Get the squeeze on Boston’s raw juice scene

The Ripe Stuff uses a hydraulic press and a juicer to remove all fiber from fruit and vegetables, allowing nutrients to go directly into the bloodstream. PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO
The Ripe Stuff uses a hydraulic press and a juicer to remove all fiber from fruit and vegetables, allowing nutrients to go directly into the bloodstream. PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO

Last week, Boston juicer Rebecca Ferrel stopped by Metro to hand-deliver a box of 18 colorful 16-ounce juices – 60 pounds worth of fresh produce.

“You will miss chewing, but you shouldn’t be hungry. It’s definitely a lot of liquid; you’re going to be full,” she said, handing this reporter her first-ever three-day juice cleanse.

The 26-year-old Massachusetts native spent a few years in New York City before moving back to the Bay State. While living in the Big Apple Ferrel had no shortage of juice, but as she settled into her new Boston life she noticed something was missing.

“I thought, ‘Where is the juice scene?’ It’s huge in New York.”  So in 2011, she opened The Ripe Stuff, a Boston-based juice cleanse company.

“I’d say more people around Boston are realizing the health benefits. After we were open six months business really started to pick up,” she said.

A raw juice cleanse gives the digestive system a chance to relax, which lets the body focus entirely on detoxification. Since juicers remove all fiber from the fruit and vegetables, nutrients go directly into the bloodstream, feeding the body’s cells immediately.

Ferrel’s juice company offers one, two and three-day cleanses for $60, $120 and $170 consecutively. Each day, cleansers are required to drink six of the 16-ounce bottles, along with a good amount of water.

Some popular raw juicing ingredients include kale, spinach, romaine, celery, cucumber, lemon, green apple, ginger, pineapple, mint, carrots, oranges, beets and, a nutritional powerhouse, wheat grass.

Those interested in weight loss can also benefit from a juice cleanse. Ferrel said most of her clients notice a weight loss of about 3 to 10 pounds with each cleanse; I lost a total of 7.

While some die-hard juice lovers take on cleanses that last up to 60-days, Boston nutritionist Dr. Judith Mabel recommends shorter cleanses.

“If you go along with it for too long your body’s going to say, ‘Where’s the protein? Its in your muscles. Go get some,’ and will start drawing protein out of your muscles,” Mabel said.

My first two days were a blend of horrid withdrawal headaches, spurts of wild energy, sudden fatigue, excellent sleep and, to my delight, very little hunger. The third day was the smoothest – my body felt still, my skin was glowing and my mind was clear.

One thing is certain – I can’t wait to juice myself again, and it seems I’m not alone.

“We have a lot of repeat clients, and I do four or five cleanses per year,” Ferrel said. “It really brings awareness to your dietary habits.”

Bostonians can also pick up raw juice à la carte at the following locations:

Juice (Backbay) $4.95-$8.95 per juice
Bee’s Knees Supply Co. (Fort Point) $4.50 for a beet/carrot juice.
E.t.c Juicery (North End) $65 for a 6-pack of 16 oz. juices
Trident Books Café (Newbury Street) $4.75
570 Market (South End) $4.95 – $6.95
Mother Juice, new a mobile truck (Boston Public Library, Milk and Kilby Streets) $5.95-$6.95

Follow Morgan Rousseau on Twitter: @MetroMorgan
Follow Metro Boston on Twitter: @MetroBOS



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

At 91, Marvel creator Stan Lee continues to…

By Piya Sinha-RoyLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Marvel Entertainment's chief emeritus Stan Lee may be in his ninth decade, but it hasn't stopped him from adding…

National

Islamic State says beheads U.S. journalist, holds another

Islamic State insurgents released a video purportedly showing the beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley, who had gone missing in Syria nearly two years ago.

Local

VIDEO: NYPD seeks shooter in East New York…

Cops are on the lookout for an unknown shooter who aimed and missed hitting a man on a bicycle, instead nearly striking a nearby officer in East New York.

Local

NYS state forces thrift shops comply with ban…

Nine New York City thrift shops were reprimanded by the state attorney general for selling children's clothes with drawstrings around the neck and waist.

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 11,…

Caleb's not a ghost. Spencer might still be an attempted murderer. And Hanna's going to die next week. In other words, we actually got some…

Movies

At 91, Marvel creator Stan Lee continues to…

Marvel Entertainment's Stan Lee is adding outposts to his creative empire to interest a new generation of children in super heroes of all shapes and sizes.

Television

Mira Sorvino explores immortality on 'Intruders'

Mira Sorvino's new show "Intruders" centers around a secret society that achieves immortality by taking over the bodies of other people.

Television

5 things you need to know about new…

"Doctor Who" returns Saturday with a new star, Peter Capaldi. Here's some things to know about him (mainly his turn as sweary spin doctor Malcolm Tucker).

MLB

Shane Greene travels unlikely road to Yankees stardom

Shane Greene was throwing a bullpen session on a quiet field at Daytona Beach Community College one day when the ball started moving.

NFL

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL…

2014 Fantasy Football: Rankings, list of top NFL tight ends (TE)

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Angels supplant A's, Nationals climb

MLB Power Rankings: Angels supplant A's, Nationals climb

NFL

David Wilson returns to triple jump, sets sights…

Giants fans know David Wilson can jump. They are just more used to seeing him go for backflips, not distance.

Style

11 timeless gifts for registries or just because

Gifts to prove you're a style maven once and for all.

Parenting

How everyday moments can inspire kids' creativity

"The Artist's Way for Parents" author Julia Cameron gives advice on how parents and children can be creative together.

Tech

How to stay safe online

Stop worrying about keeping your online passwords safe, and start worrying about keeping your username a secret. Actually, worry about both. According to Shaun Murphy…

Tech

OpenTable now lets you pay your bill via…

The restaurant app OpenTable added the ability to pay your bill (and tip) with your phone, thus cutting back on a few dining annoyances.