From bee pollen and almond milk to aloe vera shots, these trendy juice and smoothie recipes couldn't be more refreshing if they tried

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Image: Summer smoothies and juices

Photo: Antonis Achilleos 2014

'Monsoon season juice' with pineapple, fresh turmeric, orange, lemon and cinnamon. Spicy stuff!

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Parsley, orange and watercress smoothie

Recipe: Anya Ladra / Photo: William Lingwood


1. Parsley, orange and watercress smoothie


What's new? This hulk-like juice contains some serious herbage in the form of flat-leaf parsley. That's something you won't see in the cafe down the road.


We love it because … sweet orange, mango and banana makes drinking your greens a breeze.


Juicer or blender? Blender


How do I make it? Put 200ml water, 200ml freshly squeezed orange juice, 120g chopped mango flesh, 1 small banana cut into chunks, a small handful of fresh parsley and a handful of watercress into your blender and purée away.


Give me more! Then get your hands on Green Drinks by Nicola Graimes (hardcover, RRP £9.99, Ryland Peters & Small), which has more than 50 recipes for great-tasting smoothies.

2. Cool cabbage juice


What's new? Ever juiced a cabbage? Enough said.


We love it because … if the bright purple hue wasn't enough, the unusual combo of flavourful cabbage, cooling cucumber and citrusy lemon might just seal the deal. One to impress any health-conscious juice drinker.


Juicer or blender? Juicer


How do I make it? Put ¼​ cucumber, 1 carrot, 1 stick of celery, 1 wedge of red cabbage, ¼​ lemon and a small piece of fresh peeled ginger into your juicer and whizz until smooth.


Give me more! Then purchase Juice by Liz Earle, (paperback, RRP £14.99, web price £4.99, Kyle Books) is full of similarly inspired recipes.

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Cool cabbage juice

Photo: Georgia Glynn Smith


3. Banana peanut butter tofu smoothie 


What's new? The tofu.


We love it because … it's deliciously thick and creamy – the ultimate breakfast beverage. Don't be nervous about adding a bit of floppy tofu: it thickens the smoothie like yogurt and, with virtually no flavour, it allows the peanut butter and banana to speak for themselves.


Juicer or blender? Blender


How do I make it? Stir together 2 tbsp rolled oats with 1 cup of milk (soy, almond or regular milk all work nicely). Allow to soak for 10 minutes to soften the oats, then blend with 1 large banana, ½ block of tofu, 2 tbsp peanut butter and ice until smooth.


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3. Peanut butter smoothie

Photo: Kristin Rosenau

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Watermelon Agua Fresca

Photo: Antonis Achilleos 2014


4. Watermelon agua fresca 


What's new? A sweet and fresh sparkling number with Spanish roots.


We love it because … it's great for a last-minute soirée or simply for cooling the kids down. Watermelon is mostly water (surprise) so it juices quickly and the sweetness is deliciously offset by an aromatic handful of mint.


Juicer or blender? Either


How do I make it? Blend 445g watermelon cubes, 10g mint and 120ml sparkling water until it all becomes one.


Give me more! Go buy Juice It! by Robin Asbell and Antonis Achilleos (paperback, RRP £12.99, Chronicle Books) tells you how to make this one in a juicer, too.


5. Aloe vera shots


What's new? Aloe vera is more often slathered on pink shoulders than it is sipped, but it's known for its soothing touch. We had never tried it in a juice-form before but boy, does it work wonders.


We love it because … this is one green, green glass – aloe vera and green pepper come together in delicious matrimony. Plus a 'shot' of juice means you get your daily fix without gulping your way through a whole pint.


Juicer or blender? Juicer


How do I make it? Juice 1 tbsp fresh aloe vera, ½ unpeeled cucumber, 1 green pepper and 1 unpeeled green apple. Use bottled aloe vera if you can't find the fresh stuff – add it to the base of your glass, then pour the juice over it.


Give me more! Pure: Juicing for Life by Sarah Cadji (hardback, RRP £15, Quadrille) has recipes that are tailored for each time of the day to help get them integrated into your routine.

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Shine from the Inside Shot

Photo: Kristen Perers


6. Sharon fruit and tangerine smoothie 


What's new? Sharon fruit, also known as persimmon. Let's face it, we don't eat it enough.


We love it because … this is one all-round cheerful smoothie. And, what with the deep sweetness of dates in there too, it's almost like drinkable sunshine that beats jus d'Orange hands down.  


Juicer or blender? Blender


How do I make it? It's 2 cups of cashew and almond milk, 1 ripe banana, 2 soft chopped dates, 1 ¼​ frozen persimmon slices, 1 ¼​ cups frozed tangerine segments, ½ tsp finely grated fresh turmeric (or ¼​ tsp dried, ground turmeric), 1 tsp grated fresh ginger and 2cm vanilla bean paste (or splash of vanilla extract) in your blender. Power up for 3 minutes or so and it's done.


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Persimmon and tangerine smoothie

Photo: Alanna Taylor-Tobin

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Photo: Toby Scott


7. Beetorade

What's new? Like kefir – a naturally sweet milk product – this fermented culture might look like crumbly cottage cheese but with the trend for at-home fermentation, it's definitely on the up.


We love it because … we're a bit bored of lemonade – and this sweet beetroot fizz is just the tonic.


Juicer or blender? Juicer


How do I make it? Chop 7 apples, 14 carrots, 6 peeled oranges and 1 beetroot, then pass through the juicer. Pour into a 1 litre jar with a tight-fitting lid, then add 5 tbsp water kefir grains (buy them here).


Seal the jar and allow to ferment for 24 hours, shaking occasionally, then open and give it a taste. If it's fizzy and slightly sour, strain then refrigerate for 1-2 hours before drinking. If not, ferment for a further 24 hours.  


Give me more! Fermented Foods for Vitality and Health by Dunja Gulin (paperback, RRP £14.99, web price £11.99, Ryland Peters & Small) is full of fermentation-inspiration.

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The Bee Smoothie

Photo: Kristen Perers

8. The 'bee' smoothie


What's new? Raw honey and bee pollen. Winnie the Pooh would be all over this one.


We love it because … honeyed and creamy, this smooth customer is a delicious start to the day. But let's talk bee pollen – it's said to be one of the most protein-rich foods around and a 1 tsp dose takes one bee a staggering eight hours per day for one month to gather! And we thought we worked hard. 


Juice or blender? Blender


How do I make it? Blend 230ml almond milk, 1 banana, ½ tsp bee pollen, 1 tsp raw honey, 2 dates (with stones removed), 2 tsp sesame seeds and a pinch of ground cinnamon until well combined.


Give me more! Pure: Juicing for Life by Sarah Cadji (hardback, RRP £15, Quadrille) – there's quite the buzz around it.

9. 'Monsoon season' pineapple juice 


What's new? It looks pretty unassuming, but with the twist of turmeric and cinnamon it's enough to wake anyone up.


We love it because … besides the great name, we fancy this citrusy smoothie for its unusual spice. Add a cocktail umbrella and sip in the sun.


Juicer or blender? Either


How do I make it? Juice 320g pineapple chunks, 2.5cm piece of fresh turmeric, 3 peeled oranges, ½ peeled lemon and ¼​ tsp ground cinnamon (in that order). Run the pulp through a few times to squeeze out as much juice as possible. Got a blender? Combine 170g pineapple, the fresh turmeric, 1 orange, ½ lemon and cinnamon, and whizz until smooth.


Give me more! Juice It! by Robin Asbell and Antonis Achilleos (paperback, RRP £12.99, Chronicle Books).

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Monsoon Season juice

Photo: Antonis Achilleos 2014


10. Running radishes juice 


What's new? Usually reserved for crunchy salads, it's the pink sprout's time to shine.


We love it because … radish is a spicy, peppery character. And blended with mellow potato and carrot, you'll wonder why you never juiced it before. 


Juicer or blender? Juicer


How do I make it? Juice 2 radishes, 1 celery stick, 1 beetroot, 1 carrot and ½ sweet potato through your juicer, then stir together.


Give me more! Juice by Liz Earle, (paperback, RRP £14.99, web price £4.99, Kyle Books).

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Running Radishes juice

Photo: Georgia Glynn Smith


11. Carrot energiser


What's new? We're used to paying through the nose for carrot juice. Time to make a better version at home.


We love it because … Sarah Cadji says that a dose of carrot juice can "leave you feeling more energised than drinking an espresso". We're in.


Juicer or blender? Juicer


How do I make it? Juice 2 peeled carrots with a thumb-sized piece of fresh root ginger. Then add 2 more carrots and a pinch of turmeric. Get sipping immediately or keep in an airtight container for up to 12 hours in the fridge.


Give me more! Pure: Juicing for Life by Sarah Cadji (hardback, RRP £15, Quadrille).

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Carrot Energiser juice

Photo: Kristen Perers

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Sleepy Salad juice

Photo: Antonis Achilleos 2014


12. Sleepy salad juice


What's new? Not what we had in mind for a nightcap – but we'll keep an open mind.


We love it because … this endearing fellow contains romaine lettuce, apprently known for its sleep-inducing​ properties since the Roman times. With dill and cucumber it sure tastes good, too – just be careful you don't drop off mid-sip. 


Juicer or blender? Juicer


How do I make it? Juice 1 head romaine lettuce, 2 tbsp fresh chopped dill and 1 cucumber (in that order). Run the pulp through again to again to extract as much juice as possible.


Give me more! Juice It! by Robin Asbell and Antonis Achilleos (paperback, RRP £12.99, Chronicle Books).

13. Strawberry and basil infused water


What's new? Water. But not as we know it. The humble clear stuff has been given some serious va va voom.


We love it because … it makes water taste, well, interesting! Add any combination of fruits, veggies and herbs (cucumber and mint, watermelon and rosemary, orange and fennel), then leave for the magic to happen. 


Juice or blender? Neither


How do I make it? Put 170g sliced strawberries and 20g fresh basil (bruised) in a 1 litre jar. Muddle together with a wooden spoon, then fill the jar with filtered water. Allow to sit for at least half an hour for the flavours to release – the longer you leave it, the better it tastes. 


Give me more! Raw and Simple Detox by Judita Wignall (paperback, RRP £15.99, Quarry).

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Strawberry and basil infused water

Photo: Matt Wignall