixirs made with the kinds of ingredients you might find in your fridge and pantry. (The Eye Spy, for instance, blends carrots, apples, lemon and turmeric.)
Cost: $68 per day for five juices and one cashew milk.
The Village Juicery
540 College St., 647-344-0540
The “reset programs” offered by this Little Italy juice bar are broken down into three phases, each lasting at least a day—or much longer, if desired—and featuring a customized array of juices, milks and “boosters” laced with natural healers like ginger, aloe vera and burdock root.
Cost: $40 for “prepare” and “reset” phases (three juices, two boosters); $75 for “eliminate” phase (five juices, one nut milk, two boosters).