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Fresh juices that are packed with valuable vitamins and minerals come into their own during the winter months. The recipes here will not only give you that extra spring in your step and gorgeous glow to your skin, but they will also give your immune system a hefty boost to protect you against winter colds and flu.
The Juice Master’s Ultimate Smoothie
This really is the ultimate. Rich in beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, chlorophyll, essential fats, good proteins and excellent carbohydrates, it’s also brimming with antioxidants. If making for one simply halve all ingredients.
Ingredients4 Golden Delicious apples2 sticks celery4 carrots1 cup spinach1 cup broccoli½ yellow pepper½ orange pepper¼ lime, peeledFlesh of 1 ripe avocadoHandful of ice
MethodJuice 3 of the apples, the celery, carrots, spinach, broccoli, peppers and lime. Place the avocado in a blender together with the juice and add the ice. Whiz for 1 minute, pour into a glass and enjoy!
Although very filling, it’s incredibly easy for the body to digest.
SourceVale J. The juice master: turbo-charge your life in 14 days. London: Thorsons. 2005.
Green Means GoGet up and go in this case. I’m sure the thought of having green vegetables for breakfast is quite alien for many of you. However, this juice is beautifully sweet and packed with power. It’s a great choice for when you want to get out there and show them what you are made of!The combination of pineapple and apple makes it a fantastic system cleanser as well as packing it with vitamin C, dietary fibre, folic acid and beta-carotene. The spinach gives a small amount of viscous juice, but you don’t need much of this mineral-packed vegetable. Spinach also contains more protein than most other vegetables. The ginger root is a great aid to digestion and will help settle any nauseous feelings in the morning. The lime gives this juice a great kick as well as providing it with folic acid, beta-carotene, vitamin C and calcium.
Ingredients1 small pineapple, topped, tailed and peeled2 apples of your choice4 good handfuls of spinach2½ cm root ginger5 cm fennel¼ limeHandful of ice
MethodCut the pineapple and apples into feeder chute-size pieces and juice. A handy tip (depending on your juicer) is to bunch the spinach up really tightly in the feeder and follow it by feeding through something hard like the apples – it just makes juicing a little easier on the machine. Put the ginger, fennel and lime through midway as well to make sure you get all the juice from them. Once all juiced, pour into a tall glass over the ice and get going!SourceVale J. The juice master: turbo-charge your life in 14 days. London: Thorsons. 2005.
The Juice Master’s Green Power SmoothieAlthough similar to the Turbo-charge Smoothie, the addition of ginger, lemon, different apples and more celery makes a subtle change. Again, this is a meal in a glass, so take your time with it and drink only enough to make you full – don’t think the more you drink the better because that’s not how the body works.Ingredients2 sticks celery½ small cucumber3 Royal Gala apples2½ cm fresh ginger2 cups spinach½ small pineapple, peeled½ lemon, peeledFlesh of 1 ripe avocadoSmall handful of ice
MethodJuice everything apart from the avocado and ice. Pour the juice into a blender along with the ice and avocado and give a good whiz. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Reddy, steady, go!Freshly extracted apple, beetroot, broccoli, celery, cucumber, pineapple and lime juiceRaw beetroot is not on top of most kids’ wish lists on the food front, but it is unbelievably good for them. Once again, this is where juicing comes into its own. When you juice raw beetroot it gives a gorgeous deep red colour and the taste is surprisingly sweet. It’s not one you would drink on its own, but mixed with a few other veg and a serving of fruit, you can fool any kid into believing that they are having a nice berry juice! Reddy, Steady, Go! is a wonderful recipe, full of veg, yet it tastes like fruit – a parent’s dream. Designed to get the kids ‘ready’ for anything; to have a ‘steady’ supply of nature’s fuel going into their systems and to give them that juice ‘go’.
Ingredients2 apples (Golden Delicious or Royal Gala)1 small raw beetroot1 small broccoli stem½ celery stick2½ cm slice cucumberI cm slice pineapple (diced to fit into feeder)1 lime (peeled)Ice
MethodPut one apple in the chute followed by the beetroot, broccoli, celery, cucumber, pineapple, lime and then ‘sandwich’ with the other apple. Juice the lot, then add ice to cool. All juices taste better when cool, especially veggie ones!Juicy Note: You can juice pineapple with the skin on, it just depends if your juicer can take it. Oh, and don’t forget to wash it well.Look what’s in it? Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C and E, iron, calcium, sodium, manganese, chlorine, bioflavonoids, potassium, folic acid, boron, ellagic acid, carotenes, amino acids, natural sugars and antioxidants.How will it juice the little ones! Beetroot is one of nature’s finest blood builders. The nutrients in this juice are good for young brain function, great for their growing bones, extremely hydrating (an excellent natural diuretic); they are also antibacterial, help with constipation, and are excellent for nails, hair and skin. This is an all-round amazing juice.
Juicy Note: If your kids’ ‘poo’ turns red, don’t panic – it’s the beetroot. (Of course, if this should continue, see your GP.)
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He has been described as the ‘UK’s Anthony Robbins’ and the ‘Jamie Oliver of the health and juicing world’. His books have now sold over three million copies around the world. Jason has dedicated his life to helping others achieve better health and well-being through freshly extracted juice. He has spent the last 15 years working with hundreds of thousands of people from every corner of the globe, including top athletes, CEOs of major companies, and many celebrities.
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