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It’s the hottest health trend, but DIY juicers have learned that the benefits don’t come easy (have you cleaned one of those things?). In time for summer, whether you’re looking to lighten up or just pursue your optimum you, we’re here to share a few favorite spots for grabbing a cold-pressed juice.

The (wheat)grass is always greener at Del Mar’s Beaming.

1. The La Jolla beach bungalow housing Nékter is a post-workout scene, with the lean and lithe set rolling in for signature drinks like the Greenie, made with parsley, spinach, kale, celery, cucumber, lemon and apple (for a little kick, ask to add ginger). The rapidly-growing, OC-launched company—35 outlets in SoCal already, with another due soon in Carlsbad—believes in going deep, also offering bottled basic and advanced cleanses and tutelage (AKA encouragement) through the, let’s just say it, grueling process. 834 Kline St., La Jolla, 800.385.1650; 127 N. El Camino Real, Encinitas, 800.385.1650

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You are what you eat, and no one wants to be a cheeseburger, least of all the yoga-pants wearing yummy mummies flocking to Del Mar’s Beaming: they all want to be kale, if the volume of supergreens the sleek, white juice bar plows through daily is to be believed. For juices, go with glow and try the Kale-ifornia, made with coconut water, kale, broccoli, banana, mango, raw reserve green powder, coconut nectar, and basil. If you’re in the market for a cleanse, Beaming’s is the choice for folks who like to chew: the Lifestyle, Lean and Active cleanses are all built around not just juices, but also salads (more kale!) and raw dishes. 2683 Via de la Valle, 858.481.1222

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Feeling ecocentric? La Jolla’s Lean and Green Cafe distinguishes itself from the liquid legions with a commitment to environmental health. Translation? Your Dr. Matea (spinach, kale, celery, cucumber and lemon juice) or Grass Hopper (wheat grass and carrot) comes in a compostable cold cup made from corn. The peckish find plenty of options at the Village café, as well, with organic soup, salads and wraps on offer, plus healthy nibbles like kale chips and protein bars. 7825 Fay Ave., 858.459.5326

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It’s hard to pick a favorite at Farm to Fork: There’s the over-the-top delight of Twilight, pressed from a full two pounds of carrots, apples, celery, cucumber, lemon and beets, on the one hand; and on the other, a sweet-tooth satisfying dessert juice like Yum, with carrot and coconut cream. It’s easy, though, to applaud this Birdrock favorite’s generous take on managing their bottom line: not only is there a refund program to encourage in-store recycling of their squat glass bottles, but 100% of profits go to Sus Angelitos, “His Little Angels,” daycare facility that provides supervision and three meals a day to children and families in need in Tecate, Mexico. That’s soul nourishment. 5646 La Jolla Blvd., 858.888.2250

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Oh! Juice grew a cult following doing the Saturday morning circuit at the Little Italy Mercato. Now set up inside The Dailey Method barre studio downtown, the 100% organic juicer is poised for post-plie pit stops, with bottled bevs like the detoxifying OH My Greens, with spirulina, kale, moringa leaf, celery, mint, cucumber, romaine, and pineapple; or Nice Melons, a blend of wild camu camu, carrot, apple, orange, cantaloupe, pomegranate extract in EVOO, baobab, and lemon. Leotard required? Pas du tu-tu. 1230 Columbia St., 619.760.1292