Juices and Smoothies

January 26, 2015

One of my favorite pressed juiced locations in Los Angeles is RAWKin’ Juice.

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It’s located in Burbank, CA near the WB studios. Whenever I’m in the area, I love to stop by and get the best raw pressed juices, smoothies, salads, and nut butters.

I interviewed the co-creator and ‘detoxification specialist and raw food chef’ Steve Factor. I asked him some of my questions about juicing, and he also offered some great recipes.

Here’s the interview:

RT: “So I have readers and viewers who want to juice, but maybe they don’t live near a place that sells cold pressed juice. It can also be quite expensive. What is your suggestion to them”

SF: “Make smoothies. The smoothie is gonna be the least expensive and fastest way to get living food inside your body. If you’re going to get into juicing, I love the Breville Juicer. It can be found at Bed, Bath & Beyond. It’s the most simple and quick option. Some may say “It’s not cold pressed, and you’re losing nutrients,” but I have clients who can’t decide what juicer to get, and they’ve been telling me for one year that they still can’t decide which juicer they want to get. Get started. The Breville is a great option.”

RT: “You mentiond smoothies. For a daily smoothie, what do you recommend? What should go in there?

SF: “I love the green smoothie. Greens are the thing that people are lacking in their diet the most. There’s all these dietary theories in the world, but it’s seems that greens are the one thing we all agree on. Bananas would be the base, and you can also add dates to it. Bananas and dates together make a complete protein. Kale, parsley, spinach, chard, collard greens, and bok choy can also be added. I suggest rotating the greens. We also love to add frozen berries. Frozen blueberries or raspberries give antioxidants and act as the ice. With the flavanoids in the greens, its a whole antioxidant wash on the body. The greens can pull all the stuff that’s been in our bodies for who knows how long.”

Medjool Dates

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Frozen Banana

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Bok Choy

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Frozen Berries

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Coconut Milk

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RT: “You are known for your juice cleanses. It can be kind of intimidating to many, so tell me a little bit about your cleanse and why it’s different than others.”

SF: “We definitely do have the juice cleanse with our organic juices. The best cleanse (the beginner cleanse), and the one I suggest to everyone, is the base cleanse. It has juices, smoothies, salads, and desserts. There is no deprivation. We are cleaning ourselves with juices first thing in the morning, washing our bodies with juices. We then start to add the smoothies as the day goes on. In the evening we have the salad and chocolate berry truffles, so there is no deprivation. This is key. “

RT: I’m really passionate about taking care of my skin. I know that healthy skin starts from the inside. What’s a juice that you recommend for the skin?”

SF: “First of all, any Juice that is real is gonna be great for the skin. Any food that is real is gonna be great for the skin. The number one thing we lose in the skin (especially as we get older), is water. We are eating foods that are dehydrated or have very little water in them, and now we are infusing waters with real juice. When we start to get into the fats (avocados, coconut oils) we can start to build the collagen back, and we can literally reverse age.”

Be sure to check out RAWKin Juice.

You can order online, or in store if you live near Burbank.

Check out Steve Factor here


hope you enjoyed this post,

xo, Rachel

Tip-try to find mostly organic ingredients

-Peanut Butter Protein Smoothie-

1/2 Banana
3 or 4 Pitted Dates
1 Cup Ice
1/2 Cup Natural Peanut Butter (no sugar)
1/2 Cup Coconut Milk

-Green Smoothie-

1 Handful Frozen Blueberries
1 Handful Frozen Raspberries
1/2 Frozen Banana
3 or 4 Pitted Dates
1 1/2 cup Fresh Kale
Bok Choy
1/2 Cup Coconut Milk + water if needed

-Spicy Orange Juice-

2 Peeled Oranges
1 Lime
1/2 Jalapeño
Pineapple (to taste)

-Traditional Green Juice-

1 Stalk Celery
1 Cucumber
2 Cups Spinach
1 Red Apple
1/2 Lemon


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  • Hannah Bousfield January 26, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Super informative post ! I love the healthy lifestyle side of your blog and You Tube Channel because you always seem to have such a balanced and holistic approach to health as lifestyle and not a kick. I would love to see a What I Ate Today video sometime! Thanks Rachel.

  • Heather January 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Loved this great post. Thanks for the info and recipes. I find myself coming back to your blog everyday, I am addicted.

  • Aurora January 26, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Already a big fan of juices and smoothies but really appreciated the new recipes and advices!
    Thanks for sharing Rachel!

    xo Aurora

  • January 27, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    I always forget to prepare smoothies but I promise, tomorrow is THAT day:)) Looks so yummy…