Q&A With Melanie Barnish of Genie Juicery

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By Lau  /  May 5, 2016

Meet Melanie Barnish, the gorgeous co-founder of Genie Juicery, a fit and fashionable mummy with amazing skin. She’s also a certified Health Coach. Born and raised in Australia, Barnish has always had fitness as part of her life and in late 2012, she partnered up with her BFF, Cara McIlroy, to start Genie Juicery.

We sat down with Melanie to get some fitness tips and find out just how she balances her role as wife and mother (while looking effortlessly stylish).

To start things off, congratulations on giving birth to twins! How do you manage time as role of working wife and mum?
Thank you, I am over the moon with the arrival of my bubs! They are just over two weeks old and I am getting into a crazy schedule of working between feeds. It’s tough!

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What is your secret to gorgeous skin?
Definitely a healthy diet and of course my daily cold-pressed Genie Juices.

What activities do you do to keep you staying sane with such a busy schedule?
Sleeping when I can!

What pushed you towards starting Genie Juicery?
A dream to start something amazing with my best friend. We are so lucky to have created this amazing business together.

Top five favourite restaurants in Hong Kong?
This is a hard one as I haven’t been out at night in a long time so I will base this off where I would go to eat lunch.

  • Limewood is great for weekend lunches with friends by the sea
  • Butcher & Baker for a relaxed casual meal
  • Zuma brunch for special occasions
  • BEP Vietnamese which is obviously a HK staple
  • Jang Korean in the L-Place, I love the tofu stew!

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Any favorite websites to inspire you for recipes?
I like Teresa Cutler from The Healthy Chef and Sarah Wilson but usually I will think up a meal and then work out how I can give it a healthy twist by substituting ingredients.

Favourite shops for activewear clothes?
In Hong Kong I have only really bought from Nike or Lululemon. I tend to do my shopping in Australia or online.

What’s a typical working day like for you?
It is usually spent with mornings at the factory and office in Chai Wan, followed by afternoon meetings in town and checking in on the retail stores.

Your go-to breakfast place?
Butcher & Baker at the moment.


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