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Top 10 Juicing Recipes
Top 10 Juicing Recipes
For the longest time I have been hearing the benefits of juicing. People that juice swear by it.
They tell me that it can help me to do all of the following:
That it will help me to lose weight.
That it will boost my metabolism.
That it will aide in my digestions, help my allergies (I don't have any) and help me sleep better.
It will make my hair, nails and skin healthier.
That it will even give me energy, increase my overall health, mental, spiritual and emotional health.
I work with several people that juice. One younger woman juices with her mom. They both have health issues that cause chronic pain, it helps them noticeably when they juice regularly. Then there are two older men. One I thought was my age...50. But recently found out he is 72. I asked him how he stays so fit and young looking. He swims daily and drinks juice. Another is the same way, he and his wife have a huge garden so they can juice more affordably.
So they have sold me on the idea enough to try juicing. You see I turned 50 this year. This turning point in my life has me realizing how very important my health is to me. I want to live my life to the fullest and to do this I have to be fit enough to do the things I want to do and see the things I want to see.
So I decided to create a bit of a journal about my thoughts on juicing while sharing with you the best recipes I find. All of the below recipes are printable recipes.
The intro photo is by Will Meredith, creative commons.
Did you know you can juice Zucchini?
Every gardener knows when you plant Zucchini you have an abundance of it...it grows so fast and so huge. You can't eat and give enough away, but guess what. I love it juiced. Tried it tonight adding Zucchini, tomatoes and an apple juiced and over ice. Very refreshing. Put the Zucchini pulp in the freezer to add to either a stew, zucchini cake or zucchini bread.
This juice has a nice zing to it from the lemon and ginger! Sweetness with a zing! And ginger root is so super good for you! (It has been reported to kill cancer cells and build immunity.)
She recommends all Organic Ingredients.
- 6 med Granny Smith Apples
- 8 -10 average carrots
- 1 -2 lemons
- 1 -3 inches of ginger root (to taste)
- Juice and serve
Did you know...
Beets help blood flow which can improve sexual libido in Men.
Beets are full of Vitamin B and Iron which is very beneficial to new growth cells during pregnancy, and can help replenish the iron in women.
Beets have antioxidants and can lower cholesterol.
Beets can help your mental health making you fell more relaxed and creates a state of well being.
Beets are a high source of energy too!
Check with your doctor if you suffer from kidney stones though before adding them to your diet.
Which Juicer to buy
So my first dilemma... - Which Juicer to choose?
I had already talked with a lot of people and found out that the best juicers can cost a lot of money. Since my husband and I are just starting out on our juicing adventure I thought it might be better to choose the best juicer out of those that were a little more affordable.
We ended up choosing the Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juicer because it had really good reviews and seemed comparable to others that I wanted that were more expensive.
I think the best ones are probably the Masticating Juicers, they juice slower but really use a lot more of the fruits and vegetables and leave less air bubbles. Not sure why you don't want air bubbles, but I will find out!
So I ordered my juicer off of Amazon, because I have always had good luck with them and they guarantee their items. If I don't like it I can ship it back for a refund. Plus...I had some affiliate marketing money from Amazon left on my account. So far my spending on Juicing is nothing!
This is the one we choose, but all of the ones I included on this page looked really good too.
Pineapple Blend - By Derek Muller (Syracuse, NY)
- 3 Carrots
- 3 Apples
- 3 Large Strawberries
- 3 cups Pineapple
- 1 Large Piece of Celery
- Juice together, pour over ice or not, your choice.
- There is a similar recipe on one of my favorite Juicing websites that shows the nutrition information for this drink. juicerecipes.com
Vegetables you can juice
Pepper (green hot chili)
Pepper (sweet green)
Pepper (sweet red)
The Green Breakfast - From Juicerecipes.com
The benefits of this drink seem amazing: See their website at
- 2 Medium Green Apples
- 3 Average Carrots
- 1 Cucumber
- 15 Grapes (Green)
- 1 Sweet Green Pepper (medium)
- 2 Cups Spinach
- 1 med Tomato
- Juice together and serve
Do you Juice?
Do you Juice?
Green Paradise - Perfect for newbies to Juicing (Hey I resemble that remark)
- 1 Pear
- 1 Green Apple
- 1 Cup cubed Pineapple
- 1 Cucumber
- 3 Leafs of Kale
- Juice together and serve
Fruits you can juice
The Energizer - From the Vegetarian Spotlight Magazine
- 2 Red Apples
- 1/2 Cucumber
- 1/2 Lemon (peeled)
- 1 cup Kale
- 1/2 cup Spinach
- 4 Stalks Celery
- 1 snippet of Ginger
- 1/4 head of Romaine Lettuce
- 2 Carrots
The was a Man that Inspired us to try this juicing - with his 3 day cleanse - His name is Joe Cross
Joe Cross was recently on the Dr. Oz show. What an amazing man. He decided to make a movie about his transition and lifestyle change.
I haven't watched it but it is called "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead".
He created a 3 day body cleanse to start you on the way to juicing.
We are going to try it. You can find the directions for it at: Joe Cross' 3-Day Weekend Juice Cleanse
Lean and Green Juice
Credit to: Wholefigured dot com as their favorite drink, but the website is no longer active to share their link.
- 1 green apple
- 5 stalks celery
- 5 leaves of Kale
- 2 handfuls of Spinach
- 1 Cucumbers
- 1/2 Lemon
- no rhine
- Ginger - 1 inch
- Juice together and serve
Please feel free to share with us your favorite Juicing Recipes!
Pineapple -- Blueberry -- Ginger Juice - From the Stanford Cancer Center
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which have been shown to fight certain types of cancer. The ginger aids digestion, and sets a South Pacific mood when combined with pineapple.
12 ounces = 80 calories, 0g fat,16g carbs, 7g protein
Serves: 12 oz
- 1/4 Pineapple
- 1 cup Blueberries
- 1 piece fresh Ginger (1/4 to 1/2 inch)
- Juice together, blend or pour over ice.
Did you know...
Kale has antioxidants associated with many of the anti-cancer health benefits.
Kale has nutrients that can promote your eye-health.
The fiber in Kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, especially when kale is cooked instead of raw.
Ideas for saving money while Juicing
The cost can be high
Having just read through Joe Cross' grocery list for this three day cleanse we decided to try, we are a bit afraid that juicing my break us?
So I am trying to find ways to say money on these vegetables. We definitely are not going to want to go to our local grocery store to buy for this huge three days of nothing but juice...for two of us.
I am thinking I need to take a trip to either Winco or maybe Costco? We have a local Farmers Market that has fantastic veggies and fruit, but rumor has it that they are not going to open this year. Oh gosh we are going to miss Purdum's Produce in Fruitland, Idaho. This was a little Farmers Market that would bring in customers by the hundreds. People that moved away would make a trip back home just to shop there. I hope they change their mind or some others decide to take over the business.
Let's take a look at the list he gives for just one day on the cleanse;
4 carrots, 4 apples, 2 gold delicious apples, 2 pieces of ginger (1" long, 2 cucumbers, 6 celery stalks, 12-16 Kale leaves, 1/2 lemon, one lime, 4 plum tomatoes, 2 red bell peppers, 1/4 of a small red onion, 2 cups parsley, one large sweet potato, 2 large red beets, one orange, 8 leaves of swiss chard, 6 clementines. (I am going to find out what clementines are...are they little oranges?)
After reviewing that list I have decided we need to expand our garden this year so we can save the amount we have to spend a the store. Many of these things we can plant.
Which brings me to my favorite garden supply store online:
I need to up my order to them this year. Maybe even check into some fruit trees and berry bushes to see what will grow in my climate. I like that mixture of veggies shown above.
Tip of the Day: Juice the soft foods first, the harder foods clean out the Juicer/produce more Juice
How to Juice a... Want to know what you can juice and how to do it? - Also included are some of the health benefits of different fruits and vegetables
- How to Juice a Pineapple: Remove the top, bottom and rind. No need to remove the core when juicing in a juicer. Pineapple juice has the enzyme bromelain contained in it.. Bromelain has an natural digestive enzyme that is said to have anti-inflammatory properties. WebMD states that; Bromelain also contains chemicals that, according to laboratory research, might interfere with the growth of tumor cells and slow blood clotting.
- How to juice Celery: Wash firm fresh Celery stalks individually and remove and dirt. Remove any marred or wilted material and juice the entire celery. Celery juice provides potassium, which is good for the skin and can help blood pressure.
- How to Juice a Pomegranate: Remove the tough outer skin with inner white rind as you shouldn't eat those. You can juice the seeds and sectioned parts of the flesh. The Juicer will remove the hard pieces and just leave you the delicious juice. Pomegranate juice contains Vitamin C and the B vitamin Niacin, they have good cancer fighting anti-oxidants.
- How to juice Ginger Root: Wash the root and remove the thin outer skin. A little ginger juice goes a long way for flavor so start with very small pieces and work your way up to your taste. I did taste pure ginger juice, took a drip from my juicer onto my finger...and yowza...quite a zing to it. Not recommended by me to drink straight, always mix with other juices for its flavor and health benefits.
- How to juice a Beet root: Cut the tops off, the tiny root and wash well. I used a vegetable brush. Cut it into chunks that will fit into your juicer. Love the health benefits of beet juice!
Serves: 16 oz
Sweet Orange Delight
- 1 orange - normal sized
- 2 or 3 average carrots
- 2 1/2 sweet potatoes
- 1 inch of Ginger
- Juice together above ingredients...then blend with ice.
I read where one person said they use it up by adding mashed avocado, garlic and lemon juice to some of the pulp it makes a nice sandwich spread.
What do you do with your pulp?
Herbs and Sweeteners you can juice
Herbs & Spices
Cayenne Pepper (spice)
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Can't wait for my Juicer. Today I blended blueberries, banana, orange, celery and some Greek Yogurt
Pineapple Ginger Delight
Refreshing juice and is a very sweet so should be taken in small portions. It's a great juice for kids and gets them accustomed to drinking fresh healthy juices.
- 6 Carrots
- 1 Apple
- 1 inch of Ginger
- 1 inch slice of Pineapple
- Juice together, blend with ice or pour over ice.
Fruit parts to avoid
Toxic or Poisonous Seeds and/or Rind:
Apricot - Inner seed
Balsam Pear - Seeds, outer rind of fruit.
Avocado seeds, bark, leaves, pit, unripe fruit, and stems.
Cherry twigs, leaves, seed pits
Fig milky sap in leaves and fruit. But the fruit itself if fine.
Nectarine seed, inner pit only
Peach pit, inner seed, leaves, and bark
Pear seeds, leaves, and bark
Plum leaves, inner seeds, and bark
My Juicing Journal
Day One: I tried Banana, orange, blueberries, but I added Greek Yogurt to it too. Good, sweet and creamy.
Day Two: Same as above and added some celery. Good and could not taste the celery, thought it would be stronger. I do feel more energetic, incredibly so. The funny thing is I have been on a low carb, or trying low carb for so long I was worried about my body reacting to all the natural sugars that it doesn't usually get. Now to work on cutting out the fat from my diet, leaner meats when I eat them, avoid the dairy. Need to find out what has good calcium in it. Worked out on my treadmill today.
Day Three: Blueberries, orange, celery, green leafy lettuce, carrots, greek yogurt. The veggies were a lot stronger but it was really good. I have a hard time giving up my greek yogurt, because I feel like I need to protein. But since I am trying to use this as a meal supplement to lose weight. Tomorrow I am going to just use the soy protein powder, since it comes from the plant. Should be better for me. Tonight I bought some Kale, some ginger root, cucumber, apples, bananas, strawberries, orange juice. Should be interesting tomorrow.
Day Four: For breakfast this morning, still using the blender, I put in the following ingredients;
Strawberries, apple, kale, ginger and sweet potato and some plain greek yogurt. It still tasted a little bitter so I added a banana. I drank my breakfast and mid morning snack. When I came home after work my new Hamilton Beach Big mouth food processor had arrived, Yeah!
So my first true juicing experience, I would juice each item separately then tasted the juice.
Apples - good, would be better cold, celery - love this juice, kale -very green but not bad, ginger -tangy with zest, sweet potato - thick and sweet, cucumber-good. Mixed them all together and poured them over ice. Loved the juice over ice so much better than blending like a smoothie for some unknown reason...less frothy I think. Drank my dinner and saved the rest for breakfast and a snack.
Oh I also added some soy protein powder to the drink for some plant protein.
Day Five, so this morning guess what, lost a pound, yes! Renewed determination found at the days break.
I drank the other half of the juice I made last night for my breakfast and mid morning snack. Ate a normal lunch, had to eat at work because it was so crazy there today. So didn't eat as healthy as I would of liked.
Tonight I decided to drink my dinner again. So tossed into my Juicer; an apple, cucumber, celery, kale, carrots, blueberries, sweet potato, ginger, orange, and a splash of lemon juice. Oh and some strawberries too. Love this drink, just everything all together is so good. I made the mistake of juicing the soft stuff last, the strawberries and a banana...I don't think any of the banana came through. I think my screen clogged.
I forgot the tip of the day I put on this very page. Always juice the soft stuff first and the hard stuff last.
I am wondering though...seeing all the pulp and having used my blender earlier in the week; am I really getting more nutrition through the Juicer or should I stick with my Blender? Please share your thoughts on this in the comment section, would love to hear them.
May 14th, 2013:
Lost track of what day I am on so now going with the date now. I found out juicing really isn't that expensive after all. Today I bought, a bunch of bananas, 2 lemons, 3 lime, 10 pounds of carrots, a whole pineapple, 10 apples, a bunch of Kale, two cucumbers, sweet potato, ginger root, 3 kiwi, and oranges for around twenty three dollars at Winco (love that store). Adding this to the bag of frozen berries (Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries). Should be getting some great vitamins. With me being the only one juicing in my household right now, this should last me a week and a half, possibly even two weeks. I am getting so hooked on juicing. I really feel like I have more energy, and feel healthier already. Is it all in my head? I have been exercising everyday doing something. Walking, gardening, golf, driving range.
Vegetables and Herbs - Toxic and/or Poisonous Parts
Asparagus - Berries and eating green shoots raw may cause dermatitis.
Eggplant, all but the fruit.
Elderberry - all parts
Fava bean, raw or half cooked beans. Some people are allergic to fava bean and come down with "fava bean fever."
Horse bean - raw or half cooked beans.
Potato foilage/leaves/eyes/sprouts are poisonous, toxic, and can be fatal.
Rhubarb, leaves and uncooked stems. Always cook rhubarb.
Rosemary - leaves in some species.
Thanks for stopping by. Please drop a note below and by all means, please, please, please feel free to share your favorite Juicing recipes with all of us.
Have a very happy and healthy life!