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My Favorite Green Juice: Josie Smith-Malave

Top Chef Josie Smith-Malave shares her green juice recipe.
Josie Smith-Malave gets her juice on. (Photo:

No matter how awesome our healthy intentions, we’ve all had days that end face down in a “too much, too heavy” food coma. And for two-season Top Chef star and classically trained chef Josie Smith-Malave, that feeling happened a lot.

“A couple years ago, I realized I was eating a little too well,” she says. But as the founder of the Global Soul Project, where she uses food to educate and inspire underprivileged communities, she knew just how to re-calibrate.

She started with a cleanse from Can Can in her hometown of San Francisco, and deepened her meditation practice. The combo kicked up her energy, leveled her moods, and “brought me out of my head and into my body,” Smith-Malave says.

While she still cops to a weakness for Taco Bell (hey, she’s honest!), Smith-Malave mostly focuses her out-of-the-kitchen diet around simple, whole foods, and never goes a day without whipping up a power-packed green juice. Read on for the recipe that keeps this serious foodie satisfied. —Jamie McKillop

Top Chef-Worthy Green Machine Juice

2 to 3 leaves kale
1 medium green apple
1 medium red apple
1 handful parsley
1 cup spinach
3 stalks celery
1 medium cucumber
1 medium lemon
1 inch ginger
1 tsp green powder (Smith-Malave likes Vitamineral Green)

Juice, juice, juice, and split into two servings. Enjoy!

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