The Juice Is Loose: Dancer Luke Willis’ Favorite Recipes


Summer’s in full swing, and our dancers are on vacation — but we stopped by corps de ballet member Luke Willis’ apartment before he left town, to try out some of his favorite juice and smoothie recipes!



An avid  juicer, Luke enjoys cooking and maintaining a raw diet whenever possible. (His inspiration: Matt Amsden’s book, RAWvolution.) For him, making his own juices and smoothies at home is more convenient, affordable and accessible; he’s a fan of the VitaMix and Solo Star juicers.


Check out Luke’s personal recipes and fave SF juice joints after the jump!



(*with beets and carrots for sweetness )

How to make:

  • 1/2 bunch of dino kale
  • 1 beet (unpeeled) *raw beets increase exercise stamina!*
  • 3 carrots
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • Fresh cut ginger (*is a great anti-inflammatory remedy*)
  • 1 teaspoon of chlorella (*found at any health-food store*)
  • 4-5 stalks of celery

Blend/mix each of these ingredients. Once finished, you can even add some sparkling water for a fancier take on this!


The video Vine version:






How to make:

  • 2 oranges (*leave as much of the pith on as possible – it’s high in fiber!*)
  • 1/4 pineapple OR 1 small tub – about 8 oz – of cut pineapple
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of flax oil

Blend and mix these simple ingredients together for a huge source of Omega 3. The natural sugars from the fruit, combined with the flax oil, works to slow down the processing of sugar in the liver, allowing for sustained release of sugar/energy throughout your day.





This last recipe doesn’t require any machines! It’s a fantastic mid-day energy boost that contains chia seeds — a staple of the ancient Aztec and Mayan warriors. Iskiate (pronounced “iss-key-ahh-tay) is also popular amongst long-distance runners.

How to make:

  • 1 large tbs of honey OR agave
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • Squeezed lemon juice – 1/2 – 1 whole lemon
  • 3 tbs of chia seeds (any brand)

Mix these ingredients in a large glass, then fill with cold water and let it sit for 5 minutes to 24 hours in the fridge.


Finally, if you’re ever out and about in San Francisco, Luke recommends the following locations to grab a delicious, nutritious juice or smoothie:


Herbivore: 983 Valencia St or 531 Divisadero St, San Francisco



The Plant Cafe: several locations across the Bay Area


Sidewalk Juice: 3100 24th St or 3287 21st St, San Francisco


Thanks Luke!





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  1. Posted June 18, 2013 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    Great post. Love the homemade gatorade! Just shared with…great for beautiful skin too.

  2. avatar Frank
    Posted June 28, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! Very interesting recipes: vitamin and mineral packed, and creative.

  3. Posted June 29, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Luke come on out for a juice. You will find our hours and locations on our site. Viva Veggies!

  4. avatar Nate
    Posted January 9, 2014 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    Are you going to make us some when we stop by?! Can’t wait to see you!

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