In just a few days it will be October, which means Go Sober for October is here again!!

This year Macmillan have teamed up with Andrew Cooper to get some of his top tips on juicing and I’ve even got a few of his best juice recipes to share with you so you can enjoy a mocktail or two (or six) during the alcohol-free month.

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Andrew Cooper, who is probably best known for starring in ‘that’ Diet Coke commercial, is now one of the UK’s leading health and lifestyle entrepreneurs. His family, like so many others, has been directly affected by cancer and received support from Macmillan, and Andrew’s desire to help others has led him to become a health and fitness ambassador for the charity.

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What could a month without alcohol do for you?

Challenge yourself to a Sober October and ask loved ones to sponsor you. All money raised goes directly to Macmillan Cancer Support to help ensure no one faces cancer alone.

So that you don’t despair at the thought of a month without your favourite tipple, Andrew, now known as the Juiceman, is lending his juicing expertise to ensure ‘Sober Heroes’ stay on the wagon and have inspiration for delicious, nutritious and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the month.

Fire ball

Ingredients:
1 orange (peeled)
5cm piece of fresh root ginger
Pinch of cayenne pepper or 1 slice of hot red chilli
2 drops of oregano oil

Method:
Juice the orange and ginger, then mix in the cayenne pepper or chilli and oregano oil. Serve straight up or in 300ml – 500ml of warm water or cold water with ice

PPG

Ingredients:
2.5cm piece of fresh root ginger (peeled)
½ a pineapple (peeled and cored)
2 pears (cored)

Method:
Wash all ingredients and peel where instructed. Juice them one by one in the order they are listed and serve chilled or enjoy over ice!

Raspberry kicker

Ingredients:
¼ of a lemon (peeled)
1 slice of red chilli
2 handfuls of raspberries
3 apples

Method:
Wash all ingredients and peel where instructed. Juice them one by one in the order they are listed and serve chilled or enjoy over ice!

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Andrew’s Top Ten Juicing Tips

1. Start your day with lemon and hot water

This is a great simple way to cleanse and alkalize your system. Another good tip is to bulk juice lemon and ginger and then freeze in ice cube trays. Simply pop in your mug and add water.

2. Create your own juice bar at home

If you keep your juicer/blender out you will use it. I have created a corner space at home and it’s the first port of call every morning. My daughter Taylor is the chief juicer. One rule though, you make it you drink it. You can even put up a small note board for recipes etc… Keep your Juiceman book to hand for recipes and tips.

3. Juice fresh

Juicing is about harnessing the nutrients from fresh ingredients so try and get in the habit of juicing the freshest ingredients. This also means the fresher the ingredients the more juice yield. When it comes to the stuff left behind at the end of a week make a soup or stew.

4. Smoothie bags

I am a big fan of getting ahead of yourself, especially if you are in a rush in the morning. All you need to do is take your fresh ingredients, wash, prep and place in zip lock bags and freeze. Simply pop in the blender and add liquid (water, juice, coconut water, nut milk etc) and whizz… Done.

5. Juice in order

Juice leafy greens in-between the apples, pineapples and cucumbers. This will mean you get the most amount of yield.

6. Make it last

Try and put some citrus in most juices as this will help preserve your juice.

7. Juice extra for later

If you keep your juice in an airtight container (jar or bottle) then you can easily keep it for 12-24hr. Try to make sure there is minimal air in it so fill to the top.

8. Add herbs and spice to your juice

This is not only hugely beneficial health wise, but it will also add more flavour. Take your favourite herbs and play around. In terms of spice, I love ginger, chilli and cayenne.

9. Super smoothies for kids

I like to throw in an array of green leafy veg in smoothies for my kids and disguise with banana, grapes, mango and blueberries. One good tip is to serve it in a coloured cup with a top. My little man has his in his Avenger’s cup with a cool straw and believes its super juice to make him super strong. It feels good knowing he is getting all that goodness.

10. Juicing hygiene

It’s always good to keep your juicer clean, try pouring a cup of water through the juicer to clean the blades and pipes. But also get every last nutrient.

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Go Sober is asking people to challenge themselves to 31 alcohol-free days and ask friends and family for sponsorship, then all money raised will go to Macmillan to help ensure no one faces cancer alone. With these recipes and juicing tips you’re all set for a month of tasty alcohol-free recipes!

Go Sober takes place from 1st – 31st October.

To take part, simply dig out your willpower and register online now.