GLENVIEW — Should anyone question the nutritional value of her juices, Mingle Juice Bar Co-Owner Dr. Leslie Mendoza Temple could honestly say: “Trust me: I’m a doctor.”
But Mendoza Temple, a Highland Park resident and medical director of NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Integrative Medicine Program at the Park Center in Glenview, understands that juicing might not jive with everyone; she doesn’t believe in treating any type of food or ingredient as the end-all, be-all, anyway.
She believes that moderation is the key to a healthy lifestyle, and that juicing is just a nice way to complement that.
“I like to follow the 80-20 rule: 80 percent of your time should be on the straight-and-narrow and 20 percent should be allowing yourself moderate indulgence,” Mendoza Temple said.
That’s why she and fellow Highland Park resident Kim King opened Mingle Juice Bar at The Glen Town Center, 1830 Tower Drive, on July 9—an endeavor that had been about two years in the making.
The idea came up when King began sharing some of her juice recipes with Mendoza Temple for a detox, or a cleanse, they were doing together. Mendoza Temple was surprised at how delicious something so nutritional could be. And so, the idea for Mingle Juice Bar was born.
Those who don’t enjoy eating fresh fruits and vegetables regularly, or just aren’t good at adding them to their diet, seem to benefit more from juicing than those who do because they can combine them in a way that’s more palatable than eating them in their raw form. That’s according to the Mayo Clinic, too.
“I felt that a juice bar would augment what I do as a physician, which is to change lifestyles to help people get healthier,” Mendoza Temple said. “I just think that having a green juice every day is good for everybody, unless you have a certain condition where you can’t have many greens.”
More than juices, Mingle Juice Bar serves bubble drinks, smoothies and unique items like Acai bowls, chia pudding and gluten-free baked goods.
Mendoza Temple is a unique kind of business owner because, as a doctor, her biggest priority is the health of her customers. Profitability is ultimately important, as it is with any business, but Mendoza Temple has lowered her prices in a way where it might be difficult for her to turn a profit for a while.
“I want people to make a habit of it and make the price point such that it is reasonable,” Mendoza Temple said. “Our cold, fresh juices are $7 for a 16-ounce bottle, while in the city it’s around $9 and up.”
Her prices may change after a while, she said, but she’s hoping that more people catch on to juicing at Mingle so she won’t have to. Economies of scale—or a decreased cost per unit of output as production increases to meet a high demand for the product—is the idea here.
She’s happy that many people are able to juice at home, but knows that it’s not easy to keep up that routine. The shopping and planning can become burdensome after a while. Convenience is the key, and that’s what she hopes to capitalize on.
For more information about Mingle Juice Bar, visit www.minglejuicebar.com