Michael van Straten
Michael van Straten

Get Your Super Juices Flowing

With spring just around the corner, it isn't only young men's fancies that turn. As the sap begins to rise, these drinks will help recharge your body, mind and spirit as we put the thoughts of dismal winter days behind us.

Bunny's Bonanza
2 dark green cabbage leaves
handful parsley
handful coriander
1 stick celery
3 carrots (peeled if not organic)

Wash then juice, alternating the herbs with the other vegetables to avoid clogging up the machine.

If you really want to find out whether it's true what they say about rabbits, try a glass of Bunny's Bonanza. The traditional aphrodisiac benefits of coriander and celery, the sexual stimulus of parsley and the plant estrogens in cabbage make this the perfect potion for couples. The antiviral benefit of carrots and the antibacterial properties of coriander make sure there'll be no bugs in your bunny.

Super rich in vitamins A and C, rich in sulphur, and contains some calcium and iron. It's the phytochemicals that work in this mixture. The potent volatile oils in coriander and celery, and the strengthening indoles in cabbage are the key. It's not for nothing that throughout Europe, cabbage is known as the medicine of the poor.

3 carrots
Generous handful of watercress
Generous handful of spinach
1 large leaf spring greens
½ cucumber
¼ quarter red pepper, deseeded

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, now's the time to start. De-coke your sluggish system with this blood purifying, body cleansing and vitality stimulating drink. Honestly, it tastes much better than it sounds.

Super rich in vitamin A and carotenoids, rich in sulphur and vitamin C. This juice is more important for its phytochemicals than its basic vitamins and minerals. Special carotenoids in spinach and spring greens protect the eyes against degenerative diseases and the extra beta carotenes from the red pepper and cucumber help to revitalise skin and the mucus membranes of the nose and throat.

The whole juice boosts the immune system and raises your vitality quotient in time for spring.


4 prunes, soaked overnight in water
2 pears
1 medium cooking apple

Juice the pears and cooking apple - the sharpness will counteract the sweetness of the prunes. Remove the stones from the prunes and liquefy in a blender with 4 fluid ounces of water. Add to the juice and stir well. This really does taste a lot better than it sounds having a slightly sweet and sour edge and the wonderful aroma of the pears.

This juice is rich in vitamin C with a large amount of the soluble fibre, pectin, from the apples and pears. The gentle bulking activity of the fibre combined with the laxative properties of prunes makes this juice a good cleanser. The stimulating effect on the digestive system gives it gentle laxative properties, ideal for the relief of occasional constipation.


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