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The Detox and Carrot Cake at The Bridge Café in Manchester. Emelia Attridge photo.




 Drink juice

Live Juice 5 S. Main St., Concord, 226-3024, livejuicenh.com
The Bridge Cafe 1117 Elm St., Manchester, 647-9991, thebridgecafe.net
The Juicery 55 Hanover St., Portsmouth, 431-0693, juicery.com




To juice or not to juice?
If you’re getting your fiber, then go ahead

06/26/14



 Food trends come and go, but local foodies like Dave Perry, who owns The Bridge Cafe in Manchester, say that juicing is here to stay.

“There’s always fads and trends in the restaurant business, but I think the juice is probably going to be here for a long time, just because of the health benefits of it,” he said. “This is something that’s going to be around for a while.”
“For the most part, people are trying to be healthier and being more mindful about what they’re putting into their bodies,” Aryn Marsh, owner of Live Juice, said. “I think people are always looking for convenience and healthy — at least now that’s where we’re trending in society.”
Live Juice opened in downtown Concord last fall, and the juice bar is a big part of its menu (as the name implies). There are green juices with kale, spinach, parsley and cucumber, as well as rootier juices, like Beet Treat with beet, carrot, apple, orange, lemon and ginger. Adding flavors like ginger or a colorful combination of produce to a juice can help create a more palate-pleasing blend. 
“You can play around with fruits and vegetables to get these unexpected flavor combinations,” Marsh said. “Juicing ginger as well spices things up.”
“Beets are good for you, but if you add ginger or lemon that will give a better taste [to] it,” Perry said. 
Marsh, who is also a nutritionist, admits that she was a bit skeptical when she first tried juicing after her mother had given her a juicer for Christmas.
“It piqued my curiosity,” she said. “I started juicing and it was almost immediate how good I felt. … Then it just became something that became a part of my routine.”
Juices do pack in the nutrients, since they are essentially fruits and veggies in liquefied form. But like most things, juice should be enjoyed in moderation. Nutritionist Marilou Bucciano, RD, LD, with the Cancer Center at St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, said that juicing has its cons.
“Eating the whole food is always better. Juicing I think is an option if you’re already meeting your five-a-day fruits and vegetables,” Bucciano said. “When you juice you lose all your good fiber.”
Given the average Western diet, most of us aren’t getting the fiber we need (about 30 grams per day — many of us only eat about ⅓ that amount, according to Bucciano). Bucciano said that if you’re going to juice, you want to make sure you’re supplementing it with a healthy diet, and Marsh agrees.
“The whole point of juicing is to pack the nutrients into your body and [give] your digestive system a break,” Marsh said. “That’s why we [also] have the chopped salad at the restaurant. … Juicing shouldn’t be a substitute to eating your vegetables.”
Bucciano used to juice herself and found she was consuming too many calories.
“If you are juicing, generally you’re juicing a lot more than you would be eating,” she said. “I was juicing about five pounds of carrots a day. … I was getting a lot of calories that I wouldn’t normally eat. If you are going to juice, juice what you eat.”
Fruits usually mean more sugar and more calories, too. Bucciano recommends making juices with more green vegetables, and if you do add fruit, make sure it’s a small serving.
“When you have to juice, the majority of it should be vegetables,” Bucciano said. “Also, if you have to juice, have a little bit of protein with it.”
For people with blood sugar issues, diabetes, yeast or weight-loss problems, Marsh recommends steering away from the sugary and rootier juices (with carrots and beets). She recommends The Hardcore, made with kale, spinach, parsley, cucumber and lemon.
“We try to make things a little bit exciting and unexpected,” Marsh said. “The exciting part of juice is you can experiment so much, and there isn’t that much wait time. You can stick it in the juicer and see what comes out.”
Bucciano said there’s no harm in giving juices a try. In fact, places like Live Juice and Bridge Cafe are making it easier to enjoy vegetables (sans fiber). 
“Everything’s easier if someone else is doing it for you,” Perry said. 
 
As seen in the June 26, 2014 issue of the Hippo.





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