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Pressed Juicery: Juiced to ImPRESS

4 Aug

It’s not news that I love juicing. Blue Print Cleanse has always been my cleanse of choice on the east coast. But in LA, it was hard to swallow (pun intended) the hefty delivery fees, or the limited pick-up days at Exhale. So, my search began for a local LA juice company to test out. And boy, did I find it.

Pressed Juicery is a tiny, hole in the wall, in Brentwood. Literally, it’s a closet with a cute barn door. There’s just enough room for a cash register, a person, two stand up coolers filled with juice, and a wall of supplements/elixirs. It’s the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. Ok, the guy on the phone kind of ruins the rusticness of it, but you get the idea. Good things do come in small packages. And I love any place where I can bring my dog, and eat.

Pressed Juicery, Brentwood

True to their promise “designed for your everyday life”, their menu offers flexibility unlike any juice program I’ve tried. Want your juice delivered? They can do that. Prefer to pick-it up in Brentwood? You can do that too. Not ready for a full-on cleanse? No problem. You can buy juices individually so you can test out as many as you like.

Pressed boasts 17 signature juices like Almond Milk (my fave), Blueberry Coconut Pear, Greens, and Roots. They usually have specials like Watermelon Mint which is TO DIE FOR. Sampling is ideal, particularly if you’re new to juicing. It’s an easy way to test out the juices without committing to a full-on cleanse. All juices are $6.50 for sixteen ounces, except almond milk ($8.00), aloe vera ($3.00) and carrot ($5.00).

If you’re looking to cleanse, you can choose which level you want (Cleanse 1 for less experienced, Cleanse 2 is most popular, Cleanse 3 for experienced/hardcore). And within each level, you have options: Greens 1 (no apple & lemon) or Greens 2 (with apple & lemon), Roots 1 (with beet) or Roots 2 (no beet), and Detox 1 (lemon, cayenne, filtered water) or Detox 2 (pineapple, pear, ginger, mint). Each cleanse ends with Almond Milk, those familiar with Blue Print and other cleanses know how the nut milks are known for being the dessert they look forward to all day.

PJ’s (we’re friends now, I can call them that) juices are pressed daily at an offsite facility in Beverly Hills. They use premium, organic ingredients, which is evident in each juice.  I was taken aback by the creaminess of their Almond Milk and the Carrot Coconut. I swear I was drinking a dairy product. And look at the color of this juice! It’s startling how bright and orange it is.

Carrot Coconut Juice

The Watermelon Mint is divine. It tastes like you’re sucking juice out of a perfectly ripe watermelon. The mint balances out the sweetness so it’s refreshing and light. I threw this back in about 10 seconds.

Watermelon Mint Juice

Their Almond Milk is one of the best nut milks I’ve ever tasted. It’s creamy, sweet, rich, dotted with vanilla bean specks, and literally tastes like melted ice cream.

Almond Milk: almonds, dates, vanilla bean, sea salt, filtered water

If I had children, Pressed Juicery would be my go-to place for juice. If you’re going to have juice, you might as well have the purest ingredients, and reap the maximum nutritional benefits, right? So many packaged juices are full of chemicals, additives, artificial x-y- and z, added sugar, it’s horrifying. Plus, these taste amazing and won’t fool those young palates into thinking cherries are supposed to be fire engine red, dye your tongue, and taste like sugar.

PressedJuicery.com is loaded with information about what to do before, during, and after the cleanse, and general F&Qs about cleansing. Like this one:

What is the difference between a “hydraulic press” and a regular juicer? At Pressed, all of our juices are produced on the highest quality juice press that exists. As opposed to a normal “centrifugal” juicer which takes a whole fruit or vegetable and squeezes out the juice, a hydraulic press actually grinds the entire thing into a fine pulp, after which it applies thousands of pounds of pressure to this pulp, extracting every ounce of juice that the fruit or vegetable can possibly yield. The results are smooth-tasting juices that contain the maximum amount of nutrition contained in each item. The gentle pressing action allows for little to no air to be introduced into the juice, and because of this each bottle can be kept in sealed, refrigerated containers for up to 3 days with little loss of taste, nutrients, or color.

Wish I could buy a hydraulic press but for now, my Breville Elite will have to do.

After sampling practically every juice they make, I’ve embarked on a 3-day cleanse. More on that when I finish it.

Don’t miss this amazing hidden gem. You can order online (they now deliver nationwide), pick-up in Brentwood, or swing by their mobile truck in Malibu. I’m dying to check out their truck because I heard they do remixes like combining Detox 2 + coconut + almond. Um, YUM. I’m imPRESSED.

Pressed Juicery

310-477-7171

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Day 2 Vegan: Juicing to Energize & Cleanse

4 Jan

Day 2 – I’m a Juicehead

After a rigorous session with Laurie at Soul-Cycle Tribeca this morning, I came home a little dehydrated and craving something refreshing/energizing. Lesson #1 – give the body what it wants (as long as it’s healthy i.e. not cake or bacon fat). I decided to give my best pal the Breville Elite Juice Fountain Plus a whirl. I bought it last year at Bed Bath & Beyond, after researching a number of juicers. It was $299, but I had a 20% off coupon which saved me about $60. I think it’s the best one at this price range. It only has four separate parts making it easy to clean, and extracts a high percent of juice leaving the pulp relatively dry. Plus it’s fast and not terribly loud. It also comes with a handy cleaning brush that has a flat handle to help clean out leftover pulp.

The juice collector (the piece that unfortunately looks like a stainless steel bedpan) is where the blade sits and the juice comes out. Because it’s die-cast, it’s one whole piece with no hidden nooks/crannies. Other brands had multiple parts, plastic pieces, and crevices around the blade area which can make it difficult to clean, increasing chances of bacteria developing.

With this model, all you do is rinse it out immediately after using, and take a soft sponge with soap and water to areas that need it. Use the Breville provided brush on the filter basket and you’re good to go! And put a plastic bag in the pulp container so it’s one less thing to clean. You can compost the leftover pulp and peels or see if your local greenmarket has a community compost.  The Union Square Greenmarket has a compost collection Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat from 8am-5pm. Check out www.lessecologycenter.org to learn more about composting options.

Here’s what I made today… I’ll call it The Juicehead in honor of the worst show on TV that I can’t stop watching. GTL.

The Juicehead

1 organic grapefruit

1-2 organic oranges (2 if you want it sweeter, 1 if you want it more tart)

3 organic carrots

1 small stem of organic ginger (about 1″ long)

Directions: Peel grapefruit & orange(s). Using a knife slice off the peel from each end of the fruit. Then stand the fruit up on one end and run the nice down vertically from top to bottom and work your way around the fruit until all peel is removed. Watch the segment below if you need a visual. Just block out the guy’s voice because it’s kind of annoying.

How To Segment An Orange – AWT On ITV1’s Daily Cooks – Video.

Directions continued: Clean carrots well. Chop ends from carrots. Juice according to manufacturer’s instructions.

TA-DAAAAAAAA!

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