Time to take juicing to the next level? In her third book, Superfood Juices: 100 Delicious, Energizing & Nutrient-Dense Recipes, L.A.author and natural food chef Julie Morris gives you simple blends to make yourself. Superfoods—rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants—provide your body with the nutrient boost it needs to stay healthy. “Superfoods are simply the best of the best within every class of food—fruits and veggies that have the MOST of these micronutrients per calorie they provide,” says Morris. “When we use them in juicing, we get more benefits with every sip we take.” In her book, learn the fundamentals of juicing, start a DIY cleanse, or even mix a bonus superfood cocktail. Since we’re juicing fanatics ourselves, we chatted with Morris to get the inside scoop.
Yoga Journal:What are 5 things every juicer should have on hand in their kitchen?
Fresh seasonal produce—nutritional backbone
Glass Mason jars—fun to drink from!
Superfood powders—My favorite is wheatgrass powder because it gives you all the nutrition in a green juice without the green vegetable taste. Green juices are made with green leafy vegetables like spinach or kale, grasses like wheatgrass or barley grass, or even edible algae like spirulina or chlorella. It doesn’t have to be green in color, but it does have to contain at least a serving of one of these nutrient dense green plants.
YJ: What are your favorite ingredients for pre and post workout?
JM: I’m primarily a long-distance runner, so before [a run] I love green apple and kale together because it mixes sweet and tart flavors—add spirulina powder because it’s a mineral powerhouse. It’s high in natural sugars and ultra hydrating. Afterward, I like to replenish [my] electrolytes and mineral loss from sweating, and get a protein boost, by juicing celery, almond butter, spinach, spirulina powder and a large sweet apple.
YJ:What’s one ingredient you should always use in your juice blends?
JM: Chia seeds. They’re an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids for heart health—they have more than any animal source including fish. They’re also high in fiber, which slows the release of sugars into the bloodstream.
YJ: You have some bonus superfood cocktails in the back of the book. What’s your favorite go-to recipe?
JM: I figure if you’re going to have a cocktail, why not throw in a few healthy ingredients at the same time? I make an amped up screwdriver at home that’s super easy. Add a shot of vodka and orange juice in a 1:2 ratio, and add a tablespoon of Sea Buckthorn. This gives your drink an extra citrus zing, and infuses Omega-7 fatty acids for cardio health and vitamins A, C, and D, which are amazing for your skin among other things.