I can already hear Chapel Street shoppers rejoicing “hallelujah” at the opening of Green Cup – an exciting new addition to Melbourne’s famous shopping precinct for those in need of nourishment while pounding the pavements.
Our prayers have been answered by husband and wife duo Simon and Nat Guest.
Green smoothies have been part of Nat’s daily routine since discovering how good they made her feel five years ago. Simon, meanwhile was getting sick all the time. After eventually seeing the sense in his wife’s smoothie sipping ritual not only has he not looked back, but such is the difference they’ve made to his health, he’s taken a leap of faith, winding up his resources recruitment business to bring Green Cup to life.
The couple have created a menu of 15 smoothies, all of which have been given the seal of approval by Melbourne nutritionist Bannie Williams (aka The Healthy Ingredient).
The signature smoothie is the nutrient loaded Green Cup – with banana, kale, spinach, strawberries,mesquite, blueberries, chia, date, parsley, flax oil, spirulina and coconut water. There’s also 7 other green smoothies and 7 super smoothies to choose from.
I too am a big green smoothie fan but but prefer making my own because often the ones I buy have more water and ice than they do green goodness. That’s not the case with Green Cup – Nat and Simon have their smoothie formula down pat. They’re clean tasting, not too sugary and loaded with goodness – or in Nat’s words, “filled with positivity”.
Confused about benefits of smoothies versus juices? Your body needs fibre, protein and fat in order to absorb all the nutrients, making smoothies the way to go for maximum health benefits as they contain the whole fruit or vegetable rather than just the juice.
In addition to their delicious range of smoothies, there’s acai bowls, smashed avo on seeded bread with chilli or chia, and raw balls and slices. Okay so this is a big call I know, but it’s one I’m gonna stand by… the smashed avo is the best I’ve ever tasted, it really is seasoned to perfection. And the love that’s gone into making Nat’s raw treats is evident at the first bite.
Do yourself a favour and pay Nat and Simon a visit next time you’re in need of a nutrient hit.
593 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Mon to Fri 7:30am – 4:00pm
Sat 8:30am – 4:00pm
Sun 9:00am – 4:00pm