I am no dietician, nutritionist or any other –ist, similarly written by Mireille Guiliano in one of her best-selling books, but by virtue of my European heritage I love to eat and so, to support my insatiable appetite, I love to cook and am a devoted foodie enthusiast.

It bodes well for me that I have over the years amassed a treasure trove of recipe books, foodie journals and magazines so inspiration is always close on hand. I don’t much adhere to culinary trends per se, but I do love the health and nutritional benefits that the superfoods and millennial ingredients provide.

My favourite kitchen gadget is my trusted juicer, albeit circa early 80’s. So it follows naturally, that I love to juice and have been doing so for years. Nothing fills me with more joy than mountains of fresh fruits and veggies, casually piled up on my kitchen counter in their kaleidoscopic glory. I concede, it’s not really a meal, but it eases my conscience to know that my family has had a nutritional boost first thing in the morning or after a gruelling day of school and sports.

It’s really worthwhile investing in a good juicer. Try one of these combinations to give you a nutrient filled energy boost to kick start the day.

Wash and roughly chop the ingredients then pulverise through the juicer. Serve over ice if you wish and enjoy.

An Apple a Day

This is a firm favourite. Not only does it provide that much needed morning energy boost but tastes absolutely delish.

An Apple a Day

  • 2 large carrots
  • 3 green apples
  • 3 ribs of celery
  • Half an inch of fresh peeled ginger
  • 1 orange
  • 2 medium pears (optional)


Beet Blush

Beets are popular among athletes and are highly beneficial to enhance endurance, increase stamina, naturally reduce blood pressure, and fight inflammation. Try this high energy juice recipe and experience the benefits for yourself!

I like to add fresh ginger, but this is the original recipe.

 Beet Blush Breakfast Juice Recipe

  • 2 beets
  • 6 celery stalks
  • 1 green apple
  • ½ cucumber


The Green Morning Glory

I came across this recipe while looking for an alternative to coffee boost to kick-start the day. Truthfully, I don’t count the kale leaves, but a good handful is perfect and as always I love the pungent heat of some fresh ginger.

Morning Glory Juice Breakfast Recipe

  • 10 kale leaves
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach (about 2 cups)
  • 6 romaine (cos) leaves
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 6 celery stalks
  • 2 green apples
  • 2 lemons

Contributed by Sandy Wharton-Hood

Sandy Wharton-Hood is a CommanderHQ stylist, brand developer and lifestyle contributor. A self-confessed “jack-of-all-trades”, she’s a wife and proud hands on Mom of two and is candidly open about the demands of life and motherhood and the challenges of being a positive role model to her children.