A Chef’s Juice: Extreme Green

By: Vincent Vanhecke

I love juicing.  I started juicing 10 months ago and since then, I have dropped a total of 80 lbs./36 kg! I’m happy to say that I’ve been able to maintain my current weight at 205 lbs./93 kg. for the past two months thanks to all the juicing.

Not only is the scale a new number, but my good cholesterol is up and bad cholesterol is down; blood sugar levels are perfect; no more being on the edge of pre-diabetes; I don’t take any pills; and life is good! After just turning 50 years old, I am pretty much the healthiest that I have ever been.

In order to keep my taste buds happy and satisfied, I like to experiment with new juices using a variety of vegetables and fruits.  For my 30 Day Reboot, I held fast to the Reboot Golden Rule: 80% vegetables and 20% fruit but after it ended I have tried many different ratios and many different color combinations.

While these experiments are fun and delicious, I keep coming back to green juices!  They just do something for me.  They just seem to keep me going forever! I think my weight dropped the most when I was drinking green juice only.  I think that’s due to the extreme concentration of phytonutrients I was consuming.  My body was being fueled with the nutrients, vitamins and minerals needed to function properly so I never felt hungry. My body was constantly satisfied.

Thanks to my love of everything green, I came up with this delicious green juice recipe. Try it for yourself and let me know if it makes you feel as good as I do after I drink it!

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  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 small handful of parsley
  • 2 handfuls of leafy greens (kale (Tuscan cabbage), spinach, chard (silverbeet), etc.)
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 handful of grapes
  • 1 apple
  • 1/4 lime (peeling is optional but I left the peel on for more zest in the juice.
  • 1 oz wheatgrass (1/2 tsp wheatgrass powder) * optional
  • 1/2 tsp spiraling powder (If you are using a centrifugal juicer put your juice in a blender if you want to add powder) * optional


  1. Wash all ingredients well.
  2. Add all ingredients through juicer.
  3. Pour into glass and enjoy!

Servings: 1

  • Nutrition per serving:

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

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Vincent Vanhecke

Vincent Vanhecke is the Executive Chef at the Valley Club of Montecito in Santa Barbara, CA. He has been in the food service business for 32 years; born in Belgium, trained in France, worked in England and in east and west coast USA. Vincent started eating a healthier diet and juicing in January 2013 and has since dropped from 285lbs to 210lbs currently. Food is his livelihood. Vincent have been awarded many accolades including one of the" best young Chefs in America" in 1992, has been a guest Chef at the James Beard house in New York on 3 occasions, and on Great Chefs TV on Discovery Channel. Vincent loves food and enjoys the newfound relationship he has with healthier choices.

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