I was able to try Schkinny Maninny over two days and I would recommend starting on the weekend. If you have always wanted to try a juice cleanse then this might appeal to you.
The freshly squeezed juices, soup and salad arrived in a small esky. They were all packaged in plastic, so you can rinse them and recycle. The only real cooking I had to do was reheating through the soup.
You are able to specify your dietary requirements when you order. I liked most of the juices, but thought the soup needed more seasoning. I would have liked the juices to be full of green vegetables, but the fruit based ones were yummy because of the fructose content.
If you can afford the cost, I would recommend trying it once every few months when you are on holidays and relaxed.
Citrus and coconut water are a refreshing combination on a hot day. You could add a pinch of sea salt and have these as a replacement for those hydrating ice blocks you get at the chemist, as coconut water replaces electrolytes in the body.
Ice block moulds can be found in $2 shops or kitchen shops, otherwise use plastic cups and paddle pop sticks. You may need to double the recipe if your moulds are bigger.
1 cup of coconut water
1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
Combine coconut water and freshly squeezed orange juice in a jug. Pour mixture into ice block moulds.
Place lid on moulds and place them in the freezer for a minimum of six hours.
I was intrigued to try Beet It – an organic beetroot juice. It comes in a 1 litre bottle or three types of shots – Organic, Sport and Ginger.
I tried the Beet It organic shot and boy did it pack a punch, but I liked it. I’m keen to try the organic beetroot juice straight up next.
Beetroots are packed with antioxidants and contain potassium, magnesium and iron as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, and folic acid.
Research has shown that beetroot can help reduce blood pressure as well as its associated risks such as heart attacks and strokes. This is because the high content of nitrates in beetroot produce a gas called nitric oxide in the blood which widens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. A daily dose of 250ml of beetroot juice or 1 to 2 cooked beetroot (approx. 100g) can help dramatically reduce blood pressure and its associated risks.
– Love Beetroot
This super deep purple juice is alkalizing, anti-fungal and anti-cancer.
It’s a great combination of healthy raw vegetables and fruits.
Beetroot not only detoxifies the liver and helps with methylation but also reduces blood pressure by helping the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is one of the chemicals the body produces to soften it’s arteries. Remember we want sort arteries and hard bones. Dr Greg Emerson
Carrots provide beta-carotene and antioxidants. Recent studies have identified polyacetylenes as phytonutrients in carrots that can help inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells.
Celery is is a very good source of vitamin C and potassium and a good source of calcium and magnesium, which may help to reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
Apples contain phytonutrients which help you regulate your blood sugar. They help to reduce your risk of lung cancer risk and asthma.
Pomegranates are an excellent source of vitamin C. Research has shown that they help prevent an impressive array of diseases, such as prostate cancer, diabetes, lymphoma, common cold, atherosclerosis, and coronary artery disease.
Limes are an excellent source of vitamin C and their flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.
Ginger is an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). It has very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, which help to reduce pain levels of arthritis. Research has shown ginger induces cell death in ovarian cancer cells. Ginger has been proven effective for motion sickness, nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
1 small beetroot
1 green apple
1/2 a pomegranate (or 50mls organic pomegranate juice)
a slice of lime (with skin if organic)
1cm piece of ginger
Place all the ingredients in a juicer and mix. Add water to fill up the glass, if desired.
Drink straight away to gain the most benefit from the nutrients.
The trouble with eating watermelons is the seeds and the mess. It drips everywhere, or it that just me?
Juicing watermelon solves this problem and the juicer will grind up the seeds so you won’t even notice you are eating them. Watermelons are high in potassium, Vitamin C and the antioxidant, lycopene. Watermelon seeds are high in B vitamins and magnesium.
Scientists have recently discovered that watermelon lowers blood pressure.
Watermelon juice is easily digestible and alkalinizing. Better still it is fat-free and a great thirst quencher.
4 leaves of mint
Chop watermelon into chunks and place pieces through juice machine.
Pour juice into serving glass half way and fill the rest of the glass with water.
Home made jelly tastes completely different from the store-bought jelly crystals. The little secret that I’m going to let you in on is that it is just as easy as pouring in some boiling water and mixing. Ok, maybe there are a few more steps, but I’ll get to that in a moment.
Recently I took some orange and passionfruit jelly to a friend’s place for after dinner. They turned their nose up and missed out. Later they found out that it was home made and regretted not trying it. Please don’t make the same mistake.
We’ve had the odd alpine strawberry from our hanging basket. They taste of sweet sorbet but would never sell in the shops because they are no bigger then my smallest fingernail. The strawberry seeds we planted in the vegetable beds haven’t shown up, which doesn’t really matter because the melons have happily taken over the space and spilling over the sides!
1 cup of fruit juice
1 cup of boiling water
4 tsps gelatine (or equivalent agar agar)
Squeeze fruit to make one cup of juice.
Strain the juice through a sieve to remove seeds and/or pulp. (optional)
Add sugar if needed to taste. Usually about 1 tbsp.
Add boiling water to a cup and then quickly mix in gelatine with a fork.
Combine the gelatine and juice mixture.
Pour in to molds and set in fridge overnight.
Note: I’ve used this recipe with lots of different fruit juices. It’s a great way to get rid of lots of passionfruit and withhold the seeds. Experiment and let me know what you try.