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Pittsburgh juice companies provide healthy options

Aimee Woods is the health coach at Embody Natural Health in Lawrenceville. Photo: Shelby Horne | Point Park News Service
Aimee Woods is the owner of Embody Natural Health in Lawrenceville.
Photo: Shelby Horne | Point Park News Service

By Annie Stephan, Point Park News Service:

When Steve Bland found he was unable to replenish essential nutrients and vitamins while doing yoga on a regular basis, he began seeking out a way in which to fulfill the nutrient void. He started juicing.

Sherry Quinn, owner of GOODLife juices, said her business was also the brainchild of a yoga practice. After grabbing a juice in New York City after yoga training, Quinn wondered why Pittsburgh did not seem to have many options for fresh pressed juices.

The "Embody" smoothie is made with blueberry, apple, kale, and banana. Photo: Shelby Horne | Point Park News Service
The “Embody” smoothie is made with blueberry, apple, kale, and banana. Photo: Shelby Horne | Point Park News Service

Aimee Woods, health coach at Embody Natural Health on Butler Street in Lawrenceville, began offering juices after watching the movie “The Beautiful Truth” about a doctor in the 1930s who used juicing to aid people with various illnesses.

The business of juicing is becoming an undeniable trend with numerous companies hopping on board to provide fresh, healthy, on-the-go options.

“Even though anyone can juice and it is pretty easy, the whole process can sometimes be difficult,” Bland said. “That is what made me think about, ‘Oh, wow. I should start a business like this.'”

Bland took his idea and, after introducing his juice to local yogis, created Savasana Juice. Savasana delivers to Bikram yoga studios as well as individual customers, providing fresh juice to those looking for a healthy option without the time consuming, messy process of juicing.

Cara Garofalo stands with jars of Savasana Juice, a Pittsburgh-based juice company. Photo: Steve Bland
Cara Garofalo stands with jars of Savasana Juice, a Pittsburgh-based juice company. Photo: Steve Bland, submitted.

Nicole Chaudet, a customer of Savasana Juice, found out about the juices through Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh.

“Steve and Savasana Juice make it so convenient,” Chaudet said. “It is delicious, but it is also really good for you as well.”

Quinn began GOODLife Juice about 18 months ago, using a fresh, cold-pressed juice with only organic produce to create eight core recipes.

“For this first year, we want to go through the complete first year understanding what grows well, where it is available and what some of our limitations are,” Quinn said.

GOODLife Juices have a shelf life of 72 hours and can be found at the East End Coop, Marty’s Market and Toss’t. They are also available online through the company’s website. GOODLife juices cost between $8.50 and $9 dollars a bottle.

Embody Natural Health, organic juice cafe and studio, is on Butler Street in Lawrencevile. Photo: Shelby Horne | Point Park News Service
Embody Natural Health, organic juice cafe and studio, is on Butler Street in Lawrencevile. Photo: Shelby Horne | Point Park News Service

“I got a juicer and I really just noticed a difference in my health and my energy levels,” Woods said. “It was something that I enjoyed and something that I wanted to offer to people in Pittsburgh.”

Woods said her clientele for the juices varies from juicing beginners to those who are very nutrition-focused.

The juices at Embody Natural Health are made using local ingredients whenever possible. Embody Natural Health juices are $16.99, and a juice cleanse, which contains six juices, costs $65 per day.

“I think it is a trend and I think that it will die down a little bit,” Woods said. “But I also think that there are benefits to it and people realize that, so it will still always exist and it has existed for so long.”

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