New Openings: Organique Juice Bar
Juicing has resurfaced with even more punch as a healthy part of a balanced diet and it's a trend that looks like it might be here to stay.
The Organique Juice Bar is an independent health haven located in Streetsville. The man behind the bar is Sauga native Kanwar Gill, a Life Sciences graduate from McMaster University who wants to turn his passion for health into a business. During a trip to NYC, he noticed that juice bars were rampant and wanted to open up the first and only indie juice bar in his hometown.
The menu includes cold-pressed juices, superfood smoothies and one to three day juice cleanses. It's a refreshing option amongst all the great burger and pizza joints Mississauga has, providing a little balance.
Raw foodists, vegans, vegetarians and health nuts are rejoicing now that that juicing has become mainstream. Juicing is the easiest way to consume the recommended four to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
Fun fact: Juicing is believed to date back to 150 BC. In the 1930s, Dr. Norman Walker invented the world's first living juicer - known as the Mac Daddy of all juicers (and the one you will find at the Organique Juice Bar).
Unique for: Cold-pressed juices made fresh every morning, juice cleanse programs and home-made almond milk smoothies and superfood smoothies made to order.
Concept: Healthy beverages with the best ingredients that keep it simple.
Signature Drink: Banana Buttercup Smoothie includes home-made almond milk, banana, almond butter, dates, hemp protein, cacao powder (raw, unprocessed) and cinnamon.
Menu: All of the ingredients are organic and fairly traded and the produce is from within a 100 km of Streetsville. Gill is also working towards using non-GMO certified ingredients where possible.
What's the Hype? Organique Juice Bar's cold-pressed juices are unpasteurized, organic, raw and alive. The process of juicing is a slow and methodical one that involves squeezing fruits and veggies using hydraulic pressure. Cold-pressed juices are made fresh daily and the entire process takes about 20 minutes per juice. There is very little heat during the process, which helps maintain more nutrients than blending. When blending, the spinning of the blade creates friction and heat and depletes nutrients.
What to Try: "Rise & Shine" for a refreshing wakeup call. It includes home-made almond milk, cold-brewed coffee, banana, almond butter, dates and cacao powder.According to Gill, cold-brewing coffee is a method to prepare coffee without heat. The process involves putting ground coffee in cold water for 24 hours to extract the coffee, flavour and caffeine without heat. The process also eliminates the bitter aftertaste and produces less acidity than hot-brewed coffee.
Why Mississauga?: It's Gill's hometown.
What's Up and Coming? Sandwiches, salads, a new website and online ordering for doorstep delivery