Manly Daily: The Aussie Boys Get Healthy in Manly

by Drew B


The Manly Daily

24 June 2014

For Nexba iced tea co-founders Drew Bilbe and Troy Douglas staying fit revolves around sun, sea and sand. 

Words: Anna Mcclelland / Pictures: Virginia Young

What does a typical day look like for you?
Troy: Anything but typical. If life gets monotonous we’re not pushing hard enough. That said, our day usually starts with a coffee from El Beau Room followed by a team meeting in our Manly office. Then, Drew and I head off to do what we love, which is meeting people from other businesses to learn more about opportunities to support each other’s growth. After a solid day, it’s great to head to Shelly Beach for a dip.

What do you do to keep fit?

Troy: We both try to stay active but with a new baby and constant travel commitments, it’s hard to find the time. Between us, we’re into surfing, jogging, stand-up paddle boarding and ocean swims, so working in Manly is perfect. In summer the Nexba crew sometimes does ocean swims from Manly to Shelly in our lunch breaks, and I also really love doing the Bold & Beautiful Swim Squad Manly, or taking the Nexba surf lifesaving boat out in Avalon. We also support a mate’s fitness business called The Brew Crew. We help him with his business and in exchange he acts as our accountability manager to make sure we’re staying fit.

What keeps you motivated?

Drew: As small business owners we’re constantly setting big-picture goals to make sure Nexba keeps growing. It’s so rewarding to tick items off that list. The reason we’re passionate about what we do is because we believe in a product beyond sugary water that provides natural hydration without artificial flavouring or preservatives. Traditionally, iced tea is made from tons of

sugar but we’ve reduced the sugar content by swapping sugar for stevia, a sweet-tasting plant traditionally used in Brazil and Paraguay. We want to motivate the next generation to make healthier decisions so it’s really great to see those changes take shape and be a part of the movement. This is just the start.

What’s always in your fridge?

Drew: A whole of lot of fresh fruit
and veg including Roma tomatoes and fresh olives and, of course, a tonne of Nexba iced tea. Our watermelon flavour is my favourite – it reminds me of summer in Sydney and hanging out with friends and family at the beach.

What’s your go-to dish for a quick dinner?

Troy: I’m a speedy salads man. My secret is finely cutting up all the goodies. That way you don’t need dressing, just a squeeze of lemon.

I’ll usually accompany it with a good piece of meat or chicken breast filled with shallots and cheese with a tomato base.

Drew: Chicken basil pesto pasta. Incredibly tasty, healthy and easy to whip up at home after a long day in the office.

What do you do to relax?

Drew: Head to Freshwater for a surf or jog to Queenscliff. I love the solitude of jogging – it’s great to have some alone time at the start of the day to

reflect and gather my thoughts. I’m so lucky to live and work in an area that has so many great jogging routes – you’ve got to make the most of it.

How do you juggle keeping fit and healthy with managing your own business?

Troy: With one of us having a baby, and one being an ex-rower, early mornings are something we’re used to. Routine is key when you’ve got a hectic

schedule and there’s nothing better than to kick start your day at 6am with a run.

Where will we find you on the northern beaches?

Drew: With Mikey and his team at Barefoot Coffee Traders for a morning coffee or at The Pantry Manly for brekky. The Pantry Breakfast with a side of Hollandaise and soy and linseed toast is our go- to. At the end of the week, I’ll relax with a local beer and great company at 4 Pines Brewing Company.

Drew B
Drew B