Juicing has taken on a life of its own. Once upon a time we would have been happy with a good old-fashioned freshly squeezed OJ and if you were really looking to be super healthy, you’d slug back some wheatgrass (which—be honest now—we don’t really drink because the delicious flavour. That is unless you like freshly mown lawn clipping). Juicing has become a popular trend. In 2015, Nutribullets were selling every 30 seconds in the lead up to Christmas, as we all jumped on the juice cleanse bandwagon. While there’s nothing like fresh juice, there’s also nothing like having to clean up and the effort of peeling and chopping for what—a half a cup of juice? So, these days it seems we’re leaving it to the professionals. Cue: Juice bars popping up everywhere. We don’t mind a good juice now and again, so we cruised Sydney to source out the best and most unusual juice bars.
Super healthy juices pop up on the menu at O superfood in Bondi Junction. If you’re looking for a boost to your day, you’re likely to find it here. There’s juice to energise, give your immune system a kick, purify, detox and satisfy. On the juice menu is some more unusual ingredients such as Camu camu—an extremely tart berry, similar to a large cherry but ground down into a powder. It’s believed to increase energy, be high in antioxidants and stimulates your immune system. It's usually fused with other juices to disguise the exceptionally tart taste.
Our pick: SATISFY pineapple, beetroot, apple, spirulina, aloe vera
Location: Shop 6, 310-330 Oxford Street Bondi Junction
It’s hard not to want to order the cold-pressed juices solely based on the names. “I’ll have a Popeye and a pocket rocket please!” Cali Press is great because if you can’t pop in and visit, you can get them to deliver juice cartons or special juice cleanses to your door. All juices are 100% raw and organic. If you’re looking for a juice to help ease that hangover from a big night out, you can’t go passed Recovery Lemonade—filtered water, lemon, raw sugarcane, activated charcoal and Bentonite Clay. Activated charcoal is a renowned detox and is popular for use in the hospital for poisons which have been swallowed. Bentonite clay has been found to support digestion and neutralise bacteria and has a very chalky taste. Not really one you drink for pleasure.
Our pick: Orange, carrot, pineapple, green apple, lemon. Rich in antioxidants and a natural immune booster.
Location: There are several Cali Press locations throughout Sydney, Bondi Beach, Surry Hills, Coogee, Bronte and Double Bay.
Each juice is broken down into fats, carbs, protein and calories. Again, there are some creative juice names on the menu. Sex Me UP is a combination of Passionfruit, apple and ginger, while the Heartbeet is an unusual concoction of beetroot, avocado, banana, pineapple and apple.
Our pick: Hell of a nerve which features strawberry, elderflower and banana.
Location: There are six locations in Sydney—Northpoint in North Sydney, Bangaroo and Pitt Streets in the CBD, Potts Point and two at the airport.
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