Column: A do-it-yourself guide to health juices


From big-box stores to gyms, fruit and vegetable “health” juices seem to be available nearly everywhere.

Some concoctions purport to give consumers more energy without caffeine. Others promise to help boost your immune system. Some simply provide a hearty dose of antioxidants.

Steve Siegelwaks, who owns Green Earth Grocery in Riverhead, has been selling fresh juices since his downtown shop opened in 1980.

“Fresh, certified organic produce is so nourishing and potentially detoxifying,” he said. “It’s wonderful, tasty and just the best of the best.”

Paula DiDonato, owner of The Giving Room yoga studio in Southold, opened a juice bar there business in 2013.

“Juicing is an amazing way to unlock the minerals, vitamins and proteins in whole fruits, vegetables and nuts,” she said. “When you make fresh juice a part of your daily routine, you have increased energy, a better complexion, experience fewer aches and pains and have a stronger immune system.”

If you own a juicer, you can make the same juices Green Earth and The Giving Room sell. Click on the tab below to find out how to concoct the best beverage for your needs. Note: All recipes yield 16 ounces.

Photo caption: Assorted fresh juices at The Giving Room in Southold. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)