Juicing

Quick And Easy Green Juice Recipe

Now you can enjoy a quick and easy green juice without the hassle of buying a professional juicer or other crazy add-ons. This recipe can be used with a blender, and is a refreshing and healthy way to start your morning without any added preservatives or nasty chemicals. Feel free to add fruits if you want the juice to taste sweeter, and don’t be afraid to experiment with this easy recipe which is ideal for beginners.

Ingredients

1.5 cups water

2 cups kale leaves

2 green apples, with the cores removed

½ cup parsley leaves

1 medium cucumber, cut into quarters

2 celery stalks, chopped finely

1 piece of ginger (make sure it’s peeled)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

Method

  1. Combine all of the ingredients into the blender in the order which they are listed above. This recipe is ideal for four people, so be sure to take the leftover juice and refrigerate it for later. Preserving the juice for later will also bring out the flavour and taste yummy and nutritious whenever you plan to drink it.
  2. Blend all of the ingredients on the highest setting to liquefy the drink completely. This will make the mixture more consistent and won’t result in any clumps or large unblended pieces as you’re drinking it.
  3. For those picky individuals who don’t like pulp, simply pour the mixture through a mesh sieve to remove as much as the pulp as possible. Add some ice if you like your juice extra cold, before serving in a glass.

 

Tips

  • Blenders aren’t usually equipped to crush ice since this could actually tear and damage the blades. If you do like your juice to be icy-cold, simply add in a few ice cubes or pop it into the fridge before serving.
  • Don’t forget to add water! Water is important since it will loosen up the fruits and vegetables, while also making the mixture consistent and easier to drink.
  • If you’re working with a less powerful blender, it is best to keep the quantity of vegetables down to a minimum. This could backfire and cause the blades to stiffen up which will not only affect the juice, but also cause trauma to the engine.
  • Add one slice of lemon (with the skin) to give the juice an extra twist of flavour, which will also aid digestion in the morning.
  • Apples are fantastic to include when preparing your first green juice since they are sweet, full of flavour, and provide lots of body and definition to the entire mixture.

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July 7, 2014

5 Yummy Ways To Eat Kale

Kale has been dubbed one of the greatest superfoods in modern times, although it is similarly well known for it’s bitter taste. The easiest way to have your daily serving of greens is through juicing, since the taste is overpowered by sweet fruits and vegetables. Kale is full of hidden nutrients and is low in calories and has absolutely zero fat. We’ve found five ways to reap the benefits of kale without that bitter taste.

Chips

Since kale is quite a leafy vegetable, it can also double up as a perfect nutritional snack. Although kale is best when eaten raw, why not try kale chips to get acquainted to the taste.

1. Always use fresh kale and avoid putting it into the fridge since the flavour can get bitter as it ages. Don’t forget to preheat your oven to 200°C, or 180°C for fan-forced.

2. Tear off pieces of kale leaves depending on how big or small you want your chips. Remember that when kale goes dry, the size will shrink dramatically so don’t make them too small either.

3. Simply line a tray with baking paper and spread the kale chips evenly across the space. Leave in for about 10-15 minutes until the edges start to brown slightly.

Juice

Juicing has become an extremely popular way to receive the daily intake of greens without the bad taste. Kale features prominently has the main ingredient in green juices, since it is packed with Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and is very high in calcium amongst it’s other health benefits. Add a few leaves of kale into your juice to enjoy it’s vitamins and nutrients without the taste.

Eggs

Kale works perfectly in eggs since it breaks down super fast, and as a result the taste isn’t too overpowering. Add into your breakfast with scrambled eggs or choose to sauté kale as a substitute to meat. Green eggs are high in vitamins and minerals, and are easy on the calories as well.

Salads

The best way to eat kale is raw since many of the nutrients dissolve when cooked at a high temperature. If you’re worried about the taste, simply start out by mixing a bit of kale into your usual salad. Keep the leaves small, and each time try to add in more if you adjust to the taste. Try to add in some seasonal fruits like strawberries to make the salad sweet and nutritional. Remember to remove the stem and centre ribs before eating raw, since this is the source of bitterness which most people experience.

Pasta

Add kale into any pasta dish as a topping or into the sauce for an extra special evening. The best way is to braise or boil the kale since it doesn’t lose it’s nutrients but rather acts as a nutritious end to any meal.

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May 5, 2014

Juicing: The Path To Weight Loss Or Another Fad

Juicing can be an easy way to consume all your greens, but the large portions can lead you to put on weight instead of intending to take it off. Is it the easy path to weight loss, or just another fad that replaces food with drink?

Positive Benefits of Juicing

•      It is no lie that juicing allows you to get creative and come up with a variety of recipes, tailored to your needs. Green juices are especially trendy because they include many superfood additives that the body needs, including chia seeds, goji berries and coconut oil amongst others. You can also easily disguise vegetables such as celery, kale and spinach mixed with fruits for a child or picky eater.

•      Juices are a great alternative if you’re constantly on the go and just do not have time for a proper sit down meal. Remember, these are not a substitute for food, but are packed with vitamins, minerals and enzymes that are essential to good health, but are also found in a balanced healthy diet.

•      Social media identity Loni Jane Anthony caused outrage last year by posting her plant based diet on her Instagram account, which included consuming 20 bananas for breakfast, while she was pregnant. Despite sticking to a mainly plant and raw food diet, she delivered a healthy baby boy in March. She often posted pictures of food, juices and workout routine, which highlights how she kept her slim and toned physique.

Negatives of Juicing

•      Although juices are a great way to ingest a variety of vitamins and mineral essential to the body, there is always a possibility of going overboard. Fruits contain a large amount of sugar, albeit natural, that the body just does not constantly need. Having these juices too often will cause your blood sugar level to rise, like if you ate a chocolate bar. Too much of something is never a good option, so keep in mind that moderation is key and keep a close eye on portion control when you are making or buying these juices.

•      Even though juices are liquids, they can be quite pricey and cost the same or more than a meal itself. Buying juices on a daily basis will surely burn a hole in your pocket, and it’s probably best to buy the ingredients yourself and juice them at home if you are really serious about it.

•      Juicing machines are a great way to get creative and design your own personalised juice. Although these machines don’t come cheap, with a midrange option coming in at $300. Stick to using a blender if this commitment is too much of a price and time crunch.

•      Too much reliance on a juicing diet can slow down a healthy metabolism. Although juicing is often a high sugar, low calorie option, it results in phases of weight loss that don’t reflect a balanced diet.

To achieve this happy medium, simply remember that as with any other food or drink, moderation is the way to achieve a healthy body and mind. A vegetable should be at the foundation of every juice, and fruits should be added purely for taste or flavour. Then ask yourself the following question: Would I eat all this fruit if it wasn’t juiced? 

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By Felicia Sapountzis

April 9, 2014

What a Juice Cleanse is Really Like

So, what is a juice cleanse really like?

In a word, hungry.

Yes, I did get a kick out of feeling virtuous, smug and a little bit Gwyneth Paltrow as I chugged at my giant bottle of pond-scum coloured nutrients, but frankly, I was just hungry. And being hungry makes me miserable, and I don’t think self-inflicted misery is a super healthy choice, regardless of what it might do for my liver

The thing with juice cleanses is it all seems a bit of hype and half of what I read about them seems to be written by someone who hasn’t had a solid meal in far too long to make any sense; it all just sounds like the kind of nonsense workout fanatics talk about ‘toning’ and ‘lengthening’ muscles (heads up – you can’t do either. If you did lengthen your muscles, your joints wouldn’t work and you’d be a human jellyfish, and ‘toning’ is a just silly way of saying muscle is visible). Our organs are incredibly sophisticated instruments and although it’s not a bad idea to lay off the booze and potato wedges sometimes, cutting out everything bar kale juice is plain madness.

Frankly, I don’t like being hungry. My stomach rumbles, my head aches – it’s just generally unpleasant, and at this point I was only on day one. By day two I had cracked it completely. I became outraged that I was, for no real purpose, making myself hungry and angry (or ‘hangry’ as the boyfriend put it).  And these kind of diet fads seem all too prevalent lately; I have a friend that strictly gave up carbs because she thought it would be a good idea – the result? She was famished and miserable for no good reason.

I found myself daydreaming about food. Now I’ve heard people say, ‘Oh you just need to get used to it,’ which sounds like a fair point, but I have no idea why I would want to get used to something awful when I could accomplish the same results with the right food. The juices were delicious, but it just wasn’t enough. So I stopped. I stuck with the juice, and I didn’t start counting Bloody Marys as an equal substitute, but I did start eating. Because a human body needs to eat. The nice thing was I didn’t find myself wanting to dive face first into a packet of chips. My palate seemed to have become accustomed to the light, fresh tastes leaving me fancying salmon and salad over steak and chips. And because I had just spent an afternoon blitzing and bottling a ridiculous amount of veg, I was able to prolong how long I was eating well and drinking juice, rather than just throwing the lot away because of my hunger-fuelled fury. So perhaps in a roundabout way it did help me start eating more healthily. I guess it all boils down to what my mother always said, ‘Everything in moderation’ – who knew this included healthy stuff?

Kate Jones blogs about writing and pop culture at Calvicle Capitalism.

January 2, 2014

Hangover Juice Recipe

Forget hair of the dog: Juice Master Jason Vale shares his ultimate hangover juice recipe – perfect for the silly season!

Mixed berries, fresh banana, low-fat live yogurt, fresh OJ… and a little stroke of the head.

A little worse for wear? Too much of the amber nectar? Feeling like your head is about to explode? Never fear, Recovery Angel to the rescue! This hangover helper is one of the most popular smoothies at our Juice Master Juice ‘n’ Smoothie bars, so if you are out and about, or too hungover to actually make it yourself, come and see us and we’ll make you one!

Ingredients

1 large orange (peeled but keep the pith on)
1 large handful mixed berries – strawberries, blackberries, raspberries 1 banana (fairtrade where possible)
100g low-fat live yogurt
4 ice cubes

Method

1. Juice the orange and pour into the blender. Add all of the ingredients and blend until smooth. If you wish to make this in super-fast time, you can get some fresh non-concentrate orange juice and pour into the blender with the other ingredients – this saves cleaning the juicer!

Juicy Note: When you feel your head pounding after a night on the drink, most of what you are feeling is blood trying to pump through a dehydrated brain – nice!

How will it help my throbbing head and aching bod?

The oranges are rich in vitamin C, folic acid and an array of minerals, such as potassium – all of which are depleted by heavy drinking. The natural bacteria help replenish natural bacteria in the gut, quelling any nausea or an upset stomach. The natural sugars help to raise depleted blood sugar levels, and the organic water flowing through nature’s finest fruits will re-hydrate your system.

December 25, 2013

Q&A with Juice Master Jason Vale

Australia was one of the first countries to truly embrace juicing culture, and the craze is only getting stronger. There is now a growing trend towards juicing diets, cleanses and detoxes that offer impressive results; not only in terms of weight loss, but also for their undeniable health and lifestyle benefits.

Juicing is a tasty way to provide your body with the natural nutrients that are often lacking from eating over-processed foods and making unhealthy lifestyle choices – and let’s face it, drinking a juice is much easier than eating a huge bowl of salad.

UK author and motivational speaker Jason Vale, better known as the ‘Juice Master’, is an advocate for the juicing lifestyle, and SheSaid caught up with Jason on his recent visit to Australia to get his insight on the benefits of juicing and his advice for maintain a balanced juicing diet.

What inspired you to get into juicing?
It was my own ill health that led me on this juicy journey. I was covered from head to toe in a skin condition called psoriasis to the point where almost every inch of my body- including my face- was affected. I was badly asthmatic, using an inhaler up to 14 times a day. I was also overweight and suffered terrible hay fever and smoked 40-60 cigarettes a day.

When I started to juice I saw my life and health transformed and I have witnessed tens of thousands of others do the same. I transformed myself by drinking fresh fruit and vegetable juices every day, losing 25kg and gaining a new perspective on health.

What are the key benefits of a juice diet?
Juicing allows the perfect liquid fuel to help you improve your general health. Beauty comes from within and once you start to hydrate your body with vegetable and fruit juices everything shines.

When you give up processed foods and replace just one meal a day with a freshly made juice you have changed 1/3 of you diet in one simple step. Your friends will notice the shine in your skin, your hair your nails, your eyes, the whole you. It’s like adding super unleaded instead of diesel to an unleaded car.

Juicing is definitely not a fad.

By fasting you are giving your body a rest from trying to breakdown the processed foods that seems to have taken over our diets. Once we stop eating these foods and give the body a rest, then the body is able to reboot the liver, kidneys, intestines, blood, every organ in the body gets an overhaul. We are always detoxing, yes the body is designed to detox, but sometimes it is too difficult for the body to do its job properly.

I like to compare it to how often do people work hard up until their holiday and then complain for the first week of their holiday they were struck down with the flu. This is the body saying yes, seeing as you have finally slowed down, now I can start doing some cleaning up here.

At my health retreats we have seen the transformation in many people once they have been shown how to make nutritious, tasty juices.

What are your favourite ingredients to juice together?
I always take a couple of apples for juice volume, soluble fibre, and sweetness. I then add celery, spinach, kale, raw beetroot, cucumber, ginger, carrot and lime. This gives a wonderful spectrum of nutrition, plus it tastes stupidly lovely!

The first couple of days on a juice diet can often be quite challenging. What advice would you give for someone just starting out with juicing?
Anyone who starts a juice diet of any kind needs to understand that for the first 72 hours the body is in ‘withdrawal’ mode. People call this ‘detox’, when it is in fact withdrawal like the withdrawal from nicotine. The maximum it lasts is 72 hours, but the vast majority of people only feel it every now and then. The feeling of withdrawal from refined sugar and caffeine is one of ‘hunger’. This ‘false hunger’ will go and by day four you are left flying on a juice high!

What would be your advice for maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle?
Use juicing as a tool, but don’t become too obsessed with food and nutrition. We are all human and a balance is not a bad thing. I would always advise at least one good veggie juice a day and a five or seven day pure juice diet once every three months. When it comes to food I would keep what I eat as unprocessed as possible whilst having the odd blow out remembering that we are human and food is there to be enjoyed.

Coming into summer, what would be your favourite summer juice?
It has to be the homemade Lemon-Aid. This is the healthiest, creamiest and most natural lemonade in the world. You’ll need…

2 x golden delicious apples
1 x 1/3 unwaxed lemon
1 x small handful of ice cubes

Sandwich the lemon (with skin on) between the two apples in the chute of the juicer, and juice the lot. Pour over ice and enjoy.

This is best served with friends. Why not make a pitcher and of this delicious refreshing juice? Using the ratio of two apples and a third of a lemon per person, make a large batch and pour into a jug of crushed ice – perfect for a sizzling summer day.

Together with Juice Master Jason Vale, Philips aims to encourage a healthier lifestyle this summer by making juicing at home even more convenient. With their clever QuickClean design, the easy-to-use Philips QuickClean Juicers can be cleaned and ready to re-use in less than a minute. Maximum juice with minimum fuss. Happy juicing!

November 18, 2013

Detox Tips For Busy People

With the weather warming up, bikini season looms on us again. And if you’re anything like me, and tend to get a little extra cuddly over the winter period, a pre-summer detox is just the trick to get us out of our sweats and into the sun. Now I can’t stand the whole mentality that argues we need to become hungry and stressed to feel dignified in our summer clothes – no thanks.

But getting back into the exercise routine that may have been neglected for the couch, while enjoying all the gorgeous food that’s around is never a bad idea. The thing is, I don’t have time to spend four hours on yoga a day or grow my own organic celery for snacks.

So here are my simple pre-summer detox tips, for busy people.

Lemons
When you wake up, squeeze a wedge of lemon into hot water for a revitalising drink. Because it aids digestion, it’s great for beating the bloat and speeding up the release of toxins from your body. Beyond this, it’s an effective way of fitting more vitamin C into your day, which promotes healing and helps to maintain healthy bones, cartilage and tissue. Bottom line is it’s a fantastic, cheap way to get your body hot and healthy from the inside out.

Water
We all know how important water is to a healthy diet, but chugging away glass after glass is often unpleasant unless you’ve been mountain climbing that morning. Keep a bottle of water with you at your desk and in your handbag, that way it’ll always be on hand and you can get more into your system without the hassle.

If you don’t like the taste of plain water, add cucumber or lemon slices – it adds taste and you’ll be packing in more vitamins. I’m a huge fan of glass water bottles as they have a reduced risk of chemical toxins being leeched into the water from the bottle itself. Drinking more water is great for flushing out all the nasties that make us bloated, tired and puffy looking and it’s one of the easiest ways of getting yourself feeling healthy and detoxed for summer. Plus it’s a super simple way to counter last night’s sangria.

Smoothies
I love a smoothie when I’m in a hurry. I literally just smash everything in the blender and drink it in the car on the way to work. It’s basically a quick, portable breakfast packed with nutrients, that you can tailor to suit your tastes. Being a big fan of super foods I throw in a heaped teaspoon of my favourites, which at the moment are maqua powder, gubinge powder, chia seeds and bee pollen. I stock up at www.peachyclean.com.au, which is a great spot for everything healthy.

A good breakfast needs carbs, protein and loads of vitamins and minerals to set you up for the day. Always add greens like spinach to the smoothie, you can’t taste it, but it’ll be doing you good. Try one of my favourite breakfast smoothie recipes:

1 cup of organic almond milk
A splosh of coconut water
1 banana
½ cup of frozen blueberries
A handful of spinach
A few spoonfuls of superfoods (add your favourites)

Blend until creamy. Enjoy!

Being high in fiber, sweet and chocked full of vitamin E, iron, zinc, selenium, potassium and more, this will have you feeling super virtuous, satiated and full of energy.

Juice
Juicing – we’ve heard all about it. It pumps your body full of micronutrients and is far easier to work into your day than eating a kilo of raw veggies at your desk. Always base your juices around veggies and add a dash of fruit to keep it sweet and palatable – that way you aren’t just pumping your system full of just fructose. Ideally keep your veggies cold before you juice them as it well help keep the juice from spoiling. If you want to make a big potion, bare in mind to keep it cold and drink it within a few hours to maintain optimum nutrient levels. If you’re on the go, make it first thing in the morning and keep it travel-handy in a thermos.

I love this earthy, citrus juice recipe for early morning juicing:

½ celery bunch
4 carrots (washed not peeled, most nutrients are just beneath the skin)
1 beetroot (raw not tinned)
2 green apples
2 oranges (peeled)

Or if you fancy a power cleanse, try ‘The Hulk’ juice recipe (because it’s bright green and super potent, yet delicious).

½ celery bunch
1 spinach bunch (roots removed)
1 kale bunch
2 pears
1 apple

Incorporating little, healthy changes into your everyday routine is the best way to kick-start your healthy self for summer, and small changes can make a big difference to how you feel and look. You don’t need to be miserable and hungry, just healthy and happy. And the healthier you are, the happier you’ll be.

Have you ever done a detox? Share your detox experience!

Kate Jones blogs about writing and pop culture at Calvicle Capitalism.

October 13, 2013