Meryl Zises and Lily Rogath
Co-founders of Imbibery London
What sparked your passion for healthy food and living?
We both grew up in very healthful households; it’s all we’ve ever known. Growing up we were both macrobiotic, vegan and everything in between. An afterschool snack was a crudité platter or gluten-free courgette cookies.
What would be your biggest piece of advice for people looking to kick-start a healthier diet?
First and foremost, integrate a cold-pressed green juice into your diet. Find something you find yummy and get hooked; this will help you feel better right away. Then, figure out which veggies and fruits you love and start adding more and more of them to your diet. And drink tons of water – most of the time when you think you’re hungry your body is actually thirsty. People associate dehydration with summer, but we can be so dehydrated at all times of the year.
Drink tons of water – most of the time when you think you’re hungry your body is actually thirsty.
What role if any does juicing play in that?
To us, a juice is everything. Because your body doesn’t have to break anything down, the nutrients go straight into your system and you feel an instant hit. When you start to realise how good you feel after drinking a juice, you can’t imagine not incorporating juice into your diet.
What do you believe is the best kind of juice we can drink?
The juice you love. Realistically, you’re not going to drink something if you think it’s gross, so find one you really enjoy. Generally, we recommend veggie-based juices made with leafy greens.
Do you follow any specific way of eating? For example, are you vegetarian? A raw foodist? Or do you follow a Paleo diet etc.? Can you explain a bit about why?
Lily is open to eating anything; she eats a lot of lentils, beans, and pulses and really appreciates ethnic flavours. Meryl doesn’t eat meat or dairy. She eats a primarily raw food diet – not on purpose but just because that’s the kind of food to which she gravitates. Most of all, we enjoy food and we really care about flavours.
What are your favourite snacks?
Juice! And we really love one of our Cashew or Cacao Mylks as a boost throughout the day.
Are you a breakfast ‘lover’? If so, what is your ideal way to start the day?
Meryl leans toward a green juice for breakfast (mostly our Hydro juice), whereas Lily is into overnight oats soaked in our Almond Mylk or Cashew Mylk.
What supplements do you take, if any?
We believe probiotics are important. On the whole, we get the vitamins we need from drinking so much cold-pressed juice!
We get the vitamins we need from drinking so much cold-pressed juice!
Do you believe in diets or detox programmes? Has anything ever worked for you?
The best thing for us is just making juice part of our lives. We travel a lot and we try to enjoy wherever it is we are. Whenever we return to London we both make sure we reset. This may mean a one-day juice cleanse or a raw food and juice diet. We both do a three-day juice cleanse at least four times a year and are really into our one-day Wednesday cleanse!
How did you decide to enter the cold-pressed juice market?
We just could not find a cold-pressed juice in London. There were a handful of cleanse options (where you could purchase packs online) but we longed for the ability to have just a single juice.
How do you create a brand that sits apart from all the other pressed juices?
We spent months experimenting with recipes and developing the best flavours possible. We also have a broad variety of offerings and many fruit-free options, which is rare. We also have a particular philosophy – the juice should work for you; you don’t need to work for the juice. This means we don’t tell you how you have to live your life, we’re just here to offer you a yummy option. And we give you the option to purchase a juice in one of our stockists, order juice packs online, or do a full cleanse.
How do you stay on track when you travel?
We always bring tons of our shots on the flight, which is integral to boosting our immune system. A ginger shot is particularly great for travel. We also make sure we drink a ton of water and try to stay active when we’re travelling – sometimes that means trying a class, or sometimes it means just walking everywhere! We love scoping out juice spots or healthy restaurants wherever we are. We also always pack healthy snacks if that’s not possible. We’ve been known to pack entire suitcases of activated nuts, raw bars, healthful balls, avocados and rice cakes!
We make sure we drink a ton of water and try to stay active when we’re travelling – sometimes that means trying a class, or sometimes it means just walking everywhere!
What snacks do you always have with you when you are out and about in London?
Juice! We literally always have juice.
Does your interest in leading a healthier lifestyle cross over into other parts of your life, such as how you clean your house, what beauty products you use, etc.?
We definitely believe it’s not just what you eat. We both use all-natural cleaning products. We also try to buy as much sustainable and upcycled clothing as possible. We adore Rêve En Vert. As far as beauty is concerned, we use coconut oil for absolutely everything: moisturiser, eye make-up remover – you name it. We also swear by products from Pai and Neom; we just love them both. And Content Beauty has everything – it’s just the best; we also love their facials.
Do you cook every day? If not, how do you fit cooking into your weekly routine?
We are both super busy so rarely cook. This is one of the reasons we love cold-pressed juices and mylks. They’re always in our fridge and easy to grab.
What is your go-to meal when you’ve had a busy day but still want to prepare something wholesome quickly?
We’ll make a chopped salad or a delicious, warming tomato soup.
What are your pantry essentials?
Raw cacao, coconut oil, chia seeds, royal jelly and rice cakes.
Are there any cookbooks you couldn’t live without?
We love so many. We’re huge fans of the books by Ella Woodward, Madeleine Shaw, Julie Montagu, Lily Simpson and Rob Hobson, and Dr Alejandro Junger; the list is endless.
Which ingredient was your greatest discovery and how did it transform your cooking?
In no way can we claim this as our greatest discovery – but put avocado on anything and we’re sold!