Boardman’s Orange Avocado Juicery makes a speciality of vegan and gluten-free juice, smoothies and grab-and-go meals that put a wholesome twist on traditional favorites, like chia seed pudding, cashew coconut cheesecake and avocado cacao mousse.
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BOARDMAN — For 5 years, Orange Avocado Juicery has provided vegan and gluten-free juice, smoothies and grab-and-go meals that put a wholesome twist on traditional favorites, like chia seed pudding, cashew coconut cheesecake and avocado cacao mousse.
The eatery, 1393 Boardman-Canfield Highway, is most identified for a rotating menu of natural fresh-pressed juices made every day. Widespread juices embody the “Orange Avocado,” made out of orange, avocado and apple; “Chlorophyll,” made with celery, spinach, kale and lemon; and “Midnight Lemonade,” made out of watermelon, lemon and activated charcoal.
“Smoothies and smoothie bowls are at all times actually widespread [too], particularly within the summertime,” Pepe Parrish, co-owner of Orange Avocado stated. “The entire idea is sweet vitamin — quick. Every part we make there may be at all times able to go.”
One other aspect of Orange Avocado is their juice cleanses, throughout which an individual solely consumes fresh-pressed fruit and vegetable juices for a quick interval. Juice cleanses intention to “reset and cleanse your physique and get you again on observe for a more healthy way of life.”
“We attempt to ask individuals what their targets are [with the juice cleanse and] why they’re doing it,” Parrish stated. “A full juice cleanse will likely be like six juices a day and no stable meals or you are able to do a light-weight cleanse the place you drink 4 juices a day and you continue to eat uncooked fruit and veggies.”
“Then there’s at all times a query of what number of days you wish to do it, lots of people will do a full juice cleanse for sooner or later, and then you definitely’ll get people who wish to do like a full week of a light-weight cleanse,” he added. “They could get completely different outcomes or take it slightly simpler for slightly longer. It simply type of will depend on what individuals are searching for personally.”
Based on Parrish, as a result of the juices are fresh-pressed, they do not have a really lengthy shelf life. So it’s greatest for patrons to present a number of days’ discover in the event that they’re contemplating a juice cleanse to permit for preparation.
Laurie Chamoun, proprietor at Aladdin’s Eatery, and Parrish, worker and supervisor of Aladdin’s for 12 years, opened Orange Avocado in 2016. The duo seen a rising curiosity in Aladdin’s recent juices and numerous gluten-free and vegan menu objects on the restaurant, particularly Parrish’s gluten free and vegan cookies, however wished an area devoted to the initiative.
“I do not suppose when it did occur that we had been essentially planning on doing it, however the excellent area got here up,” Parrish stated. “So when the area that we’re in now got here accessible, we type of simply took it as an indication to leap on it and roll with it. “
For Chamoun and Parrish alike, the mission was private.
Orange Avocado opened the identical 12 months Chamoun’s father was identified with most cancers.
“Laurie, who had expertise with juicing at her household’s Aladdin’s restaurant, started concocting blends to offer her dad with the vitamin he wanted. In the long run, he considerably outlived docs predictions, and Laurie had a brand new mission,” according to their website.
[Laurie’s father’s diagnosis] was undoubtedly an enormous inspiration. Simply utilizing vitamin as drugs and occupied with the purity of what you are placing in your physique,” Parrish stated. “There’s three to 5 kilos of natural produce per bottle of juice. So, lots of occasions if you happen to’re having a tough time even simply getting sufficient vitamin in your every day weight-reduction plan, juice is at all times a great way to type of up no matter vitamin you are searching for.”
Parrish, who’d already been residing a vegan way of life at that time, wished to fulfill a rising curiosity in gluten-free and vegan meals choices within the Mahoning Valley.
“I undoubtedly knew that we type of had a small area of interest neighborhood so there was a void there to fill. So I wasn’t shocked that we might have a cult following proper off the bat. However I suppose I’m continually shocked that we continue to grow and an increasing number of individuals are fascinated with, even when they are not totally vegan or gluten free, simply searching for more healthy choices typically,” Parrish stated.
Lately, Orange Avocado has collaborated with native companies. At the moment, Frequent Items Studios carries an unique Orange Avocado juice creation made with lemon, pineapple, strawberry and apple juice, Aladdin’s Eatery Boardman and Pittsburgh areas carry Orange Avocado cheesecakes and Generations Cafe in Columbiana and Department Avenue Espresso Roasters carry Orange Avocado cookies as properly.
“We attempt to have good relationships with all these guys,” Parrish stated. “It is simply it makes life much more enjoyable when you will have pals which can be alongside for the experience.”
Parrish stated Orange Avocado is keen to renew appearances at native markets, fleas and different occasions that had been canceled final 12 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of now, the juicery is within the course of of making new juice, smoothie and deal with recipes for their rotating menu.