Presses, Smoothies and Juice Recipes
Updated: Mar 2
Smoothie and juice bars are popping up everywhere for and for a very good reason! Drinking fresh juices can detoxify the body and help to create a more alkaline body, rather than the acidic, disease enabling body most of us have. Fresh smoothies and juices give a boost of energy and lead to a clear mind. A smoothie or juice for breakfast is one of the best ways to start the day.
Juicing is a powerful tactic which is used as a weight loss strategy which enables you to lose weight fast whilst obtaining proper nutrition, and aiding a healthy lifestyle.
My mum came to stay last Christmas and with all of the fuss and commotion surrounding the holidays I didn't juice. She complained to everyone how she had missed the juices. It's a bit like a healthy version of smoking, once it becomes a habit, it's a habit you can't live without.
How I got into Juicing
Everyone who knows me knows i'm a Netflix Junkie, specifically a documentary junkie. I much prefer to learn something new than to watch dramas and soaps.
I watched a documentary on Netflix called Fat Sick and Nearly Dead by Joe Cross and was amazed at his transformation. You can catch a glimpse at Joe in interview on the video below.
Then Came Jason Vale on YouTube with his documentary, Super Juice Me, again I was blown away by the changes in the people that attended the Juicy Oasis in Portugal. You can watch the documentary below and see for yourself why I was amazed.
From those two documentaries onward I was hooked. I then went on to get my family and friends hooked and they have all experienced the power of plants. Yes I know plants are boring and it seems like a lot of hard work but it really isn't.
Fruit and Veg, they don't have to be boring
Fruit and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin C and potassium. In their natural form or as a smoothie or juice they're an excellent source of dietary fibre, which can help to maintain a healthy mind and body whilst promoting good gut health. The daily consumption of your 'five a day' could and should help you prevent constipation and other associated digestive problems.
Fruit and vegetables including those unwanted greens can help you to reduce your risk of getting heart disease, stroke and some cancers including bowel cancer. A diet high in fibre reduces your risk of bowel cancer. That's why smoothies are the champions when it comes to hiding the greens and consuming fibre and nutrients all in one place.
Fruit and vegetables taste great despite what many may think. They also contribute to a healthy, balanced diet and are easy to come across. If fresh fruit and veg are expensive in your area, opt for frozen but don't go without. Frozen products are often a better source of nutrients as they are mostly frozen at the source. Whereas, fresh can be anywhere from two days old to two weeks and may have flown or sailed halfway around the globe. Yes, that's what we call fresh these days?
There's so much variety to choose from that you can't possibly hate it all, can you? Well here's the thing. Fruit and vegetables are usually low in both fat and calories. That's why eating them can help you maintain a healthy weight and even help you to lose weight easily. Obviously is you fry them or roast them with lots of oil you'll put weight on, so keep it boiled, steamed, raw, juiced or pulped, add flavour and bob's your uncle. A tasty meal or snack to see you through.
What's the difference between a smoothie and a juice?
The difference between a smoothie and a juice is; a smoothie retains its fibre. Smoothies have a lot of fibre as they retain the pulp whereas, a juice typically filters out much of the fibre from the fruits and vegetables whilst being juiced. Presses are also a healthy way of consuming fresh juice but as they are watered down, they help to control the amount of natural sugar that you are consuming daily. I'm not sure about you but I could drink juices all day, every day.
I'm not too keen on smoothies, I prefer juicing. However, I have listed the recipes for some of my favourite smoothies and juices below. Over the coming weeks of consuming juices and smoothies daily, I will continue to add to the list below.
My favourite Smoothie Recipes
Below are a couple of my favourite recipes, they are easy to make, cheap and full of amazing taste. You will need a semi decent blender to create the perfect smoothie. I use this blender.
Strawberry-Banana Blend 1 banana, 1 cup strawberries, 1 spoon of protein shake, 1 cup of almond milk, a pinch of cinnamon and 1 cup ice.
Triple-Berry Blend 1 cup of blueberries, 1 cup of strawberries, and 1 cup of raspberries with 1 cup of almond milk, a sprig of mint, half a teaspoon of maple syrup and 1 cup of ice.
Honeydew Melon and Almond Blend 2 cups chopped honeydew melon, 1 cup of almond milk, one cup of ice, and a chunk of ginger to taste.
Peach, Ginger and Apple Blend 2 cups frozen sliced peaches, 1 cup of almond milk, 1 teaspoon of maple syrup and 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger.
Pineapple, apple, papaya and strawberry Blend 1 cup of frozen sliced pineapple, 1 chopped apple, 1 cup of sliced papaya and 1/2 cup of strawberries and 1 cup of water.
If you don't have a smoothie maker you can use a standard blender and create a smoothie but for the recipes below, i suggest juicing as the best option. If you don't have a juicer you will need to purchase juice from the supermarket which is full of sugar, very little nutrients and will defeat the object of juicing for health.
My favourite juice recipes
The purpose of juicing is to consume a concentrated amount of fresh, live fruit and vegetable nutrients in the shortest amount of time.
I use this juicer as it squeezes the juice out of the fruit rather than heating the juice by centrifuge. It seems a little costly at £99.99 compared to a blender or a standard juicer but the cost will be far outweighed by the health benefits. Masticating juices help to retain live vitamins and nutrients and are why we juice for health.
Carrot, Apple and Ginger Juice 3 carrots, 1 apple, a chunk of ginger and 1/2 cup of ice.
Pineapple, Spinach, Apple and Ginger Juice 1 cup of pineapple, 1 apple, 1 cup of spinach and a chunk of ginger.
Lemon, Orange, Lime and Ginger Juice 1/2 lemon, 1/2 lime, 1 orange and a chunk of ginger.
Mango, Banana, Ginger and Lime Juice 1 banana, 1/2 lime, a chunk of ginger and 1 cup of mango.
Beetroot, Kiwi, apple and Lime Juice 1/2 beetroot, 2 kiwis, 1 apple and 1/2 lime.
You can add 1 cup of ice in the blender to any of the above juices if required.
And then there's the Presse!
Presses are a lighter type of juice that has an added concentration of water to fruit. Presses are great for summer parties, BBQ s and dinner parties as an addition to the water jug. They are normally made from carbonated water, fruit juice, and sugar. You don't have to add sugar, you could add alternatives such as Stevia or maple syrup. Common presse recipes include:
Cucumber and mint
The power of plants is outstanding, there is no substitute for the real thing and juicing and smoothie making is fun. See, you've just got to love fruit and veg as they aren't that boring afterall!