Recent years have seen a massive surge in the popularity of juices and smoothies – with Nutribullet sales pretty much going from zero to a gazillion in 4 years alone.
But what are the health benefits of these drinks (if any)? Well, we tottled off to The Counter House in Ancoats, who boasts a packed menu of freshly pressed juices, smoothies and even some rather nifty health shots. Here’s what we discovered…
Pear, apple, spinach, cucumber, celery, fennel, lime
With an abundance of magnesium, iron, vitamins A, C & B2, the Green God is especially good at reducing inflammation and supporting digestion, as well as promoting healthy blood pressure and metabolism.
Apple, carrot, beetroot, kale, cucumber, celery, ginger, lemon
Rich in fibre, vitamin K and potassium, The Allotment helps lower cholesterol as well as blood pressure. Loaded with powerful antioxidants it’s also anti-inflammatory.
Pineapple, pear, acai, fennel, lime, probiotics
High in powerful antioxidants and vitamin C, Gut Love is pretty clear in what it does – featuring healthy bacteria that helps your immune and digestive systems. It’ll improve cholesterol levels as well.
Carrot, apple, lemon, ginger
Rich in fibre, vitamin K and potassium, Day One will help improve eye health, and with lots of vitamin C it’s also great for hydration and your skin.
Things That Comfort
Almond milk, banana, live yoghurt, peanut butter, goji berries, vanilla bean, cinnamon, chia seeds
A highly nutritious blend that’s rich in vitamin D, potassium, fibre, protein and antioxidants. It’ll improve your energy levels and the cinnamon helps lower blood sugar levels too.
Avocado, pineapple, spinach, kale, cucumber, lime
Great for bone strength, eye health, digestion and immune system support, Invincible is packed with iron, potassium and vitamins K, D and C.
Coconut water, banana, acai, kale, coconut, lime, agave, flax seeds
Highly hydrating, Rehab is a good source of electrolytes and contains high-quality proteins which will sort your head out after a night out on the lash. It’s loaded with antioxidants to boost brain function and helps reduce blood pressure and fight diabetes.
Cold brew coffee, coconut milk, cacao nibs, vanilla bean, maple syrup
An energising and mood enhancing smoothie that helps improve brain function and concentration with its antioxidants, potassium, iron and magnesium.
Ginger, turmeric, black pepper, lemon, echinacea
Possessing anti-depressive qualities and aiding in the production of white blood cells to fight infections, Cold Killer is great for joint health and your immune system. It’ll help improve recovery from illness and soreness.
Activated charcoal, aloe vera, lemon, Himalayan salt
Aids kidney health by filtering out toxins and drugs by balancing systemic pH levels. Reduces muscle cramps by improving mineral status and hydration of the body – perfect for your skin and oral health.
Apple cider vinegar, horseradish, oregano oil, ginger, lemon, cayenne
High in acetic acid, the Whiskey Shot kills many types of harmful bacteria by alkalizing the body. It’ll boost metabolism, supress hunger and is great for digestion and blood circulation.
The Grass is Greener
Wheatgrass, spirulina, fennel, lime
High in nutrients and antioxidants, this shot aids blood sugar regulation and promotes weight loss. Packed full of vitamins and minerals, the selenium helps protect cells and tissues from damage and is great for bone health.
The Counter House, 35 Blossom Street, Manchester, M4 6AJ