Episode #46 Champion Pumpkin/Carrot Juice with special guest Stephen Zawisa
Courtney: Hi, I’m Courtney Uncooked.
Stephen: And I’m Stephen.
Courtney: And today we’re going to show you how to make a delicious carrot, pumpkin juice with our new Champion juicer. This thing is awesome and it tastes delicious. Stay tuned.
Stephen: Stay tuned.
Intro: Courtney…Courtney Uncooked. I’m Courtney Uncooked cause that’s how I like my food. The vitamins and the minerals, you know they all get through. Absorbed into the body so that nothing gets lost when you start eating raw of your health you’ll be the boss. Raw vegan for my health and you know that health is wealth. To help you stay your best, we will welcome special guests. So let’s go make a recipe and have lots of fun, your healthy living journey has just begun cause I’m Courtney…Courtney Uncooked.
Courtney: Hi, I’m Courtney Uncooked here with my best friend and partner in crime, Stephen Zawisa. And Stephen, I could not be more proud of him because Stephen is so vegan that he actually gave up his number one love of all time in the whole world, and that is fishing to go vegan. And no, I did not make him do it, he did it all on his own. Stephen, how did you do that? How do you give up your number one love in the world?
Stephen: Well, that’s a great question Court. You know it was very easy for me, believe it or not.
Stephen: Because when I made the progression into veganism, I saw how powerful it was and how it was helping the environment and how it was helping my body. So, initially, when I proclaimed my veganism, I fished a couple of times afterwards because I told myself I didn’t want to give it up.
Courtney: Yeah, you said you were just going to catch and release…
Stephen: Just catch and release.
Courtney: Not only was it your number one love and passion, you made a lot of money taking people kayak fishing, and you replaced it with paddle boarding. Instead of fishing, you started paddle boarding, you got a racing paddleboard.
Stephen: I tried to just find a way that would take that time that I was investing in fishing and I turned it to paddle boarding and just more on water adventures.
Courtney: Do you miss it?
Stephen: I don’t miss it, no.
Stephen: I don’t miss it.
Courtney: You know, if something’s good for you for the environment for others, why not?
Stephen: That’s right.
Courtney: So, yay. I’m very proud of you Stephen.
Stephen: If it’s good for the environment, one love. That’s my new motto, that’s my mantra. One love.
Courtney: And so, you actually went vegan after doing a juice cleanse.
Courtney: We love juicing. We juice all the time.
Stephen: Oh, so powerful, it’s freedom as Chad Jackson likes to say: freedom.
Courtney: And so, people always ask me, you know, what juicer should they get? And I haven’t known until recently that the Champion Juicer is absolutely amazing. They sent me this juicer, it’s made in the United States, they’ve been making them in California for over 60 years, it’s a third-generation family owned business. This thing is so solid, look, I can barely pick it up. That’s how well it’s made. Other juicers like this are thousands of dollars and the Champion Juicer, depending on which model you buy is under 400, 10 gold stars all the way around, this is the one. We used to have meatless Monday and now we try to have meal-less Monday where we, you know, juice and have liquid on Monday and kind of fast. And when you’re juicing, you really get to give your body a break.
Stephen: That’s right.
Courtney: Because your body is digesting food and running all the time. That’s why they call breakfast break-fast because you’ve fasted for eight to 10 hours, hopefully, and then you’re going to break that. So juicing helps you fast, fasting is biblical, it’s great for you spiritually, emotionally, physically and so I really encourage you to get a great juicer like the Champion and juice at least one day a week, you could do a meal a day, really anything you want, but anytime you give your body a break from digestion, it’s going to be great. And also, just tons of nutrients. We love juicing.
Stephen: I love juicing.
Courtney: We’re juicing all the time. And so, I really wanted to do for the Fall, a pumpkin juice. And actually, Champion Juicer has some great juice recipes on their website. I got this right off of their website and I thought pumpkin juice, I’ve never juiced a pumpkin. And I got to tell you it was delicious; this is my new pumpkin treat every fall. It is so good. So, we’re just going to get right into it and Stephen you’re the juicing expert so take it away Stephen.
Stephen: Thank you, Courtney. The first thing we like to do is we like to prep our vegetables in advance. So, we took our apples today and we just kind of cored them out. With apples, it’s real important to make sure you remove all the seeds…
Courtney: Seeds are toxic from apples.
Stephen: Because the one thing from seeds, that’s correct. It’s very toxic. And then we took some carrots, we chose to peel the carrots you don’t necessarily have to peel the carrots.
Courtney: You don’t have to peel them with the juicing. No
Stephen: Just clean them really well. And then we have some beautiful pumpkin here and you don’t want to take the huge pumpkin like you’re going to carve a jack-o-lantern.
Courtney: Pie pumpkin, yeah.
Stephen: A little pie pumpkin will definitely do the trick. And the key is you just want to cut the top off, cut the bottom and then slowly use your knife and just round it off so removing the skin. And then just cut it into fourths and then remove all the seeds and if you’re like us, we like to save the seeds, get an abundance of seeds and then put them in the dehydrator, put a little nutmeg on them…
Courtney: So good.
Stephen: It’s a wonderful little inexpensive treat.
Courtney: So, this recipe is just going to be one pie pumpkin, seven carrots, two apples, a knob of ginger and then we sprinkle cinnamon on the top. So, it’s super simple…
Stephen: Super easy. That’s right.
Courtney: And delicious.
Stephen: So, we’re going to go ahead and start with some carrots. So, as you see…
Courtney: So simple. So easy to clean, just this one part.
Stephen: We’ll go ahead and start with the pumpkin.
Courtney: Stephen, speaking of pumpkin.
Stephen: Yes Courtney?
Courtney: What do you get when you drop a pumpkin?
Stephen: Whew, I don’t know. What do you get when you drop a pumpkin Courtney?
Courtney: A squash.
Stephen: So, as you see, you want to cube it up into nice manageable pieces enough for your machine. That way, it helps with time and efficiency.
Stephen: Yes Courtney?
Courtney: What do you call a pumpkin that works at the beach.
Stephen: Whew, I don’t know. What do you call a pumpkin that works at the beach?
Courtney: A life gourd.
Stephen: A life gourd. Wow, Courtney Uncooked, you’re full of it today.
Courtney: I love pumpkins as you can tell. Oh, it smells so good.
Stephen: Oh my gosh the aroma is amazing. Now I’m going to go ahead and switch to a couple apples. So, I’ll do about half my apples, but I’ll save the other half for my ginger. I’ll drop my pieces of ginger in and then at that point, I’ll use the apples to help push the ginger through the machine. Oh man, this machine is a dream.
Courtney: Yeah. Look at that ginger, like nothing. And you don’t have to peel the ginger, if it’s organic, you can just juice the whole thing, if it’s not, you definitely want to feel it before you put it in.
Stephen: Now look at that. That’s amazing.
Courtney: Yeah, that’s great.
Stephen: So, a little sim…
Stephen: Nope. What do you do… that goes in here. This is the pulp.
Courtney: All right so now I’m going to take the juice, and this is a little trick that I like to do, I like to stain my juice to get even more of the pulp out. You don’t have to do this; this is just a personal preference of mine. So, I’ve actually got two strainers here. Get all that pulp out because the more pulp you get out, the more of a break your body gets to take…
Stephen: That’s right.
Courtney: Right in there. And then I always, especially since I quit drinking alcohol, I like to enjoy my juices and my smoothies in wine glasses or champagne glasses anytime I can. I don’t know why; I think juice just tastes better out of a champagne glass. What do you think?
Stephen: You know, if you put juice into a fancier glass, you’ll respect it a little bit more. So, this is…
Stephen: Really chock full of nutrients…
Stephen: And deliciousness and I can’t, I really can’t wait to suck this down because I’ve been like sitting here listening to you talk, I’ve gotten a little thirsty and these hot lights, whew, girl.
Courtney: And we sprinkled cinnamon on the top, you can stir it in or just to have it on the top, kind of gives it that pie taste. And we just took this recipe straight from the Champion website and it…
Stephen: Love it.
Courtney: is delicious. To health and wealth.
Stephen: Health and wealth.
Courtney: What else is there?
Stephen: Oh, nothing.
Courtney: Okay, today. It is good without refrigeration…
Stephen: That is good.Courtney: Making pumpkin juice with my new Champion Juicer. It helps you relax; it makes you feel looser. Juicing a pumpkin was new, I’d never done it before, but it was so darn good I wanna juice some more. I want to juice all the pumpkins at the pumpkin patch and if you try to snatch my juice you know you’re gonna get scratched. No, you don’t need a stove or an oven to cook, Just a Champion Juicer and Courtney Uncooked