Six of the best healthy drinks from Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 16:32 02 January 2017 | UPDATED: 16:34 02 January 2017

Liquid detox

Liquid detox


If you’ve overindulged this Christmas you could try some detox-style smoothies, juices and teas. There are various people in Yorkshire producing these and, by the looks of you, they’re going to be very busy this month. Here are just six of them:

Filmore & Union

Filmore & Union might sound American, but it’s actually a Yorkshire-based chain and a very good one, with locations in Harrogate, Wetherby, Beverley, Moortown, Skipton, Ilkley, and two in York. Filmore & Union’s founders Adele (former owner of a wellness clinic) and Wil (an executive chef) had talked about how they struggled to find healthy food when eating out. So they opened their first Filmore & Union (the name comes from two streets in San Francisco) in York in 2012. Alongside the food, they rustle up a range of juices packed with vitamins, minerals and macronutrients and, on their website they feature a juice of the month (for example, in November it was kale, pineapple, lemon, cucumber, ginger and apple). Just right for January, I say. Check out their smoothies, too.

Emma’s Organic Dairy: raw organic milk

Once you’ve had raw organic milk, so they say, you’ll never go back to ‘normal’ milk. Ian O’Reilly and Emma Robinson, from Gazegill Organics, produce award-winning raw organic milk that’s delivered across the county and generating a growing following. ‘More and more people are turning to it for health reasons,’ says Ian. ‘Raw milk has natural fat that our bodies are better able to deal with plus it’s full of natural antibiotic properties that protect it from pathogenic bacteria.’ The key to safe raw organic milk is good hygiene, which is why Ian and Emma are properly licensed and inspected (they operate one of the few farms in the country licensed to sell raw cow’s drinking milk), and scrupulous about how they look after their herd and oversee their production methods.

Here’s the thing, though, Gazegill is now Lancashire-based. ‘But before the border movement we were in Yorkshire,’ says Ian, ‘which is why we have the roses of York and Lancaster on our bottles!’ If you want to arrange a delivery go to the website or call the dairy on 01200 445519.

Taylor’s green tea with grapefruit and lime

Stick the kettle on. It’s time for tea, but not just any old tea. Taylors of Harrogate have been working with Kew Gardens, no less, on their latest range of fruit, herbal and green teas, including a soothing green tea with grapefruit and lime. If you’ve been over-indulging at Christmas this will be, er, just your cup of tea — literally. And as it’s Taylors, which is available everywhere, you can buy it all over the shop. Also literally.

Smoooth: Green Detox Boost

Smoooth (with three Os) is an independent cafe in Ilkley that’s made a big name for itself locally — and its smoothies (with two Os) are very popular. They’re made from 100 per cent real fruit and have no synthetic flavours or preservatives. A popular one is the Green Detox Boost, made from spinach, cucumber, banana and apple juice and organic wheatgrass.

Equinox kombucha

Kombucha is a tea/health tonic that’s supposed to have originated in China over 2,000 years ago (where the locals named it ‘the elixir of life’) and it was also big in California, apparently, during the swinging Sixties. The owners of Equinox, based in Hebden Bridge, discovered it on a back-packing trip around Asia and started brewing it in a spare bedroom. It’s been so successful that they now produce it in original, ginger, raspberry and elderflower and wild berry flavours, and deliver it to health food shops, cafes and bars across the UK — and beyond.

Glendale Ginger

Ginger is a well-known antioxidant and this non-alcoholic, award-winning, traditional ginger drink, made in the Yorkshire Dales, is taken from a 300-year-old family recipe. You can also use Glendale Ginger as a mixer, although after Christmas, you might have other ideas.

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