Healthy drinks, smoothies served at Squeeze It!
A new Stillwater business is putting the squeeze on healthy eating.
Squeeze It! Juice Bar & Smoothies opened a month ago and owners Jenette Anderson and Stephanie Day both said business is busy.
“There was a demand. I had three people ask me about it in a four-month time period. That made me start thinking, ‘Let’s do it’,” Anderson said.
Anderson and Day did not have experience running a juice and smoothie business. Anderson was a decorative painter for 19 years and Day was a stay-at-home mother for five years.
However, Anderson was familiar with smoothies due to a past family medical situation. Anderson’s son broke his jaw five years ago and she made juice mixtures and smoothies to help him get through eight weeks without solid food. She continued to juice on and off after that, which is why people went to her to open a juice bar.
Anderson said there’s no other business like Squeeze It! in the area. She added that most Twin Cities juice bars, such as the Wedge, only offer juice drinks. Squeeze It! offers protein, crushed fruit and café smoothies, which are coffee blends, in addition to its juices. Along with the extensive list of beverages, Squeeze It! also offers a make-your-own salad option and other healthy snacks.
“We wanted to add a healthy option instead of all the fast food places,” Day said.
Much of the produce used by Squeeze It! is locally grown and a small batch of organic apples are kept on hand for apple juice. Anderson said other organic fruits and vegetables are no longer offered by Squeeze It! because not enough people ordered organics and they spoiled quickly. They also offer wheatgrass, grown locally at 10th Street Farm in Afton. Wheatgrass is a type of grass with many health benefits.
“It stimulates metabolism, helps cleanse your liver, restores red blood cells, so it does a lot for your internal organs,” Anderson said.
The smoothies and juices can be meal replacements. Smoothies top out around 500 calories, while the juices are around 200 to 300 calories. Smoothies can also be custom made and there is a list of add-ins, such as coconut oil, almond milk, chia seeds or wheatgrass powder.
Squeeze It! is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. There will be an open house on Aug. 16 from open to close, where Anderson and Day will be giving away insulated tumblers with straws every hour as well as drink specials and samples. A health coach will be talking about the benefits of juicing and protein smoothies during the day as well.
Squeeze It! is located at Valley Ridge Mall at 1300 West Frontage Road off Minnesota 36. Visit squeezeitjuice.com or call 651-342-0187 for more information.
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