Jason Vale on Juicing

Juicing is a quick and easy way to consume a good volume of nutrients and vitamins, and increase your energy – in a glass! It is also fun for the family as it’s great for kids to join in. Thirdly, it is the fast track to fitness and beauty when you just don’t get that ‘you’ time. The way to beauty on the outside is to start on the inside.

Juicing is great for pregnant women, breastfeeding women and also women wanting to lose weight post-birth. Some final tips on this (and a small disclaimer!). Ensure that you have a good mix of different smoothies and juices, buy organic, wash everything thoroughly, add more foods such as avocados (or even nuts and seeds) which contain the essential fatty acids to aid milk production, and always check with your GP and health advisor if unsure about certain foods being included.

FRESH MINT LEMONADE

  • 2 Golden Delicious apples
  • ½ medium lemon
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves
  • 1 handful small ice cubes.

Get the juice party started this summer!

Put one apple into the chute, pack in the mint and lemon and then finish with the other apple. Juice the lot and pour over ice and mint.

SERVES 1

Best Served…

If you are having a braai this summer, why not do something a little different. Simply set up your juicer to the side of the braai, or at the ‘kitchen hub’ (where most people end up) along with a load of apples, lemons, fresh mint, glasses and ice and get your guests to make their own ‘homemade mint lemonade’. It’s a wonderful talking point, it’s interactive, fun and helps to get the party going. Plus the little ones will LOVE it, as it tastes just like lemonade but without the refined sugar.

The scent of mint

The early Romans believed eating mint would increase intelligence. The scent of mint was supposed to stop a person from losing his temper and royal ambassadors carried mint sprigs in their pockets.

VANILLA ICE CREAM SMOOTHIE

  • ½ pineapple
  • 1 Golden Delicious apple
  • seeds from 1 vanilla pod
  • 4 large tablespoons bio-live yoghurt
  • 1 heaped teaspoon Manuka (active) honey
  • 1 small handful ice cubes, light dusting (optional) raw cocoa powder.

SERVES 1

Sweet Instructions

Juice the pineapple (no need to peel if you have a good juicer – although you get a smoother juice if you peel it) and the apple. Slice the vanilla pod and scrape the seeds directly into the blender. Add the fresh juice, yoghurt, honey and ice, and blend until creamy and mind-blowingly delicious.

Best Served…

over a large scoop of crushed ice – we want it to be icy and creamy… as in Ice Cream!

Is that a vanilla fact?

The United States, France and Germany consume 90% of the world’s vanilla. Demand for natural vanilla has grown considerably and in the past decade the annual vanilla crop has doubled to almost 10,000 tons!

Too tasty to be healthy?

It’s true that this tastes too good to be healthy, but look at what’s in it: vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, folic acid, C, E, and K; minerals including potassium, iron, sodium, calcium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, copper and manganese. It also contains digestive enzymes, natural sugars, amino acids, essential fatty acids and many other amazing things that I am sure science has yet to uncover!

GET RIPPED

  • 2 Golden Delicious apples
  • 1 celery stick
  • ¼ medium cucumber
  • 1 small handful spinach
  • 1 small handful kale
  • 1 small handful ice cubes.

Get ready to get ripped

Put the apple in first. Pack all of the other ingredients into the chute and then use the second apple to pack everything in tightly. Juice everything on the highest setting on your juicer and pour over ice.

SERVES 1

Best Served…

If you, like many, are doing that little bit of exercise to look your best for the beach, then make this juice just before and after training to help you, as Jason would say, let rip on the beach.

K is for vitamin K!

Kale is a nutrient powerhouse. Just one cup of steamed kale contains 1,328% RDA vitamin K and 354% RDA of vitamin A – 100 gram of fresh spinach leaves contains about 25% RDA of iron

ANYONE FOR TENNIS

  • 400g fresh strawberries
  • ½ (peeled) pineapple
  • 4 tablespoons live yoghurt or soya yoghurt
  • 1 small handful ice cubes.

‘Serve’ yourself this tennis treat

Pack the strawberries into the chute before you turn on the machine. Juice on the slowest setting and push through slowly so you extract as much juice possible. Juice the pineapple on the fastest speed setting. Fill a tall glass half full with juice, add two tablespoons of yoghurt, top up with juice then add the rest of the yogurt. Swirl round with a spoon and enjoy.

SERVES 2

Best Served…

Juice up this tasty concoction, close your eyes and remember how Andy Murray won Wimbledon this year – the first British man to do so in 77 years!

That’s a lotta fruit!

Hugh Lowe Farms in Kent provides 30 tonnes of strawberries to Wimbledon over the fortnight. They’ve been the only provider of Wimbledon strawberries for over 20 years.

 

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Jason Vale on Juicing

Jason Vale
About The Author
- 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.