Ain't No Juice Like a Cold Pressed Juice
As an avid user of a Vitamix I don't have twang of guilt in advocating this 'cold pressed' style of juicing because it is so different. And you are going to hate me but if you have an older style clunker of a centrifugal juicer (like me) move it on. I've been testing the Kuving's Silent Juicer because on 7th Sept (first sat of the month) we are setting up a luk beautifood bar at The Sydney Morning Herald's Pyrmont Growers Market (more on that in another post!) and want to offer organic cold pressed beauty juices + green smoothies. So what makes it so good? With this type of juicing a huge amount of pressure is applied to the fruits and vegetables to extract the nectar directly from the pulp without applying heat. This pressing action helps keep the nutrients and enzymes intact, as well as creating an incredible consistency to the juices. Like the blender (because every goes in) the nutrient content of the juice is the closest thing you’ll get to eating raw fruit and vegetables. And it’s those nutrients that are going to keep you looking and feeling beautiful. And it loves fibrous vegetable like beetroot & carrot - 2 of my favourite veggies for juicing that don't really suit the blender. Plus when you make almond milk you don't have to strain it - make sure you soak your nuts overnight. The magic is in the colour and the pure beauty of a single juiced vegetable, herb, fruit of nut. Keep them separate and blend to taste as required. What do you want from your juices?
Anti-agingYou need: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, antioxidants (Lycopene) Juice these: Kale, Spinach, Almonds, Kiwi, Blueberries, Apricots, Tomatoes
MoisturisingYou need: B Vitamins, Vitamin E, Potassium, Luetin, Beta-Carotene, Carotenoids Juice these: Avocado, Zucchini, Pumpkin, Watermelon, Almonds
Brighten your complexionYou need: Manganese, Vitamin A, Vitamin C Juice these: Mint, Oranges, Strawberries, Carrots
Reduce inflammationYou need: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Anthocyanins Juice these: Cucumber, Beetroot, Pears, Brocolli, Cherries, Grapes, Nectarines Read more about what these beauty nutrients can do for you here. Some other positives of this style of juicing include the fact that the juice will not separate upon settling and will keep up to three days in the fridge, so you can save time with a bulk juicing session that will last you a few days. The insoluble & soluble fibre stays in suspension. I must also include the added benefit of juicing in silence; cringe no more at the early morning whizzing and whirring that dare disturb the slumber of the kids (or hubby!)...we wish! And of course the advantage of dry pulp comes second only to the simplicity of cleaning the thing! I spent the afternoon cold-pressing a colourful variety of my favourite fruits and vegetables - everything from apples to avocados. The results were a vibrant rainbow of fruity and veggie liquids. The next part of the fun was mixing the juices to create an array of Beautifood mocktails balancing out the beauty benefits with taste & extraction output. Here are some of my favourite mixes. Some of them may seem obscure but you must taste before you judge!
- Almond, pear, ginger, tumeric and carrot
- Pear, fennel, lemon juice & rind
- Avocado, banana and mint + ice (thru the mincer add-on)