- With summer giving us some of the hottest weather of the season, there's a standard mantra being handed out by doctors everywhere: Make sure you drink enough to keep hydrated! With a fun book like Juice! in hand, this task is fun, easy and highly refreshing. Of course, this is a book that requires some additional equipment. To take full advantage of the recipes in the book, you'll need a juicer, a blender and a fine meshed sieve. Once properly armed with the above, it's time to take advantage of the season's finest fruits and vegetables.
Juice! makes every effort to cover all of its bases and offers a wide variety of beverage recipes to cure what ails you, soothe a stressed mind or just add a little tang to your life. While it's no substitute for an overall healthy lifestyle, freshly prepared juices can be an important addition. Here's a look at the chapters that organize the over 110 recipes in this fun book:
- Juicers and blenders
- Standard weights
- Seven am: Wake-up call
- Twelve pm: Hunger
- Three pm: Energizers
- Five pm: Cocktail hour
- Nine pm: Evening relaxers
- Juicy ingredients
- Fruits and vegetables
- Herbal remedies
- Nutritional benefits
And, of course, no review of such a book would be complete without a few sample recipes. So pull out your juicer and fruit basket and dig in!
- 1 ruby red grapefruit, peeled
- 1 white grapefruit, peeled
- 1 handful cranberries
Juice the grapefruit and cranberries together.
- The white pith of grapefruit contains pectin and bioflavonoids which make them an excellent antioxidant food.
- Cranberries aid in the prevention and treatment of urinary tract infections.
- 1/4 head iceberg lettuce, outer leaves removed
- 1 lime, peeled
- 1/4 cucumber
- 1/2 avocado, peeled and stoned
- 1 tsp wasabi (optional)
- 3 ice cubes
Juice the lettuce, lime and cucumber. Transfer to a blender and blend with the avocado and wasabi. Serve over ice.
- Avocados are the most energy dense and nutrient-rich fruit per calorie.
- Wasabi, which is also called Japanese horseradish, is available in specialty stores and Asian markets in both paste and powder form. It has a hot, fiery, pungent flavor. Take care.
- 2 carrots, tops and bottoms removed
- 1 handful of coriander
- 4 fl oz (125 ml) coconut milk
Juice the carrots. Blend with coriander and coconut milk.
- Coconut milk is not the liquid floating around in the center of the nut, but a mix of grated, unsweetened coconut flesh heated with water or scalded milk, then strained. This can be made at home or bought canned.
- 2 handfuls strawberries, hulled
- 1 banana, peeled
- 2 Tbsp coconut milk
- 4 ice cubes
Juice the strawberries. Transfer to a blender with the banana, coconut milk and ice. Blend thoroughly. Serve topped with freshly shaved coconut if desired.
- Strawberries supply the super-nutrient, ellagic acid, and vitamin C. Both coat the lining of the lungs and fight free radicals.
- For an even healthier alternative, 2 tablespoons of silken tofu can be substituted for the coconut milk.
- 2 nectarines, halved and stoned
- 1 peach, halved and stoned
- 5 strawberries, hulled
- 5 drops echinacea extract
Juice the nectarines and peach together. Blend with the strawberries and echinacea.
- Echinacea helps boost a sluggish immune system and wards off potential colds and flu. It is most effective taken when the first, niggling signs of sickness are sensed in the body.
- Peaches and nectarines are extremely perishable so are often harvested when still firm. Look for fruits that are not too hard. The harder the fruit, the less likely they are to ripen properly.
Diana Henry, Crazy Water Pickled Lemons.
- 8 lychees, peeled
- 1 tsp rosewater
- 2-3 ice cubes
- 1 tsp grenadine
Blend the lychees with the rosewater and ice. Pour in grenadine.
- Grenadine is a sweet, deep red, pomegranate-flavored syrup used to color and flavor drinks and desserts. Originally, grenadine was made from pomegranates grown on the island of Grenada in the Caribbean. Now other fruit-juice concentrates are also used to make the syrup.
- Reprinted from JUICE! by Pippa Cuthbert and Lindsay Cameron Wilson. Copyright by Good Books (www.goodbks.com).
Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Whether you are looking to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet or you're just looking to find a use for that juicer that Aunt Gerd got for you last Christmas, Juice! is a fun book that will have you quickly trying your own combinations and custom-made juices. In fact, it even has a section that will help you do just that.
- If you are interested in purchasing Jucie! by Pippa Cuthbert and Lindsay Cameron Wilson, you can buy it online right now for over 30% off the list price by clicking here. The publisher's list price for the cookbook is $15.95.