Turning Natural: the Black-Owned Juice Bar You Need to Try

You can’t go wrong with a fresh juice or smoothie. In recent months, I’ve become more of a juice person. There are so many local juice bars now, and the next one on my list was Turning Natural.

Turning Natural is a Black-owned juice bar with six locations in the D.C. Metro Area. The business’ mission is to provide better, healthy choices to underserved communities that are affordable. I visited the District Heights location and can confirm that the vibes are good, and the drinks are just as good.


One thing I loved about Turning Natural was the creative drink names. A few of my favorite names are Mikale Jackson, Green Latifah, and Bob Marley. All of these are on my list to try when I visit again. For my first visit, I ordered the Blue Bear Smoothie and the J. Coal juice.

Blue Bear Smoothie

The Blue Bear Smoothie was what I was looking forward to the most. This smoothie is made with blueberries, banana, nutmeg, cinnamon, granola, and almond milk. Although I’m not much of an almond milk person, I loved this a lot. The spices worked beautifully with the fruit. The banana (thankfully) wasn’t overpowering. I’m sure we can all agree that banana often steals the show. Turning Natural did their thing with this one!

A smoothie called “Blue Bear” from Turning Natural, a Black woman-owned juice bar in the D.C. Metro Area
Blue Bear Smoothie

J. Coal

Out of the many juice flavors Turning Natural has, J. Coal is the one that jumped out at me that day. This juice is made with activated charcoal, aloe vera, apple, grape, and lemon. The grape and lemon stood out the most to me. I couldn’t taste much of the apple, which was fine with me. I’d absolutely get this juice again.

A juice called “J. Coal” from Turning Natural, a Black woman-owned juice bar in the D.C. Metro Area
J. Coal


Turning Natural is a juice bar with great products and a cool vibe. Everyone was so nice, and it felt like a great neighborhood shop. If you’re ever in the D.C. area, check it out!

Locations: District Heights, Anacostia, Capitol Hill, Shaw, Takoma, and Eastern Market

Until next time.