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Small Business Spotlight: SOL BEAN JUICE BAR & KITCHEN

This blog series showcases local businesses whose views, objectives, mission, and products align with Ativo’s approach to health. We believe that by taking action and being intentional with your nutrition, hydration, recovery and fitness, you can live a balanced and sustainable lifestyle in pursuit of your goals. Sol Bean Juice Bar & Kitchen is located at 221 South Main Street in Middleton, serving high quality and nutrient dense organic fare including quinoa bowls, salads, smoothies, cold-pressed juices, and sandwiches.


In today’s modern world, most people walk around not feeling that great. Chances are the average person is either a little sluggish, tired, depressed, anxious, or dealing with chronic aches and pains. Many will chalk this up to getting older, stress at work, sleepless nights with kids, or perhaps a flare up from a previous injury. 

Could it be one of those things? Of course, and it very well might be. But there’s an even better chance that you feel lousy because of what you’re eating. 

Danielle Panneton is the owner of Sol Bean Juice Bar & Kitchen, and she will be the first to tell you that when you don’t feel well, something is out of balance. Years ago, Danielle was a very active, 26-year-old skier and runner when she was overcome with all-encompassing, whole-body pain. The agony became so unbearable she was forced walk with a cane, and after being poked and prodded by countless doctors at Mass General, Danielle was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease.

Unable to work, her immune system had no fight left. Doctors recommended a treatment plan that included years of pills and aggressive medication with endless side-effects, offering just moderate relief. This option was unacceptable.


Instead, Danielle turned to food. After studying the benefits of juicing with super foods such as wheat grass, kale, and spirulina (among countless others), things began to change.


Her pain started to dissipate, and she was back on her feet. The nutrient dense food she was eating rejuvenated her immune system and mitigated much of the pain caused by her diagnosis. By nourishing her body with proper nutrition, she was able to venture back into fitness with yoga and water therapy, while emphasizing recovery with meditation and mindfulness practices.


At the time her diet would be described by many as unique, or just plain “weird,” so her options were limited at best (in the early 2000’s stores like Whole Foods were few and far between). Danielle eventually returned to work, but only after she found a local restaurant near her office that accommodated her nutritional needs.


Soon after returning to work at 30 years old, Danielle made a bold jump to normalize healthy eating and left her job to share her passion with others. 


Sol Bean was launched in 2006 to be the bridge that connects mainstream eating with the pinnacle of healthy eating. All the items on the menu are created to leave you feeling full but also energized, using only the highest quality ingredients available. 


Just about everything you see on the menu today is created in their own kitchen, right down to homemade peanut butter, salad dressings, and “nice” cream. This total control over the production process ensures the highest quality ingredients and avoids all unnecessary additives. 


It is these additives, preservatives, and unnatural ingredients that- when eaten in excess- taxes your body, makes you sluggish, tired, depressed, and will ultimately lead to weight gain and other ailments. Knowing this, you can rest assured then when you order from Sol Bean, you will be left feeling full, satisfied, and energized to take on your day. 


Sol Bean is now making eating healthy simpler than ever with a new “grab and go” station. Inside the store just to your left, the quick access fridge is stocked with portion controlled and travel ready bowls, salads, cold-pressed juices, ginger and elderberry health shots, snacks, and much more. Whether you are in a rush or simply need something for later, this service is exactly what you have been looking for.


Although Danielle is listed as the owner, she owes the success to her team. When Sol Bean opened in 2006, she was still dealing with a good deal of pain and discomfort and relied on the employees to get the store up and running. Considering the events of the last two years, today the team in the kitchen and behind the counter have become even more valuable in delivering healthy food to their customers when they have needed it the most.


We are very fortunate to have such a high-quality food option here in Middleton. When you really need something to eat that aligns with your health and fitness goals, Sol Bean is located just 5 minutes away, right down the street from Ativo.

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