The Green Lab
Founded in May 2019 by Manchester sisters Nikita and Kanika, The Green Lab is described as a health and well-being lifestyle store. Upstairs it’s a cafe specialising in juices and salads, while downstairs, it’s a health studio, called The Health Lab, which focuses mainly on reformer pilates.
Food at The Green Lab
The pair aim to make it easy for their customers to find fresh, quick and healthy food in the city. If you’re looking for junk food, this isn’t the place for you, but if you fancy something healthy and filling you’re in the right spot.
Homemade smoothies line the fridges and the seats overlook large windows so this is a great location for watching the world go by. Order food at the counter and build your own bowl from a choice of nutritious ingredients like beetroot hummus, miso pickled vegetables and Kashmiri roasted cauliflower. Crunchy chicken wraps also feature on the menu, and there is plenty here to keep vegetarians and vegans well-fed too. Including smoothie bowls made with soya yoghurt.
If you’re after something sweet but are worried about your gains, The Green Lab’s speciality is its unusual ‘pronuts’ which pack in 18g of protein. Choose from vanilla strawberry, double choc and lime and vanilla flavour. Juices and smoothies are made fresh every day – try the Espresso Martini with energy-boosting lion’s mane mushroom and organic cacao. Or try a wellness shot like I’ve Got the Power which is meant to help boost your immune system with apples, lemon, turmeric, Himalayan sea salt and ginger.
Fitness at The Green Lab
Moving on to The Health Lab; the fitness studio side of the business. It runs about six reformer pilates classes a day and they often get fully booked. If it’s your first time on a pilates machine, start with The Reform Lab class which introduces you to the essential moves. If you’re already confident in reformer pilates and want to feel that muscle burn and fatigue, try the intermediate level Tone Lab. They also do a few mat pilates classes and barrecore (a mix of ballet, yoga, and pilates). It’d be rude not to go for a replenishing juice or salad upstairs after class.