Bluffton's new Juice Hive definitely buzz-worthy

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With one of Bluffton's most successful restaurants, The Cottage, just blocks away, you might think owner Leslie Rohland had her hands full.

Recognizing a community need and growing awareness about food and healthy eating, she said she also wanted to "offer a vehicle for people to experience that choice."

At The Juice Hive and Health Emporium at 14 Johnston Way in Bluffton Village, Rohland and her staff abide by the same principles that make her other restaurant, bakery and presence at the Bluffton Farmers Market a landmark destination. "Everything is made from scratch, handled and processed correctly, out of the freshest ingredients we can find," she said. "I wanted to address full nutrition on all levels - food, drink, supplements and natural products."

Based on nutritionists' belief that a diet rich in raw and other "live" foods can improve, promote and preserve good health, the Juice Hive's cold-pressed organic juices are made with "the biggest, baddest juicer in Bluffton."

The small batches in 16 oz. bottles often sell out and include Beet Smart, See the Bee (carrots), and Bee Tox (spinach, kale, cucumber, apple, celery), $6.50 to $8.50. Twelve-ounce fresh cold-pressed juices are $6, and customers are encouraged to create their own.

More than a dozen super-food smoothies on the menu promise to revive, restore and rev you up. Using a heady combination of fruits and-or vegetables that can be "boosted" with antioxidants, fiber, protein powders, vitamins, minerals and other natural ingredients, then blended with almond or coconut milk, they are a satisfying meal in a cup, $6.25 for 12 ounces, $10.25 for 20 ounces.

The Juice Hive is a delightful spot to have breakfast ($8 to $10) or lunch ($6 to $12) outside at bistro tables under the Bluffton Village arches. Homemade buckwheat waffles, soups, wraps and insanely big salads chock full of innovative ingredients are attractively presented and delicious.

Zany Zucchini Zoodles, $12, feature zucchini spirals, cherry tomatoes, avocado, edamame and peas tossed with feta in a Mediterranean vinaigrette.

Earth Bowls, also $12, combine four ancient grains and a blend of six heirloom beans, mixed with greens, nuts and seeds for a crazy-healthy dish that can be prepared vegan friendly and gluten free.

As if all this goodness isn't enough, in the Health Emporium next door is where Zac Moore will guide you through the selection of supplements, super foods, local honey, health and beauty products, and organic beers and wine.

The Juice Hive is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Freelance writer Pam Gallagher was a copy editor at USA Today and a staff writer and fashion editor for the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press.

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