New eateries are opening every week in Auckland you’d think restaurant owners have been secretly trying to exceed the population growth rate of the country. Fort Street in the CBD has been host to newcomers recently and Goodlife Juice Co. has joined the pack.
Goodlife is a juice, salad, and smoothie bar offering quick but healthy meal options. There is a shortage of healthy lunch options in this spot in the CBD and it is clear that the owners of Goodlife Juice Co have seen and grabbed this opportunity. Their cabinet is chock-full of grab-and-go cold pressed juices and mason jar salads. Superfood smoothies are made to order but don’t take long to prepare. (Their Facebook page says they’ll be offering soups soon, and that’s something I’m looking forward to.) Finally, some healthy fast food.
Healthy soups, acai bowls, and raw oatmeal coming soon. Woot!
Their mason jar salads seem very popular at the moment. I grabbed the chance to sample a few when they had these on special last Monday. My loot included (original prices in bold):
Kumara Mango ($10) – Roasted Kumara, Mango, Quinoa, Capsicum, Spinach, Apple Dressing
Chicken Pesto ($12) – Grilled Free Range Chicken, Fresh Mozzarella, Parmesan, Orzo, Spinach, Pesto Dressing
Mexican Steak ($12) – Grilled Sirloin Steak, Kidney Bean, Corn, Cherry Tomato Salsa, Spinach, Lite Sour Cream Dressing
Prawn Guacamole ($12) – Grilled Prawn, Capsicum, Red Onion, Spinach, Guacamole
I shared these with my partner for lunch and dinner and can say that they were indeed filling. My favourite of the lot had to be the Chicken Pesto – the addition of orzo made it fun to eat! I also grabbed “The Goodlife” smoothie last Friday, and as this is a true meal replacement, I had it for lunch. It surprisingly kept me full until dinner time and didn’t make me crave for unhealthy food.
What I love the most though I that they give you the option to buy the jar for $3. Which is a good deal, in my opinion, given that the actual Ball mason jars retail for around $6 each in New Zealand. The Ball mason jars have a 2 piece lid which allows the salad to retain its freshness for up to a week, this also make it work well for canning.
If you’re not keen on buying the jar, you can have your salad placed in a biodegradable bowl with no extra cost. They’ll mix the salad for you in store as well.
This is definitely a welcome break for the health-conscious office workers of this part of the CBD. No longer are they constrained to a sub, sushi, or some tiny salad. There are several kinks that have to be ironed out, as is with any new business. The service could be better and their pricing may deter some. But you can’t put a price on health, as they say.
Address: 47 Fort St, Auckland, New Zealand 1010
Hours: Monday – Friday 7am to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm