Scotland is becoming more raw-friendly than ever these days, with lots of new and innovative raw food suppliers popping up across the country. We have juice bars, raw chocolate manufacturers, organic fruit and vegetable delivery schemes, and plenty of natural organic independent food stores. We even have raw pet food suppliers for our wee furry friends’ needs!
Here’s a selection of some cool places you might like to check out.
Quality Vitamins and Herbs 123, Douglas Street, Glasgow, G2 4HF, Telephone: 0141 331 2984
This little gem is tucked away off Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow city centre. It’s just a small shop, but it somehow manages to squeeze in a generous stash of healthy foods and supplements. Here you can find dry goods such as nuts, seeds, pulses and dried fruit, plus extra virgin cold pressed oils; for example sesame and coconut. There is a small but select range of raw chocolate, including Om bars and Conscious Chocolate.
Make sure you check out the refrigerator at the back as you may happen upon some surprise goodies there. During my visits I have found raw sauerkraut, kombucha, and ‘really raw’ coconut water amongst other healthy treats.
Locavore 66, Nithsdale Road, Glasgow, G41 GAN, Telephone 0141 328 3303
Heading over to the Southside of Glasgow we find Locavore, a Community Interest Company with a not-for-profit local food shop, community kitchen, and food-growing project hub.
Fresh locally-grown organic produce may be purchased at their shop, and they also have a box delivery scheme.
There are some very innovative projects going on at Locavore, including community garden sessions and cookery workshops. It’s well worth supporting this fantastic company.
Juice Warrior Unit 8, Block 3, Nuneaton Industrial estate, Nuneaton Street, Glasgow. Email firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone 0781 696 5092
Juice Warrior was set up by Glaswegian couple Megan & Daniel, who had both experienced fantastic results from raw food and juices, and wanted to share the raw magic with others.
Juice Warrior juices are made from top-quality hydrolic press juicers, and are guaranteed pure, 100% cold-pressed and unpasteurised.
Juice cleanses include the ‘Tough Love Monday pack’ with added wheatgrass to jumpstart your week, and the beautifying ‘Cleopatra Cleanse’. You can catch them at Farmer’s Markets, or alternatively order direct. You can also pick them up at Roots Fruits & Flowers in the West End, or Infinity Hot Yoga in Glasgow.
Juice Garden 23 Renfield Street, Glasgow, G2 5AH
At last! A juice bar is back in Glasgow City Centre! This funky place boasts fake grass floors, beanbags, and even complimentary iPads to use. Plus a huge range of juices and smoothies, all made fresh there and then. Check out their FACEBOOK page for latest news.
Roots Fruits & Flowers 451-457, Great Western Rd, Glasgow, G12 8HH, Tel 0141 339 3077
Something of an institution in Glasgow’s West End; Roots Fruits & Flowers have been trading for over 30 years. Their organic grocery store has a cosy, friendly feel and is packed full of healthy food, including a range of fresh local and seasonal produce. You can find some real treasures in the chilled section – I got the best heirloom tomatoes of my life here! Raw goodies such as chocolate can also be found, plus the usual staples of nuts and seeds etc.
Wholefoods Market 124 – 134 Fenwick Road, Glasgow, G46 6XN, Telephone 0141 621 2700
There was a big buzz when Wholefoods opened in Glasgow recently – so far it’s the only Wholefoods in Scotland, and it is a veritable candy store for raw foodists. My pal Patrick happens to work there, and if you’re lucky enough to visit during his shift you’ll be able to benefit not only from his awesome good looks, but also from his vast knowledge of all things raw and healthy! He’s also a very talented artist – check out his work here: http://cargocollective.com/patrickqueen/
I got ‘my man on the inside’ to go around and take some snaps of all the raw goodies to whet your appetite. They say, ‘a picture paints a thousand words’ – well, I think Paddy took a thousand pictures, so I made a couple of collages – 1 of which is specifically devoted to chocolate, cos I know what you’re all like about the chocolate 😀
The New Leaf Coop 23, Argyle Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1JJ, Telephone 0131 228 8548
The New Leaf Coop is a vegetarian wholefoods worker-run cooperative. Eco-friendly ideals are of great importance here, with the emphasis on minimal packaging and responsibly-sourced goods.
Products include dried goods (with a dedicated ‘Scoop & Weigh’ room), herbs and spices, and organic locally-grown fruit and vegetables. There is also a ‘grind your own’ nut butter machine – very handy!
Earthy Foods & Goods, 33 – 41 Ratcliffe Terrace, Edinburgh, EH9 1SX, Telephone 0131 667 2967
Provides fresh, local, seasonal and organic produce at 3 stores across Edinburgh (Causewayside, Canonmills & Portobello).
Real Foods 37 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JU & 8 Brougham Street, Tollcross, EH3 9JH
Real foods specialises in vegetarian, fairtrade, organic and special diet food. With 2 stores in Edinburgh plus an online shop it can cater for all your raw needs. Fruit and vegetable box delivery is also available within the Edinburgh area.
Juice Fiend 157 North High Street, EH21 6AN Musselburgh, Midlothian
Juice Fiend offers fresh juices, smoothies, ‘raw till 4’ boxes and special Juicing Experience events. Be sure to check out their FACEBOOK page for latest news, special offers and tantalising pictures of their delicious juices and smoothies of the day.
Decadently Pure Raw Chocolate Email: email@example.com, Telephone 07970 810466
This brand new Raw Chocolate business is based in Bathgate, West Lothian. Raw Chocolatier Ros Milligan has created 4 different gorgeous flavours: Dark Vanilla, Orange Zinger, Berry Dark and Salted Caramel Pecan.
Each chocolate is lovingly handmade from the finest ingredients: raw organic cacao nibs, raw organic cacao butter, agro-chemical free coconut sugar, organic medicine flower extracts, and essential oils.
Delicious, guilt-free chocolate with no dairy, wheat, refined sugar, or soya. Pure quality – guaranteed!
Juiced Be Unit 8/7, Whistleberry Park Industrial Estate, Hamilton, ML3 0ED
Kristeen and Claire make up ‘Juiced Be’, a Hamilton based company who provide fresh juice, clean eating & cleanse packages, and raw treats. Their mission is to make healthy eating convenient and affordable. Their packages include ‘juiced recharge’, ‘smooth breakfast’ and even ‘juiced married’ – a cleanse to give you that healthy glow on your big day!
My favourite is their ‘juiced kids’ package – a selection of 5 juices to add to the school lunch box. What a great idea for busy parents! Local delivery available, and they can also courier nationwide.
Live Native, Juniper Cottage, Macbiehill Farm, West Linton, EH46 7AZ Email firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone 01968 661 670
Live Native is a collection of truly natural and ethical skincare that is handmade right here in Scotland from pristine ingredients. With a wide range of ‘skin food’, including moisturisers, cleansers, deodorant and lubricant, Live Native has products to suit men, women, children and babies. Cold-pressed, raw, vegan, organic and handmade from the purest ingredients – what more could you want for your precious skin?
Dumfries & Galloway
Golden Age Honey Dumfries, Telephone 07503 576861
Louisa Gonzalez produces ethical, natural, cold-extracted honey from bees that gather their nectar from the Scottish countryside. Louisa maintains extremely high standards and takes great care to ensure the welfare of her bees. Varieties include Premier Cru, Blossom, Heather and Honeycomb.
Louisa is passionate about the future of bees and has initiated the ‘Generation Bee’ project to help train a new generation of responsible beekeepers.
Sunrise Wholefoods 49 King Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1AE, Telephone 01556 504455
Friendly independent deli and health food store that sells a variety of goods including fresh fruit and vegetables.
IQ Superfood Chocolate Manor Farm, Manor Loan, Stirling, SK9 5QD, Telephone 0845 8387381
Raw, organic, bean-to-bar, made from 72% Peruvian chocolate and sweetened with organic coconut blossom nectar, these are free from gluten, dairy, nut, lecithin and soya, with no additives or artificial flavours. There is a tempting range of different flavours to choose from including Plush Peppermint, Lusciously Lovely Lime and Espresso Kick Coffee. They have also just released 2 exciting new bars: the BeautiQ (with wild organic sea buckthorn – wow!) and the YogiQ, with ginseng and ginger.
Pillars of Hercules Farm Falkland, Cupar, Fife, KY15 7AD, Telephone 01337 857749
Pillars of Hercules is an organic farm shop and café that caters for vegetarian and vegan diets. Also provides an organic box delivery around the Fife area.
It’s in a beautiful location, so it’s worth taking a trip out there out there even if you’re not local – you can pick up some goodies and have a day out too. At the weekends the restaurant is open, with top-quality food and live music. Marvelous!
Bellfield Organic Nursery Jamesfield Farm, Abernethy, Fife, KY14 6EW, Telephone 01738 850589
Organic produce and box deliveries across Central Scotland.
West Fife Raw Feeds Unit 27, Thistle Industrial Estate, Cowdenbeath, Fife, KY4 8LP, Telephone 01383 516088
This family run business supplies quality ‘BARF’ and raw pet food throughout Scotland.
Nature’s Larder 60, Holburn Street, Aberdeen, AB10 6BX, Telephone 01224 588120
Health food shop which specialises in organic food, special dietary requirements, and herbal remedies.
Dogtime raw dog food supplies, Kintewline Cottage, Blairs, Aberdeen, AB12 5YQ
Raw dog food company based in Aberdeen, supplying high quality human grade raw dog food to the North East of Scotland and the North.
The Phoenix Findhorn, Moray, Scotland, Telephone 01309 690110
The Phoenix is an award-winning community owned shop based in the beautiful Findhorn area. Specialises in local, organic, Fairtrade, ethical products.
Do you have a favourite raw foods shop or service in Scotland? Please add their details to the comments below, thanks!
Lisa Murphy has followed a rawfood diet since 2003. She is also a counsellor, hypnotherapist and coach who specialises in healthy eating, weight loss and anxiety. For more details of Lisa's therapies and courses please visit www.CherryTherapies.com