Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Curious Corner--Juicing

Hi. I'm Sacha Breitman and I'd like to welcome you to my column, The Curious Corner. Now, a little about me: I'm a young guy who was raised in the fashion industry of this big--but small--city of New York. Some people may call me an airhead but I prefer to call myself a surrealist. What can I say? I'm a dreamer. I love music, poetry, books and rain. I also love meeting new people. Today I'm going to be talking about juicing. Enjoy!

The Juice Press

This past year juicing has not only become a big part of my life, but it's also exploded onto the New York scene. Healthy, vegan and gluten-free diets seem to have become the new hip thing. I mean, being skinny and looking good has always been important to our society, but since when did we take health so seriously? Juicing can improve one’s looks by clearing up skin and providing a great tool for losing weight. It also adds to your overall health.

Yet, despite all these benefits, I thought it was gross at first. I mean, if I didn't want to eat my vegetables why would I want to drink them? As you know, I'm into food and drinks that taste good and are extra sweet, and I’ve never really been one to care about my health--until my health kicked me in the butt.

Fortunately, I've found a juice bar here in the City that makes veggies taste as good as they are healthy. And no, I'm not talking about another place that calls itself a juice bar like Jamba Juice. This juice bar actually serves juices that are made with organic, raw and alkaline-filled products—so their juices don’t just taste good, they're actually a lot healthier than their competitors' products. This life-changing juice bar is called The Juice Press, and is located in several places around the city: 70 E 1st St (hours: 8am8pm), 279 E 10th St (hours: 10am–10pm) and 1050 3rd Ave (hours: 8am–8pm).

The Juice Press mainly serves cold pressed juices, but also sells health products and bottled coffee. Though their juices are a bit pricey—all around $10 each—they're worth every penny. Because juices in general are made of raw products, inorganic juices often have chemicals in them from pesticides, which can be toxic to the body. And let's be honest...what would be the point be in drinking something so healthy if it actually wasn’t? The Juice Press’ drinks are all chemical free and packed to the brim with vegetables and fruits.

My favorite drink at The Juice Press is the "Green Giant." It's made of coconut water and meat, kale, apple, dates, cacao, spirulina and lemon. This drink is practically a meal and after having a juice, I feel so clean and fresh. If I'm feeling extra healthy, I’ll get the "Mother Earth," which consists of cucumber, celery, parsley, kale, dandelion, Swiss chard and ginger.

If you haven’t tried juicing before, I highly recommend it. And if you haven't tried The Juice Press before, I urge you to check it out. The Juice Press is where juice haters become lovers, and for those who already love juicing it will just make you love it even more!

Thank you!