(smooth-ju: smoothies and juices!)

Q: Kathy, do you believe in juice cleanses?

A: I think the real value of cleansing is that it helps to balance out cravings, increases energy by giving your digestive system a rest from having to process solid foods, increases mental alertness, and just acts as a good reset button for your body. But, I don’t believe people should look to cleansing solely as a weight loss solution, even though that may be a side benefit of doing it.

Tips for a smooth-ju cleanse:

  • If you feel the need to chew, feel free to nibble on any of the ingredients within the smoothies.
  • Experiment with whatever ingredients are in your kitchen! Smooth-ju recipes are often flexible to fit your tastebuds…and budget!
  • Feel free to blend a little extra and sip on while you’re on the go!


beet-juice2 Sweet Beet Juice


2 carrots

1 beet

1 lemon, peeled


Put all ingredients in juicer and enjoy!






Spicy Apple Smoothie


4 radishes

3 leaves chard

Handful arugula

Ginger to taste

1 C. cold water

1/2 green apple


Put all ingredients into a blender. Add more water as needed. Best if served cold.


green-juice-unkownGreen Machine Smooth-Ju


1 C. broccoli

1 1/2 C. cold water

1 leaf kale

1 C. arugula

1/2 avocado

1 juiced lemon


Cut the skin off the lemon and juice. Set aside. Blend the broccoli, water, kale, avocado and arugula until smooth. Add in the lemon juice and mix. Best if served cold.



Blueberry Protein Shake


1/2 C. frozen blueberries

1/2 C. frozen strawberries

8 oz (1 C.) unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

1 squeeze lemon


Blend together and enjoy!




Classic Green Juice


4 stalks celery

1 cucumber

Handful of kale

1 lemon, peeled

1/2 apple


Juice all ingredients together. Best if served cold.




Tropical Coconut with Greens Smoothie


1/2 C. coconut water, chilled

1/2 C. cold water

Handful of spinach

1 Cucumber, sliced

2 stalks of celery

Squirt of lemon juice


Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Best if served cold.