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March 12, 2015

How to… apologise to your body for festival season

It's festival season, so all you've done for the last three weeks is see shows then dance, drink and eat food truck food at 3am. It's time to apologise to your body and ward off that incoming illness with some real nutrition - here's our tips on where to go when you can't keep on going.

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  • Words: Tiarne Cook
  • Juice Lovers photos (#1 - 5): Josie Withers
  • Raw & Real photos (#6 - 10): Jonathan van der Knapp

All of those long nights spent dancing under the stars, the endless pimms jugs, late night sideshows and that final scramble to get a burger in your mouth before bed, really will take a toll on your body. It’s time to say sorry to yourself. Swap that large latte for a green smoothie, and add an extra shot of spirulina for good measure. CityMag has chosen two top spots that will get you and your body back on track.

Juice Lovers Juicery


34 Regent Arcade, Adelaide

Open Mon – Fri 8am – 4pm

FYI – Juice Lovers make their own almond milk with locally sourced Willunga almonds and Mt Lofty mineral water.

Take a detour through Regent Arcade and discover a quaint little lunch destination, perfect for a quick takeaway fix of your daily two and five.

Welcome to Juice Lovers Juicery the (relatively) new kid on the Regent Arcade block, helmed by Monica Watts and Manuel Parez of Veggie Velo fame. This little hub of nutritional goodness has an array of specially designed cold pressed juices and smoothies, as well as salads, sweets and raw treats.

The small shop front, once a tired, run down Billy Baxter’s, has undergone a dramatic transformation. There has been a real move away from its pre-existing  generic, franchised look to something more personalised, more homely.

It’s also clear to any passerby that there is a real focus on sourcing locally-grown, certified organic, chemical-free produce, as well as things that are in season.

Owner Monica Watts says at Juice Lovers most things on offer are vegan, with a large range of gluten-free, sugar-free and alkalizing options too.

“We’re noticing people are a lot more interested in healthy food. People are really starting to recognize that they are able to heal themselves with food.”

With so many ailments about at this time of year and so many remedies available here, it makes the decision a challenging one. Be sure to ask the friendly staff for a recommendation.

For a sniffly nose they may suggest the ‘C Bomb’, a combination cold-pressed ruby grapefruit, lemon, orange and silvanberry, packed with vitamin C. While a sore stomach might call for ‘The Elixir’, a ‘short’ concentrated dose of ginger, apple and ruby grapefruit.

Raw + Real Cold-Pressed Juicery and Kitchen


20 James Place, Adelaide

Open Mon-Fri 7:30am – 4:45pm

FYI – Raw + Real slow cook their Angus beef in-house daily.

It’s quite difficult to wander down James Place and miss Raw + Real Cold-pressed Juicery and Kitchen, with its ‘pin art’ inspired signage and its custom-made macramé pineapple hangers – this place has serious style.

A collaboration between design genius Georgie Shepherd and Voice graphic designs, Raw + Real is all about fresh, raw and real (as the name suggests).

Not necessarily subscribing to any one dietary label, this place offers a range of Cold-pressed juices, dairy free ‘blends’ and healthy lunch options.

Owner Niki Karamalis says the idea came from her own struggle to source fresh, delicious, real food that didn’t contain artificial additives.

“It’s just about eating really good food with no artificial anything! I’m sick of additives and numbers and things on labels that I don’t recognise.”

The ‘peg board’ juice menu is divided into sections: fruit, leaf, root and balance to make the decision process a little easier, while food options line the display fridge.

Our eyes were immediately drawn to the robust, seedy rolls (from the local ‘Village Baker’) packed with fat-free, soy-free BBQ roast chicken and a slow cooked Angus beef, all served with house made dressings of course.

Healthy has never looked so good (and been so reasonably priced)! So do yourself a favor, and get the good stuff into you.

That trusty, old physician (otherwise known as Hippocrates) is spot on when he said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

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