By Em Chan, Statesman Journal
Down the corridors of the 45th Parallel building, the industrial metal and neutral-toned interior lends itself to many small offices. But in the far back, one space is bright orange, with one wall decorated with faux straw texture, shelves and containers of juice. This pop of brightly colored juice paradise is Teja Juice Company, owned by a Latina aunt and niece duo.
For Belen Lopez-Delgado and her aunt, Eva Lara Lopez − also an owner of Paloma’s Taqueria − improving people’s health was the root of the idea.
To Good Health
“We went into it with different ideas, but one of the biggest was that I was seeing the lack of fruits and vegetables in our diets,” Belen said. “What better way to make things more fun and fresh than to juice them?”
The Lopezes knew of the benefits of juice early on, as the benefits they reaped from daily consumption were also one of the reasons they chose juice specifically.
Eva said she feels better after she has one, especially after a recent surgery left her unable to eat solid food during recovery. The option of having a healthy and nutritious juice was helpful for her recovery, she said.
Belen also said her mom and other family and friends have said they feel better as well, and had no idea juice could be so beneficial when so many on the market are sugary and have additives like colors, preservatives and the like.
Teja’s juices consist of fruits and vegetables and are inspired by the aguas naturales, which is roughly translated to Mexican freshwater, Belen explained. Other products to come soon include smoothies, smoothie bowls and palettas Mexicanas (Mexican popsicles), which will become available on a rolling basis as the weather warms.
Click here to read the full article on Statesman Journal.