NEW: Green Juice (and Raw Coconut Water) at Pret A Manger, in Washington DC.

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Pret A Manger, Washington DC now offering green juice and raw coconut water.
The 14.5 oz cold pressed green juice (in this case: “apple, cucumber, spinach, celery & lime”) is $5.99 (+tax) and tastes pretty green albeit very sweet from the apple (That being said, I can definitely taste the presence cucumber – which is a good, healthy-tasting thing).

I am happy to see more raw, vegan, health-conscious and nutritious food products coming to the Washington DC market.

The only criticism I could offer (which may be a deal breaker for some) is that the juice is NOT labeled ORGANIC. While not being organic does allow for a lower price point, which will get more people trying green juice… in order for this beverage to be fully legit, and meet a high level of quality: Pret a Manger needs to make this green juice organic and market it as such (as they have done a good job with for their organic coffee).
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All in all, I am excited to see more green juice in Washington DC!

NYC Healthy, Raw, Vegan & Juice Market Update – February 2014

Flip through the image gallery below. There is some cool new stuff happening in the NYC health food world.

Za'atar crackers at Gingersnaps Organic nyc are yummy and and a good idea. I like zaatar spices/seasoning.

Za’atar crackers at Gingersnaps Organic nyc are yummy and and a good idea. I like zaatar spices/seasoning.

Gingersnaps Organic wins my award for currently the BEST LOW-GLYCEMIC ORGANIC GREEN JUICE. Hands down. They also have awesome dehydrated foods like crackers and chips. Perfect combination.

Gingersnaps Organic wins my award for currently the BEST LOW-GLYCEMIC ORGANIC GREEN JUICE. Hand down. They also have awesome dehydrated foods like crackers and chips. Perfect combination.

Teavana digital pressurized tea steeper. Is this the future?

Teavana digital pressurized tea steeper. Is this the future?

New pressurized tea brewers at Teavana take 1/3 of the time of a traditional tea brewer so they can serve you and be out the door in about a minute or a minute and a half (rather than waiting 4 minutes for your tea to steep)... very cool.

New pressurized tea brewers at Teavana take 1/3 of the time of a traditional tea brewer so they can serve you and be out the door in about a minute or a minute and a half (rather than waiting 4 minutes for your tea to steep)… very cool.

yummy yummy raw cacao raw chocolate from One Lucky Duck nyc MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH

yummy yummy raw cacao raw chocolate from One Lucky Duck nyc MELTS IN YOUR MOUTH

organic matcha green tea at teavana tea bar nyc cost $5.50

organic matcha green tea at teavana tea bar nyc cost $5.50

Food for tea pairing at teavana tea bar nyc

Food for tea pairing at teavana tea bar nyc

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Teavana opened it's new "Tea Bar" in the Upper West Side. It's like a starbucks... but for tea!! I like this place.

Teavana opened it’s new “Tea Bar” in the Upper West Side. It’s like a starbucks… but for tea!! I like this place.

A newcomer to the raw vegan coconut water market? Watch out "Exotic Superfoods" and "Harmless Harvest"? I <3 raw coconut water.

A newcomer to the raw vegan coconut water market? Watch out “Exotic Superfoods” and “Harmless Harvest”? I <3 raw coconut water.

Juice Press at StrengthLab Soho is a new way to bring health + fitness to the next level. Only bottled organic cold pressed juices here, no smoothies. Strength Lab Soho was formed by the top trainers of Equinox NYC. Juice Press offers the freshest, most-nutrient dense and widest variety of juices in the city. Go JP20! 182 mulberry st NYC

Juice Press at StrengthLab Soho is a new way to bring health + fitness to the next level. Only bottled organic cold pressed juices here, no smoothies. Strength Lab Soho was formed by the top trainers of Equinox NYC. Juice Press offers the freshest, most-nutrient dense and widest variety of juices in the city. Go JP20! 182 mulberry st NYC

BabyCakes NYC is a fun place to get something vegan if you're feeling decadent. No eggs here and the tiny space was packed on a Sunday afternoon when I visited

BabyCakes NYC is a fun place to get something vegan if you’re feeling decadent. No eggs here and the tiny space was packed on a Sunday afternoon when I visited

Another photo of High Vibe in nyc showing the bookshelf with raw vegan organic recipe books.

Another photo of High Vibe in nyc showing the bookshelf with raw vegan organic recipe books.

"High Vibe" in the Lower East Side of NYC sell amazing high vibrational products and foods. You'll find everything you need for a raw, vegan superfood lifestyle in here and maybe some goodies you never even imagined could have existed. This place is an establishment in healthy living world.

“High Vibe” in the Lower East Side of NYC sell amazing high vibrational products and foods. You’ll find everything you need for a raw, vegan superfood lifestyle in here and maybe some goodies you never even imagined could have existed. This place is an establishment in healthy living world.

At Gingersnaps Organic in the Lower East Side, they are warm and welcoming. I really liked this wall chalkboard paint to help customers find the utensils they are looking for.

At Gingersnaps Organic in the Lower East Side, they are warm and welcoming. I really liked this wall chalkboard paint to help customers find the utensils they are looking for.

Raw vegan reuben at gingerstaps organic lse nyc. The sauerkraut was delicious!!

Raw vegan reuben at gingerstaps organic lse nyc. The sauerkraut was delicious!!

Even Non-vegan places are getting into juice. At "Hu Kitchen" near union square they serve fresh made juice that is unprocessed. Hu kitchen also has "Kombucha Brooklyn" Kombucha on the menu. Check them out.

Even Non-vegan places are getting into juice. At “Hu Kitchen” near union square they serve fresh made juice that is unprocessed. Hu kitchen also has “Kombucha Brooklyn” Kombucha on the menu. Check them out.

One Lucky Duck in nyc might be my favorite place to have a quick bite, some "Beyond Kombucha" amazing Kombucha and green juice with fine dining quality raw vegan food. Organic. "EAT RAW LIVE LONG"

One Lucky Duck in nyc might be my favorite place to have a quick bite, some “Beyond Kombucha” amazing Kombucha and green juice with fine dining quality raw vegan food. Organic. “EAT RAW LIVE LONG”

The "Mint Sunday" at One Lucky Duck nyc is OUT OF THIS WORLD. It's RAW FOOD! Wow, I mean this is  next level stuff. Organic, raw vegan. PERFECT ANYTIME FOOD. The best. Raw vegan icecream with brownie bits and mint.

The “Mint Sunday” at One Lucky Duck nyc is OUT OF THIS WORLD. It’s RAW FOOD! Wow, I mean this is next level stuff. Organic, raw vegan. PERFECT ANYTIME FOOD. The best. Raw vegan icecream with brownie bits and mint.

Raw vegan organic cookies made by Dr Cow and bought at FeelFood nyc

Raw vegan organic cookies made by Dr Cow and bought at FeelFood nyc

This is the yummy (expensive) breakfast I had at feelffod nyc. In the brown bag, under the green juice are amazing raw vegan lindzer cookies from "Dr. Cow" (handmade). Awesome stuff. Biscottis, Cashew/turmeric milk, coconut yogurt granola (raw) and O-mix (an awesome trail-mix-style creation made with fennel seeds). All organic. yummy

This is the yummy (expensive) breakfast I had at feelffod nyc. In the brown bag, under the green juice are amazing raw vegan lindzer cookies from “Dr. Cow” (handmade). Awesome stuff. Biscottis, Cashew/turmeric milk, coconut yogurt granola (raw) and O-mix (an awesome trail-mix-style creation made with fennel seeds). All organic. yummy

Feelfood nyc has a fullservice kitchen three guys working in the back and two more serving up front at 10am on a Saturday when I was there.

Feelfood nyc has a fullservice kitchen three guys working in the back and two more serving up front at 10am on a Saturday when I was there.

The space of "feelfood" cafe/restaurant in nyc is pretty big!

The space of “feelfood” cafe/restaurant in nyc is pretty big!

The 100% Organic nutrifaster juice produce display at Feelfood near Union Square in Manhattan. Amazing place. Fresh delicious healthy food in nyc.

The 100% Organic nutrifaster juice produce display at Feelfood near Union Square in Manhattan. Amazing place. Fresh delicious healthy food in nyc.

Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn sells shots of E3Live BrainON- not just normal E3Live- good stuff! :)

Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn sells shots of E3Live BrainON- not just normal E3Live- good stuff! :)

handcrafted products at Grass Roots Juicery brooklyn

handcrafted products at Grass Roots Juicery brooklyn

Nutrifaster-style juicer at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn, located at the Graham subway station on the "L train" in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Nutrifaster-style juicer at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn, located at the Graham subway station on the “L train” in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Cold-press juice fridge at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn. Many interesting and novel combinations. I really liked the cold pressed blood orange juice. 100% organic in this fridge. The juice recipes were developed by nutritionists as health elixirs/

Cold-press juice fridge at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn. Many interesting and novel combinations. I really liked the cold pressed blood orange juice. 100% organic in this fridge. The juice recipes were developed by nutritionists as health elixirs/

Showing the Space at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn. They have centrifuge (non-organic) juice at a lower price point, and a fridge full of 100% organic cold-pressed juice. Their prices are very reasonable. They also do coffee.

Showing the Space at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn. They have centrifuge (non-organic) juice at a lower price point, and a fridge full of 100% organic cold-pressed juice. Their prices are very reasonable. They also do coffee.

Very high-end looking glass muffin/cake/pastry display at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn. I like the repurposed wood and   chalkboard signs. These goods were outsourced from local (some vegan) bakeries.

Very high-end looking glass muffin/cake/pastry display at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn. I like the repurposed wood and chalkboard signs. These goods were outsourced from local (some vegan) bakeries.

Product retail shelving display for bagged goods (many local, handmade, handcrafted) at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn

Product retail shelving display for bagged goods (many local, handmade, handcrafted) at Grass Roots Juicery in Brooklyn

Beet Salad ( with pomegranate, and arugula) at Candle Cafe

Beet Salad ( with pomegranate, and arugula) at Candle Cafe

Sprout salad from Candle Cafe, organic/vegan restaurant - Upper East Side

Sprout salad from Candle Cafe, organic/vegan restaurant – Upper East Side

"Elixir Shot" -GREEN GINGER BOMB- from Candle Cafe in the upper east side. "A 2oz shot of kale, ginger, parsley, wheatgrass, grapefruit, umeboshi vingar, apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper.

“Elixir Shot” -GREEN GINGER BOMB- from Candle Cafe in the upper east side. “A 2oz shot of kale, ginger, parsley, wheatgrass, grapefruit, umeboshi vingar, apple cider vinegar and cayenne pepper.

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Sweetgreen’s Sweetpress “Purify” Juice Gets a Larger Size (Green Juice)

Sweetgreen of Washington DC is now serving up a 16oz size for its “Purify” organic pressed juice. The larger sized green juice contains the same recipe of apple, kale, spinach, cucumber, lemon and ginger as the 12oz bottle did.

Sweetpress juices are organic, raw, cold-pressed, unpasteurized, and made daily. To guarantee you get the highest quality juice, ask if they have one that was made today (sometimes it’s in another fridge – not the display case, because the fresh juices have a three day shelf-life).

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This green juice is delicious. It tastes good because of the apple juice and yet you can still feel that it is packed full of lots of greens and very nutrient-dense.

Total cost for the 16 ounce juice? $10.45 (with DC tax). That’s competitive with nyc raw juice prices with the likes of Juice Press and Organic Avenue.

To Note: The 16oz size is (about 1 cent per ounce) more expensive than the 12oz juice ($7). That can add up – depending on how much you drink. Normally, a larger size juice is less expensive than a smaller size. Interesting. No discounts here. You might want to consider purchasing multiple smaller bottles if you want to drink more than the single 16oz serving size of green juice.

Anti-Aging Protein Smoothie

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Raw organic cacao nibs, heaven mountain raw organic goji berries, raw organic pomegranate powder, vanilla extract, flax milk, sunwarrior warrior blend (vanilla), raw organic flax seeds, raw organic hemp seeds, raw organic lacinato kale, organic strawberry.

Want to add a booster? Try Medicinal Mushrooms.

Pure Food and Wine in New York City

Pure Food and Wine is a place of peace in New York City. The outside eating terrace reminded me of the possibility of tranquility in a city that never stops. Pure Food and Wine offers diners somewhere to relax and do good to their body. What better to nourish oneself than with fresh organic vegetables?

I sat outside. The weather was beautiful.

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(photo credit: ericisaac.com)

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In a crowded, bustling city, I think its safe to say that “space is luxury”. Rare is the restaurant that can afford to offer such a space to decompress from the pressure of a city that never sleeps.

Pure Food and Wine offers a prix-fixe meal which allowed me to savor a starter, main course and dessert (as well as a glass of kombucha on tap) for about $50 (that include tax and a generous tip).

Here is the raw food vegan organic lasagna that I really enjoyed:

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I will definitely return to this restaurant.

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Pure Food and Wine

54 Irving Pl  New York, NY 10003

http://oneluckyduck.com/pages/pure-food-and-wine

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Breakfast Smoothie

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Chia seeds, flax milk, kale, sunwarrior warrior blend (vanilla), walnuts, raw almond butter, raw cacao powder.
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This smoothie is perfect about an hour after waking up and starting the day with 20oz+ of raw, low-glycemic green juice. (ex: Celery, cucumber, kale, spinach). Make green vegetable juice in an Omega VRT400 vertical masticating juicer.
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