I feel like one thing Raleigh lacks is good juice and smoothie options. I mean sure we have Planet Smoothie and things of the sort, but not a real, fresh, juice and smoothie place. For that reason, I jumped for joy when I heard about a little place called JuiceKeys. I saw a delicious looking picture on Shop Local Raleigh’s Instagram and knew I had to try it immediately.
Juicekeys is located up off of Wake Forest Road, and prides itself in being organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. The menu consists of many different smoothies and juices, as well as a few other snacks. Some of the snacks that I saw were energy balls, pumpkin cups, breakfast bars, and salads. I noticed on their Facebook page that they also tend to try out new products, so they always have something different. All of the smoothies and juices are made of all natural, whole food ingredients. No powders or mixes like these other places (unless you want to add protein powder). They also sell a few different “health food” supplements like vitamins, superfood shots, and things of the sort.
I ended up trying the Green Goodness smoothie, which has almond milk, kale, cucumber, pineapple, apple, and ginger. I also tried the pumpkin cup, which is made of dates, coconut, cashews, coconut oil, pumpkin, and chocolate. I also tried a coconut chocolate chip blondie from a brand called Rickaroon’s. Everything I tried was pretty good. The smoothie was delicious and refreshing, especially with that hint of ginger. The pumpkin cup was also delicious, and really different. I didn’t think it was super pumpkiny, but I still really liked it. I’m not going to say that it tasted like a real candy bar or anything, you can definitely tell its a healthier version, but I enjoyed it. I think I liked the blondie the least out of everything, it was still ok, but it was a little dry for me.
Overall I would definitely recommend giving Juicekeys a shot. It is quite expensive (my smoothie was $6.95), but I think its worth it for a genuinely healthy snack. I mean, think about what you spend for a smoothie at Planet Smoothie or any place like that, its only a dollar or so more to get all fresh, whole food ingredients. I’d say its worth it. All of the different options look amazing as well. I really want to go back and try the “Healthy Milkshake” or some of the juices.
Let me know if you’ve given Juicekeys a try. What did you think?
5011 Falls of the Neuse Rd.
Raleigh, NC 27609