Vitality Juice Recipes

Almost two centuries ago, the doctrine of vitalism held that the origin and phenomena of life are the result of a vital principle – not just of purely chemical or physical forces. Vitality is that force: the captive dynamic power present in seeds, nuts, berries, fruits and vegetables.

Because they harness the forces of sunlight, earth and water, these growing things contain everything we need to live life to the full. To be healthy, active and mentally alert; to produce fine, strong children; to avoid the diseases of the modern world and unnecessary ill health in old age … all this and more is within everyone’s grasp. Designed as it is, the human body should survive in an active, healthy state for as much as 120 years. So why doesn’t it? Part of the answer lies in the modern, hectic world we live in. Increased stress levels, sedentary jobs and greater pollution are all factors, but – more importantly – so is our diet. By moving away from natural foods with their inherent vitality, we have sold ourselves short. We may well be living longer than our ancestors, but we’re having to deal with such diseases as cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome, CJD and Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis and Parkinson’s disease. I can’t guarantee that you will avoid all these, but if you want to give the scales a massive tilt in your favour, then look no further than Vitality Juices. These juices contain powerful antioxidant nutrients that neutralise dangerous free radicals. Some are laden with carotenoids that protect the eyes. Some are simply bursting with vitamin E, which promotes fertility. Others are rich in substances that protect against a wide variety of cancers.

Does juicing really promote vitality? Well, a sprightly neighbour told me on his 90th birthday that he still had two ambitions in life. One was to get a centenary telegram from the Queen; the other was to be shot by a jealous husband. He has been Vitality Juicing for 50 years – so I’m not sure he was joking!

Kiwi fruit

Kiwi fruit (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Apple and watercress energiser

This is the ultimate vitality Superjuice, ideal as a regular booster once or twice a week, and essential at times of greater stress, increased workload or any time when your body and mind need to be bursting with vitality and creative energy. It also promotes greater concentration and is an aid to mental agility and physical activity – which is precisely why it’s called the ‘Energiser’.

Apples, 2, unpeeled, uncored and quartered

carrots 2 large, unpeeled; unless organic, remove top and bottom

tomatoes 2 medium

kiwi fruit 1, unpeeled

watercress 1 handful

spinach 1 handful of leaves

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamin C Rich in vitamin A, beta-carotene. Potassium, magnesium and zinc, contains iron, calcium, and lycopene. Because of its high Vitamin C content – more, in fact, than your minimum daily requirement the Apple and Watercress Energiser will help ward off many a common cold or bout of the ‘flu. Its lycopene guards against heart disease and cancer – not bad for something that is also a terrific booster-juice!

Blue passion

Here’s a juice that is guaranteed to chase away the blues, put a glow on the skin and keep you super-active. It looks good, tastes good and does you good because it overflows with masses of nutrients. Blue Passion is a real tonic: just one glass will give you instant energy and high levels of immunity. What better way to start the day? PaSSion-fruit 3, flesh scooped out into juicer Cantaloupe melon 1 medium, peeled mangO 1, peeled, without stone blueberries 4 oz

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamin A and C. Rich in Carotenoids. Contains B Vitamins and vitamin E, potassium and some calcium.

The abundant carotenoids are Blue Passion’s most important asset: they’re hugely protective against degenerative diseases and cancers, as well as being just plain good for your eyes. This magical mixture is better than turning water into wine or lead into gold. Pity the alchemists never stumbled on this formula…

Power pack

Pears, apples, celery, kiwi fruit: you’ll search hard to find a juice that packs a more powerful punch in the vitality stakes than Power Pack. Never ignore the nutritional value of pears: they’re much more than just a sweet fruit. Like apples, they’re rich in pectin, easily digested and help the body eliminate cholesterol – all of which make this a highly valuable Vitality Juice.

Apples 2, unpeeled, uncored and quartered

kiwi fruit 2, unpeeled

pears 2, unpeeled

Celery 1 stick, with leaves

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamin C, beta-Carotene, and a range of other Carotenoids. Rich in Vitamins A and E. Contains folic acid, potassium and immune-boosting phytochemicals. The combined benefits of Power Pack make it a real stress-buster. The acids in apples break down fatty foods, while the huge amounts of carotenoids in kiwi fruit are protective and energy-enhancing. Celery adds a calming effect, helping to eliminate stress and keeping blood pressure low; no wonder Hippocrates used it around 2,000 years ago for this very reason!

Tropical revitaliser

It may be summer time, but in the city, the living ain’t easy. With massive amounts of pollution-borne free radicals, bacteria and viruses pumping through air-conditioning systems, the office is a particularly dangerous place. But fear not! This Superjuice will boost your natural resistance and revitalise your energy levels.

What’s more, it tastes great: the sharp cooking apple contrasts with the sweetness of pineapple and mango, all of which blend beautifully with the berry flavours.

cooking apple 1 Bramley, unpeeled, uncored and quartered

mango 1, peeled, without stone

pineapple ½ unpeeled

blueberries 4oz

strawberries 4oz

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamins A, C, and Camtenoids. The Tropical Revitaliser provides specific anti-cancer, antiviral and anti-bacterial substances which have a direct effect on the immune system. The healing enzymes in pineapple also make this a valuable Superjuice to take after physical activity, injury or surgery. And what better way to recharge the batteries on a hot summer’s evening than with a glassful of something this fabulous?

Tutti-frutti

It’s no coincidence that grapes are one of the most popular fruits given to sick or convalescing people. They’re uniquely nourishing, regenerating and strengthening. When combined with the protective constituents of peaches, kiwi fruit and strawberries – not to mention the extraordinary antioxidant powers of passion-fruit and pomegranate – grapes make this is one of the most powerful of all Vitality Juices.

Strawberries 6 medium

kiwi fruit 2, unpeeled

passion-fruit 2, flesh scooped out into juicer

peaches 2, stoned

pomegranate 1, seeds and flesh scooped into juicer

red grapes 6 oz

Vital statistics:

Rich in Vitamins A and C. Although rich in vitamins, this Superjuice is far more valuable for the tannins, flavones, enzymes and other essential aromatic Oils it provides. Just one glass of Tutti-Frutti contains the quintessential vitality-enhancing and life-protecting elements of Nature. So what are you waiting for? Down the hatch!

In the pink

The colloquial saying ‘in the pink’ means to be in very good health and that’s what this juice will help you to be. In the West, plums are not usually thought of as being particularly health-giving, but Oriental medicine knows better. This simple, quick and delicious juice is an instant shot in the arm that’s rich in blood-building vitality-boosters.

Red plums 6, stoned

red apples 2, unpeeled, uncored and quartered

*pink grapefruit 2, peeled, leaving pith behind

*if taking prescribed medicines, consult your doctor before drinking large amounts of grapefruit juice

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamin C and bioflavonoids. Rich in potassium and carotenes.

Thanks to the plums. In the Pink is also a valuable source of iron which can be easily absorbed due to its high Vitamin C content. Make sure you peel the grapefruit carefully before juicing, however, leaving behind as much pith as possible to preserve the vitality-enhancing bioflavonoids and pectin.

Apple tart

Here’s an eye-opening vitality juice to start your day. The sweetness of the apples and the sharp acidity of the lemon juice cleanse the palate, while the volatile esters provide a head-clearing aroma that will get anyone off to a good start. Experiment with different varieties and mixtures of apples. For this juice, the most aromatic will produce the greatest benefits.

Apples 4, unpeeled, uncored and quartered

lemon 1, with peel if thin-skinned

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamin C. Contains bioflavonoids and limonene.

‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’, says the proverb – and it’s almost true. The special soluble fibre in apples helps the body eliminate cholesterol, and eating two a day is enough to make a measurable difference in a short space of time. Even smelling the aroma of fresh apples is enough to lower your blood pressure, and it can sometimes prevent the onset of a migraine attack.

Wrinkle zapper

Yes, I know. It’s a pain taking the stones out of all those cherries, but it’s well worth it: you end up with the most delicious juice you’ve ever tasted. Do make sure you choose dessert cherries rather than the cooking variety, however, which are very sour. Buy the darkest-coloured ones you can find, as they’re the richest in the highly protective natural substances that make this such a valuable Vitality Juice.

Apples 2, unpeeled, uncored and quartered

cherries 12 oz, stoned

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamin C Rich in carotenoids. Contains folic acid and potassium. The real bonus of this juice is its huge concentration of substances called anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins which.

Among other things, have powerful protective and regenerative properties directly linked to collagen. You won’t need those injections if you consume regular amounts of the Wrinkle Zapper -a much safer and cheaper alternative!

Athlete’s pit-stop

This Vitality Juice is really the ‘Wrinkle Zapper Mark II’, but our American cousins will grasp the significance of this juice’s name, since they call cherry stones ‘pits’. Like the Wrinkle Zapper, Athlete’s Pit-stop is full of collagen-protecting substances that make this a boon for the regular athlete or exerciser, since collagen forms the building blocks of the cartilage, ligaments and tendons that are so prone to damage during sport.

Apple 1, unpeeled, uncored and quartered pear 1, unpeeled

cherries 12 oz, stoned

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamin C Rich in carotenoids. Contains folic acid and potassium. The slightly higher sugar content of the pear adds a little extra energy to this juice, so it’s a useful vitality drink before or after exercise. Though the dark-green, thicker-skinned pears contain more fibre and pectin, the golden-yellow Williams version is sweeter, with more sugar. Either way, the phytochemicals this juice contains also protect all the collagen structures against damage and inflammation.

Strawberry fayre

This juice is best made when strawberries are in season, since that’s when they have their highest nutrient content. Pick your own or buy locally grown varieties whenever possible, as these delicate fruits don’t travel well. Often thought of as too acidic and bad for arthritics, the truth is the exact opposite. Combined with the pear, peach and lemon, this is a 100-octane Vitality Juice.

Peach, stoned

pear 1,unpeeled

lemon ½, with peel if thin-skinned

strawberries 16oz

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamin C. Rich in Vitamins A and E. Contains potassium. Due to the high contents of natural salicylates (aspirin-like substances) and ellagic acid contained in strawberries, this vitality Juice is a natural, safe pain-killer -especially good for all forms of arthritis. It is also a powerful anti-cancer mixture.

Scarborough fair

Just like the traditional folk-song made famous by Simon and Garfunkle, this juice is the ideal combination of vital force and calming influences. It’s the gentle giant of Vitality Juices, since it nourishes body, mind and spirit.As a bonus, it also enhances memory, is cleansing and – thanks to the sage and thyme – is mildly antiseptic.

Sage 6 leaves

Carrots 4, unpeeled; unless organic, remove top and bottom

Celery 3 sticks, with leaves

thyme 1 small sprig (place leaves only into juicer)

parsley 1 handful, with stalks

rosemary 2 teaspoons, removed from stalks

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamin A and carotenoids. Rich in vitamin C and folic acid. Contains potassium, Calcium and small amounts of other B Vitamins. The natural diuretic properties of celery and parsley give Scarborough Fair its cleansing properties, while the sage stimulates liver function, the rosemary improves memory and concentration and the thyme is a good antiseptic. This is an ideal choice for those dark, autumn and winter mornings when you need help in getting both body and mind into gear.

Pawpaw punch

It doesn’t matter how good the food is that you eat; if it’s not digested properly, it’s of little benefit – a fact that Shakespeare, with his extraordinary perceptions of the human body and its frailties, knew only too well. ‘Now, good digestion,’ says Macbeth in ‘The Scottish Play’, ‘wait on appetite, and health to both.’ The Bard would never have sampled a pawpaw, but he certainly would have approved of this Vitality Juice, which is both a stimulant of appetite and improver of digestion.

Pawpaws 2 large, deseeded, flesh scooped out of skin)

cantaloupe melon ½, peeled

lime ½, peeled (unless key lime)

grapes a small bunch

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamins A and C and beta-carotene. Rich in potassium, contains papain.

A powerful, protein-digesting enzyme that is especially effective on all meats. The tannins in the grape skins are an appetite stimulant, while cantaloupe is surprisingly rich in nutrients but also contains digestive enzymes. This combination generates maximum vitality through optimum digestion.

Kohl slaw

Kohlrabi is a direct descendant of the ancient wild cabbage introduced to Germany from Italy during the Middle Ages. Sadly its popularity has not spread far beyond its German borders, but this ugly-looking bulbous vegetable tastes like a mixture of turnips and cabbage with a dash of peppery radish thrown in. As a founder member of the brassica vegetables – along with cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and many others – it’s a powerful booster of the immune system and protects against many forms of cancer.

Carrots 3, unpeeled; unless organic, remove top and bottom

Celery 1 stick, with leaves

kohlrabi 1 small (bulb and leaves)

fennel ½ bulb

Vital statistics:

Rich in Vitamins A and C and potassium. Kohl Slaw combines the liver-stimulating chemicals in fennel with the diuretic properties of celery and the anti-oestrogen indoles of kohlrabi. (Indoles are substances which particularly protect women against hormone-linked cancers.) Other nutrients lower the risks of stomach and bowel cancers, too – which makes this the perfect drink for toasting your health!

Beet treat

Vitality depends on every cell in the body receiving its fair share of good nutrition. The only way this can happen is when nutrients are absorbed by the blood and carried throughout the circulatory system, where essential nutrients are made available to individual cells. If your blood is not in peak condition, it won’t perform this function efficiently, and vitality flags. This Vitality Juice helps build better blood and provides essential ingredients for cell protection.

Carrots 3, unpeeled; unless organic, remove top and bottom

apples 2, unpeeled, uncored and quartered

beetroot 1 small, unpeeled, with leaves

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamins A, C and E.

Rich in vitamin B6, folic acid and potassium, contains iron, calcium and magnesium.

In traditional medicine, beetroot has long been regarded as a blood improver -with good reason, considering all the nutrients and vitamins it contains.

That is precisely why, in Eastern Europe, beetroot juice is still used as part of the treatment for leukaemia.

Spring clean tonic

After a long, hard winter of cold weather, dull days and dark mornings and evenings, vitality can reach its lowest ebb. If you haven’t boosted yours with fresh juices, then now’s the time to start. Decoke your sluggish system with this blood-purifying, body-cleansing and vitality-stimulating drink. Honestly, it tastes much better than it sounds!

Carrots 3, unpeeled; unless organic, remove top and bottom

spring greens 1 large leaf

cucumber ½ medium

red pepper ¼ deseeded

Watercress 1 generous handful

Spinach 1 generous handful of leaves

Vital statistics:

Super-rich in Vitamin A and carotenoids. Rich in sulphur and Vitamin C. The Spring Clean Tonic is more important for its phytochemicals rather than for its basic vitamins and minerals. Special Carotenoids in spinach and spring greens protect the eyes against degenerative diseases and the extra beta-carotenes from red pepper and cucumber help revitalise skin and the mucous membranes of the nose and throat. A great boost for the immune system, this tonic raises your vitality quotient in time for spring.

Octet con spirito

Introducing the ultimate Vitality Juice. These eight vegetables combine to boost immunity, stimulate the liver, activate the kidneys and build better blood. The Octet con Spirito also reduces blood pressure, lessens the likelihood of blood clots and revitalises the libido.

And you don’t even have to recycle a can once you’ve drunk it down!

Asparagus 3 spears

Carrots 3 large, unpeeled; unless organic, remove top and bottom

radishes 3, with leaves

Celery 2 sticks, with leaves

beetroot 1 small, unpeeled, with leaves

garlic 1 clove, peeled

Spinach 1 handful of leaves

Spring Onion 1 medium

Vital statistics:

super-rich in beta-carotene and carotenoids. Rich in vitamin C, riboflavin and folic acid, contains potassium and phosphorus. As well as the nutritional benefits listed above, the Octet con Spirito offers a host of other health benefits. The natural substances in garlic lower cholesterol and are also antibacterial and antifungal. Asparagus is cleansing and diuretic, while spring onions and garlic both help ward off chest infections.

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07. August 2013 by Sue
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