The following recipes can be mostly be achieved with all types of juicer although a centrifugal juicer will produce a much lower yield when juicing greens. When using a centrifugal juicer to juice greens, simply squeeze the green vegetables into a ball in your hand and feed through with a harder vegetable like carrot. We do not recommend juicing wheatgrass in a centrifugal juicer as the yield is very poor. Wheatgrass requires a crushing action to obtain best results, so a masticating or twin gear machine is recommended.
Carrot juices are energy drinks. They provide you
with caloric power for that get up and go. Because they are stimulating, they are
good to have in the morning or daytime hours. Depending on the combinations, they
can have many specific physiological benefits. Beet juice, for example, is a wonderful
stimulant for the liver and parsley is a blood purifier. Sweet potato is an alkalizer
of the bloodstream and a mineraliser that also contains an enzyme for diabetics.
Cabbage is a wonderful juice for the stomach that is soothing for ulcers and gas.
Cucumbers stimulate the kidneys and parsley is a diuretic. Watermelon's high alkaline
fluid content neutralizes acids and flushes toxins out of the kidneys. Spinach stimulates
peristalsis. Aloe Vera, which is a plant more than a vegetable, is a wonderful detoxifier
of the bloodstream and lymphatic system.
While some of our carrot combinations had greens
in them, green juices are all green. Green juices are healing, stabilizing and calming.
They have a relaxing and centering effect. If you want a quick pick-me-up, drink
a carrot juice. But for long-term energy, take a green juice. If you are restless
or feeling mentally scattered, drink green. Green juice is a quieting drink that
is usually taken in the evening. It is perfect when you are exhausted. With ingredients
like lemon, ginger, garlic and cayenne, these green drinks can make you pucker or
gasp. It is the closest thing to a natural cocktail. In fact, today's juice bars
are not unlike their alcohol counterparts. After all, both have bar tenders who
mix drinks according to the customers preferences. The only difference is, one detoxifies
your liver while the other hardens it.
Mix these healthful fruits in the amounts indicated
or adjust the proportions to suit your taste. Seeded fruits should be cut in quarters
before running through the juicer. Removing the seeds is optional. Seeds can detract
from the taste of your juice because they contain strong tasting essential oils
and phyto-nutrients. Some people may be sensitive to them. Stone fruits (fruits
with pits in them) should never be run through the juicer whole. Quarter the fruit,
remove the pit, and run the cut fruits through the juicer.
You will need a blender to make smoothies or you can use your masticating juicer with the blank (homogenizing) screen. Depending on the power of your blender, you may have to add small amounts at a time for easier blending.
Various supplements including Wheatgrass, Spirulina and Flax Oil can be added to smoothies as the sweet taste of the fruits hides the unusual flavours. Also, ground down Almonds, Hemp, Flax, Sesame seeds etc. can be added for further nutritional value.
Wake & Shake Smoothie
Beets & Red Pepper Smoothie
AJ's Champion Truffles
The truffles works like this. You use the homogenizer fitting on the Champion juicer and pump through it a banana plus dried fruit plus nuts. How much of each thing you use tends to be dictated by what the Champion will handle. Not enough banana and it will pretty much seize up as you can imagine. You have to put it through a few times until you've just got this smooth mixture, then you add as much cocoa powder as it takes to make a truffle style stodge and put it through again a few times until you have a chocolate truffle mixture.
Make balls and then roll them in cocoa powder and hey presto you have truffles. Which nuts and dried fruit you use is up to you. My preference is apricots and brazils but figs and cashews are also good. They're extremely nice but a right pain to make. Cleaning the champion afterwards is not fun...
Other juicers with a homogenizing fitting can
be used but you may have to experiment with quantities depending on the machine