Apr 3, 2019
It seems like out of nowhere, eating healthy has suddenly become
trendy. People like to talk about eating Organic and Non-GMO foods.
It's funny because our grandparents and ancestors did this for
years, yet somehow, it's come onto the scene as this trendy, new
concept. Regardless, our guest today wanted to make clean, healthy
food more accessible. Join us as we speak with Kat Eckles, the
founder of Clean Juice.
Things You Don't Want To Miss:
Meet Today's Guest.
- 1:08 - Kat Eckles is the founder of Clean Juice. It's the only USDA certified
organic juice bar in the country. She joins us to discuss how her
homemade smoothies and juices inspired the idea of opening a juice
bar in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Kat 101.
- 2:30 - Kat is a mom of five, and she wants to create a healthy
home for her children. As a young mom, she researched healthy
foods, looking for ways to make green smoothies a bit tastier. She
quickly discovered you could disguise the taste of spinach in a
smoothie by adding a banana and some blueberries. What started as a
way to make nutritious meals for her children became a business
when she and her husband decided it was time for a career change.
They moved to Charlotte and started Clean Juice in 2014.
Origins Of Clean Juice.
- 6:45 - Kat lived in suburban Pennsylvania, and while she
enjoyed making smoothies and juices at home, she realized there
weren't many healthy options for the general public. Most play
dates ended at fast food jaunts, and she wanted to create healthier
options for other families.
Turning A Hobby Into A Business.
- 8:30 - Kat attributes much of her success to her faith. She
believes God provided her family with the right opportunity at the
right time. She also credits her husband and his business acumen.
The two of them worked together leveraging their savings in order
to get the credit off the ground. They tried to keep things simple
as they got started. The fruit came from Costco, and the staff came
from local churches and youth groups.
Rooted In Faith.
- 12:19 - Clean Juice puts faith at the forefront of its
business. Scripture decorates cups, bowls, and other branded
materials. Kat says she committed her family to faith when she
moved back to North Carolina. She saw how God was able to hold her
family together, and she wants to incorporate that into her
Expanding The Business.
- 16:40 - As soon as Clean Juice opened its doors, customers
wanted to know where they could find others. They'd always wanted
to open 10 Clean Juice franchises in Charlotte, and they quickly
decided other communities needed access to healthy food as well.
Today, Clean Juice has 56 stores in thirteen states. They hope to
be in more than twenty states by the end of 2019.
Partnering With Burn.
- 21:49 - Clean Juice shares a unique partnership with Burn Boot Camp, which also started
near Charlotte, North Carolina. Both businesses care about health
and wellness, and they regularly collaborate and share business
Since When Did Healthy Eating Become A
- 23:55 - When did eating fruits and vegetables become a trend?
They've always been good for our bodies, so it's hard to imagine
healthy eating becoming a "one hit wonder." While it might not be
realistic to only drink clean juices and smoothies, a fast or juice
cleanse can work wonders for your body as you seek to create a
healthy lifestyle and prevent various diseases.
Defining The New Vision.
- 32:41 - In Charlotte, there's tremendous income gap between
underprivileged and wealthier families. Certain families don't have
access to healthy foods, and Clean Juice wants to shift that
paradigm. The new foundation will work to create opportunities for
kids in schools to eat healthy at home.
Getting To Know Our Guest:
- 36:24 - Kat shares everything from her favorite acai bowl to
what she's most grateful for today.
A Memorable Moment:
"God always brings beauty from the ashes. We want an opportunity
to share Jesus' love and show what an impact He's had on our lives
and what he can do for others."
- Kat Eckles
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