The start of a new year is always the time for fresh resolutions, and "losing weight" or "eating clean" undoubtedly ranks high among the most common ones made. Hehee I know, because I'm one of them, so are many of my friends, and perhaps... you too? Good that we're in this together in a way, because we can support each other through these times and accompany one another for healthier meals, like how a fellow foodie told me about Squash, the latest to-go place for Juice, Salads & Wraps, and I in turn
Though tucked away in the basement (next to Watsons) of The Central at Clarke Quay, Squash lends a cheery presence with its colorful and brightly-lit space.
Founder-owner Allan Foo used to lead a high rolling life as a banker, before the hectic schedules took a toil on his body. He has since rebooted it back to health when he discovered the benefits of a juice diet combined with healthy eating. Good things are meant to be shared, and so Allan did.
With Squash, he hopes to inspire and help the larger public condition their bodies back into its intended state with their range of Cold-pressed Juices ($6.90 to $9.90), complemented by a diet of light Salads & Wraps ($5.90 onwards).
Juices can be a simple, effective way of nourishing our bodies with vitamins from fruits and vegetables, but as Squash's slogan goes, "Not All Juices Are Created Equal".
Squash prides themselves on cold-pressing their juices, a process using masticating juicer which extract juice by pressing and grinding fruits and vegetables without adding heat (hence the term "cold-pressed"). Compared to traditional juicers which shred ingredients with fast-spinning blades that exposes the produce to air and speeds up oxidation, juices that are cold-pressed retains much more nutrients.
There is no artificial coloring, no added sugar and no preservatives in Squash's freshly cold-pressed juices.
Squash offers 3, 5 & 7-days cold-pressed juice rebooting programs. While I'm not prepared to forgo my chicken rice and wanton mee for a pure juice diet yet, to have a juice + salad meal on a regular basis is quite a workable idea.
For a start, Allan recommends their topseller Berrylicious ($9.90), a juice combination of 7 summer berries variety, pomegranate, pear & apple which is said to contain anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties. The brownish concoction looked least appealing of the lot, but tasted real easy on the palate with its light and naturally sweet taste. Wanna be pretty? Drink up!
Popular too is the Green Juice ($7.90), power-packing the wholesome goodness of green apple and vegetables like cucumber, celery, bittergourd & green capsicum. Delicious to me, acquired taste for some, but it detoxes and aids in weight-loss! No brainer if this blend is good for the body. Just drink up!
The salads centers around an Asian theme, with offerings such as Roast Beef Kimchi, Chicken Bulgogi, Spicy Thai Prawns, and get this..... Ultimate Rojak!
A very unique creation redolent of our well-loved local dish's familiar flavors, the Ultimate Rojak Salad is dressed using a lighter version of prawn-paste sauce, and topped with dried cuttlefish, julienned turnips and caramelized pineapples on a bed of mesclun greens. Admittedly, the use of dried cuttlefish isn't the healthiest of choices, but the medley of piquant flavors and contrasting textures was way too yummy and addictive to resist.
We can also choose to customize our own salad and or have it made into a wrap, like what I did with my Smoked Salmon Whole Wheat Wrap.
From the more unusual ingredients such as the light and fluffy Mushroom Egg Frittata, juicily sweet Caramelized Pineapple, Turnips, Pickled Beetroot to crunchy toppings like Raw Cashew Nuts, Walnuts and housemade dressings including Rojak, Soy Wasabi, Spicy Thai, Mustard, Citrus and Classic Caesar, the possible combinations we can conjure up are endless.
Cold-pressed Juice + Salad could be the best waist-trimmer meal for me to eat now. I felt slimmer already! :D
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Squash ~ Juice, Salads & Wraps
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #B1-26, The Central, Singapore 059817
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm / Sun 10am-6pm