Several years ago my father, who is also a health professional, gave me samples of this supplemental organic product called Juvo. He told me that it is a raw food product invented by a Korean doctor that is chock full of good-for-you natural ingredients. I watched my father place a serving — portioned into single serve envelopes at the time — into a sealable container with one cup of soy milk, vigorously shake and then gulp it down.
When he asked me to try one I was hesitant because I had memories of him forcing Ensure milk on me when I was a kid. If you don’t know what Ensure is, it’s basically milk high in calories, calcium and other vitamins and minerals that a scrawny and growing boy like myself needed. The problem was that I hated the taste of milk, especially ones that tasted like medicine such as Ensure.
Juvo, however, isn’t bad at all. It tastes like ground cereal or regular Cheerios to me. According to Juvo’s website, the company takes a selection of organic raw food materials from five food groups: vegetables, sea vegetables, fruits, mushrooms and whole grains. These ingredients (brown rice, kale, pumpkin, nori, lingonberries, reishi mushrooms and broccoli to name a few) are inspected, washed, cut, dried, freeze-dried for nutrient preservation, ground into powder, mixed per set ratios and then packaged for distribution.
I have been purchasing Juvo off and on since I was introduced to it. It isn’t cheap ($29.99 for a 600 mg container) but not a bad deal considering its quality of ingredients and overall health benefits. I started out shaking it up with just soy milk, but now my preferred method is to make a delicious smoothie with it. For the smoothie, I add a banana, natural peanut butter for added protein and frozen berries (frozen berries thicken the smoothie into a chilled froth) such as strawberries, blackberries, and some of these guys that I picked earlier this summer.
The smoothie is delicious, naturally sweetened by the added fruit and makes for a decent breakfast and healthy diet supplement.
There are other natural Juvo alternatives that I spotted at Super H-Mart’s Duluth/Pleasant Hill Road location including the option to have similar ingredients ground on the spot. Otherwise, I haven’t spotted Juvo anywhere locally. In the past, I purchased it online such as here.
Recipe for Juvo smoothie (makes two servings)
2 scoops of Juvo powder
2 cups of soy milk (any other milk can be substituted)
2 Tbsp natural peanut butter
Small handfuls of frozen berries such as strawberries, blackberries and blueberries
1. Put all ingredients into a blender and thoroughly process.
2. Pour into a glass and enjoy.
- by Gene Lee, Food and More blog
– Gene Lee writes about International Cuisine for the AJC Dining Team. He also publishes his own blog, Eat, Drink, Man… A Food Journal.