Gluten-Free Spotlight: Pressed Juicery

One of the things I miss the most from my pre-food allergy days is frozen yogurt. I have loved frozen yogurt since before it was “a thing”, always opting for soft serve as a kid over ice cream. Then frozen yogurt became uber popular and I was in heaven. Living in LA I would alternate between Penguins and Pinkberry and am not even embarrassed to say that fro-yo happened at least once a week. So when I found out that I had celiac and was allergic to dairy, I had to say goodbye to fro-yo (and without even a proper farewell)!

But that all changed this week when I went to Pressed Juicery for the very first time. In addition to their delicious cold-pressed juices that they are known for, they are also offering something new and very exciting… The Pressed Juice Freeze. They offer 6 amazing flavors and all of them contain no gluten, dairy or added sugar. They also are made with the same real ingredients as their juices. I may have sampled almost all of the flavors and here’s the breakdown:

Pressed Fro Yo Machines

Greens: Like their popular green juice, this flavor contains kale, spinach, romaine, cucumber, apple, lemon, dates and coconut meat. If you are skeptical of having a green juice in fro-yo form, I can assure you that it is absolutely refreshing and delicious!

Roots: I’ll admit that I was a little nervous about this flavor because I’m not a fan of beets in my juice, but you don’t even taste them! Instead what really comes through in this flavor is the ginger and it contains carrot, beet, fuji apple, lemon, ginger, dates and coconut meat.

Citrus: This was the only flavor I didn’t sample but as I’m typing this I wish I did because it sounds delicious and contains orange, apple, pineapple, coconut meat and dates.

Fruit: I wish I could adequately describe this flavor, but it’s difficult- it doesn’t taste like one particular type of fruit, rather just “fruity” and like the perfect summertime treat. This one contains only fuji apple, strawberry, coconut meat and dates.

Chocolate: Oh my goodness. I would have this every day if I could and it tastes indulgent and rich with only almonds, dates, sea salt and cacao!

Vanilla: I’m not one to usually choose vanilla (I’ve always been more of a chocolate girl) but this flavor is absolutely perfect. It tastes like a rich, creamy vanilla and contains almonds, dates, sea salt and vanilla and would pair perfectly with any of the other flavors!

*Also, if you aren’t a fan of coconut, I can assure you that you don’t even taste the coconut meat in the freezes, rather I think it just gives them the consistency.

Pressed Juice Freeze

Of course, I couldn’t leave with just a sample, so after much debate, my Mom and I both decided to get two flavors each for the full experience. Her pick was Greens with Chocolate, topped with Cacoa-Nut Freezing Drizzle (which was apparently amazing), shredded coconut and sunflower seeds. I went for Fruit with Vanilla, topped with almond butter, chia seeds and hemp seeds. Both were unbelievably amazing and they went entirely too fast! I really enjoyed the Fruit but I think next time I would go for the Vanilla, Chocolate or the Greens!

One thing that I noticed and happened to love was this sign on the wall, comparing the Chocolate Freeze with similar products from Yogurtland, Pinkberry, Skinny Cow and Baskin Robbins. I was especially surprised with how many fake and unnecessary ingredients the Pinkberry Chocolate yogurt contained, especially because Pinkberry is known for being the “healthy” option and yet it contained carrageenan which is known to cause inflammation in the body and is linked to cancer! Also shocking was the exceptionally long ingredient list from Yogurtland which contains pretty much everything under the sun, not to mention wheat and soy! Seeing these ingredients list for what they truly are, makes me all the happier that there is now an option out there like Pressed Freezes which offer clean, natural ingredients!

Pressed Juicery Comparison

After we enjoyed our freezes, we had to stop back at Pressed to pick up some fresh juices! At Pressed, they cold-press their juices daily, so although they are bottled, none of them have been sitting for more than a few hours. Another great thing is that they let you taste any flavor that you wish! I really appreciated that because sometimes I have purchased fresh juice from the grocery store with a hefty price tag and been disappointed with the flavor. But that didn’t happen at Pressed! We each got a Greens 3 (kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, cucumber, celery, apple, lemon and ginger)  which was the perfect green juice in my opinion, as well as a Chocolate Almond Milk which is out of this world good and puts store-bought almond milks to shame! I plan on enjoying mine this evening for an after-dinner treat!

Pressed Juice Cases

Scenes from the Weekend

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a lovely weekend! Mine was excellent and was busy but in the best of ways. Friday was drinks with a good friend and coworker, Saturday a private wine tasting with DG, a dinner party and bars with the girls, and Sunday a delicious breakfast, movie date with my parents and then a Downton Abbey party with my mom to end the night! I think 2013 is off to a pretty amazing start so far!

Private wine tasting at a San Francisco winery

Private wine tasting at a San Francisco winery

Dinner party with friends including a delicious pumpkin chili... recipe coming soon!

Dinner party with friends including a delicious pumpkin chili… recipe coming soon!

Started my day with green juice and a gluten free bagel... yum

Started my day with green juice and a gluten free bagel… yum

 

Downton Abbey Premier Party

Downton Abbey Premier Party

Oh and something a little fun…

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Questions:

-What did you do this weekend?

-What words did you see?

 

 

 

 

Green Machine

Hi lovelies! I hope that you all had a fabulous weekend! Did any of you watch the Academy of Country music awards last night? I love country music and it was great to see some of my favorite artists perform… oh and check out their outfits. That’s one of my favorite parts of award shows!

As you know I’ve been excited about new kitchen gadgets lately and my parents recently bought a Breville juicer. I was going to show you a picture and tell you about it but then I saw this video that explains this awesome juicer and the story behind it.

When my parents first told me that they wanted to start making green juice, I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive. Although I love putting spinach in my smoothies since you don’t taste it, I was unsure how I would feel about the taste of the green juice since the idea of drinking straight celery and parsley didn’t sound too appealing. To be honest, it took a few tries and recipes to get the right combination but we finally created the most amazing recipe and all crave this juice every single day. So much so, that my brother bought the same juicer a week later! This drink is so healthy and packed full of vitamins and minerals. Celery is rich in Vitamin C and helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol, parsley promotes optimal health and is rich in antioxidants and spinach is one of the world’s healthiest vegetables! Needless to say, this drink not only tastes good but truly helps you feel good too!

Green Machine Recipe

Ingredients

(Makes 2-3 glasses)

  • 1 Cucumber
  • 2 Large handfuls spinach
  • 1/2 bushel parsley (stems removed)
  • 1/2 head celery
  • 3 apples
  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 inch ginger

Directions

  1. Remove stems from parsley and about the 2 bottom inches of celery.
  2. Put each ingredient in the juicer.
  3. Stir juice and serve over crushed ice with a straw and enjoy!

Questions:

-Did you watch the ACM Awards?

-What’s your favorite way to get your daily dose of greens?