By Jenny Wagner
Beaver County Times, Pa.
It might be hard for some people to think of red beets as a treat, but by combining them with organic cacao, sweet strawberries and other ingredients in a cold-pressed juice, Meg Grimes is hoping she can change their minds.
That particular juice, a deep reddish pink one, is known as “Bloody Valentine,” and is one of Grimes’ favorite recipes.
“I think it tastes like a chocolate-covered strawberry,” she said.
The 26-year-old owner and operator of Herban Touch Juice Lab has been making and selling juices at a few local businesses since May. But on Tuesday, she will open the doors to the new home of Herban Touch at 439 Third St. in Beaver, located on the second floor of the rear entrance.
Grimes, a Beaver County native, started juicing fruits and vegetables for herself at home about five years ago to get more nutrient density in her diet. About three years ago, she got a better cold-press juicer as a Christmas gift and immediately noticed benefits such as clearer skin and more energy, she said.
“I feel like a lot of our farming techniques in the U.S. now just suck all of the nutrients out of our food,” Grimes said. “I truly believe that we can get everything we need from our food if we know how to process it, which is why I think juicing is such a great thing because you can get all of the nutrients that you should be able to get from lesser produce, from say, another country, or without pesticides.”
While juicing has become increasingly popular in recent years, Grimes said it’s much easier to have someone do it for you.
“It’s kind of my whole business model. I started it because I was juicing for myself and I was like, it’s kind of a pain in the butt to do it for one person, and it’s not much more of a pain in the butt to do it for 300,” she said. “It takes more time but it’s pretty much the same amount of mess.”