Health From The Heart – Freshly pressed juices and honest home-cooking from Juice Queen.

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Imagine that you are a Thai national and are now living in Los Angeles, California, the health capital of the world. You have suffered from serious digestion problems for many years, and have recently been diagnosed with an intestinal tumour. Do you take the recommended surgery or do you seek an alternative?

Kwang Nuchpoom turned to nature, and sought advice from some of the most prestigious nutritionists and certified trainers. She completely eliminated all processed foods, refined sugar, dairy products and everything else not in its natural form from her diet, and added lots of fresh organic juices and natural healthy food. She exercised more. A lot more. And with perseverance and determination she overcame the digestive issues and the tumour! Kwang is now a real convert, and her aim is to encourage everyone to improve their health by eating only natural food.

Juice QueenWhen Kwang arrived back in Thailand she struggled to find the same healthy eating options. “With the advancement of technology in Thailand, many food-like substances are now full of chemicals. It wasn’t like this 10 years ago, when I first left the country. Farmers are now using pesticides to increase production, and then food manufacturers add more chemicals to
prolong the life of the food. Our food has become so synthetic.” In order to encourage others, and to make healthy food more accessible, she decided to start up a juice bar, and hence Juice Queen first opened in Bangkok. It is here that she met her future husband, who was living on Koh Samui. Eventually, Kwang followed him to this idyllic island, and opened her second outlet here, extending from just juices to a juice bar and organic café.

Juice Queen started purely from Kwang’s frustration, interest, direct experience and knowledge. Her juices are full to bursting with organically grown (when available) fruits and vegetables. They are cold-pressed using the best quality hydraulic press in order to maintain and maximise nutrient density and enzyme content. This method produces great tasting, healthy juices with many medicinal benefits. It also prolongs the natural life of the juice for up to 72 hours, unlike other faster machines. Many of the ingredients are sourced from organic farms in northern and central Thailand, helping to sustain local agriculture and economies.

Kwang has created some amazing and delicious combinations for her juices and smoothies, all of which are super-tasty and of course, exceptionally healthy. She really wants to share her passion for a healthy body, and encourage people to taste the flavours of honest no-nonsense nature, and realise how amazing they are. Try the ‘Smiley Greens’ for a plant-based protein hit, ‘To the Beet’ will aid your digestion, ‘Golden Sun’ gives your immunity a boost or try ‘After Party’ if you are in need of a hangover cure! They also make fresh raw almond milk. For a real treat try the ‘Deep Chocolate’ with Medjool dates, cinnamon and cacao.

Juice QueenJuices are a great way to introduce more vitamins and minerals into your body quickly, and can be an easy way to cleanse or detoxify the liver and other organs. There are six juice cleanse programs and four packages to choose from depending on your requirements and goals. Kwang is happy to discuss these in detail with you, and advise on the best way for you to
achieve your aims.

Juice Queen is located on the ring road in Chaweng. From Tesco Lotus in Chaweng, head towards Lamai. Pass one set of traffic lights, after about another half a kilometre you will see the big sign on the left-hand side, before Chaweng post office. You can order or buy directly from here, or by phone. And yes, they deliver. If you live within five kilometres of the shop, or you order three or more days’ worth of juice, they will even deliver for free.

Kwang loves to cook and create healthy nourishing solid food too! She sees home cooking as an art form and an expression of love for the food, body and mind. The menu is full of extremely tempting and nutritious all day breakfasts (available from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm), as well as a large array of lunch salads, including rice bowls and pad Thai noodles served from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.

If breakfast is on your mind, there are 10 different toppings you can have on your healthy German dark rye toast. To give you an idea, there is the; ‘All-time favourite’: almond butter, banana and honey, ‘Boost up your energy’: beetroot hummus, avocado and lemon, ‘Get that OMEGA 3’: smoked salmon, poached egg, spinach and hollandaise sauce or ‘Perfect Combo’: mango, mashed avocado, lime and cilantro. There are also healthy breakfast bowls including oatmeal with almond milk; Greek yogurt with chia, walnut and tropical fruits; buttermilk pancakes (homemade pancakes with strawberries, banana and maple syrup) or ‘Breakfast Scrambled’ (Three eggs with tomatoes, parsley, onion and spinach served with toast and
a side salad).

Juice QueenFor lunch, you might want to try the Mango and Avocado Salad with Lime Dressing, the Thai S-Raw with Almond Curried Lime Dressing, or how about Blanched Asparagus with Poached Egg. Other regular salads such as; Quinoa Tabbouleh, Caesar Salad and Greek Salad are also on the menu. The salads come as is, or with a choice of grilled chicken, pan-roasted salmon, pan-seared tofu or zucchini and spinach fritters. Juice Queen uses only three types of oil in food preparation. Cold pressed coconut oil for cooking, sesame oil for Asian dishes and virgin olive oil for salads and dressings. Maple syrup or
raw honey are the only sweeteners used, and all bread is made from whole wheat flour. Everything is made fresh to order and kept simple. Make sure to let the staff know about any food allergies or ingredients that you want to avoid, recipes can always be tailored to suit your needs.

You can eat or drink at the café and make use of the free Wi-Fi, or collect and take away. Seating is at the inside or outside juice bar areas, or on the comfy sofa. In order to help the environment, you are encouraged to bring your own containers for takeaways or to recycle the juice bottles if re-ordering.

Kwang’s enthusiasm for healthy food shines from her. She has a lot to be thankful for, and wants to share her passion and encourage everyone to taste the real flavours of food, without any sneaky additives such as monosodium glutamate,
sugar (in its many different forms) and soy sauce (amongst the whole host of other possible chemical nasties). So if you want to experience the pure, heavenly tastes of nature, head on over to Juice Queen and enjoy ‘health from the heart’.

Karan Ladd

For further information, telephone 0 614 120 777.