We’ve all seen the freakshakes – the dairy-based concoctions sugared up to the nines and piled high with whole doughnuts, tarts, dribbles of chocolate sauce and lashings of whipped cream. But let’s take it back to basics with smoothies – or not so basic depending on where you go. Not content to simply blend up a few fruit and veg, cafés are constantly trying to one-up each other on the superfoods they can jam into a smoothie (just wait until you scroll down to Shoku Iku) and the bright colours they can create.
Now that you've started your health kick, peruse our wrap-up of Melbourne's best tea specialists and comforting hot chocolates. If you're after something a bit more substantial, check out our run-down of the city's best breakfasts.
This chocolaty smoothie from Elwood café Combi tastes so naughty but is actually very good for you. Nourish your body with this blended concoction that reads like a superfood dictionary, it contains raw cacao, cacao nibs, berries, coconut flesh, cinnamon, banana, raw chocolate fermented protein powder, housemade nut milk.
You’ll be feeling light as a feather after Nutrition Bar's simple Clean and Green smoothie – which includes the refreshing combination of spinach, mint, parsley, lemon, cucumber, celery, ginger, coconut water. Definitely a solid recovery number if you're in need of some liquid TLC. The açai bowl is also a good go-to if you're after a protein kick.
This $25 smoothie from vegan eatery Shoku Iku has so many superfoods blitzed in it might even add years onto your life. The hefty list of ingredients includes: coconut water, coconut meat, berries, hemp, cacao nibs, goji berry, ashwagandha, astragalus, MSM, camu camu, fulvic acid, reishi, maca, marine phytoplankton, mega hydrate, vanilla, lakanto. We don’t know how to pronounce half those things either, but they sound healthy enough.
If you’re hankering for a healthy beverage in the CBD, chances are your best bet is the old faithful Tropicana Juice and Food Bar. The South American smoothie is more a juice than a smoothie, but it claims it to leave you with a natural high for 4.5 hours (the ingredients are topsecret but we’re sure it’s a very legal high).