By Rachel Jones
Some things just go together: almond butter and bananas; green tea and honey; and yoga and juicing. As the owner of Pittsburgh’s first hot yoga studio, Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh, Zeb Homison has embraced a “yoga lifestyle” for several years. Following this path means keeping up with a lot of nutrition trends and new information. The latest way to take in a crazy amount of nutrients with very little effort is juicing. It’s made a splash in major cities, and it seems like new juice bars are constantly popping up. “I’ve been doing a lot of research and doing it myself,” Zeb says. “It’s something I think is beneficial, so the idea is to share that with the Pittsburgh community.”
Zeb and his sister, Naomi Homison, created The Pittsburgh Juice Company so they could share their concoctions with Pittsburgh. The starter menu has six nutritious juices, and they hope to expand with more recipes and even plans for three-, six-, or 10-day juice programs. Naomi says that the pair concentrates on creating a quality product based on nutritional value and food-combining techniques. “They’re all really good for you, and filled with nutrients and oxygen,” Zeb adds. Everything is made on-site with a cold-press juicer (like these), which means, which means none of the products are pasteurized or homogenized. Since all of the enzymes in the raw, local produce are still alive, all of their nutrients are still intact.
These easy-to-sip bottles help us reach our daily fruit and vegetable recommendations without weighing us down — perfect for a post-yoga refuel. “We’re constantly eating in our culture, and there are so many digestion issues,” Zeb explains. “Juicing takes the pressure off. You don’t have to digest a big meal, but you still get all of the nutrients.” Naomi concludes, “Beyond that, the facts speak for themselves. It’s fresh, unprocessed juice, and it’s good for you.”
The Pittsburgh Juice Company, 3418 Penn Ave., Lawrenceville. 412.586.5060. pittsburghjuicecompany.com.
what’s on the menu?
- Berry watermelon
- Coconut water
- Green juice — Cucumbers, spinach, celery, and apples
- Super green — Cucumbers, celery, kale, ginger, and lemons
- Carrot apple ginger — This one is great for a kickstart in the morning and battling colds!
- Almond milk — Almonds, dates, and cinnamon
- Power berry smoothie — Blueberries, bananas, almond milk, raw power protein mix, and sea salt