Healing juices for injured athletes

Imagine a community collaboration where healthy juices prepared with local, farm fresh produce paid for by a local business owner provide healing nutrition to athletes recovering from a major sports injury.

SEASONAL SMALL BATCH JUICE COLLAB from HighFivesFoundation on Vimeo.

The local nonprofit organizations, The Tahoe Food Hub and High Fives Foundation, and The Mill Juice Shop have teamed up to make a difference in numerous peoples lives.

“Bill Kelly of Kelly Brothers Painting called me and wanted to discuss some ideas he had. We met outside The Mill Juice Shop. The light bulb went on. Bill said, what if we provide juice for the athletes?” explains Roy Tuscany, executive director of High Fives Foundation. Kelly is co-founder and board president of The Tahoe Food Hub.

“It’s very dynamic how many people are involved and beyond that how it supports the athletes’ health and healing while supporting our local farmers.”  

– Susie Sutphin, Tahoe Food Hub

021116-Juice_MillJuicesKelly Brothers provides the financial support to purchase the produce from the Tahoe Food Hub, which delivers it to the Mill Juice Shop, who donate their time and prepare the healthy, cold-pressed juices.

“It’s a win-win for everyone involved. It’s very dynamic how many people are involved and beyond that how it supports the athletes’ health and healing while supporting our local farmers,” says Susie Sutphin, executive director of The Tahoe Food Hub.

All food is sourced within a 150-mile radius of Lake Tahoe. The produce is seasonal and local with lots of citrus and leafy greens at this time of year.

“We have an average of 8 to 12 athletes in the facility per week and without Bill Kelly this would never of happened,” explains Tuscany.

The fresh juices add another component to the healing process for the athletes. Juices are made every Monday and Wednesday for the High Fives athletes.

The first batch of cold-pressed juice was prepared with organic mandarin oranges, sunflower greens, apples and grapefruits by Megan Petrilla and Ben Wolcott, owners of The Mill.

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The Mill Juice Shop owners Ben Wolcott and Megan Petrilla are donating their time to prepare the healthy, cold-pressed juices.

The Mill juices are made by a cold-pressed juice process that uses pressure to extract the juice while preserving its vitamins, enzymes, trace minerals and overall nutrients, but without generating heat from a blade in a normal juicer. Heat can alter enzymes and change chemical components of the nutrients. The Mill Juice Shop’s juice is organic and non-GMO.

The Mill Juice Shop located at 10825 Pioneer Trail in Truckee. For more information, visit themilljuiceshop.com. For more information about The Tahoe Food Hub visit, tahoefoodhub.org. For more information about High Fives Foundation, visit highfivesfoundation.org.

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Priya Hutner
Priya Hutner is a writer, personal chef and meditation teacher. She writes feature articles about music, art, food and recreation. Priya loves to immerse in story. Whether jumping from a plane, eating obscure foods or hitting the Tahoe-Reno music scene, she is always up for adventure and experience. Having moved to the mountains from Sebastian, Fla., she embraces the Tahoe lifestyle and loves to ski, hike, paddle and swim. Priya is the owner of the Seasoned Sage, a business that prepares organic meals and facilitates workshops that promote a health-conscious lifestyle. She is currently writing a memoir about her experience living on an ashram and working on a series of cookbooks. | priya@tahoethisweek.com