Top 5 Healthy Smoothie Joints in Oakville, Burlington, and Milton
Blenders are made for vegetables … there’s green juice, beet juice, carrot concoctions, and conventional smoothies — all of which you can find in Oakville, Burlington, and Milton.
You can just throw in cups and cups of greens, which would take hours to chew, and have them injecting your body with boundless energy and vitality in no time!
And of course we’ve gotta rep our hipster readers and throw in some coconut oil, too.
With so many options when you’re on the go, there’s excuse not to stick to your #goals and lean out in 2018.
Here are the top 5 places to get a healthy smoothies and/or juice in Oakville, Burlington, and Milton.
Liquid-diet connoisseurs can find nutrient-rich concoctions at this downtown spot along Lakeshore Rd. Anyway, after sampling a few varieties of cold-pressed juice, I was seduced by Glow. It's good for the skin, and contains antioxidants, anti-aging and anti-bacterial properties. But basically it has rose water (plus pear, coconut water, aloe, and strawberry) which sold me in a heartbeat. Cold-pressed juices are sold from two flagship locations, and also stocked in six Healthy Planet locations across the GTA. Additionally, they offer nut milk and healthy shots. (They offer free shipping on orders over $70 to Oakville and Mississauga for those summer body cleanses, y'all!). Green Press sells a variety of flavours, ranging from beet to ginger to an Almond Coffee. Plus, their berry oatmeal is vegan, gluten-free, and most importantly, delicious. Just go already.
What $10 will get you: Glow juice ($7.75)
This Milton joint is all about the greenery, from the tabletops to the bowls. It opened in Dec. 2014 and the menu offers smoothie bowls, cold-pressed juices, wraps, grain bowls (while the portions are small, you’ll feel better about making positive dietary choices, #amirite). Secret menu items are offered from time to time. Smoothies range from chocolate to kale to strawberry to pina colada. Almond milk is made in-house. I prefer my green smoothie without the apple juice but do you, boo.
What $10 will get you: Greenery juice.
Solasta is a plant-based restaurant which opened in Kerr Village (in the old Karmah location). I didn’t know what to order, so a fellow diner helped out with recommendations. The verdict? The black bean & shiitake burger, which is dressed with tamirillo ketchup, plantain mustard, and crunchy basil relish, is on point. (It's served on a gluten-free bun). Served with mixed greens, the watermelon radish and pomegranate seeds make for a refreshing accompaniment. Chase it with Solasta’s carrot-orange-fennel juice (the Indian-influenced menu is confirmed by tales of the owner's travels through South Asia), which is sensational. If there's room (there's always room!) dessert offerings include vegan carrot cake and brownies. You've gotta try everything on the menu.
It’s an unpretentious haven near Mount Nemo. You’re not going here for the decor or to post pretty pics on your Insta feed … unless those pics are for your bonafide foodie following. The menu at this low-key farm-to-table resto is created by a holistic nutritionist, Philippe St-Cyr, who’s created an extensive selection. Start by reading the medley of beverages, ranging from a beet-apple-lime concoction (which I downed in 1.3 seconds) to ginger kombucha. Then there are shots — with standard wheatgrass to items such as Indian gooseberry, or Amla. Not sure what that is? Ask the servers, who know the menu inside-out and clearly care about customizing options. (They convinced me to try the Wundeba Caesar salad with avocado garlic dressing -- yum!). Wundeba features weekly specials, in addition to steak, sandwiches, and breakfast. Sundays offer yoga on the patio, followed by brunch. They’ve also got herbal concoctions such as astragalus and cat’s claw — Katherine, my acupuncturist, would approve. Oh, also make sure you try the raw Cacao Avocado Mousse!
What $10 will get you: Beet-Apple-Lime juice ($9)
Delicious bites await at this tiny vegan/gluten-free eatery renowned for its menu. I had the Power Bowl, a nutritious dish made up of organic steamed quinoa, grilled sweet potatoes, black beans, braised kale, avocado, grilled portobello mushroom, brazil nut parmesan, and lemon tahini sauce. It was beyond delicious and full of so many complementary flavours. It was chased with an ice-cold Pure Chocolate Love smoothie comprised of almond milk, raw cacao powder, cacao butter, coconut oil, bananas, dates, cacao nibs, and sea salt. It wasn’t a sweet drink and I loved everything about it. Needless to say, I’ll be returning to try all of the drinks, including the newest addition to the menu: hot blendies, such as Power Coffee, and Spicy Hot Chocolate.
What $10 will get you: Pure Chocolate Love ($8.80)
Health is tops at this supermarket, where the Goodness Eatery boasts everything from organic meat to a smoothie bar. (Janet Jacks opened the store’s first location in Hamilton in 1981 after her husband, Scott, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes). Organic and high-quality ingredients are always on the menu. For lunch, sauteed kale was ramped up with lemon vinaigrette, while roasted squash and a scrumptious veggie lasagna filled me right up. They’ve also got an array of soup and chill with vegetarian and meat options.
What $10 will get you: Tropical Warrior smoothie