December 31, 2013 at 3:36 PM
WESTFIELD, NJ — Fresh juice is officially a trend at Westfield restaurants. It started last year when frozen yogurt and coffee shop Bohemian Raspberry opened its fresh juice bar. Then came Blue Sky Café in November, which offers fresh juice along with its breakfast and lunch fare. Now Feast Catering has added a juice bar, and customers can’t seem to get enough.
“Folks in Westfield are ultra-conscious of their health,” said Barry Goldenberg, owner of Bohemian Raspberry, where a wheatgrass juice extractor is displayed proudly on the counter. “That is why it’s such a popular trend. A fresh glass of juice provides you with an abundance of energy and promotes good health.”
“I’ve been juicing for 30 years,” said Goldenberg, who “juices” for himself daily. “Juices act as excellent cleansing agents for your colon, and pairs well with fresh and healthy yogurt.”
At Feast Catering, owners Steven and Stephanie Bigmore have noticed that customers like to get juice in the afternoon instead of coffee when they start to feel sluggish, in addition to all the juice they sell with lunches.
“We use only organic fruits and vegetables because we believe the trend today is all about juicing for good health,” said Stephanie Bigmore.
“Fresh juice is a great energy boost,” added Steven Bigmore. “It is definitely good for your health. It provides all the nutrients you need, and is a definite boost to your immune system.”
At Blue Sky Café, “We’re all about health and freshness,” said Marcos Ramirez, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Jill Korcusko-Ramirez . “My juicing machine extracts juice from whole fruits.”
As a devoted follower of Arnold Ehret’s Mucusless Diet Healing System, Ramirez believes juice fasts have truly altered his life.
“Freshly prepared juice contains no preservatives, artificial flavors or colors, and, of course, no added sugar. It’s real and natural,” said Ramirez.
“For best results, a combination of three fruits or vegetables should be used at one time,” added Korcusko-Ramirez.
Try some for yourself:
Blue Sky Café, 1120 South Ave. West
Bohemian Raspberry, 219 South Ave. East
Feast Catering, 27 Elm St.