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pomegranate and berry juice // food to glowThe biggest food holiday in the US has been and gone, bar the leftovers. Are you still full?

Even with the best will in the world, and the healthiest food on the table, most Americans will have overindulged. I think it is in the American psyche to over-do it at Thanksgiving. You might have popped kale in every dish, and cut back on the sugar in the pumpkin pie, but unless you served it on side plates, chances are the waistband is at least a little snug. Am I right?

As has become a tradition with me {er, the second time I’ve done this}, the day after the night before is all about juice. We won’t be celebrating in our house until Sunday, but you can bet I’ll be slugging this back come Monday morning.

I am loving my new Optimum 600 Slow Juicer from Froothie, so even if Sunday was just an ordinary food day at food to glow  – e.g. something involving kimchi or cauliflower at the moment – I would be filling my machine up and pressing the on button.

pomegranate and berry juice // food to glowJuicing in some shape or fashion has been a part of my life for about 25 years. When I first moved to Britain one of the first ‘proper’ shops I visited was John Lewis. Always interested in cooking, and needing to furnish a flat, I headed to their glorious kitchen section. As I drifted among the clean and ordered aisles, I nearly gasped with excitement – a whole row of juicers! Amazing! I had always wanted a juicer. When I say always, I mean probably a couple of years, as before that juice would have always meant from a carton, or squeezed by hand with some difficulty. But a domestic machine!

Well, wasn’t I quite underwhelmed/dismayed/confused that these gleaming machines were in fact DEEP FAT FRYERS. I didn’t even know what these were at first. People, in their own home, had deep fat fryers? Why? I don’t mean to sound naive, but I really had never heard of such a thing. I figured oil hot enough to melt rocks was best left to experts at McDonalds.

Anyway, I still wanted a juicer but I had to get it mail order from Germany. It still works just fine and produces lovely clear juice, but today’s slower-juicing, screw-type juicers – like my new Froothie – give you so much more juice and nutrients than the more usual centrifugal ones, with their fast-spinning, shredding plates. I’ll post a proper review soon, but meantime here’s a beautifully nutritious and delicious juice to whet your appetite. Btw, the juice is completely smooth but looks frothy in the images – those aren’t pips!

PERF organic and vegan skincareBut before the recipe, can I introduce you to a fantastic new British skincare company? PERF is a 100% vegan and organic lifestyle brand, using fair-trade ingredients wherever possible. It is also a fab little company with big aspirations. They have recently launched with a sugar scrub, cleanser and a skin ‘milkshake’ – The Power of 3. Other products are debuting soon.

I ‘know’ Sophie, the founder of PERF,  through friendly chats on Instagram. Recently, when she offered the launch collection to me to try,  I of course jumped at the chance. My daughter Rachel also received the products and was quick off the mark to try them. She and I are so impressed with their 100%vegan and organic skin treats that I wanted to tell you about them while their launch products are still 33% off.

My favourite is the Rose and Lemongrass Milkshake. In its sleek metal bottle is a silky concoction of heady skin-calming and moisturising oils. My skin is quite dry, and a bit flaky at this time of year, so I wasn’t sure that something probably aimed at a slightly younger market would be up to the job. But the milkshake went on smoothly, soaked in not-too-quickly, and left my skin feeling extremely soothed and smoothed. You can apply make-up soon after – so it’s not just a night-time treat. Rachel – with her 18-year old skin – loves it too, but applies just a little less than her old mum!


mint & lavender sugar scrub from PERF

Rachel’s favourite is the Chocolate-Orange Cleanser, and yes it is like a healthy Terry’s Chocolate Orange for your face. 🙂 The smell is absolutely incredible! In fact you could probably eat it as it contains olive oil, cocoa butter, poppy seeds, calendula petals, carob and maca powders – among other edible ingredients. And all the oils used at PERF are unfiltered and cold-pressed: essential, skin-boosting, nutrients are retained.

The last of the trio, Mint & Lavender Sugar Scrub, is a perfectly gentle way to buff the skin. I’m not much into skin care routines {er, not at all} but two scrubbing sessions a week leave my skin glowing. Which is just as well with a blog name like mine. 😉 Lavender and calendula petals, raw sugar, poppy seeds and heavenly oils certainly beat harsh commercial scrubs that I’ve used in the past – hands-down. Rachel and I are hooked. The 33% off lasts until Monday, 1 December but even if you miss this date, PERF’s pricing is very reasonable. I think the Power of 3 set would make a great gift for anyone interested in keeping things vegan, organic and fair-trade, and who don’t want to compromise on quality. But you have to not mind people telling you that you smell great. We have both had that happen!

And this juice smells pretty awesome, too.

pomegranate, pear and berry juice // food to glow

Pom-Berry Pear Juice

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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140g {1 cup} blueberries or raspberries

1 pear {or apple}

1 pomegranate, seeds only {about 1 cup}

1 lime, peeled

1 medium raw beetroot, trimmed and scrubbed

Equipment needed: Good quality juicer, capable of handling pomegranate arils/seeds.

1. Add the ingredients in the order listed, or as per your machine requirements. Drink immediately.

See my Recipe Index for more healthy juice and smoothie recipes, including this very seasonal and festive, Red Reviver.

Healthy Juice Recipes From Others:

Cucumber and Watermelon Refresher by Fuss Free Flavours

Lime, Grapefruit and Ginger Juice by 101 Cookbooks

Strawberry, Watermelon Mint Elixir by The Spicy RD

The 10 Best Things To Squish Into A Juicer {!} via Buzzfeed


cranberry and kale juice // food to glow

red reviver

Disclosure: I was given these products as gifts. I am under no obligation to mention them or review them. All opinions and recommendations are entirely my own. I only share what I really love and actually use.


33 thoughts on “Pom-Berry Pear Juice + PERF Skincare Review

  1. Elizabeth says:

    This juice sounds like just the thing needed after an indulgent Thanksgiving (which, I didn’t have as I’m on this Breadline Challenge!). I confess when I read the title of this post I had no idea where you were going to go with it – was PERF some sort of skincare thing you did with freshly made juice? 😀 It sounds like a fab company!

    1. Ha ha! I rejigged the blog title to include the word review so as not to cause confusion. Thanks, Elizabeth 🙂

  2. lkbeauty says:

    This looks sooo good!

  3. Looks yummy Kellie, and the skin care products sound wonderful. I’m needing to buy a new scrub so I think I’ll pop over and check this out….I love the idea of smelling yummy!

    1. Do! All three smell terrific. really loving the moisturiser milkshake. 🙂

  4. mihrank says:

    wow – this is not only yummy & delicious, but consider a powerful healthy recipe!

    1. Thanks! It is!

      1. mihrank says:

        My Compliments – you have such delicate composition!

      2. You are very kind. Thank you 🙂

  5. lizzygoodthings says:

    Love, love, love the juice, Kellie… I feel full just reading about Thanksgiving!

    1. I know! I feel full thinking about our (late) feast tomorrow. 🙂

  6. Heidie Makes says:

    Really awesome post! 🙂 Great pictures!!

    1. Cheers, Heidie. And thanks for being a new reader of food to glow. Do let me know if you try any recipes!

      1. Heidie Makes says:

        Sure! 🙂

  7. Sounds like the perfect antidote to festive indulgence and the juice is gorgeous colour too. The skincare range sounds interesting though due to my stupidly sensitive skin I probably wouldn’t be able to try it for myself.

    1. I know what you mean, Jen. I’m allergic to many preservatives so this range is great for me as all preservatives are natural – eg Vitamin C. But I know some oils can disagree with people, no matter how natural and organic.

  8. Lisa Stephenson says:

    One for the morning Kellie – thanks & I’ve just purchased the PERF products too – they look & sound divine 🙂 lisa

    1. Awesome! I hope yoy like them! Are they for you or Miss E? Oh, btw if you ever want to try out my juicer or blender, let me know and i’ll bring it in. Thanks for taking the time to comment. 🙂

  9. platedujour says:

    I love freshly made juice- that’s why I got my juice maker last year- your juice looks fantastic and so healthy! By the way Kellie these pictures are simply stunning- I think if I’m in Edinburgh next year (which is possible) you will be giving me some photography lessons! xx

  10. Sally says:

    Bookmarked for Boxing Day! The skincare sounds divine too Kellie – think I’ll order this as a gift. Thanks for the tip – one more thing off the Christmas list.

    1. My daughter has acquired a cold so I’ve made this juice with turmeric root and ginger added. I whack turmeric in most tjings that I can get away with! I hope you like the PERF products. They are a genuinely lovely company. Thanks for supporting them. Happy Christmas prepping! I’m so behind!!

  11. The juice and the skincare both sound wonderful. I am off to look at the skincare range. Winter is taking it’s toll.

  12. What a perfect juice for this time of the year, so many good flavours and I need to keep drinking the juices to combat all the social evening out at this time of year! I love the sound of the skincare range, off to tale a peek….

  13. thespicyrd says:

    Gorgeous juice Kellie! I’m missing the berries and lime but have all the ingredients (plus lemons on my tree) so I think I’ll be drinking this tomorrow too 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing my Strawberry a Watermelon Mint Elixir. & I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. Cheers!!

  14. Juicing is one of my favorite “reset” tools too. I like the pomegranate and pear pairing to cut through the earthy beet flavor. And love knowing there are more and more all natural skin care lines out there! Fortunately it seems like the general awareness of the food we put in our bodies is quickly transferring to an awareness of the products we put on our skin.

  15. Cooksister says:

    You had me at chocolate orange face cleanser ;o) Who knew such a thing existed?! The colour of that juice is just gorgeous (and I agree that deep fat frying should be left to tge experts…)

  16. Deena Kakaya says:

    I was about to start this sentence with something like, ‘when I was young I actually used to make an effort with skincare’ then felt just ridiculous. Anyway, given that I started yoga again today, i have every reason to start nurturing myself a little more and your smoothie sounds like a real treat. Look at those colors! x

    1. This is something that would make a very nice post-yoga drink. You could enjoy it without feeling like you were undoing the good work of the class. And no guilt to make you stressed either. 🙂

  17. sakinah30 says:

    Reblogged this on Cappuccino.

  18. Great review! I always feel more energized and cleaned with pomegranate juices 🙂

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