By Rachel Mann
As the juice maker ducks into an alcove at The Press Juice and Health Bar in Lexington, he loads a blender with coconut water, avocado, spinach, kale, banana, mango, aloe and agave, and whips me up a Green Glow smoothie.
He hands me a filled-to-the-brim cup and I feel a cold sensation from the frozen fruit – the best part! Without ice, there’s more room for all the good stuff.
I take a sip, and quickly another one, and another.
Yum. This smoothie – a delicious blend of green veggies and fruits – satisfies my cravings for a cool, fresh drink.
Wanting more, I pick up a Wellness Booster Shot from the open refrigerator to my left. About to take a sip I ask the juice maker exactly what’s in it – apple cider vinegar, ginger, turmeric and lemon.
Wow! Although this may be an acquired taste (ok, I really like sour!), the shot hits my tongue and ignites my taste buds.
After downing that sour shot full of nutrients, I turn to my Amazon Chocolate Acai Bowl – which looks picture perfect. And it doesn’t disappoint.
A blend of acai, strawberry, banana and almond milk is topped by cocoa nibs, granola, banana and a scoop of peanut butter.
Graeter’s has nothing on this healthy treat.
The Press, which sits in a quaint, house across from Woodland Park on Kentucky Avenue, offers an array of cold-pressed juices and smoothies, plus lunch and bakery items, an ideal spot for any health-conscious family.
The juices and food are so tasty, kids may not realize they’re eating healthy food.
The juices are categorized on the menu by a ranking number – the lower the number, the more fruit is used. Higher numbers indicate more veggies.
House favorites include No. 26 – a carrot, apple, ginger juice with nutrients that aid bone health, lower blood sugar and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Also recommended is No. 45 – a kale, pineapple, pear and cucumber juice that contains antioxidants, aids digestion and lowers blood pressure.
What more could you ask for from a little juice?
Lunch and bakery items range from Berry Protein Salad and Golden Kale salad – which I will definitely try next time – to gluten-free baked energy bars and protein bars… even cookies! And it really did take all of my self-control to resist the chocolate chip one calling my name from its clear case on the counter by the register.
For busy families, The Press offers a juice membership program with three levels, depending on how many juices you want per month. And all are delivered right to your door.
If you haven’t checked it out yet, The Press Juice and Health Bar might be your new favorite spot. The juice craze is in full swing especially as we are fighting off the summer heat.
Check out the menu and more information about their juice memberships online!
Photo: Rachel Mann