“Does anyone still make New Year’s resolutions anymore?” I wondered silently to myself on the way to the gym recently. The question answered itself. Upon arriving, said gym was packed. People were running, jumping, ascending, pulling, pushing, stretching, and gyrating everywhere the eyes looked. I was seeing the New Year’s resolution in action. It’s not dead. Oh, no. The resolution is very much alive.
Well, for all you who haven’t yet, it’s time to add eating healthier to the list of sacrosanct commitments you’ve made to being a better you this year. A good place to start would be LF Juice in Lake Forest, where the proprietors don’t eat vegetables anymore. Instead, they ingest them—whirring 40 pounds of produce together at a time and breaking it down into nutrient-rich, cold pressed, handcrafted juice.
To hear Annemarie Ranallo and Laura Rukavina talk, you’d think they were speaking about wine. They throw out words like “robust”, “sweeter”, and “pressed”. But what they’re talking about is their wide variety of freshly made juices, served inside their storefront in the Donati’s Pizza courtyard.
Made in an industrial juicer, one glass, according to Ranallo and Rukavina, delivers two to three pounds of produce—more than a couple large salads—that exceeds a person’s daily minimum requirement. Each product is made with healthy, organic ingredients. None of which contain extra water, artificial additives or preservatives typically found in other beverages.
“We’re really picky about our juice,” said Rukavina. A mother of three—Ranallo has four kids—the two had been friends since college and lived close by each other in Lake Forest with their families. They had been experimenting with juices for a while before deciding to go into business together last November.
Their mission is simple: serve delicious, healthy pressed juices that customers will want to return to week after week. That’s all thanks to the tremendous pressure exerted by their juice press, which completely extracts the natural fruit sugars, vitamins, trace minerals, enzymes, and other vital elements. While their menu also includes smoothies, Acai bowls, protein, super shakes, and specialty drinks—as well as gluten free lunch options.
On their first purchase, customers make a deposit on an LF Juice bottle; one they can bring back again and again and receive a discount every time—good for the environment and for the pocketbook. An easy way to make a resolution worth sticking to.
LF Juice is located at 950 North Western Avenue in Lake Forest. Call 847-235-2090 for more information or find them online at lfjuice.com.
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