I'm probably the last person you should come to for advice when it comes to eating anything healthy; there’s a reason why I run and work out so much. I have a love/hate relationship with salads. I just don't see the point of paying for a salad when I go out to dinner when I can make the same thing at home. Eating healthy is not always my forté.
Thankfully for me (and my body), one thing I do love is juice! Juice bars seem to be opening up everywhere nowadays. Although most juices cost around $10 a bottle, I truly believe that it's really worth the money. Let’s be real here, we all pay $15 for an alcoholic beverage at a bar, so why not pay for something that actually benefits our health?
A few nights ago, I attended a private launch bash celebrating the grand opening of Juice Press at The Street in Chestnut Hill. Other bloggers and Boston's influencers were in attendance and it was definitely cool to be apart of that. Founder Marcus Antebi spoke about the background of the company and what the initial goal was when he decided to open his first shop six years ago. These shops are pretty much like fast food restaurants, but instead of processed burgers and frozen fries, they sell 100% USDA organic juices, shakes, salads, and other clean and healthy products. And as a major plus, they taste yummy, too! Thirty something shops later (with Chestnut Hill being the first location out of the Tri-State area), they are in the works of opening six more shops by the end of this year.
As a side note, I've never drunk so many varieties of juice in my life prior to the other night! In the middle of the shop is a communal table in which TONS of different juices, salads, and desserts were laid out. For me some of the juices tasted too raw, and the ones with cayenne hurt my throat. But those juices were in the minority! My favorites were the Coconut Juice, Watermelon, and "Love Me" which has kale, spinach, green apple, lemon and proviotic. I also very much enjoyed the HUGE chocolate covered strawberries they had for us to enjoy. My friend Liz lost count of how many of those bad boys I had! Another favorite treat were these little balls of date covered in shredded coconut flakes. My shameful secret: I had no idea what dates were prior to eating those! I know, I'm bad!
During the event, we also learned how to make acai bowls. There were numerous toppings like almond butter, chia seeds, shaved almonds, bananas, berries, and so much more. The toppings seemed endless! And get this: they had a section with props and amazing lighting for everyone to have the chance to stage and take pictures of their acai bowls! How cute!
After attending this event, I've definitely realized more how important and beneficial consuming raw and organic products are for your health. It's just so hard for me! You all know how much I love my Rise and Shine burger from Tasty Burger and Kane's Donuts. But, I work to balance everything out for the most part! Baby steps, right?!
Here’s some final food for thought: "I live the lifestyle and understand how to help others achieve their goals. Start by eliminating processed foods, reduce your intake of protein and drink a ton of juice. Oh yeah, make sure you eat a lot of salads and eat fresh fruit every day!" - Marcus Antebi