101 Smoothies in One Recipe Book

There’s no denying that I love juice. But ‘Joe the Juicer’ loves smoothies too! They’re a great way to get more plants and enjoy some of my favorite foods you can’t put through a juicer – like nuts, superfoods, bananas, chocolate! Since I love smoothies, I wanted to share my favorite recipes with you, so I compiled them together – all 101 healthy, mouthwatering smoothies –  in my newest recipe book

Like my earlier book, 101 Juice Recipes, my smoothie book features 101 delicious recipes that are 100% vegan. Recipes are categorized by color, you can refer to a key that indicates what smoothies are best for fighting specific conditions like diabetes, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, etc., and all of the nutrition facts are included for each one.

The smoothies in this book were perfected in the Reboot Kitchen to not only taste amazing but to also be high in nutrients. We even reached out to some of our favorite chefs and juice bars around the world to share their best recipes. I reckon we have quite a delicious selection, and I hope you love it as much as I do.

If you’re new to blending, don’t worry, our book includes detailed tips on how to prepare your ingredients to help save time in the kitchen and make sure the taste is just right. (And if you don’t have a blender and would like to make smoothies, be sure to review our blender buying guide.)


If you want more recipes, we have an incredible special going on right now. We’ve packaged the 101 Smoothies recipe book with our popular 101 Juice Recipes and Reboot with Joe Plant-Based Recipe books. If you buy all all three you’ll save $20!


See our store for more gift ideas at special prices.

Juice and BLEND On!

Get Your Green Mustache on for Movember

I must-ache you a question. Are you seeing more mustaches, beards and facial hair lately? There’s a reason! It’s Movember. Movember was started by the Movember Foundation in 2003 — in Australia actually! It’s the leading global organization committed to changing the face of men’s health. On their website you can find that they are dedicated to bringing back the mustache (Mo) and creating conversations and awareness, and raising funds for men’s health — all while having fun. Their specific focus is on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.

With 10 days left of Movember, help spread their message by sporting your mustache…a GREEN one. Ladies, you too. Do it by posting a photo of you (like the one of me above) on all of your social media networks using hashtags #movember and #greenmustache. Make sure you tag me on instagram, facebook and twitter so I can enjoy all of your photos!

After you drink your green juice, check out 5 Helpful Tips for Men to Stay Healthy.


Joe Shares an Update on Phil Staples

G’Day Rebooters,

I am proud to announce that Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 is now available worldwide.

There’s not one word that describes the ups and downs of making a full-length feature documentary film. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 has taken just over 18 months, from 200 hours of footage and a massive team effort, to bring together. Usually, if you ask a filmmaker, they will tell you that the big relief comes after the film has been released. And I would have to agree with that. However, in this instance I think there is one person that is more relieved about the premier last night, and that is the star of our 2011 film Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead, Phil Staples.

You may remember Phil as the truck driver that I met while I was traveling from the east coast to the west coast in the U.S. I’ve often said publicly that with respect to my journey, nobody really cares about a rich white guy taking pills. But when somebody who is just trying to scrape by, effectively living in the back of his truck, can turn his life around and affect change, well that’s something.

Documentary filmmaking is about transparency, honesty, and integrity. If you cross or break these principles you will not only let the audience down but you are letting down the countless number of people who worked so hard to bring the film to life. When we started filming Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2 I was under the impression that my good mate, Phil Staples, was continuing to be a success story in his own eyes. When you read his personal account on MindBodyGreen, you will learn what I learned — the truth of his actual circumstances.

It didn’t take long for feelings of compassion and sadness to replace disappointment. It also became obvious after a very frank and honest conversation between the two of us, that when Phil was connected, he thrived, and when he was disconnected, he sank. This disconnection is not only unique to Phil, millions of people around the world feel more alone and more disconnected than ever. And for a vast majority of these people, placing their health as a number one priority, is nowhere near on their radar. And so what begins is a vicious cycle of self-loathing and depression, and in many cases finding friendship and connection in processed food. I for one, have spoken publicly about my own connection to sugar when I was bullied in the playground. I had no friends, but sugar wouldn’t let me down.

So if you have a moment and you’re interested in hearing from Phil, and his side of the story, and what it’s like to be the poster boy of success and deal with what he’s gone through, take a read at his letter. I’m extremely proud of his courage to share his journey with you. Phil has inspired thousands, if not millions of people. And as I said to him just the other day, now it’s time for this community to inspire him. I’d appreciate it if you could drop him your best wishes in the comments below.

Read Phil’s story in his own words.

Juice on,
Joe Cross

Protein: Will I Get Enough?

It’s been three years since Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead hit the world stage – time flies when you’re having fun! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been around the world, nor how many people I’ve had the good fortune to shake hands with or take selfies with. I can’t tell you how many people have tried a Reboot and been successful; equally I can’t tell you how many people have tried and not been able to make it through the first few days.

In other words, there’s a lot I don’t know – but there is one thing I can tell you I’ve learned along this journey: the fascination that people have with the word protein when it comes to juicing! I would say that at nearly every public talk or event I have given, the question I have been asked the most is “will I be getting enough protein on a juice fast, Joe?

So, over the last three years I have been working very closely with a group of nutritionists, doctors and scientists that make up the Reboot with Joe Medical Advisory Board. I’ve learned a lot about how our bodies work, including the role of protein. As you know, for my original 60-day Reboot, and all Reboots I have done since then, I have never used a protein supplement. But what works for me doesn’t necessarily work for everybody. So, here is a bunch of information about protein and the new protein guidelines we are adopting at Reboot with Joe.

What is protein, and why do we need it?
Proteins are the building blocks of life. Every cell in the human body contains protein: it is a major part of our skin, muscles, organs, and glands. We need protein in our diets to help our bodies repair cells and to make new ones.

How much protein we need to eat each day varies by individual and changes with age, activity level and health conditions – no one size fits all. If you have concerns about your specific situation, you can discuss requirements with your doctor.

As a guideline, the US Dietary Reference Intake (DRI)/Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein is 46 grams each day for adult women and 56 grams each day for men, while the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that the average American male consumes 102 grams of protein per day and the average female eats about 70 grams.

What about protein on a Reboot?
Just about every type of food has protein, and the average Western diet contains a lot of protein. People tend to think only of animal products as providing protein, but in fact many plant-based foods (avocado, beet greens, broccoli and kale just to name a few) contain a surprisingly high amount. In fact, my juice-plus-eating Reboot plan may contain over 40 grams of protein per day.

A Reboot is a short-term diet designed to lead to healthier eating habits, not a long-term meal plan. The average protein intake from your daily Reboot juices is approximately 20-30 grams per day and it is unlikely that a healthy person would develop a protein deficiency during a short Reboot.

However, a small percentage of people who commit to an extended Reboot – typically 30 days or more – may experience side effects like decreased energy or temporary hair loss or thinning as a result of lowered protein intake. Neither of these are life threatening but hair loss can be alarming! Because of this, my Medical Advisory Board currently recommends that Rebooters add a plant-based protein to their daily juice intake if they are Rebooting longer than 15 days, live a very active lifestyle, have certain health conditions, or exercise often.

What are the best protein sources on a Reboot?
There are several ways you can add a plant-based protein to your Reboot:

Vegan Protein Powders: Pea or Rice
Even foods we typically think of as carbohydrates such as rice or peas contain protein. The protein component can be isolated and processed into a powder form, giving us an easy and effective way to supplement protein on a Reboot.

Most protein powders are developed for use in smoothies and not juices, and so they have added flavoring and sweeteners. When buying a protein powder, take a look at the ingredient list and try to choose one with low to no sugar and free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners or preservatives.

Although it varies by manufacturer, on average, pea or rice protein powders provide 15-25 grams of protein/serving.

Whole Food Sources
If you can’t find a suitable protein or don’t you don’t want to buy one, the following are also good sources of protein that can be added to your juice:

  • Chia seeds – these seeds swell when soaked in liquid and make a gel consistency in juice, so it’s all about texture when considering this addition to your juice! 1 oz provides about 4 grams of protein.
  • Ground flax seeds – these seeds are easier for your body to digest when ground (whole flax seeds may pass through your intestine undigested), and will add a grittier texture to juice. 1 oz provides about 5 grams of protein.
    Flax seeds do contain phytoestrogens, so anyone with a history of a hormone related health conditions may want to limit or skip this choice.
  • Hemp seeds – these seeds provide a nutty flavor but also add a gritty texture to your juice. 1 oz provides about 10 grams of protein.
  • Spirulina – is a blue-green freshwater algae that has a strong flavor that may take some getting used to; I’d suggest you start with a small amount! 1 tablespoon provides about 4 gm of protein.

Reboot with Joe Protein Powder
When I started looking for a protein powder to include on longer Reboots, I wanted one that would dissolve well in juice with no added sweeteners, colors or flavors – but I couldn’t find what I wanted. So, I’ve made my own!

The Reboot with Joe Protein Powder is a combination of pea and rice protein, enhanced with the nutrients my Medical Advisory Board recommends may be useful on a longer Reboot: zinc, biotin, and Vitamin D3. One serving contains 16g protein, which is the equivalent of 2 eggs, 2 oz meat or fish, or 1 cup of beans or quinoa. It is now available for purchase.

Recommended Amounts
Regardless of which source you decide to use to supplement your protein, if you are of average health, size and moderate activity levels, we recommend an additional 15 to 20 grams of protein a day if on a juice only program of 15 days or longer.


Juicing vs. Blending: Everything You Need to Know

One of the most common questions people ask me is “Joe, what is the difference between juicing and blending?” Now, you might think the difference is obvious – but it turns out there’s a lot of confusion about the two, and many people believe they are juicing when in fact they are blending. So, let’s clear things up!

When juicing, the machine extracts the juice (this is the water and most of the nutrients the produce contains), leaving behind the pulp. When blending, there is no left-over pulp. Blenders pulverize the whole produce to make a smoothie.

What can make this confusing is that these machines all use different names. If you see the term “Nutrition Extractor™”, for example, how do you know if you are juicing or blending? Simply ask yourself the question: is the machine removing the pulp? If not, it’s not juicing!

But Joe, which one is better?

The short answer is, I love both.

I look at it this way: we all need plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit in our diet, whether we eat, juice, or blend them. They are nutrient dense powerhouses, and however we choose to take them in – it’s all good!

Juicing and blending are both great ways to include a lot of produce in our diet, and also to consume a greater variety than we may otherwise eat. But they are different and it is important to understand why.

When you juice you are removing the insoluble fiber – the pulp. Don’t get me wrong. Fiber is good for you. It keeps your digestive tract healthy and it slows down the absorption of sugar. But it also slows down the absorption of nutrients and some nutrients stay in the fiber. When you juice, you are extracting up to 70% of the nutrition right into your glass [1], and without the insoluble fiber your body absorbs 100% of these nutrients.

Take a look at the ingredients you use next time you make a Mean Green juice for example, and imagine eating that as a huge bowl of salad at every meal – you’d be chewing all day! Even in smoothie, that’s a lot of produce to consume.

Still concerned about fiber? One of our Reboot nutritionists, Claire, has written a great post explaining the facts about fiber and juicing.

On a Reboot, which is best?

You have two options when selecting a Reboot plan: juice only, or juice plus eating an exclusively fruit and vegetable diet. Both are great, and which you choose will depend on your goals and your current state of health. You can read more about these options and the different Reboot plans, or find more information in my book The Reboot with Joe Juice Diet.

If you are Rebooting for health reasons, or have modest weight loss goals, an eating Reboot may be a better option. However, if you are Rebooting because you have moderate to high weight loss goals, a juicing Reboot is a better option. When you juice only, you tend to lose weight more rapidly.

I’m frequently asked “Can I use my blender/Vitamix/NutriBullet on a Reboot?” You can, but if you do so you are doing an ‘eating’ Reboot: the plan you follow will be different, the juice recipes will need to be modified (they are a created for a juicer!), and the results you see may also be different.

Still confused? Watch me make a juice and a smoothie in the Reboot Kitchen. You’ll see what the difference is!

And to further help you understand the differences between juicing and blending we’ve put together the following Juicing Vs. Blending Infographic. Here’s a sneak peak (click on the image to see it in its entirety!)

[1] Nutritional yield analysis conducted via independent laboratory testing. See http://storypages.foodthinkers.com/keep-the-nutrients/ for more information and to download the full findings.

Sign Up for the FREE 2nd Annual Online Eating Psychology Conference

Earlier this year I was honored to be a guest speaker in Marc David’s Online Future of Nutrition Conference in January, and because so many of you listened in and told me how valuable you found the presentations, I’m excited to join him again as a speaker at his 2nd Annual Online Eating Psychology Conference.

The event streams live between July 21-26 and each day you can tune in to watch a series of interviews that Marc David has recorded with other experts. For FREE.

Not only will I get to share my own experiences on how I improved my health, but I’ll be joined by leading edge thinkers in the fields of psychology and nutrition like Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Frank Lipman, Dr. Susan Albers, and so many more who come from a variety of disciplines and will help inspire you by sharing unique and innovative information.

If you’re interested in learning fresh ideas and cutting edge approaches to food and health from some of the best experts out there, then I encourage you to sign up.

Sign up for the FREE 2nd Annual Online Eating Psychology Conference.

Dates: July 21 – 26, 2014
Price: FREE
WhereSign up online

Juice on!
Joe Cross

Wish Joe a Happy Birthday!

Joe’s birthday is Friday, May 30th and we want you to join us in wishing him a happy day! To celebrate Joe, we think this video is appropriate because:

1.) Joe is always happy.
2.) Juice makes him happy.
3.) He makes us happy.


If he makes you happy, wish him a happy birthday on facebook, instagram, and/or twitter page using #happybirthdayjoe. We’d love to see a picture of you drinking your favorite juice in Joe’s honor!

Juice on and Happy Birthday Joe! We love you!

1.2 Times Around the World!

G’Day Rebooters!

Last night was bittersweet for me as I finally wrapped up my epic book tour. I was originally due to visit Paramus, New Jersey back in February but the weather had other ideas and we had to reschedule due to heavy snow. Thanks for being so patient, Paramus, and for coming out last night to make my final book signing such a success.

What an incredible start to 2014 the book launch and tour have been – all thanks to you guys. I started out in Australia way back at the end of January, and from there I’ve been to England, Scotland, the US and Canada. 3 months and 30,690 miles later (that’s 1.2 times around the world!) here I am back in New York, having been lucky enough to meet over five and a half thousand of you at my book signings. Yes, 5,500. That’s a whole lot of Rebooters! I’m honored that so many of you came out to support me, hear my talk, ask some great questions – and wait so patiently in lengthy signing lines to meet me. Thank you all.

People have asked me where I found the energy to spend so long on the road, and plenty of liquid sunshine in the form of daily juice was certainly a part of it! More than that though, it was all of you. Meeting you all and hearing your stories of the way juicing has changed your lives is what energized and inspired me every day. I met people at every stage of their journey to health and weight loss – from those just starting to eat veggies to experienced Rebooters who have lost up to 100 lbs and drastically improved their health. You all took time out of your busy lives to join me and spend some time thinking and talking about juicing, fruits, veggies and my Reboot journey because you recognize how powerful our behavior can be to restore health. And that is what keeps me going!

Thanks also go to Amanda for all of her help on the road, and to my Reboot team back in New York for organizing the tour and all of the logistics behind this crazy ride we’ve been on!

I have so many happy memories and stories from the last 3 months, many of which I’ve shared on my blog. It’s great to have a record to look back on! To read more about my time on the road you can find my updates below, and see plenty more pictures on my facebook album.

Books, Bobbies and the BBC
Back in the New York Groove
Four Cities in Four Days
Cold Weather, Warm Welcomes and Fresh Juices
From New York Snow to Florida Sun
Two Thumbs Up in Georgia
Everything is Bigger in Texas
Flashback Friday, Final Weeks on the Tour

So, that was the book tour – and now for the film! I am currently hard at work in the edit room finishing it off, and can’t wait to share it with you in September.

For all your support and encouragement on my tour, thank you.

Juice on!

Joe Cross

Look Who’s Coming to Camp Reboot

Brian Wansink: I liked Brian’s book – Mindless Eating – so much that I immediately asked if I could interview him for my next film. He said yes (Camp Rebooters are getting a special sneak peak at Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2! And will see why I’m so excited to have him at Camp.)

Marc David: Founder, director, and primary instructor for the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. I recently joined Marc on his Psychology of Eating Summit and had such an enjoyable time, I asked him to return the favor by coming to Camp Reboot.

Abdi Assadi: Abdi joined me on the Joe Show to teach me to meditate. He makes meditation easily attainable for those of us who don’t practice it. And it is a great compliment to a Reboot.

Victoria Moran
: Author of the Main Street Vegan book series and founder of Main Street Vegan Academy, Victoria is one of my main inspirations for healthy, easy and delicious meals. She has also maintained a 60+ pound weight loss through a vegan diet.

Andrea Beaman: Nationally renowned Holistic Health Coach and Natural Foods Chef, who was able to reverse her thyroid issues by changing her diet and lifestyle.

Magan Banwart: Founder of MB Fitness based in New York City, she is a recognized leader in the health, wellness and yoga arenas. She will be sure to get our hearts pumping.

And I’m so excited that these following health gurus will be returning…they were a HUGE hit at last year’s camp:

Alex Jamieson: Professionally trained healthy gourmet chef and certified health and nutrition counselor. She’ll open our eyes on how we can ‘fix food’ – meaning fix our own healthy meals at home without breaking the bank.

Dr. Carrie Diulus: Orthopedic spine surgeon for the Cleveland Clinic with special interest in the role of nutrition in orthopedics and chronic pain. As a result of struggling with her own weight, and after completing a 90 Day Reboot, she now incorporates juicing and high micronutrient food into her own diet as well as the treatment of her patients.

Dr. Russ Kennedy: PsyD, MA, works with clients on healthy behavioral change with an emphasis in weight management. Dr. Kennedy has over twenty years of experience in personal training, coaching, teaching and fitness consulting to a vast array of athletes, clients and students.

Stacy Kennedy: Reboot with Joe nutritionist since day one. She is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, writes for online health and nutrition sites, works in private practice and has just opened her own juice bar in Boston, Stacy’s Juice Bar

Radan Sturm: Fitness expert who created the Reboot Movementand occasionally trains me when I am in NYC!

It’s not too late to sign up for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to drink fresh fruits and vegetables for 5 days, enjoy camaraderie and coaching, while attending workshops and seminars designed to educate and inspire – providing the tools for sustainable change to achieve a helthier life. And be the first to have a sneak peak at Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2.


Juice on and hope to see you at Camp Reboot!

Joe Cross