Squeeze in healthy food and drinks

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Si­t­u­ated on Thames St be­tween Bal­lan­tyne Show­case Jew­ellers and McDiarmid’s, new busi­ness Squeeze Juice and Health Bar has en­joyed a busy cou­ple of open­ing weeks with cus­tomers thor­oughly en­joy­ing the fan­tas­tic range of fresh juices, smooth­ies, soups and sal­ads avail­able.

While man­ager and co-owner Lea Mur­phy had ex­pected busi­ness to be steady, she was sur­prised at just how ex­cep­tional the re­sponse had been, which has fur­ther in­creased her belief that peo­ple were ac­tively look­ing for ways to live a health­ier and ul­ti­mately more sat­is­fy­ing lifestyle.

‘‘We had no­ticed that peo­ple’s aware­ness of their per­sonal health and well-be­ing was grow­ing and the busi­ness is a way to con­trib­ute to that, par­tic­u­larly where time con­straints and sourc­ing healthy, con­ve­nient food and drink op­tions were con­cerned.

‘‘One of our main fo­cuses as a busi­ness is to pro­vide this op­tion for work­ers in the CBD and the plan in the very near fu­ture is to set up a de­liv­ery ser­vice to work­places in the CBD so that peo­ple have easy ac­cess to de­li­cious, fresh and healthy food and drinks,’’ Lea ex­plained.

Soups are made fresh daily on the premises with a beau­ti­ful range of flavours that al­ter­nate each day. Thai pump­kin, tomato and basil, and ku­mara and roasted gar­lic are just some of the mouth-wa­ter­ing op­tions fea­tured so far. Soup can be pur­chased with or with­out hearty and grainy bread rolls – what could be more tempt­ing on a cold win­ters day?

A range of al­ter­nat­ing sal­ads are also made fresh daily and pro­vide an ideal healthy lunch op­tion. A firm favourite has been the moroccan cous cous salad, which has been made al­most daily to keep up with de­mand. There are also other de­li­cious choices such as tomato soulza and raw crunch as well as leafy green va­ri­eties, and your choice of bal­samic or honey mus­tard vinai­grette if you re­quire a dress­ing.

If you are look­ing for some­thing sweet to fin­ish your meal, or you are try­ing to avoid that three o’clock crav­ing for a cho­co­late bar a scrump­tious fruit salad is made daily and is the per­fect sweet treat.

An ex­ten­sive set menu of juice and smoothie flavours will set your taste­buds alight and the team are also happy to make up in­di­vid­ual blends if re­quested.

Another area where Squeeze Juice and Health Bar hope to fo­cus on in the fu­ture is school-aged chil­dren and en­cour­ag­ing healthy lifestyles and di­ets – even for fussy eaters.

‘‘It has been so nice to see lots of school kids com­ing in and choos­ing to en­joy health­ier al­ter­na­tives in­stead of op­tions laden with high sugar, fat and salt con­tent with lit­tle or no nu­tri­tional value, how­ever there is more to be done and we can teach even the fussi­est chil­dren that a drink full of veg­eta­bles and fruit can taste de­li­cious,’’ said Lea.

All sal­ads, soups and juices are dairy-free, gluten-free or ve­gan and smooth­ies can be made to or­der by re­quest.

While set hours are yet to be con­firmed ac­cord­ing to de­mand, cur­rently the Squeeze Juice and Health Bar is open from 8am5.30pm, Mon­day to Fri­day, and on Satur­day from 9am-2pm.

To or­der you can ring 0800 squeeze, text 027 squeeze, e-mail them on or­ders@squeeze.co.nz, or pop in store. You can find a menu and

The in­te­rior of Squeeze Juice and Health Bar re­flects the prod­ucts they of­fer – clean, stylish, whole­some and fresh.

Man­ager and co-owner of Squeeze Juice and Health Bar, Lea Mur­phy pre­pares an or­der for a cus­tomer.

De­li­cious healthy sal­ads are made fresh daily on premises at Squeeze Juice and Health Bar.

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