Juice Your Way to a Healthier Life

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Kala Luna Juicery and Yoga, which opened in Huntington Village on June 22, is well on its way to becoming the town’s latest hot spot.

“The community absolutely loves it,” says manager and yoga instructor Rebecca Dresner. “People have been waiting for a place like this to open. It has been much needed in this area, and everything we have here is organic. We have a lot of gluten-free products as well.”

The benefits of cold-pressed juice are even greater than what you can make at home with a blade machine. Because it does not run through a blade, the juice never gets warm, therefore it has a 3-5 day shelf life. The enzymes are not broken down, and there is no added sugar. There are more vitamins and minerals, as well as higher fiber and protein.

Kala Luna Juicery offers juices, smoothies, acai bowls and light bites: salads, sandwiches, soups, hummus and raw energy balls made from gluten-free oats, peanut butter, chia, coconut, cacao and honey. All the meals are made daily by well-known Huntington chef, Nino Antuzzi, owner of Red, Sapsuckers and Osteria da Nino. Chef Nino serves as an advisor to Kala Luna as well.

As for the juices, you can make your own juice cocktail at the juice bar, where you have 12 cold-pressed juices to choose from. You can also choose from Kala Luna’s own recipes. Their most popular is the pineapple express made of pineapple, watermelon, apple, kale and ginger. I happened to try this one, and it was delicious. I have to admit, I have never tried a juice product like this before. Other popular juices are the electric green, made from kale, apple, ginger and celery, and the anguria tea, made from watermelon, mint tea and ginger.

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Smoothies are made from whole food; you are getting more proteins because it’s concentrated. Some good ones to try are the coco banana which is banana, cacao and peanut butter, or the margarita which is spinach, orange, mango and lime.

The acai bowls are like a thicker smoothie. Acai, from the Amazon, is considered a super food — an antioxidant — so it’s good for you. Choose from three combinations and then a topping like granola, nuts, chocolate covered coconut or chia seeds.

“Nothing is wasted here,” says Dresner. “The leftover carrot pulp is used to make carrot bread. The kale and spinach pulp is used to make ravioli. We also make different kinds of gazpacho and sorbets, so everything is used.”

Many other products are available such as teas and pure coconut water, as well as protein bars, flours and packaged kale chips.

While you’re there, check out their fantastic yoga space. Several different types of yoga and classes are offered. Start the day off right with a yoga class followed by a delicious, healthy drink.

Kala Luna Juicery and Yoga is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., from 9 a.m.– 3 p.m. Saturdays, and until noon on Sundays.

 

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