Juicing for Health: Natural Awakenings Guide to the Best Juice Places in Westchester & Dutchess NY

The perfect juice cleanse

 

We all know that eating more fruits and vegetables is good for our health, but fitting all those servings into a busy day can sometimes be challenging. One way to do it is through juicing, which makes fruits and vegetables deliciously drinkable and their nutrients instantly accessible. Adding wellness-boosting ingredients to juices can also increase their health benefits. We looked around for juicing spots in our area and offer our favorites here. Drink up!

Bewies

Amy Berman and Julie Wiesen, owners

430 Bedford Rd Armonk, NY 10504

914.273.9437; Bewies.com

Tell us about your juices. All of our juices are freshly made with organic, local and seasonal produce. Everything is made to order and can be customized to meet a customer’s dietary needs. We use a high speed juicer that makes fresh, high quality juices.

What’s popular these days? We are well known for our Radiate Juice, which is a blend of all greens and a hint of apple for some sweetness. With the slightest tickle in the back of their throats, or a sick child in the house, our customers also come running to reap the benefits of our Immunity Juice. It’s a combination of beets, garlic, ginger and other colorful fruits and vegetables. It’s a beautiful juice and, after drinking it for three days, you’re back on your feet at the speed of life!

Do you offer juice cleansing programs? Yes. We offer juice cleanse programs that are customizable as well as juice and food cleanses for individuals who still want to enjoy a meal throughout the day. We recommend starting with a three-day cleanse, which is when we notice customers starting to get maximum benefits. Longer cleanses have even more detoxing benefits.

We’ve both been trained as Holistic Health Counselors by the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, so we’re always available to our customers during and after the cleanse to help them get the best results and make a healthy transition back to regular eating.

What are the prices? Daily cleanses are $59.

 

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Get Juiced

Margarita Carreras, co-owner

8 East Market St, Red Hook, NY

845.835.8402; GetJuicedAmerica.com

Tell us about your juices. Our juices are made fresh daily with all organic produce, and local when in season. We have two different juicers that we work with. For all of the cleanses and pre-phoned in orders, we use the Norwalk, a slow cold pressed juicer. By using this cold pressed method, we slow the oxidation and prolong the life of the juice, giving people the chance to consume it within a three-day window. If you’re consuming the juice right away there is no problem. For those in a hurry we use a Breville, as recommended by Joe Cross, who made the powerful documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It’s fast, easy to clean and relatively inexpensive.

What’s popular these days? The Get Lean is a hit, made with kale, cucumber, broccoli, green apple, celery and lemon. It’s rich in antioxidants, calms the central nervous system, boosts immunity, detoxifies the liver and alkalizes the body. The Get Happy, made with cucumber, parsley, pear, lime and celery, has the additional benefits of being anti-inflammatory, boosting energy, toning bones, supporting kidney function, reducing bloating and balancing blood sugar.

Any cleansing programs? Yes, and we offer a half-hour consultation with a nutritional coach who will customize your cleanse according to your goals and specific needs. She will also be available during your cleanse, if need be. Customers receive a lot of information when they sign up for the cleanse.

What are the prices? $50 per day, and juices come in glass bottles with a $2 deposit on each. That’s refundable upon completion of the cleanse once the bottles are brought back.

 

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O2 Living

Rosemary Devlin, founder

Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rt. 35, Cross River, NY 10518

914.763.6320; O2Living.com

Tell us about your juices. Our juices are 100 percent cold-pressed, certified organic, sourced locally when we can, and naturally packed with antioxidants, trace minerals, vitamins, fiber, flavonoids and chlorophyll. At O2 living we put a lot of love into each juice and produce small batches to assure the best quality. We never water our juices down, so not only are they loaded with nutrition; they’re packed with delicious flavor, too.

What’s popular these days? Our Fresh Start, Green Vitality and Red Radiance are all really fabulous. Our most unusual is the Almond Envy smoothie, packed with natural protein.

Do you offer juice cleansing programs? Yes, with one, three, five or seven day programs. We recommend “Cleanse Guru” Dr. Gabriel Cousins’ protocol for cleansing. For customers with autoimmune disorders and cancer diagnoses, we have alternative holistic options from the Gerson Institute. To find out more about our lifestyle brand and keys to healthy living, readers can visit o2living.com.

What are the prices? An 8-ounce juice is $4.99, and a 16 ounce juice is $9.99 in the store.

 

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Trailside Café

Ghenya Fagan, owner

1807 Commerce St, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

914.302.7331; Trailside-Café.com

Tell us about your juices. We use local and organic ingredients whenever possible. Currently we use a centrifugal juice extractor, but we’re introducing a cold press later this year. We offer a wide variety of juices with something for everyone, from beginners to extreme juicers. We also have a large selection of additives for our juices and smoothies, and we can accommodate people who like to create their own blends.

What’s popular these days? Our most popular juice is our green machine, while our most unusual would be the green grapefruit.

Do you offer juice cleansing programs? Yes, for three, five or seven days, and each one includes a complimentary consultation with our nutritionist.

What are the prices? The three-day cleanse is $165, the five-day cleanse is $275 and the seven-day cleanse is $385. We have frequent buyer cards, which offers the 11th juice for free, and we’ll soon be introducing a kid-friendly juice and smoothie menu.

 

Almond Milk Recipe

by Leslie Woodward

 Almond milk

Equipment

  • High powered blender
  • Nut Bag (available at local natural food markets)

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of raw, unsalted almonds
  • 5 cups of purified water

 

Recipe

  1. Place almonds in 2 cups of the purified water, making sure the almonds are completely covered. Place in the refrigerator and soak overnight or for six to eight hours.
  2. Strain and rinse soaked almonds and place in blender with the remaining three cups of purified water. Blend on low speed for 30 seconds, then on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Place nut bag over a pitcher or cylindrical vessel for straining and pour contents of blender in nut bag, squeezing the bottom of the bag until you’ve completely extracted the milk.

 

Why soak? Soaking almonds allows enzyme inhibitors to be released, therefore allowing our bodies to absorb more nutrients from the almonds and making the milk easier to digest.

 

Repurpose: Don’t throw the almond meat away. You can dry it out in a low oven to make nut flour or add a little honey and vanilla to make a healthy dessert. Another option is to add chives, garlic, shallots, parsley and olive oil to the nut meat, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and place in the oven for 20 minutes at 350 degrees to make a savory salad topping that’s also delicious on roasted salmon.

 

Add-ins and Uses: The great thing about this almond milk recipe is that, while it’s blending, you can add such super foods as flax seeds, bee pollen and wheat germ. Fruits like bananas, berries, or pineapple are also great additions. Almond milk works in a variety of recipes, such as soups, French toast, desserts or creamy salad dressing.

 

Chef Leslie Woodward offers Farm-to-table catering and personal chef services with meals that can be customized to meet health concerns and nutritional needs. For more info call 917.882.8714 and visit edenesque.com.