Juicing has become a popular new health trend. In doing our research we came across a local juicing business called Irene’s Dream Juice Bar from Fort Myers. So we conducted an interview with Irene to better explain what she does and the benefits of juicing.
Introduce yourself and explain what Irene’s Dream Juices do?
Hello my name is Irene and I am the owner of Irene’s Dream. We offer Organic, Cold Pressed juices, smoothies, and elixirs to the local community. We are convenient so we deliver to your home or office.
What made you become passionate about juicing and health?
My dad inspired me to look into juicing and eating a better diet. My dad was diagnosed with Cancer back in 2015 and I did my research on juicing. I read so many studies on how patients beat cancer with juicing and a plant based diet plan. Unfortunately, my dad passed away back in 2016 but his experience gave fueled me to help others in our community and soon around the world.
What are some of the health benefits of juicing?
Juicing is beneficial to your lifestyle. With just one juice a day you are helping out your body. We live in such a toxic environment from our food, air, and water. Juicing offers many life-enhancing health benefits including a faster, more efficient way to absorb immune boosting nutrients naturally found in fruits and vegetables. It provides a way to access digestive enzymes typically locked away in the fiber matrix of whole fruits and vegetables. Freshly juiced fruits and vegetables are loaded with an abundance of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
Drinking fresh juice can help us adopt healthier eating patterns. It give you more energy, a brighter mind, and makes you feel simply amazing.
How long do your juices last and where do you source your fruit/veggies from?
At Irene’s Dream we use a slow juicer and our juices can last up to 3 days. We teamed up with a local farmer from Alva, Florida where we get all of our produce. She uses no GMOs or pesticides and is mainly organic.
Would you say there are an optimal number of ingredients to make up the perfect juice?
It takes a lot of practice to make the perfect juice. It took me about 3 months to come up with my recipes playing around with the ingredients. I first looked up the benefits of each vegetable and fruit and from there I combined them. It can go very wrong if you add to much or too little fruits or veggies. My goal was to combine 80% vegetables and 20% fruits but keep the taste great and it sure does!
What is your most popular flavor? What is your personal favorite?
Good questions! My most popular juice is “Faith” (Carrots, Beet, Orange, Lemon) and smoothie “Be Kind” (Strawberry, Pineapple, Mango, Banana, and Coconut Water. My personal favorites are “Man Up” ( Kale, Cucumber, Celery, Cilantro, Apple, Lemon, Spinach) and smoothie “Patience” ( Flax Milk, Maca Powder, Chai Powder, Cinnamon, Oatmeal and Dates)
How often do you recommend a juice cleanse?
At Irene’s Dream we offer 1-3 day juice cleanse or more days are available too. It’s a great way to reset your body and give your digestive system a break. Therefore, we recommend doing a juice cleanse once a month.
How can people order your product?
Do you partake in any events around SWFL, Farmers Markets etc.?
Yes, we are at Millennial’s Vegan Food Truck Ralley once a month and working on our storefront at the moment. Our main focus is delivery service.