Michael van Straten
Michael van Straten

Juice Up Your Performance

You wouldn't put second rate fuel in your car, scooter or mower, so make sure you don't put it in your own body. These juices will help build up your muscles, give you the energy to exercise, the vitality to enjoy it and make sure you look good in time for the summer holidays.

There's even one to boost the kid's resistance to all those summer bugs at school. Here's how to get superfuel from my superjuices.

Body-Builder For Anyone Trying To Gain Weight
15 fl oz whole milk
5 oz live yoghurt
1 banana, peeled
1 dessertspoon molasses
1 dessertspoon honey
1 dessertspoon tahini
1 dessertspoon wheatgerm
1 dessertspoon brewers yeast
4 fresh dates, stoned

Puree the dates in the blender, then add all the other ingredients. Drink half in the morning, keep the rest in the fridge till evening.

The world appears to be full of people trying to lose weight, but for the permanently skinny life can be miserable.

They won't go to the gym, the swimming pool or on beach holidays. They usually try stuffing themselves on unhealthy high fat foods when what they really need is to eat lots of small meals a day including plenty of high calorie, low bulk foods like the ingredients in this super shake. When I offered a weight gain recipe in a national newspaper recently, we had 15,000 requests!

Super rich in healthy calories, calcium, potassium, contains iron, vitamin E, and some B vitamins. Nuts, seeds, and dried fruits are a terrific source of lots of calories with very little bulk - it's extremely difficult to eat enough of the starchy foods to provide the surplus calories required.

This shake tastes much better than it sounds and the added bonus comes from the dates, believed throughout the Middle East to have aphrodisiac properties - you've been warned.

Back To School
3 tangerines, satsumas or clementines, peeled
½ pineapple, sliced with skin
4 oz blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 banana
carton live yogurt
1 dessertspoon runny honey
10 drops herbal extract of Echinacea

Juice the tangerines, pineapple and blueberries. Then put in a blender with banana, yogurt, honey and Echinacea.

A great immune booster at any time but especially for children at the during the demanding summer term.

Try to give them a couple of glasses a week for protection against bacteria and viruses and to help keep them illness-free and ready to enjoy the summer holidays when they come.

Super rich in vitamin C, bioflavonoids, potassium, beneficial live bacteria and healthy calories. The dark coloured pigments in blueberries give a healthy boost to the body's own natural defences as well as protection against some cancers.

The live beneficial bacteria from the yoghurt not only ensure good digestion, but are also known to play a vital part in the immune process.

On Your Marks
1 large parsnip,
2 carrots,
1 apple,
4 tangerines

If you're putting off exercise because you just can't work up enough enthusiasm, this is the juice for you. Perfect before a round of golf, a game of tennis, an evening of ten-pin bowling, a session in the gym, a cycle ride or even a long brisk walk.

The slow release energy from the parsnip and carrots, the instant fruit sugars in the tangerines, and the sustaining benefits of the apple, will certainly get you on your mark and raring to go.

Super rich in vitamin C, betacarotene and instant energy, rich in potassium, phosphorus, sulphur and silicon. Contains vitamin E and some B vitamins.

The complex starches in the parsnip and carrots break down slowly, giving gradual energy release which is ideal for sporting activities. This juice will give you an instant lift and get you in the right frame of mind and body to enjoy your activities.


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