The Edible Word: The Squeeze Juice Bar

Founder: Karliin Brooks
Twitter:  @TheSqueezeNY

At The Squeeze juice bar in New York City, owner Karliin Brooks has found the recipe to success that sets The Squeeze apart from other juice bars in the area. The secret is variety, and lots of it. Not only does The Squeeze offer tons of different smoothies and juices, but they offer vegan comfort food that tastes so good you’ll forget that it’s healthy.

What started out as a food truck has now expanded into four locations: one in Bushwick and three in Manhattan. We had the opportunity to meet with Brooks at the Gansevoort Market location and were amazed by the large menu which has items that are all vegan, GMO-free, and 100% cruelty free.

Some of the items we tried were the “moc & cheese”, philly cheesesteak empanada, and PB & J smoothie. The moc & cheese is one of the most popular items at The Squeeze and is made with quinoa and corn pasta and raw cashew cheese. There’s a reason why this item is ordered so often- it’s absolutely delicious. The cashew cheese that is in the moc and cheese is also used in the philly cheesesteak empanada. However, don’t be fooled by the name- there isn’t actually steak. Instead, Portobello mushrooms are used to provide the meaty, hearty flavor.

We were shocked at how much the PB & J smoothie actually tasted like a PB & J sandwich. The recipe consists of alkaline water, raspberries, strawberries, peanut butter, dates, maca, hemp powder, and Himalayan salt. This can be a great meal substitute especially for vegans since hemp and peanut butter are great sources of protein. Maca is known to have tons of benefits including calcium, iron, amino acids and vitamins B, C, and E.

Of course we couldn’t visit a juice bar without trying some juices. All of the options sounded yummy but I went with “Get Your Juices Flowing” which was made up of apple, ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon. The cinnamon added a nice kick of flavor while still harmoniously combining with the other health-beneficial ingredients.

It’s highly recommended to check out The Squeeze, but if you’re too busy to make it to one of their locations, you may be in luck. Fresh Direct now offers The Squeeze products so you can get it right to your door.