— August 19, 2014 —
One of our favourite shopping destinations in Hong Kong, ifc mall, has become even more exciting with the addition of Genie Juicery, a juice bar founded by celebrity model slash TV host, Cara G Mcilroy, and her best friend, Melanie White, with an aim to promote their shared passion for healthy living. With 26 different juices, smoothies, nut milks and protein shakes as well as a range of healthy snacks on offer, the new Genie Juicery has become a hot spot for those looking for a convenient detox solution to give their busy lifestyle a much needed healthy boost.
We chatted with co-founder, Cara G, to get the scoop on the benefits of juicing and a few tips on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Melanie and Cara are the perfect ambassadors for Genie Juicery. Look at their glowing skin and naturally beautiful aura!
ES: Many people turn to juicing as a slimming solution, what's your thoughts with regards?
Cara: At Genie Juicery, we don’t like to promote juicing as a slimming solution. Cleansing is a great way to kick start a healthy lifestyle or get you back on track after an indulgent period. Of course all of our juices are packed full of fresh and wholesome fruits and vegetables, making them a better alternative to drinks found on most shelves in Hong Kong.
A healthy metabolism is key to slimming down. Our electrolyte drink – Pink Panther - is the perfect hydrating drink for summer. Its low in calories and gets your metabolism pumping.
From Left: PINK PANTHER- low calorie drink perfect for summer, BO-YO - super good smoothie, GEISHA - nut milk with matcha green tea powder and chia seeds, ORANG UTAN - orange and carrot juice with a kick
ES: What are some of the most popular juices from the menu?
Cara: BO-YO – a super food smoothie. It's full of antioxidants and the coconut water is great for electrolyte balance. A great breakfast alternative as its filling and easy to grab and go. GEISHA– our nut milk with matcha green tea powder and chia seeds. It is our version of bubble tea! We use teapigs green tea – the best on the market; Matcha equals to 10 cups of green tea which helps boost metabolism and burns fat! ORANG UTAN – our orange and carrot juice with a little turmeric kick! Turmeric reduces the risk of cancer; it is also a strong anti-inflammatory and aids in liver detoxification. Orange lowers blood pressure and is a disease fighting antioxidant. And finally carrot is great for vision and helps those with unfavourable skins problems.
ES: Fashion week is fast approaching which means a lot of us in the industry will be on the road for weeks and will need to stay focused and energized. Can you offer us some tips on how to keep to a clean diet while travelling? Is there specific food that will help keep us energized while on the road?
Cara: It's not always easy to eat well whilst travelling which is why it is always important to be prepared before you leave! Stock up on healthy snacks that you can reach for as a healthy alternative. Trying to eat real, wholesome foods as much as possible is a must. Supplements are also a great addition to your travel bag. We have our own range in our ifc store now and they are great for adding to your morning green juice or water!
ES: What are some of the most common bad eating/lifestyle habits you have noticed in Hong Kong? How can a juice cleanse help rectify these bad habits?
Cara: The general Hong Kong population lead a fast and hectic lifestyle, which in turn, can lead to poor food and health choices. Sitting down for a home cooked meal is rare. We live in a culture of eating out which means overly processed foods sneak into our diets. Australians (both Cara and Melanie were born and raised down under and now call Hong Kong home) lead a more laid back lifestyle. They take the time to buy fresh produce and enjoy the act of cooking at home and sitting down to a family meal. Eating out is saved for special occasions.
Juices cleansing can help eliminate toxins that accumulate through processed foods, pollutants and other environmental factors. Our bodies rarely get the opportunity to fully detox so cleansing helps give your digestive system a rest and allows your body to detox as it is designed to do!