It’s not every day you get health and beauty tips from the founder of Moon Juice – L.A.’s juicing heaven. Amanda Chantal Bacon was the perfect subject for Woman Crush Wednesday; we wasted no time in getting every tidbit we could from her on all things wellness. The only sensible next step would be for her to bring Moon Juice to New York City; yes Amanda, we’re waiting.
From start to finish, what would be your ideal food day?
Heaps of raw chocolate and green juice for breakfast, a day spent walking around and snacking from speciality food shops, and a big rustic Japanese dinner.
How do you practice beauty from the inside out?
The foundation of glowy beauty is plenty of alkalizing, not too sweet green juice, powerfully fermented plant-based foods like cultured veggies, coconut kefirs and yogurts to cleanse and balance the gut, and a daily blend of nourishers and hormone balancers blended into almond milk, which I make at home using moon pantry elements like tocotrienols, pearl powder, ho shou wu, and schisandra berries.
What are your morning and nightly beauty routines?
I really rely on the green juice and the moon pantry blends I make night and day as my beauty routine. That’s kind of the only routine I have; who knows where I’m going to wake up and fall asleep on any giving week. I try to keep the external beauty supplies elemental. It’s basically a wide tooth comb, rose water spray and essential oils for my face, and Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C supplements that I eat daily for my skin.
The liquids you always start your day with…
Green juice, almond milk tonic blends, green tea or matcha.
What is your personal all-time favorite juice comprised of?
The greener the better. I love our Goodness Greens; I’m heavy handed with dandelion, kale, parsley, and spinach.
What is your personal all time favorite smoothie comprised of?
Common misconceptions about juice cleanses…
That it’s a fad, that it’s hard, and that it’s somehow not good for you or too stressful. I’ve seen it done all of these ways, but with our certified organic, truly raw, and medicinal juices. It’s a decadent feast and a truly supportive way to let your body slip into it’s natural detox mode.
What are some workouts you recommend?
Something that involves more breath, stretch, and slow sweat rather than a crazy high intensity session.
Tips for staying healthy while traveling…
Pop by the farmers market and find something organic, alive, and land local to be your constant snack, like snap peas, berries, or apples. Find your local organic juicery and get your green juice stash. I also travel with Quinton Water, a mineral supplement and Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C.
What are some of your healthy go-to recipes?
It’s all about having avocados, seaweeds, fermented veggies, arugula, lemon, olive oil, and sprouted nuts and seeds on hand always. You can make so many snacks from just those staples, or doll up any whole grain, seasonal veggie, or protein beautifully.
Five things you’re coveting right now…
I am coveting an electric car, a pied a terre in Brooklyn, a holiday in Bali, a copy of David Tanis’ book, which is not yet printed, and a refill on my rose oil from India.
Three things every at-home juicer should own…
A beautiful carafe from which you drink and store your precious juice, little juice elves that come and clean up the mess for you, and a Norwalk if you can swing it.
What are your favorite cities for food? What restaurants do you go to in each?
I’ve become or perhaps have always been much more of a constant snacker than a sit down diner. For that, I love cities that boast bountiful farmers markets and highly specialized food shops. New York, L.A., and San Francisco definitely please with cheese shops, beautiful farmers markets, bakeries, chocolate shops, brodo shops, tea houses, and beautifully curated shops filled with all the best local artisanal goodies. My favorite cities though are really in Italy, where you can grab radishes, melons, specialized cheeses, and fresh almonds in one fell swoop and can sit down on some steps and feast right there.
In the same vein as ‘what is the new black’ what is ‘the new potato’ in juicing right now?
Herbs in green juice.
*Amanda Chantal Bacon, photographed at Souen in New York, NY by Danielle Kosann.