Here we offer a selection of tantalizing juices,  sweet smoothies, and elixirs. A fresh juice is preferable to a salty or sugary snack anytime. Limeade quenches your thirst and your sweet tooth on a hot sunny day. An almond butter smoothie can easily masquerade as a dessert. So simple, fast, and a joy to create! We also introduce a recipe for nut and seed milk—an essential for raw food preparation and more sweet smoothies … enjoy.

 

1- APPLE-BLUEBERRY JUICE

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Berries aren’t quite juicy enough to enjoy an entire glass by themselves. Luckily, they create sweet harmony with so many other fruits.

MAKES APPROXIMATELY TWO 12-OUNCE SERVINGS

1 pound blueberries (about 3 cups)
1 (1- to 2-inch) piece fresh ginger (optional)
4 medium-size apples, quartered
1. Run all of the ingredients through a juicer and enjoy in the bright sunshine!
2. You may want to start with the berries, then the ginger, and finish off with the
apples, to clean all of the berry and ginger juice from the juicer.

Variations

  • Replace the blueberries with an equal amount of other berries, such as raspberries, blackberries, or strawberries. Or try other fruits, such as cherries or grapes.
  • Replace all or some of the apple with pear or an equal amount of pineapple.

 

Superfoods for Health
All fresh fruits contain antioxidants, but berries really take the cake! In particular, blueberries are a treasure trove of these cell-protecting antioxidants.

2- CARROT-VEGETABLE JUICE

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This classic vegetable juice, high in vitamins C and A, is actually quite sweet, so you may wish to dilute it with a bit of water. You can also try mixing in a tablespoon of ground flaxseeds per glass to balance out the sweetness and the effect on blood sugar levels. If the ginger is organic and the skin is thin, you don’t need to peel it.

MAKES APPROXIMATELY TWO 10-OUNCE SERVINGS

Several sprigs of parsley
6 stalks celery
1 (1½-inch) piece fresh ginger
½ medium beet
10 medium-size carrots

  1. Put all of the ingredients through a juicer, in the order listed above, and enjoy. Putting the least juicy stuff through first and ending with the juiciest is an effective way to get all of the goods into your cup.
  2. Strain if you wish for a smoother, albeit less nutritious beverage. If you are not able to drink immediately, store in a tightly sealed glass jar in the refrigerator. You can increase the amount of parsley according to your taste, up to about one ounce.

Variations

  • Countless variations are possible. Using carrots as a base, add your favorite veggies and herbs, such as cabbage, tomato, lettuce, bell pepper, kale, beet greens, or cilantro in quantities that suit your fancy.
  • Try leaving out all of the veggies except the carrots and blending with 1 cup of almond milk (page 42) and ½ teaspoon of nutmeg, for Jamaican carrot juice.

Quicker and Easier
Straight carrot juice is one of the best ways to introduce kids to vegetable juices. You can slowly add other veggies once they are accustomed to the carrot juice on its own. Adding a small amount of apple makes the juice even more kid-friendly.

 

3- JOLLY GREEN JUICE

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Get your green on with this nutritious beverage that makes a refreshing elixir first thing in the morning or anytime you wish to put a little zip into your day. You can adjust the apple quantity to your desired sweetness.

MAKES APPROXIMATELY TWO 10-OUNCE SERVINGS

6 large leaves kale
6 stalks celery
2 large cucumbers
1 small lemon, peeled
2 large apples, quartered

  1. Cut the cucumbers, apples, and lemon so that they will fit through the juicer.
  2.  Run all of the ingredients through a juicer, in the order listed above, and enjoy. Strain if desired.

Variations

 

  • Replace the kale with Swiss chard or your favorite dark leafy green.
  • Add a ½-inch piece of fresh ginger and/or a clove of garlic
  • Try replacing the apple with pineapple or pear.

 Superfoods for Health
Green juices and sweet  smoothies are perhaps the most nutritious way to get your daily supply of dark leafy greens—revered for their potent antioxidant levels, and powerhouse of minerals and vitamins. The green comes from the high quantities of chlorophyll, which helps the plants convert energy from the light of the sun.

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4- INDIAN CHAI LATTE

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Chai in India comes in almost as many varieties as curry, so the elusive “authentic” Indian chai remains a matter of taste. This thick, spicy, and mildly sweet smoothies uses a very simplified method with fantastic results.

MAKES FOUR 12-OUNCE SERVINGS

¼ cup cardamom pods
13 cup (2- to 3-inch-long) cinnamon sticks
½ cup fresh ginger, chopped small
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 teaspoon whole cloves
6 cups rice milk (see Tips and Tricks)
2 tea bags black tea (optional), such as harmutty or a breakfast tea,
or 1½ teaspoons of loose leaf tea
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or ¼ cup brown rice syrup

  1. Place the cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks in a blender and pulse-chop two or three times to break them up a bit. Don’t blend them into a powder. Place them in a pot with the ginger, peppercorns, cloves, and rice milk. Bring the mixture to a boil over low heat, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Turn off the heat and, if desired, add the tea, and steep for 3 to 5 minutes (depending on the tea). Strain the liquid through a fine-mesh strainer and return to the pot over low heat.
  3. Add the maple syrup and whisk. Serve immediately

 

Variations

  • Try using allspice, anise, coriander, and nutmeg along with, or instead of, some of the spices listed here.
  • Try substituting green tea, such as gunpowder, for the black tea. Also try using red teas such as rooibos, vanillarooibos, or African honeybush tea. You can even substitute more robust teas such as Earl Grey, smoky Russian caravan, or Mate.

Tips and Tricks
For this recipe we recommend using rice milk over soy or other milks because it won’t thicken as much as it cooks. If you are using another milk, you may want to dilute the milk with water by one quarter to one half, depending on the thickness of your choice of milk.

 

5- HAZELNUT-FIG MILK

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This is just one of many ways you can create unique creamy nut milks, using the basic recipe. The fig and hazelnut combo is especially tasty. Try experimenting with different varieties of figs and nuts. Vary the amount of figs or add agave nectar to enhance sweetness.

MAKES 1 QUART

6 dried figs
4 cups water
1 cup hazelnuts

  1. Place the figs in a bowl with 4 cups of water for 15 minutes. Place the hazelnuts in another bowl with a few cups of water for 15 minutes.
  2. Drain the hazelnuts, rinse well, and place in the blender. Add the fig soak water, but not the figs, to a blender with the hazelnuts and blend well. Pour this mixture through a fine-mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or fine-mesh bag, saving the liquid in a bowl and discarding any hazelnut meal left in the strainer. If using a fine-mesh strainer, use a spoon to swirl the meal around, which allows the milk to drain faster.
  3. Return ½ to 1 cup of the milk to the blender and blend with the figs until creamy. Add the remaining milk, blend, and enjoy.

Variations

  • Add 3 tablespoons of raw cacao nibs or powder and/or 1 teaspoon of maca powder to the finished product and reblend.
  • Replace the hazelnuts and figs with your favorite nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. Some combinations to consider include Brazil nut–apricot milk, hemp-date milk, sunflower-raisin milk, or carob-mint-almond milk.

Quicker and Easier
A highly refreshing beverage consists of placing some dried figs in a mason jar or water bottle and filling it with water. Over time, the water takes on a fig flavor. Bring along on a hike, and when you are finished drinking the water, you can feast on the plump figs. The fig water will last for 1 day if left unrefrigerated, and for 3 days if stored in the refrigerator.

 

6- WATERMELON COOLER

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It is hard to improve upon simple watermelon slices. But give this drink or any of its variations a whirl and you, too, will soon be a drinkable watermelon convert. Little else can be so refreshing! Depending on how sweet your watermelon is, you may wish to add a little agave nectar as well. Use a cold, refrigerated watermelon and/or frosted glasses if you desire to serve cold drinks immediately.

MAKES FOUR 10-OUNCE SERVINGS

6 cups scooped watermelon, seeded
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
¼ cup mint leaves, lightly packed
Agave nectar, to taste, if necessary

  1. Blend everything together until the mint leaves are well ground up.
  2. Serve immediately or refrigerate to chill.

Variations

  • For a plain watermelon slushie, just use the above recipe minus all of the ingredients except the watermelon, adding the agave nectar to taste.
  • Another pretty party presentation is to add 1 tablespoon of food-grade rose water to a full blender of watermelon for a delicate floral drink. Try sprinkling with culinary-safe rosebuds, too!
  • For a berry-melon version, use one 10-ounce package of frozen strawberries or raspberries and fill the rest of the blender with watermelon. Blend and add agave nectar as necessary. Some lime or lemon juice will go beautifully with this as well (start with 2 tablespoons).

Tips and Tricks
A good trick for keeping this beverage cold at parties is to freeze some of the mixture in an ice cube tray and serve the cubes with the drink, or add some cubes and reblend before serving.

 

7- TROPICAL SWEET SMOOTHIE

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Vanilla is one of our all-time fave smoothie ingredients. If coconut butter is not readily available to you, this smoothie rocks without it. And it is a much better way to start the day than with the usual heavier starchy carbs.

MAKES FOUR 10-OUNCE SERVINGS

1½ cups mango, peeled and cubed
1½ cups pineapple, skin and
core removed, cubed
2 large bananas, fresh or frozen
1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
½ teaspoon vanilla extract,
preferably alcohol-free
1 to 2 tablespoons coconut butter
(optional)

  1. Blend all of the ingredients together until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 24 hours in an airtight glass jar.

Variations

  • You can substitute store-bought orange juice for the fresh OJ if you prefer. Apple juice is another good alternative, but these days health food stores carry a huge variety of interesting juice combinations you can play with.
  • Try using fresh or frozen berries, peaches, pears, apples, or pomegranate.

Quicker and Easier
Place the skin and core of the pineapple in a jar, fill with water, and refrigerate. This creates a subtly sweet water that can be used in Sweet smoothies or enjoyed on its own. Toss in a couple of cinnamon sticks and aniseeds for added flavor. Enjoy within 3 days for maximum freshness.

 

8- GALACTIC GREEN SWEET SMOOTHIE

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Sweet smoothies are an effortless way to get some high-quality raw greens into your system. Greens are filled with minerals and other nutrients that our bodies thrive on. And greens make your skin glow, too, so drink up for your health and enjoy the side effects! You may wish to start with a smaller quantity of greens while you grow accustomed to the concept. Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it, though. If you do not have access to papayas, replace them with an equal amount of pineapple.

MAKES TWO 16-OUNCE SERVINGS

4 pitted dates (preferably Medjool)
¾ cup apple juice
1 large banana (about 1 cup sliced)
1 medium-size papaya, seeded (about 2 cups flesh) (see Tips and Tricks)
¼ cup cashews or macadamia nuts
3 cups kale leaves, lightly packed

  1. If you do not have Medjool dates, which are moister than other dates, you may want to first blend the dates and apple juice together to puree them. Give it a good 30 seconds or so. (You can also use soaked dates if you followed our suggestion to have soaked dates on hand in the fridge.)
  2. Otherwise, blend all of the ingredients, starting on low speed and working your way up to high speed until smooth.

Variations

  • Substitute pineapple juice, coconut nectar, or pear juice for the apple juice. Or try any of your favorite juices that you think will match.
  • Substitute any kind of nonbitter lettuce such as green-leaf, red-leaf, or butterhead lettuce for the kale.
  • Adding several mint leaves will create a fresh taste.
  • Substituting peanut butter or almond butter for the cashews offers a different, equally rich and delightful taste.

Tips and Tricks
Papayas range from the size of a pear to the size of a watermelon. Depending on the season, you’ll see different varieties of papayas in many shapes and sizes (any of which will work in this recipe). Try to follow closely to the recipe measurement of 2 cups of the scooped out flesh to get the right amount and consistency. Also, be sure not to get ANY of the seeds in the smoothie. Even one can make the whole batch taste peppery.

 

9- PEACH-STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE

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Breakfast in a glass is the way to go on busy mornings. Consider this nature’s bounty in a made-for-the-road package. You can find organic frozen strawberries and peaches in 10-ounce bags at health food stores. If you use fresh peaches and/or strawberries rather than frozen for this beverage, you won’t need to use so much apple juice. Start with one cup instead of two. If you don’t have any frozen bananas on hand, fresh will do. Do not thaw the fruit before blending.

MAKES TWO 16-OUNCE SERVINGS

2 frozen bananas
5 ounces frozen strawberries (about 1 heaping cup)
5 ounces frozen peaches (about 1 heaping cup)
2 cups apple juice

  1. Blend all of the ingredients together on high speed until smooth. You may
    need to add a little more apple juice.
  2. Go slowly—you can always add more but you can’t take it away.

Variations

 

  • Try substituting soy milk, pineapple juice, or your favorite juice for the apple
    juice.
  • Try adding 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lime juice for a zestier flavor.
  • Add ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract for a creamier flavor.

Superfoods for Health
Enhance the power of your sweet smoothies with some high-nutrition add-ons. Some of our favorites include spirulina, ground flaxseeds, maca powder, cacao nibs, or goji berries. We sometimes enjoy adding other supplements such as New Greens or Berry Fusion from Pure Prescriptions. You can also add açaí, the South American superberry that can be purchased frozen in the United States. It’s considered to have the most antioxidants of any fruit. Follow the manufacturer’s suggested serving size or just add to your heart’s content.

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10- ALMOND SWEET SMOOTHIE

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Luscious and sweet and so good to eat, this smoothie is great when there isn’t much fruit in season. It very much helps if the bananas are frozen but it isn’t absolutely necessary. When made with freshly grated nutmeg, this smoothie becomes habit forming.

MAKES TWO 12-OUNCE SERVINGS

4 pitted dates
2 medium-size frozen bananas
6 tablespoons roasted almond butter
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of grated nutmeg (optional)
1½ cups rice milk

  1. Soak the dates in water to cover for 20 minutes and strain.
  2. Blend the dates with the remaining ingredients until harmony on earth prevails or until a thick, uniform consistency is reached about 1 minute.

 

Variations

  • Adding 1 tablespoon of cacao nibs, carob powder, or unsweetened cocoa powder to this smoothie absolutely cannot hurt.
  • Substituting almond milk (see page 42) for the rice milk will move this into the ultra-decadent range.
  • If you don’t have dates, substitute 1 to 2 tablespoons of agave nectar or maple syrup and another ½ banana for thickness.
  • For a raw version, use homemade Nut Milk (page 42) and raw almond butter.

Quicker and Easier
All these beverages have the benefits of being tasty and healthy and are good pick-me-ups for any occasion. But let’s not forgot about the ultimate beverage: good clean water. Spice up your glass of water with a few lemon or lime wedges. Herbal waters are also a refreshing change. Place a stalk of rosemary, a few sprigs of cilantro, or several basil leaves in a mason jar with water (plus ice if you like). Other flavors can be created with ginger slices, chamomile tea flowers, fresh mint, fresh ginger flowers, organic mini roses from your garden . . . the list goes on and on.

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