RE: Blenders and smoothies
I use mine all the time i any sort of fruit in them i usually go for bananas and strawberries/raspberries,can't really stand bananas on there own so the other fruit takes the edge away. I have tried most of the recipes below and most of them are good.I did make a particulary nasty one the other day though with garlic,onion and kiwi,someone told me this would help to clear up my chest infection it worked but it was still nasty.
Carrot, Apple & Ginger
8 Medium Carrots 2 Apples (Cox's, Royal Gala or Braeburn)
Slice of root Ginger (to taste)
Carrot, Apple & Ginger makes a delicious starting point for those who have never tried vegetable juices. It has superb nutritional qualities: carrots are a good source of Vitamin A and Beta Carotenes, providing anti-ageing and cancer-fighting antioxidants. Apples have an abundance of pectin which forms a gel that breaks down toxins in the intestines and helps maintain a healthy bowel function. Ginger is an excellent tonic for the entire digestive system. In fact, Carrot & Apple is a staple drink of the Gerson Institute of Cancer Therapy.
Carrots need to form the majority of the juice otherwise the flavour of the apples will dominate. The ginger provides a nice touch of spice, but use it sparingly - it's powerful stuff!
Carrot & Spinach
6 Medium Carrots 100-150g Fresh Spinach
Carrots are one of the richest possible sources of Vitamin A and also contain an abundance of Vitamins B, C, D, G, E and K. Spinach is probably the most vital food for the entire digestive tract. It is naturally abundant in Vitamins C and E as well as iron and folic acid, which provide excellent blood building properties and help protect the body against anaemia.
With the above factors taken into account, Carrot & Spinach is an extremely nutritionally beneficial combination. It is also (surprisingly to some) very pleasant tasting.
Whichever juicer is being used it is normally best to feed a small amount of spinach followed by carrot. If using the Champion it is best to actually feed the spinach with the carrot. This juice also works well if carrot is replaced by apple. The pectin in the apples and folic acid in the spinach make a combination that is particularly effective in removing built-up plaque from the intestines.
Apple, Pear & Lime
3 Apples (Cox's, Gala or Braeburn) 2 Pears
½ a Lime
This juice is simple but refreshing and delicious. As well as containing carotenes, pectin, potassium and Vitamin C from the apples, the pears provide an excellent source of soluble fibre.
Simply juice the ingredients in any combination. Peel the lime before juicing, but if you want more zest in the drink, leave some peel on.
Carrot, Parsley, Spinach & Celery
4 Carrots 1 Small Handful of Flat Leaf Parsely
100g Fresh Spinach 2 Sticks of Celery
Parsley, particularly the flat leaf kind rather than the curly, provides a very potent herbal juice. As such, it should never be taken in too large a quantity. Its properties can help maintain healthy blood vessels and a normal function of the adrenal and thyroid glands, while also acting as a diuretic. The combination is believed to provide excellent qualities for regenerating and healing tissues within the body.
Apple, Celery & Ginger
3 Apples (Cox’s, Gala or Braeburn) 4 Sticks of Celery
Slice of root Ginger (to taste)
Another delicious juice, this is rich in celery - an important source of sodium which is beneficial for the nervous system. The high mineral content of the drink makes it excellent before or after strenuous exercise.
Carrot, Greens and Hemp Milk
40-50g of Hemp seeds
(preferably germinated) 4 Medium Carrots
100g Spinach 2 Sticks of Celery
Fresh Rosemary (optional)
Hemp is one of the most nutritionally complete foods available and is rich in Omega 3,6 and 9 Essential Fatty Acids. It is also an excellent source of protein. To get the best out of hemp it needs to be thoroughly washed and it is often a good idea to soak the seeds for 8-12 hours to start germination, and perhaps even to sprout them as this can increase nutrient availability.
Pink Grapefruit & Orange
3 Oranges (Valencia if possible) 1 Large Pink Grapefruit
Citrus juice makes a superb breakfast drink when the body is active in its detoxification cycle. As well as the nutritional benefits of orange juice, the grapefruit in this drink is rich in beta-carotene and bioflavinoids, particularly naringin, which is renowned for thinning the blood and lowering cholesterol.
Pomegranate & Orange
5 Oranges (Valencia if possible) 2 Pomegranates
Pomegranate and Orange tastes exquisite and is deliciously refreshing at any time of day. As most people know, oranges are an excellent source of Vitamin C. They also contain bioflavinoids, calcium and Vitamin B6 among others. Pomegranates contain beta-carotenes, heart-protecting phytochemicals and Vitamin E.
1oz Fresh Wheatgrass Juice 1 Apple
½ a Lemon Slice of Ginger (to taste)
A Wheatgrass Zinger provides an excellent introduction to wheatgrass and may be preferable for those who aren't too keen on the intensity of straight wheatgrass juice!
Simply juice the wheatgrass in the appropriate juicer followed by the remaining ingredients. Sip it slowly and enjoy!
Banana & Berries Smoothie
1 Large Banana 1 Large Handful of Strawberries or other Berries
2-3 Apples Yoghurt (optional)
Prepare the bananas and berries as appropriate and freeze them. Strawberries are commonly used in smoothies, but blueberries, blackberries and raspberries also make excellent choices. Place the frozen ingredients in a blender. Juice the apples and add to the blender with the yoghurt if desired. Blend until smooth then serve immediately and enjoy this fantastic drink.