Go green this winter

Sarah Harrison

Green smoothies have taken off in cafes around Melbourne offering a good dose of fibre and nutrients in one quick, convenient hit. With each smoothie averaging between 200 and 350 calories (a cronut will give you around 1000) your future summer bod will thank you for it. Here’s our blend of green smoothies around town, all with their own unique style and offerings.

Best value - Bagel Works

The raw superfood smoothies at Bagel Works on Little Collins St are thick, hearty and generous. The Greenie ($7.90) comes with kale, spinach, cucumber, banana, dates, Brazil nuts and water – usually with a few gojis sprinkled on top for good measure. It’s a cosy, warm space for a spot of work or friendly catch up and has what must be one of the best priced and value-for-money smoothies in town.

Most creative - T-Roy Browns

Our Banana Alley resident caffeinator has added wholefood smoothies to his bow with a focus on raw, non-dairy and superfoods.

There are a few ways to go green here: banana, mango, lime, mint, spinach and almond milk; peanut butter, banana, spinach, whey protein, yoghurt and almond milk; or, kale, spinach, banana, raspberries, dates and almond milk (our favourite). That said, design your own is also highly encouraged at T-Roy Browns.

$8.50 a pop and $1 extra for a ‘life booster’ of acai, chia, bee pollen or matcha.

The prettiest - Hunters’ Roots

A relatively new café, Hunters' Roots has called on their organic food and fitness backgrounds to dish up a range of healthy options in The Archway on Flinders Lane. The green smoothie is refreshing and creamy all at once with a beautiful sprinkle of coconut over the top. Enjoy a blend of kale, cos, pineapple, banana, coconut water, coconut yoghurt and raw, fermented rice protein for $10.50 as you soak up the Scandi fit out. Maybe squeeze in a raw foods caramel slice for guilt free indulgence.

The fastest - Pressed Juices

Not just a pretty face for cold pressed, Pressed Juices also has a range of pre-bottled smoothies blended fresh and ready to grab 'n' go.

Their Smooth Clarity ($8.50) is super zesty and very fibrous with kiwifruit, grape, spinach, cucumber, silverbeet and alkaline water. Smooth Energy ($9.50) comes with coconut water, pineapple, banana, lettuce, cucumber, kale, avocado, lime. Find them down Howey Place or on Collins St.

With other green smoothies at Cupp on Collins, Five Plus Smoothies and Green Press, there’s no excuse not to go green this winter. Think of your toes!

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