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Ingredients for Juicing

Updated on January 29, 2014

Basic Juice ingredients

When it comes to juicing the ingredients are almost endless, sometimes making it hard which ones to choose especially if you are new to juicing. You may select certain ingredients purely on their nutritional value, others may be for the flavour or you may go with a combination of them both.

So here is a basic juice guide showing the most common ingredients.

The basics

Common fruit & veggies

The "classic" juice ingredients generally revolve around high water content fruits such as water melon, honeydew, oranges, kiwi fruit, pineapple, apples, pears, grapefruit, peaches, tomatoes, bell peppers, lime, lemon and root veggies such as sweet potato, ginger, radishes and carrot.

Berries (raspberry, blueberry, strawberry etc.) add a lot of flavor. Depending on your juicer you may choose to blend them instead to get the most out of them.

Great greens: Beets, celery, cabbage, mint, spinach and kale are just some of the great greens which are commonly used when making green juices.

If you are just starting out with juicing, you are probably wondering what ingredients go together. Generally speaking mix fruit with other fruits & vegetables with other vegetables.

Try to avoid mixing too many fruits with vegetables, with the exception of apples as they go well with almost anything, and work great as a sweetener. Carrots also mix well with fruits such as oranges.

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Fruit Juices

mix & match

If you are just starting out the most pleasant introduction to juicing would be to get your self organised with various fruits, and start juicing entirely with those. Vegetable juice is generally a bit of an acquired taste, so fruit juices are easy to start with. However, they are quite high in sugar, so quickly moving on to vegetable juices is a good idea.

The great thing about fruit juices is that they are easy to mix and match, meaning that almost any fruit combination (within reason of course) will taste good.

Basic Fruit Juice Recipes

plenty of room for creativity

  • Water melon / Pineapple juice
  • (1/2 pineapple, 1/2 watermelon, 1 lemon).
  • Apple juice
  • ( 3 apples, 1/2 lemon)
  • Orange / Kiwi juice
  • (2 kiwi fruits, 1 orange, 1 grapefruit)
  • Strawberry / Orange juice
  • (1 orange, 1 cup of strawberries, 1/4 pineapple).
  • Peach / Pear juice
  • (2 peaches - seeds removed, 1 apple, 1 pear).
  • Lime juice
  • (1/2 lemon, 1/2 lime, 1 apple, 1 cup of grapes, 1 teaspoon ginger).

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Examples of Combined Fruit & Vegetable Juices

  • Apple / Pear / Chard juice
  • (3 cups chard, 2 green apples, 2 pears, 2 beets, 2 carrots, 1 cup cabbage).
  • Some of the ingredients for green juices are: celery, chard, kale, lettuce, cabbage, spinach, fennel, cilantro, silver beet, cucumber.
  • "very green juice"
  • (1 tablespoon ginger, celery - 4 stalks, kale - 6 leaves, 1/2 cucumber, 2 cups spinach, 2 apples).
  • Without the sweetness of the apples some juices can be bit too "green" for some taste buds. These recipes clearly show that adding fruit makes a big difference to the taste

Vegetable Juices

how to get around the grassy ones

Many people find it quite difficult to drink pure vegetable juice, especially green juices as they tend to have quite a "grassy" taste. I did too, but now I love them.

Not all fruits and vegetables go well together, however apples and pears can easily be added to almost any vegetable juice making it nice and sweet.

Thank you for visiting. Any thoughts or favorite juices? I appreciate your comments.

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      mizrae 5 years ago

      We have made some of the best juicing drinks around here, unfortunately, we've not kept track of the combinations. Every time we juice, it's a surprise!

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      We keep thinking about getting a juicer. The benefits are wonderful!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A juicer sure is on my wish list again, I sure do miss having one. I like your advice to start with fruit and work up to the acquired taste of vegetable juice, but once you try it, your taste buds will thank you!

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      ForestBear LM 6 years ago

      @happynutritionist: thank you happynutritionist!

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      happynutritionist 6 years ago

      Looks like some nice recipes!