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Juices and Smoothies

Juices are “Nature’s finest liquid fuel” as Jason Vale would say. Juicing offers many life-enhancing health benefits, including a faster, more efficient to absorb a wealth of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients contained in fruits and vegetables. It also provides a way to access digestive enzymes typically locked in the fibre matrix contained in these foods.
For years we have been told to eat our 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables a day. In contrast, the French are told to eat ten portions a day, the Canadians between five and ten, and the Japanese 13 portions of vegetables and four pieces of fruit. Scientists claim if we upped it to at least seven portions it could have positive effects on our mood and outlook. They discovered that people who eat between 7 – 8 portions a day felt happier about themselves and life.

Star Appeal

However the sad fact is that despite spending millions on campaigns to get the British population to up their fruit and vegetable intake, fewer than a third of Britons hit that target. However these rather unpopular foods of nature are making a star studded come back – in the form of juices and smoothies. These provide an easy way of packing a fair few portions of fruit and vegetables into your daily routine, with very little preparation or chewing! Celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Kylie Minogue, Katie Price and Simon Cowell have all extolled the virtues of juicing.

Benefits of Juices and Smoothies

The powerful effects of fresh juices is partly due to the high concentrations of health-enhancing chemicals they contain, but also to the fact that it s easier for the body to absorb and assimilate essential nutrients quickly and efficiently when they are taken in liquid form. Juices are like the first emergency services – freeing up blockages, eliminating toxins, fighting free radicals, protecting us from ailments and maintaining normal bodily functions.

Green Power

Often the juice or smoothie of choice will be one with high fruit content. However the real power is in the green juices and smoothies. Green juices were at the core of Max Gerson’s protocol. The Gerson Cancer Therapy was an integrated set of medical treatment which is said to have cured many cases of advanced cancer. Green juices are a rich source of chlorophyll – this has powerful alkalising and detoxification properties and is a similar substance to human hemoglobin so is very nourishing for the blood. So when you make your juice or smoothie, try to incorporate plenty of greens into them.

Supercharge Your Juices

The difference between a juice and a smoothie is that a juice has had fibre extracted and a smoothie retains the fibre. At Chiray we believe they both have benefits and we try to incorporate at least one of each into our daily routine. We also like to incorporate an array of superfoods into our juices and smoothies to pack an extra powerful nutrient punch. Some of our favourites to add are Chiray Supergreens, wheatgrass, barleygrass, spirulina, chlorella, goji berries, raw cacao and maca.

A word about shop bought juices and smoothies. In general all shop bought products will have been pasteurised, which essentially eliminates most of the wonderful nutrients, minerals and enzymes contained in the raw form. They also tend to be high in sugar and generally something that at best should be avoided and at worse drunk in moderation and watered down.

Smoothie Recipes

Get Up and Green
• ½ Cucumber
• 1 apple
• ½ – 1 avocado
• Couple of handfuls of lettuce / spinach / kale
• Lemon juice
• Handful goji berries (you can buy these from us)

Blend all of these together.

Popeye Smoothie
• 2 sticks celery
• ½ small cucumber
• 2 chunks broccoli
• 2 handfuls spinach
• 1-2 apples
• 1 inch ginger
• Juice ½ lemon
• ½ ripe avocado
• Small handful of ice
Juice all the ingredients (except the avocado and ice). Place the juice into a blender and blend together with the avocado and ice.

Beetroot Blast
• ¼ small pineapple
• ½ raw beetroot
• ½ cucumber
• Juice ½ lemon
• Handful of spinach
• ½ avocado
• Handful ice
Juice all the ingredients (except the avocado and ice). Place the juice into a blender and blend together with the avocado and ice.

Strawberry Maca-ri
• 2 handfuls strawberries
• 1 teaspoon Berrylicious
• 2 dessertspoons hulled hemp seeds
• 1tsp – 1 heaped dessertspoon of maca
• Coconut water (amount depends on desired thickness)
• 2 dessertspoons natural yogurt
• Pinch vanilla powder / couple drops vanilla essence

Blitz all the ingredients together in a blender and serve in a martini glass!

Summer Smoothie
This makes a great breakfast – and kids love it!

• Handful strawberries
• Handful raspberries
• ½ banana
• 30g hemp seeds
• 25g sunflower seeds (pre soaked if possible – just soak overnight in some water)
• 25g cashew nuts (pre soaked if possible – just soak overnight in some water)
• 25g Brazil nuts (pre soaked if possible – just soak overnight in some water)
• Large piece ginger (optional)
• Approximately 250ml coconut water (or you can just use water)
Wiz all the ingredients together.

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