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Published 31st May 2014
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It’s the trend that actually does you good. Juices and smoothies packed with superfoods and antioxidants are the perfect shortcuts for those looking to detox or just add a healthy hit to their daily diet. We seek out the tastiest and most virtuous juices in Greenwich
Whether you’re keen to get in your five-a-day or just want a zingy pick-me-up for breakfast or lunch, there are plenty of opportunities to down some freshly squeezed and crushed juices in Greenwich.
Over 20 different juices are on offer from MyDetoxDiet, which has just opened at 20 College Approach opposite Greenwich Market.
In fact, juice is a serious business at the shop, with multiple ingredients packed into every drink. Its ‘Super Green’ blend includes celery, spinach, broccoli, lime and apple; a fibre-rich drink teams carrot, apple, ginger and cayenne pepper, while a raw superfood choice has beetroot, celery, parsley, cucumber and tomato.
Unusually, customers calling in for a juice can expect a consultation. “Our cleansers are tailor-made for the individual. We cater for every allergy, every symptom, like wheat-free and gluten-free. They are made in our kitchens and are delivered fresh every morning,” says co-owner Ilona Wesle.
“If you are doing a cleanse you should use as much veg as you can,” adds Wesle’s business partner Susanne Kolner, but, she explains, vegetable juices can be sweetened with a little fruit. The shop also sells fruit drinks, which harness the antioxidant properties of berries.
The company claims its products can help invigorate your digestive system, flush out toxins, rid you of sluggishness and bloating, perk up complexions and even boost self-confidence.
MyDetoxDiet has been selling healthy food and drink online since 2006, originally also arranging spa trips to the founders’ native Germany. It has also provided spa treatments in a health-food shop in Bloomsbury, but this is the first time it’s had its own retail premises. The Greenwich move was logical, says Kolner, as the company’s kitchens are in Charlton, “and we love Greenwich, and there are so many people on the streets there, we thought it was a good opportunity”.
Besides juices, the shop offers supplements and allergy-friendly food. Healthy takeaway lunches with seasonal ingredients sourced from southeast England include salads, soups and vegetable stews devised by Ilona’s father – a Michelin-starred chef who also trains MyDetoxDiet kitchen staff.
There are also four treatment rooms above the shop, the setting for spa, beauty and detox treatments, including wraps, colonic hydrotherapy and manicures, facials and waxing.
Borough Market fruit and veg stalwart Turnips has a sandwich bar and café in Greenwich Market, with freshly blended drinks a highlight.
As well as salads, sandwiches and winter soups making use of fresh veg, a rainbow of freshly made juices and smoothies will be on offer at the café. The regular 15 varieties include orange and mango; carrot, orange and lemon; apple and cranberry; apple and pomegranate and watermelon juice, plus various smoothies made from seasonal fruit – the De Vigne peach from France was a hit this summer.
“Greenwich is a great market and it’s been running for years. We’ve been at Borough for years, so it seemed like a great location to go to,” says Turnips staff member Camilla Canty-Shepherd.
The business, which also trades at the Real Food Market at the Southbank, prides itself on using the finest-quality, predominantly British ingredients. Its suppliers include Brogdale Farm in Kent, a ‘living gene bank’ of over 4,000 varieties of apples, pears, plums, cherries, quinces, berries and more.
Founded by Fred and Caroline Foster around 15 years ago, the business’s name was born from a link between vegetables and Fred’s love of football – England Manager Graham Taylor having been dubbed ‘Turniphead’ by the press at the time. It began as an entirely wholesale outfit, catering for some of London’s top restaurants. It attracted the attention of Jamie Oliver in its early days at Borough Market and is used to meeting the challenging demands of Michelin-starred chefs.
020 8305 0415
Other juicy Greenwich shops and eateries
Greenlands Health Food Shop
14 Greenwich Market
020 8293 9176
Staff highly recommend immunity-boosting Tahitian Noni Juice. Greenlands also sells wheatgrass shots, pomegranate and carrot juices, and beetroot juice
(an athletes’ favourite).
The Green Café
285 Greenwich High Road
020 8305 0799
Sells organic orange juice, freshly squeezed before your eyes, and bought-in strawberry and banana smoothies.
Tai Won Mein
39–41 Greenwich Church Street
020 8858 1668
The popular noodle bar’s freshly whizzed juices include orange, apple and carrot.
The Creaky Shed
20 Royal Hill
020 8269 0333
Stocks Chegworth Valley hand-pressed juices from Kent, featuring apple and apple-based blends.
17–19 Nelson Road
020 3667 7087
Fresh juices and mocktails, including the raspberry, passion fruit, lemon and cranberry Berry Blast at this informal restaurant.