Some time ago I decided to invest in a new juicer. I had dabbled with juicing for well over a year, using an old and beat up thing from a previous era, and felt it was time to get serious. Having received my new toy (The Aluminium Juicer by Philips if anyone’s wondering), I was excited to see that it came with a recipe book by juice guru and motivational health coach, Jason Vale, called ‘The Juice Master, Keeping it simple’.
For those of you who do not know of Jason Vale (and I didn’t until the book arrived), he is known as The Juice Master, or the Jamie Oliver of juicing. An enthusiastic fan of juice detoxing he also runs retreats, juice bars and publishes DVDs and tv-programmes – clearly a busy man. What’s nice about his book however is that it has got something for us all. There are recipes for juices and smoothies aimed at old, young, sick, slimming and anti-ageing seekers and so on. The factual section of the book goes into great detail about what each ingredient does for us and what vitamins it contains. He even manages to fit in a little 3-day juice detox programme for those feeling brave.
As I was in a rush today, I decided to test one of Jason’s concoctions and picked the Ultimate Health Booster. It promised to ‘cleans the system, feed the cells and boost my immune system. What’s not to like? His recipe calls for a juice but as I was doing liquid lunch I decided to go off piste and have it as a smoothie instead. The fibre from the fruit and veggies would fill me up more than a juice would. This is my little adaptation of Jason’s liquid sunshine:
Ultimate Health Booster by Jason Vale
1 inch slice of pineapple (I did 2)
1 apple (J recommends Royal Gala or Golden Delicious)
1 inch broccoli stem
1 small handful of spinach (I had 2)
1/2 stick celery (I had 1)
1/4 inch piece of ginger
1 inch slice of cucumber
1 small handful of watercress
Parsley (I didn’t)
1/2 ripe avocado
2 cups coconut water (my addition)
Blend the lot and drink immediately. This amount gave me 2 large martini glasses of gorgeous green smoothie and it was utterly delicious. I can highly recommend it and will try more of Jason’s recipes to share on this blog. Happy Friday x