Juices for Living

 

Few businesses in Melbourne’s iconic Centre Place have been around longer than Jungle Juice.

When dance studios, barbers, a hobby store and a Polish bookshop dominated the laneway back in 1999, Marcus McNamara and his wife, Annabelle Sheppard, decided to set up shop. Although there are cafes aplenty 16 years later, Jungle Juice still draws crowds thanks to its fresh bagels and a rotating juice special that’s made using fresh fruit and vegetables delivered daily.

These recipes are suitable for any domestic juicer and should make approximately 500mls of juice (enough for one big serve). Simply peel the fruit and vegetables where necessary and chop them into pieces that fit in your juicer.

McNamara recommends not thinking too much about it. “Just throw yourself in it,” he says. “There’s no science to it – if you make too much, just drink a bit more.”

Green Detox

Kale is the superfood of the decade. Not only is it easy-to-grow, but this leafy green vegetable is also packed with vitamins, proteins and minerals. Its high fibre content – along with the water content of the celery, apples and cucumber – helps regulate the gut and promotes a healthy digestive system.

Ingredients

3 celery stalks
5 kale leaves
3 green apples, halved
½ cucumber

Anti-Ageing Elixir

Ginger’s healing properties have been prized for thousands of years, but it’s also rich in gingerol – an antioxidant that protects against collagen breakdown. While time and exposure to the elements can cause skin to become congested and irritated, ginger’s natural anti-inflammatory can improve circulation and lead to younger-looking skin and a reduction in varicose veins. The antioxidants and high levels of vitamin A in carrots may even delay signs of ageing, and the vitamin C from oranges will boost your immune system.

Ingredients

3 carrots
1 knob ginger
2 oranges
1 celery stalk

Healthy Heart

Although a watermelon is 90 per cent water, it’s rich in vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids and lycopene – a naturally occurring and powerful antioxidant that may prevent a number of diseases, including heart disease – which also gives fruit and veggies red pigmentation. Studies have also found that watermelon may help reduce blood pressure, while passionfruit and pineapple are loaded with free radical-fighting vitamin C. Add the passionfruit separately and you’ll get the most out of the fibrous seeds and pulp.

Ingredients

1 apple
2 generous chunks of watermelon
3 slices pineapple
1 passionfruit

Combat Cholesterol

Soluble dietary fibre has been shown to bind to cholesterol in the intestines and increase its elimination from the body – and pears, oranges and kale are loaded with it. High levels of vitamin C in oranges also help neutralise free radicals that promote cholesterol build up, while mint is chock-a-block with antioxidants that can help combat indigestion, allergies and the common cold.

Ingredients

1 pear
5 kale leaves
2 oranges
3 fresh mint leaves

Information provided in this article is not medical advice and you should consult with your healthcare practitioner. Australian Unity accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of any of the opinions, advice, representations or information contained in this publication. Readers should rely on their own advice and enquiries in making decisions affecting their own health, wellbeing or interest.