DINING FEATURE I Love Juice Bar Franklin eatery oers healthy options to kick o the New Year A common resolution for many is to eat healthier in the New Year, and I Love Juice Bar in downtown Franklin has been helping people add more nutrition into their diets for over six years. Franklin owner Jason Collins opened the Franklin location in 2015 shortly after his friends John and Vui Hunt founded the company in Nashville. The eatery’s recipes were developed by Vui, who has a background in vegan and Vietnamese cooking. I Love Juice Bar oers a wide variety of smooth- ies and juices made fresh daily. Collins said popular juice avors include the Orange You Glad, made with fresh carrots, pineapple, apple, lemon, ginger and mint; and We Got the Beet, made with beets, carrots, apple, ginger and lemon. He said people are often surprised when trying juices and smoothies with vegetables, as they usually expect them to taste dierently. “We taste them every day. We’ll make a batch and taste them to make sure the avor prole is bal- anced,” Collins said. “Vui’s genius is balance, so she’s really good at taking something as strong as beet and balancing it with something like lemon and carrot.” The eatery also oers a food menu with seasonal items, including soups, salads, acai bowls, fruit cups, spring rolls and other grab-and-go items. Collins said the menu is also expected to add some new items in the new year. Collins said the juice bar has expanded its delivery and to-go options by working with multiple delivery services. The eatery has added a new refrigerated area for grab-and-go meals for another no-contact option and also oers curbside pickup. I Love Juice Bar also oers juice “resets,” during which individuals can order up to six juices to help give their digestive systems rest, especially after a holiday season with heavy foods. The reset program includes juices with ingredients like kale, ginger and probiotics. “The thing that juicing does is we’ve broken down all the nutrients and extracted them from the fruits and vegetables, so when you drink them—when you just drink the nutrients—your stomach doesn’t have to spend a lot of time digesting,” Collins said. Customers can also add shots, or additional juices, like wheat grass, ginger and cayenne and turmeric to their order. Collins said what he enjoys most is helping customers nd menu items they like and food that will help them feel good. “We really pride ourselves in high-quality food and high-quality service,” he said. “When people come in, they’ll say, ‘What’s good for an upset stomach?’ What other restaurant can you go in and do that? It’s a more personal experience.” BY WENDY STURGES
ACTIVE INGREDIENTS According to I Love Juice Bar, certain ingredients can have health benets. Ginger: Can help reduce nausea and indigestion Celery: Can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure Lemon: Can help support cell renewal Beets: Can help regulate blood pressure and improve digestion Carrots: Can help support eye health and reduce inammation Kale: High in vitamins and minerals
I Love Juice Bar in downtown Franklin oers fresh juices, smoothies, bowls, soups and other healthy grab-and-go items. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
I Love Juice Bar 1 232 Fifth Ave. N., Franklin 615-656-1144 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.- 6:30 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Owner Jason Collins (center) opened the location in 2015. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
2 5040 Carothers Parkway, Ste. 105, Franklin 615-538-5982 Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-3 p.m., closed Sun.
In addition to juice, the menu also oers seasonal items, such as soups. (Wendy Sturges/Community Impact Newspaper)
3 128 Pewitt Drive, Brentwood 615-669-5412 Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. daily www.ilovejuicebar.com
Smoothies ($6 and up) are made to order and feature fresh fruits and vegetables. (Courtesy I Love Juice Bar)
FRANKLIN BRENTWOOD EDITION • JANUARY 2021
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