- CP photo by Meg Fair
- A protein shake and a power shot
Bathed in the early evening light, the space of the recently opened Clean Juice hums with the sound of juicers and blenders, as fresh smoothies, protein shakes and juices come to life. The minimalist, high-ceilinged storefront, on Penn Avenue in East Liberty, features coolers stocked with cold-pressed juices made daily in-house; behind the counter’s glass is a selection of fresh produce waiting to be turned into vitamin-packed snacks.
Clean Juice is a franchised business built around the purpose of serving USDA-certified organic juices and bowls designed to better the body. The company is also transparent: Whatever absolutely can’t be sourced organically is listed on a board in the shop.
Here, the juices have names like “The Energy One,” “The Protection One” and “The Glow One.” The company also prepares sets of juices for cleanses that range from a day to five days long.
But if a juice cleanse isn’t for you, there are plenty of other in-the-moment options, some of which include chocolate. One of the bowls, “The Beauty Bowl,” includes cold-brewed coffee, cacao, vanilla, activated charcoal, maple syrup and almond milk; it is topped with granola, almond butter and cacao nibs.
In addition to bowls, Clean Juice serves a savory avocado toast, with red-pepper flakes, lemon juice and pink sea salt, as well as a sweeter toast which features almond butter, banana, honey and hemp seeds.
Most of the other Clean Juice locations are located in warm climates that don’t have to contend with being a juice and smoothie shop while it’s snowing outside. To accommodate the colder days, the Pittsburgh location also features hot beverages, including a Golden Milk turmeric-based drink, matcha latte, hot charcoal drink and a superfood-based hot chocolate.
The shop also serves organic coffee. For these colder days, try hot coffee blended with coconut oil. In warmer weather, cold-brewed iced coffee makes a nice match to cold-pressed juices.