Juicing has been central to the diets of fitness fanatics and A-listers for years. Queen Bey opts for a lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper concoction, while Gwyneth Paltrow owes her near zero percent body fat to green juices. But which cold pressed blends are the stars of our local market? Hannah Hodson selects five of the best.
Best cold pressed juices in HK
Lucky Strike, $78 - available at Catch Juicery
The brainchild of two friends based on opposite coasts of America, Catch Juicery promotes healthy living without compromising taste. Every aspect of the brand is painstakingly considered. Ingredients are sourced from a variety of organic farms around the world and glass bottles are used to reduce the company’s carbon footprint.
Our ultimate favourite is the Lucky Strike, a delicious blend of pineapple, grapefruit, red apple, lime, lemon, camu camu and chia seeds. Though not exactly a feast for the eyes when floating around the bottle, the chia seeds provide a rich source of magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium – vital for keeping your immune system in tip-top shape. G/F, 67 Wellington St, Central, 2567 3677; catchjuicery.com.
Green Dream, $60 - available at Genie Juicery
Born out of the kitchens of best friends Cara McIlroy and Melanie Barnish, Genie Juicery is a serious player in Hong Kong’s health scene after just five years. As certified health coaches from New York’s Institute for Integrative Nutrition, McIlroy and Barnish know a thing or two about what makes a solid juice. Top pick, though, is the Green Dream. What it lacks in sweetness, it makes up for in health benefits. It's a mix of coconut water – great for hydration – with cucumber, celery, spinach and aloe vera, which are guaranteed to clear your skin and make your hair shine. Did we mention it’s only 60 calories? Shop 2096B, Podium, 2/F, IFC mall, Central, 8 Finance St, 2803 0369; geniejuicery.com.
Home may be the newest kid on the health food block, but it’s far from green around the ears. (Aside from all the spirulina and kale, of course.) Stepping in where fast food has failed, the two-floor veggie joint occupies what was once a Burger King, serving up delicious irony.
They have five organic cold pressed juices on their menu but the one to tickle our taste buds is Golden. Along with green apple, the juice is stuffed full of turmeric, ginger and cayenne peppers, which along with lending the juice a spicy kick are great for upping the body's metabolism and reducing inflammation.
Reset, $55 - available at Mr Green Juice)
Fresh on the scene in 2014, Mr Green Juice has entered the health movement with a bang. The eco-friendly brand sources the majority of its organic ingredients from farmers in the New Territories and donates or composts all their waste. Juices can be purchased from a number of vendors, but our go-to outlet has to be the brand’s vintage VW camper van, Henri, who rolls up to various spots around the city.
Out of their nine delicious blends, it’s the Reset that keeps us coming back. A mixture of kale, apple, ginger, lemon, romaine, spinach, cucumber, celery and parsley, it’s packed with green goodness brought to life by the zingy flavours of ginger and lemon. 12/F, The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan; mrgreenjuice.com.
Royal Flush, $70 - available at Nood Food
With 17 outlets around the city, from Mong Kok to Quarry Bay, Nood are always close by to give you a boost during the day. Part of health and fitness mega brand Pure, the professionals behind Nood are dedicated to targeting individuals’ specific needs, with drinks separated into six different categories – Balance Me, Energise Me, Hydrate Me, Satisfy Me, Nourish Me and Restore Me.
There are 30 different juices in this range, but best is the Royal Flush, a bright red veggie-based drink chock-full of goodness. The drink blends together beetroot – awesome for flushing out unwanted toxins – carrot, celery, cucumber, lemon and turmeric. Altogether, it’s a winning hand. 2/F, Kinwick Ctr,
32 Hollywood Rd, Central, 8199 8189; allnood.com.