A full menu of smoothies, salads, pressed sandwiches, and breakfast specials makes Nectar more than your typical juice bar. If you are looking for a smoothie, the options are endless. You can build your own starting with a base of orange, apple, or pomegranate juice, almond or soy milk, or nonfat yogurt. You can then choose from fruits and other mix-ins including acai, cacao, peanut butter, and even Nutella if you’re trying to #treatyoself. They also offer a wide array of protein powders and superfoods such as kale, flax, guarana and aloe vera to enhance your smoothie.
My personal favorite is the Mega Cacao smoothie, made with cacao pulp, cacao powder, blueberry, organic banana, and organic soy milk. This smoothie is loaded with antioxidants and is just the right amount of sweet! Nectar is also known for their made-to-order juices filled with your choice of greens, fruits, and lemon or ginger for an extra kick. Nectar is my go-to choice for its wide variety and convenience to Emory’s campus, but beware: they can be slow. Call and order in advance to save time whether you are on-the-go pre or post-workout or looking for an after school snack.
Kale Me Crazy
Aside from having the cutest name of all time, Kale Me Crazy is an Emory favorite. There are now three KMC locations in Atlanta, making it super convenient for wherever your favorite sweat spots are located. The newly opened Decatur location is a great for lunch if you find yourself studying at Dancing Goats Coffee Shop across the street and the Inman Park location is just down the road from X3 Sports, a popular kickboxing studio. KMC also has a small menu of wraps and salads, but is especially known for its delicious, and totally #instafamous acai bowl. There is a great selection of smoothies and cold-pressed juices, but unfortunately, you can’t make your own. Make up for last night's round of tequila shots with some juice-enriching shots at Kale Me Crazy. The KMC is their classic, a combination of wheatgrass, ginger, cayenne, and lemon, served in a shot glass. Watch out when you throw this one back — your throat will feel the burn!
As an Emory student, you can’t beat the convenience of Arden’s Garden. Located on Clairmont Road, it’s about a 15-minute walk from campus. This no-frills store has a few bar stools at the counter, but it’s more of a grab-and-go shop. Like Nectar, you can also make your own smoothie or chose from pre-selected options. However, the bases are more limited. You can choose between pineapple, apple, or pH juice, which is a refreshing (and healthy) blend of water, cucumbers, celery, lemons, spinach, and kale. You can then choose from a variety of fresh fruit that has been frozen to make your smoothie extra cool and refreshing. Arden’s Garden is also a great place to stock up on your juices for the week, as they sell a wide variety of fruit and vegetables juices that far exceed the selection at Whole Foods or Alons. SWEAT SCENE tip: be sure to look out for their "mess up" smoothies sold each day, which are sold at a discounted price!