Smoothies are an excellent way to get your daily allowance of fruits and vegetables and depending on what’s included in them, they have a number of health benefits.
Smoothies made with ingredients such as apple, kefir, acidophilus yoghurt, fennel seeds, acacia powder and cucumber are great for aiding digestion.
Much of the food we eat today is filled with harsh chemicals. Smoothies are a good way to give the body a break from these, and by adding ingredients such as dandelion greens and kale, a smoothie can aid your body’s detoxification process.
A smoothie can provide your body with the nutrients it needs to excel during athletic competition, and recover and rebuild after working out. It’s easier for your body to absorb and assimilate the nutrients in a smoothie as opposed to a meal.
Simple smoothies bursting with with carotenoid-rich produce like kale, spinach and carrots offer the skin a radiant glow and help the skin appear smoother and more supple.
Smoothies can offer an instant energy boost that’s far healthier than a sugar-loaded energy drink, especially when powered by ingredients such as matcha, honey, cayenne and almonds.
So we’ve established that smoothies can be great for you, but where can you find Sydney’s best smoothies? Slurp your way through some of our favourites, accumulate the recommended 150 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier you…
The glass counter at Fruition is bursting with fresh fruit and vegetables, and by choosing up to 12 of your favourites, you can create the smoothie of your dreams from as little as $5.70. Choices include favourites such as mango, blueberries, kale and cucumber, as well as not-so-common ingredients like pawpaw and honey melon. If you don’t feel like coming up with your own concoction, let the team come up with it for you.
Specialising in fresh cold-pressed raw juice, Joostice also makes dairy-free smoothies using locally sourced fruit and veg. With plenty of ingredients to choose from, including raw honey and their own almond milk (made by hand), there are plenty of delicious combinations available. Plus, buying your juice from Joostice also means you’re supporting a not-for-profit business that is helping fund public interest journalism.
This tiny gem that sits amongst the clubs and high street stores of Oxford Street packs a lot of punch, serving what has to be the best banana smoothie in Sydney. Made to your liking on yoghurt or ice cream, their Boom Banana Smoothie combines egg, nutmeg, and of course plenty of banana. It’s also home to a cracker of a chicken schnitzel sandwich.
When the corner deli shut its doors after 50 years, Marrickville locals weren’t too pleased that a stylish new cafe, Illy Hill, was put in its place. That was until they tried the incredible food and delicious smoothies on offer, including a non-dairy green smoothie that’s slightly sweet and a whole lot of yum. The interior feels homely yet uncluttered thanks to the owner’s background in furniture dealing, and provides the perfect setting for a healthy snack post-workout.
Melonhead is a family-run business and the number one spot in Coogee for healthy food and drinks. Their extensive range of fruits and vegetables are on display and all produce is hand-picked and delivered daily from nearby markets. Melonhead is famous for their amazing fresh fruit salad, together with their delicious smoothies such as their Acai, Blueberry and Banana Smoothie ($9).
This guilt-free grocery store and cafe has been a long-time favourite of Inner West residents, having opened up nearly two decades ago. About Life’s sugar-free smoothies are based on almond milk and include ingredients such as acai, chia, cacao, aloe vera, and maqui berry.
Opened by raw chef Julie Mitsios, Earth to Table cafe consists of a communal dining area with a paved garden and delivers a raw, vegan experience that defies the stereotypes surrounding organic food. Their ‘Give Me Power’ green smoothie has garnered a cult-like following, and will not only tantalise your tastebuds, but will fuel you with energy to kick-start your day thanks to kale, bok choy, spinach, cucumber, banana and mint.
Promising to be “positively life changing”, Pressed Juices smoothies will have you glowing from the inside out. Favourites include the Clarity Smoothie – alkaline water, kiwifruit, grape, spinach, cucumber and silverbeet – and the Smooth Indulgence – hazelnut milk, avocado, coconut nectar, raw cacao, vanilla bean and peppermint essential oil.
Smoothie-lovers are spoilt for choice at Whole Meal Cafe, the brainchild of a professional gymnast, health nut and personal trainer. The endless list of healthy ingredients used include maca, cacao, tahini, coconut oil, chia and acai, and many of their smoothies are blended with alkaline water. Our favourites include the Orange Tang – made with pineapple, orange, lemon and passionfruit – and the Green Power – which combines pear, spinach, cucumber, avocado, almond meal and cinnamon.
Inside Fitness Playground at Surry Hills lives Fuel Nutrition – a health cafe with one of the most creative smoothie menus going round. With healthy versions of "Snickers", "Mint Slice" and "Banana Split”, all made with raw natural ingredients and a protein base, you’ll be able to fuel or recover from your workout in the most delicious way.