category_drink80DSCN6392JUICE! – You can make some beautiful juices: watermelon and strawberry, nectarine and raspberry…but that’s not what this is about! This is about ingesting the maximum amount of vegetables with full on phyto-micro-nutrient-anti-oxidant stuff and minimising fruit juice’s blood sugar kick.

Juiced vegetables on their own aren’t particularly delicious, so I do add some fruit. After considerable experimentation, this is what I’ve settled on for my mid-afternoon-keep-me-writing-til-tea-time drink. To save time I tend to make a jugful and freeze it in plastic cups, defrosting it just before I’m going to drink it. These recipes make one large glass though. I use a champion juicer; vitamix is also supposed to be excellent.

IMG_0862Spinach Smoothie – adapted from Thug Kitchen

2 handfuls of spinach

1 cup (about 250 ml) coconut water

1/4 cup of orange juice (about 50 ml)

1 dsp flaxseed oil

1/2 sliced, frozen banana

5 pieces of frozen mango

3-4 mint leaves


Carrot Juice

3 large carrots, scrubbed, topped and tailed

1 apple, cut into wedges

1 orange, peel removed, cut into pieces

1 lime, peel removed, cut into quarters

half an inch of root ginger


Beetroot juiceBeetroot Juice

2 large beetroots, scrubbed, topped, tailed and cut into pieces

1 carrot, scrubbed, topped and tailed

1 apple or a pear cut into wedges

1 lemon, peel cut off, chopped into pieces


Spinach juiceSpinach Juice


2 handfuls of spinach

1/3 of a cucumber

1 lemon, peel removed, chopped into pieces

1 pear, cut into wedges

4-5 basil leaves


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