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Mighty Juices

Here are some great juice recipes for all to try, please look out for more,

 Mighty Green Grape

When it comes to juicing, you really are your own best chef. If you’re looking to start experimenting beyond your typical everyday recipe, this is an excellent juice because you’re adding in new and unique ingredients, like asparagus and zucchini, yet still achieving an excellent taste!

Ingredients:
1/2 cucumber
1 zucchini
1 handful parsley
6 asparagus stalks
1 large tomato
1 apple
30 grapes

Directions:
1.) Wash all ingredients.

2.) Add all produce through juicer, pour over ice and enjoy!

 Pineapple Gazpacho

On a Reboot? Shock your taste buds with a new abundance of flavors with this Pineapple Gazpacho Juice. It’s 80% vegetables and 20% fruit so it’s 100% Reboot friendly. And of course it’s a perfect juice for any day, even when you’re not on a Reboot and you’re just looking for an extra kick of tasty nutrients.

Ingredients2 medium tomatoes
½  cucumber
1 spring onion/scallion, optional
1/8 red bell pepper (capsicum)
¼  pineapple
½ lime

Directions:

1). Wash your ingredients

2). Peel the lime but leave the pith (the white) and peel the pineapple.

3). Juice all ingredients through your juicer.

NOTES:
This is one of those juices that you can spice up if you like.  Add a little spicy salsa of your choice.
The bell pepper  does come through, so cut back or eliminate if you do not like that flavor.

Why Should I Juice

Since I am in the kitchen 24/7, making decadent meals that may not be so healthy, I am often asked, why does a chef like you juice if you can eat the most delicious food in the world? Here’s my answer from my personal experience…

Why Juice?
Juicing is a way of concentrating all the nutrients, vitamins, phytochemicals, enzymes, minerals and alkaline properties from a large quantity of vegetables and fruits.  Juicing alleviates the digestion process and speeds up the assimilation of the life-giving goodness. When you consume juice, you are giving your body a super dose of essential nutrition. And your body will thank you! But it might get through the first few days to feel the thanks.

The Tough Part
When you start a strict juicing routine, it’s common for many people to experience a detox period.  Your body may have withdrawal symptoms from the refined carbs and fats that you have been consuming prior to juicing, as they contain addictive properties.  These refined carbs (white flour, sugar, rice and potatoes) and fats (chemically processed oils such as canola, corn, and soybean) are, in my opinion, dead food with no nutritional benefit.

It should take you three to four days for your body to detox and adjust.  This is a hard period and it might be wise to advise your friends that you may not be a “happy camper” and to please make sure that they encourage you to stay on the course. Ultimately, many people find that when they know this period of detox will pass in a few days, it’s easier to start up.

Get Started With Mighty Juices
Preparation is key when starting a new diet or lifestyle change.  In order to alleviate the detox period, stock up on vegetables and fruits for at least five days before you start juicing.  Having all these vegetables and fruits in the refrigerator and pantry will keep you focused on your desire to eat healthily even when you start craving the sugar, salt, fats, that you have been accustomed to.  When you get to day four or five you will probably want to see what other vegetables and fruits you can play around with as there will be a skip in your step and the sun will start shining out of you.  This is the point at which you will have the conviction of continuing.  Your enthusiasm and willpower will determine how long you will juice for.

 Summer Juice

This is a great intro juice. The reason we like this is because it has the 80/20 vegetable/fruit ratio. It only contains six ingredients so it’s easy to make and most of these ingredients are easy to find all the time. We call it “rainbow juice” as it has multiple vegetables and fruits of different colors.

Ingredients:
5 celery stalks
1/2 medium cucumber
1 large carrot
1 medium tomato
1/2 medium orange
1/2 medium peach

Directions:
1.) Wash all ingredients.

2.) Remove pit from peach and peel orange.

3.) Add all ingredients through your juicer and enjoy!

 Grape & Golden Beet Juice

This is another super unique and satisfying juice that is great for you if you are just starting out on your juicing journey! And if you’re doing this for the first time then this is 80% vegetable and 20% fruit so drink up! The golden beet and grapes add a hint of sweetness so you’ll love the taste.

Ingredients:
½  cucumber
1 tomato
1 zucchini
1 golden beet
1 ½ cups grapes
½ lime

Directions:
1.) Peel the lime leaving the pith (white)

2.) Wash vegetables and fruits.

3.) Add all ingredients through your juicer and enjoy! .

New to Juicing?

This is a great intro juice if you are new to juicing.  It has the 80% vegetable and 20% fruit ratio and only contains six ingredients so it’s easy to make and most of these ingredients are easy to find all the time.

Many people are afraid to jump onto the juicing bandwagon.  It is intimidating and somewhat scary.  You are going from solid foods to liquids.  Many of us are jumping from nutritionally dead food to super foods like wheatgrass powder in your juices.  The uncertainty is overwhelming, especially if you do not know too much about food and nutrition to start off with.  There will be a thousand questions going through your mind and most of them will make you not want to start juicing.

Having discussed how to effectively start juicing with my great friend and foodie partner Jane, we came to the conclusion that it was important that we start sharing simple but effective recipes for you to try.  It was hard for me (even as a food service professional) to know where to start when I finally decided to juice, so I started easy.  I took baby steps and had to gain confidence and knowledge before trying to run.  Based on that, we will post a new and easy juice on a weekly basis.  As time goes on, we will be posting more intense and complicated super juices.  We will also be posting some great food recipes for you to try once you have reached your target but let’s focus on juice for right now.

We want to help you.  As both chefs and food lovers, we can cut through the uncertainty.  We have been through the ups and downs of food.  We breathe food. We work with food every day.  We read, research, explore, watch documentaries, experiment and try all our recipes out before posting them to you.

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