t.Loft in Kansas City
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By Jenny Vergara

One of the most noticeable food trends seen in Kansas City over the last year, has been the increasing number of healthy or clean eats snack bars that also serve fresh fruit- and vegetable-based juices, smoothies and tea.

Five new locally owned health hubs that have opened in the last year, seen by many as both meal replacement spots and as places to grab a healthy snack during the day.

So, let’s drink your health with a juice, tea or protein packed snack from any of these local places to refuel. 

Simple Science Juices

Simple Science Juices in KC, via @simplesciencejuices
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Steve Spangler, former soccer player for Sporting KC and owner of Simple Science Juices, opened his second juice stop in May 2016, in a new apartment building located at 1914 Main Street, right on Kansas City’s new streetcar line. Inside the refrigerated cases in his light and bright Crossroads Arts District store are the various grab n’ go bottled juices in every color, along with snacks like hummus, quinoa salad and protein balls. Simple Science even serves up entrée items perfect for those who are paleo, vegan or vegetarian. Saddle up to the tasting bar and sample various juices before buying them. Try the Proton juice, with its light green color, it is made from cucumber, celery, apple, lemon, ginger and kale and intended for weight loss.

Enjoy Pure Food + Drink

Enjoy Pure Food + Drink in KC, via @enjoypurefood
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Owner Staci Cross opened Enjoy Pure Food + Drink in April 2016, making her one of the first clean eats outposts in Leawood. The restaurant serves coffee, organic tea, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, breakfast items, healthy fresh salads, sandwiches and bowls at its new location in the Mission Farms Shops. Chef Michael Smith, owner of Michael Smith Restaurant and Extra Virgin, helped develop the delicious food menu, while Karen Kipp and Tess Masters are the two responsible for the juice and smoothie recipes. To sample them all, try the flight of five organic juices for $10, or just pick one, such as Energizing, a juice made with pineapple, cucumber, bok choy, lime, cilantro, jalapeno, tumeric and celtic sea salt.

Unbakery and Juicery

Unbakery and Juicery in KC, via @unbakeryandjuicery
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The Brookside East neighborhood has a new option for people looking to eat and drink cleaner. Unbakery and Juicery opened in January 2016, bringing gluten-free, raw treats, protein balls, superfood salads, bone broth, cold press juices, alkaline water, quality coffee and locally-owned Hugo Tea to the area, all available from the convenience of a drive-thru window. Leading the charge are the owners, husband and wife team Robin and Danny Krause. Shop the shelves at Unbakery for some take-home healthy juices and tonics that are raw, unprocessed and unpasteurized. A favorite is the Unbakery “Root 1” juice featuring carrot, ginger, lemon, turmeric and cayenne.

t.Loft

t.Loft in Kansas City via Instagram
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Clean eats arrived on the Country Club Plaza in 2015 with the opening of the fourth location for local tea and juice bar, t.Loft, owned by Jill Minton. This location is the largest and most stylish to date, with clean modern lines and large open windows, perfect for people watching. This gluten-free health café serves juices, smoothies and one of the largest varieties of teas in town. Snack on protein balls and super food kale salads, or check out their hot and satisfying meal bowls. With three sister locations in Leawood, Lawrence and on State Line Road, you’ll find t.Loft a convenient pit-stop for a Green Chia Machine, a juice featuring cucumber, celery, spinach, apple, lemon and chia seeds.

Ruby Jean’s Juicery

Ruby Jean's Juicery in Westport, via Instagram
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Westport has historically been more associated with beer and cocktails than juices and smoothies, but all that changed when Chris Goode, a former college football player for Missouri State, opened up Ruby Jean’s Juicery in 2015, in honor on his late grandmother. Serving fresh-squeezed juice, acai bowls, avocado toast, hard boiled eggs and loaded oatmeal, Ruby Jean’s Juicery caters to a different kind of party: a protein party. Ruby Jean’s uses a centrifugal juicer to blend together a rainbow of fruits and vegetables for its juices and smoothies. You will love the Heart of America juice, made from beets, strawberries, red apples and red cabbage.

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