Health & Wellness
A Q&A with Zia's Daniela Troia
Q: How do juices differ from smoothies? Juices are made by extracting the juice and separating the pulp from the produce. Smoothies are blended whole, keeping the fiber in the drink.
Q: What is the best way to make them at home? To make juice at home, you’ll need a juicer. I use a Breville at home, it’s really easy to make a quick juice. It’s a good, inexpensive starter juicer. For smoothies, you’ll need a traditional blender or a bullet-type blender. I’ve become a bit spoiled and really only want to use a Vitamix. No other blender compares in my opinion.
Q: What are the essential ingredients to both? I always have a bunch of apples, cucumbers, celery, and lemons in my fridge. I like to have some fun and add mint, ginger, and fresh turmeric.
Q: Is it okay to use frozen fruit or non-organic? Totally. Think about other stuff you eat. More than likely, this is trumping anything else you put in your body.
JUICE RECIPE: The Virgin Mary
YIELD: Varies depending on your juicer, use a measuring cup to prepare.
- 4 ounces carrots
- 5 ounces tomatoes
- 5 ounces celery
- ½ lemon
- 1 clove garlic
- ¼ beet
- 1-inch cube fresh horseradish
- ½ teaspoon raw apple-cider vinegar
- Thai or spicy pepper of your choice
SMOOTHIE RECIPE: Turmeric Lassie
- 5 oz Brazil Nut Mylk (recipe below)
- 1/2 cup frozen or fresh Mango
- 1 cube of fresh turmeric or 1/2 tsp. dried turmeric
- 2 pinches of cardamom
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
Brazil Nut Mylk:
- Soak 1/2 cup Brazil nuts in water over night
- Drain water and blend with 1-cup fresh water until completely smooth.
- Strain through a fine sieve.
- You can add as much water as you want to the desired thickness you like.