Earthy Eats

Fresh squeezed juice has a cult following on the South Shore. And, no, we’re not talking about Tropicana. Ingredients like kale, ginger and wheatgrass are being embraced not only by foodies and trendsetters, but also by average Joes looking for healthy, sippable meal replacements. While libations are at the core of juice bars, a few local businesses have kicked it up a notch and added solid food options to their lineup. Here are two of our favorite spots and the nutritious dishes they offer.

By: Colby Radomski • Photography by Kjeld Mahoney

The Green Light 


If you think The Green Light is just your average juice bar, think again. Owned by passionate vegans David O’Brien and Rosangela Parsons, The Green Light classifies itself as more of a vegan wellness center focused on empowering clients to achieve optimal health. They specialize in churning out high-quality, nutrient-dense juices and smoothies free from added sugars or water, detoxifying green juice cleanses (including an in-house blend of probiotic drinks) and raw snacks for people on the go like homemade, GMO-free organic granola and individually wrapped snack packs of cacao nibs. Responding to the demand for more vegan fare, The Green Light  expanded its raw offerings to include a well-rounded lunch menu, featuring wholesome veggie wraps, fresh salads (think rainbow salads with kale, peppers, sprouts and chickpeas and creamy cashew dressing), homemade soups and Mediterranean-inspired side dishes available à la carte. For dessert, visitors can sink their teeth into decadent chocolate and coconut cream truffles made in-house.

In addition to healthy food, O’Brien and Parsons serve up health advice and knowledge by way of monthly seminars and raw food classes to those curious about juicing and adopting a more vegan lifestyle. The classes, which are held at The Green Light’s state-of-the-art kitchen in Marshfield, teach guests a variety of raw cooking skills and recipes, including how to grow your own wheatgrass and sunflower sprouts, make fresh almond milk, dehydrate vegetables and how to make vegan pizza.

The Green Light
1 Pleasant St., Cohasset
285 Saint George St., Duxbury
35 Station St., Hingham
1179 Ocean St., Marshfield
808 Washington St., Pembroke


Lido Juice


As the first juice bar to open on the South Shore, Lido Juice helped spearhead the local juice movement. With three locations in Cohasset, Hingham and now a “Lido Express” juice bar in Kingston, owners Brian Murphy and Stephen Johnson are on a mission to transform their clients’ health one sip at a time with fresh all-organic juices, holistic cleanses and some seriously delicious vegan grub.

“It feels good that we were the first to open a juice bar and now we’re the first to be all-organic in this area,” Murphy says. “And if it means that others [juice bars] move in the same direction, that’s good for everybody, too!”

Sourcing the majority of their organic produce locally from Fruit Center Marketplace in Hingham, Lido is committed to serving high-quality products. Their health-centered menu includes juices with names like “The Village Green” (kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, parsley or cilantro, Fuji apple, ginger root and Himalaya sea salt), “Splendor in the Grass” (romaine, celery, parsley, green apple and ginger root) and “Bela Lugosi” (beet, carrot, green apple and ginger root), light fare and grab-and-go items (think chia seed pudding and dehydrated kale chips with crispy garlic), and heartier options like rice bowls (try the wild rice with kimchi and roasted marinated broccoli) and colorful superfood bowls chock full of nutritious ingredients like spirulina, goji berries and plant-based protein like hemp seed.

Lido Juice
103 Ripley Rd., Cohasset
60 South St., Hingham
186 Summer St., Kingston
(at the Kingsbury Club & Spa)


Make Your Own at Home


Lunch Date Bowl
Courtesy of Lido Juice

Makes one serving

Ingredients

Base:

  • 4 strawberries
  • ½ banana
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla protein
  • 2 dates
  • 1
    tsp. vanilla bean extract
  • 6 oz. almond milk

Toppings:

  • ½ banana
  • 1 kiwi, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. pomegranate seeds
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest

Blend base ingredients in blender, until smooth. Transfer to bowl of choice and arrange toppings
as desired. Enjoy!


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