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Hard to say exactly how long I had wanted to buy a juicer.  I finally went for it when I saw this cool Philips model here in Argentina.

 

Now I juice most afternoons, usually around 5pm, which is the time of day I want to eat something, even though I don’t really need anything. Fresh vegetable juice is the perfect late afternoon pick-me-up. Though I know a lot of people who prefer to start their day off with a fresh juice.

 

What to juice? Just about anything goes. Below you’ll find my top 12 favorite fresh juice recipes, plus links and more ideas. I usually prefer fresh juiced veggies, but my husband prefers fresh fruit juices, so I’ve included a few of those as well. (Though when I’m feeling under the weather or have a tummy bug, fresh fruit juice is the about the only thing that I can, and want, to consume.)

 

I just keep the  juicer on my counter, and usually I rinse it right after use. It’s a very fast and easy clean up. Mine is also powerful enough to juice large amounts of fresh ginger, which has revolutionized my homemade kombucha. (More on that another day!)

 

Not only is fresh juice great for health and weight loss, but the colors are absolutely gorgeous. It's like drinking fresh food art.

 

You’ll find your favorites. Here is a list of mine to help get you started!

 

Besos!

 

Emily

 

 

 

Twelve Favorite Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Juice Recipes

 

A few notes:

 

Rinse/wash produce well before using

 

Cut the rind and white pith off citrus fruits (just cut off the ends and slice down the sides)

 

I only peel things that need bad parts removed. Otherwise I use whole carrots, cucumbers, whole beets

with just the thick ends cut off, etc.

 

My favorite base is half a green apple and a lemon.

 

Cucumber and celery also make great bases.

 

You’ll see I LOVE ginger in my fresh juices. I usually use a small knob or a slice, about the size of half my

thumb (from knuckle to tip). Sometimes more, sometimes less. When preparing ginger I just make sure it’s

clean and cut off any tough knots. If processing larger amounts, I cut the ginger into large chunks to make it

easier on the juicer, which does get a workout. (You should probably test yours or read the instructions before

trying to process a lot of ginger in yours.)

 

I tend towards the vegetable juices, which pack a lot of nutrient power and aren’t as sweet. Veggie juice is

more satisfying (for me) and definitely is lower sugar.

 

Most of these juice recipes make about 500mL or 2 cups, which I think is the perfect single- serving (for me to

drink at once). Of course you can make more or less!

 

 

 

 

Cleansing Tonic

Makes approx 500 ml (2 cups)

This fresh green juice recipe feels almost medicinal, in a good way. Totally green, strong and fresh, it gives me a kick in the pants when I need it.

 

5 leaves kale (or try a couple packed cups of  arugula, if you like bold!)

1 small lemon- rind cut off

1/2 small green apple

1 large cucumber

Large knob fresh ginger

2-3 sprigs fresh mint (and/or parsley, cilantro)

 

 

 

 

Watermelon Cooler

Makes approx 1 liter (4 cups)

Super summer cooler. This fresh watermelon juice recipe makes more than the others. It also stores well the fridge for a few days in a sealed container. Watermelon itself it very healthy and loaded with iron.

 

1/2 a medium watermelon- rind cut off

handful fresh mint leaves

1/2 lemon- rind cut off

 

* I made a batch with  a few strips of watermelon rind in it as well, but I think it really gave my intestines too much to handle. You can research it yourself—  lots of people recommend watermelon rind for health—  but I’m going to skip it in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

Carrot Fresh

Makes approx 500 ml (2 cups)

I love carrot juice. The addition of cucumber and celery increase the quantity and lighten the carrot juice for a very nice balance of flavors and texture.

 

3 large carrots

1 small cucumber

1 rib celery with leaves

small nub ginger

1/2 green apple

1/2 lemon- rind cut off

 

 

 

 

 

Carrotlicious

Makes approx 500 ml (2 cups)

Pure carrot juice with a touch of sweet, tart, and ginger. Yum.

 

4 carrots

1 small green apple

1 lemon- rind cut off

1 large slice ginger

 

 

 

 

 

Red & Green Zinger

Makes approx 500 ml (2 cups)

I wasn’t sure about chard in fresh juice, but it adds a pleasantly salty flavor, plus all of the nutrients of the fresh greens! And I only recently learned how nutrients dense lettuce can be, especially romaine, which is why it so often shows up in green juice recipes too.

 

3 chard leaves

3 large celery ribs with leaves

1/2 head lettuce (romaine best, I use butter too)

1 large beet- washed, ends cut off

1/2 green apple

1/2 lemon- rind cut off

small nub ginger

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Beet Carrot

Makes approx 500 ml (2 cups)

I love fresh beet juice. And talk about a nutrient boost! This is a go-to juice for me… I always have the ingredients on hand. Includes variations, both of which are delicious.

 

3 large carrots

1 large beet

2 large stalks celery with leaves - OR - 1 small cucumber

1/2 green apple + 1/2 lemon (rind cut off) - OR - 1 orange* (rind cut off)

small nub ginger

 

*sweeter and milder juice flavor with the orange (pictured above)

 

 

 

 

 

‘Spineapple’ Blend

Makes approx 500 ml (2 cups)

 

Really refreshing and tasty juice combo. And fresh spinach juice is so good for you. Here in Argentina we can't get prewashed bags of anything, so while I’m washing a big bunch of spinach for a meal anyway, I go ahead and wash, spin and dry some extra greens to use in a fresh juice the next day. (Dry the leaves as much as possible and store in the fridge in a loose plastic bag with paper towel lining the bottom.)

 

2 wedges pineapple (cut the length of the pineapple top to bottom, approx 1/8 of a pineapple per wedge)

3 large stalks celery with leaves

3-4 small bundles clean spinach with stems (approx 4 cups, lightly packed)

1/2 lemon- rind cut off

small nub ginger

 

 

 

 

 

Orange & Green Glow

Makes approx 500 ml (2 cups)

Something about kale in fresh juices that tastes extra healthy and cleansing. And sprouts are easy to add in, if you’ve got ‘em.

 

4 carrots

A couple handfuls sprouts (I used mung bean sprouts)

3 kale leaves

small nub ginger

1/2 green apple

1/2 lemon- rind cut off

 

 

 

 

 

Pink Grapefruit Ginger Sparkler

Makes approx 500 ml (2 cups)

I love this fresh juice straight up as a powerful pick me up. It is strong though! If too bold for you, start with a few tablespoons of the fresh juice in a glass of kombucha… delicious and very light.

 

2 pink grapefruits- rind cut off

1 lemon- rind cut off

1 nub ginger

 

Juice all of above and then add (optional):

1 cup cold kombucha (plain or ginger flavored)

 

*Give it a stir for best blending of flavors

 

 

 

 

 

Fantastic Fucsia

Makes a little less than 500 ml (2 cups)

Don't you just LOVE the color and flavor of this one? Very energizing too! I generally don’t care much for celery, but I love it in fresh vegetable juices.

 

1 large beet

5 stalks celery

1/2 green apple

1 lemon- rind cut off

Large nub ginger

 

 

 

 

 

Broccoli Basil

Makes approx 500 ml (2 cups)

I know… I wasn’t sure about broccoli, or basil juice either. But they are delicious, and nutrient rich. Basil does not give a strong flavor to fresh juices, just a mild fresh undertone that I would not recognize as basil. And the broccoli flavor is barely noticeable. Think how many vitamins you can deliciously down this way!

 

2 large handfuls fresh broccoli florets

Approx 10 basil leaves

1 large cucumber

1 stuffed handful lettuce leaves

1 small green apple

1 lemon- rind cut off

Small nub ginger

 

 

 

 

 

Citrus Heaven

Makes approx 500 ml (2 cups)

My husband’s favorite fresh juice. The juicer gives the citrus a whipped and frothy texture that is fantastic… way better than an Orange Julius any day :)

 

4 mandarin oranges- rind cut off

2 oranges- rind cut off

1/2 a lemon- rind cut off

Large nub fresh ginger

 

 

 

Get more ideas and juicing inspiration from these blogs and links:

 

Super Green Juice from 101 Cookbooks

 

+ ‘A Lesson in Juicing’

 

The Great Juice Feast from My New Roots

 

The Juicing Book- An ‘old school’, but useful, resource

 

More ideas for fresh juices and smoothies (smoothie means blended together, versus extracted juice)

 

Dr. Oz’s Green Juice Recipe

(Notice some people use the citrus rind, but I much prefer the flavor without)

 

From The Global Girl’s 92 DAY juice fast!

 

And check out this cool green juice guide from Juicing with G (scroll down just a little bit)

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Fruits & Vegetables and other items to keep on hand for juicing

 

Carrots

Cucumbers

Celery

Beets

Celery

Chard leaves

Kale leaves

Lettuce (romaine is ideal)

Arugula (a couple handfuls for a nice spice in your juice)

Spinach

Bell pepper

Broccoli

Sprouts- try substantial ones, like mung bean sprouts

 

 

Green apples (or red, depends which flavor you prefer)

Lemons

Pineapple

Grapefruit

Oranges

Mandarin Oranges

Pears

Watermelon

 

Basil

Mint

Parsley

Ginger

Chia

Flax

 

Turmeric, Spirulina, Avocado

(Add these after juicing the rest of the ingredients, blend in with a hand blender stick.

You could do the same with bananas too, which don't really juice.)

 

 

Other ideas, that I haven’t had available or haven’t had the nerve to try yet :)

 

Asparagus

Cabbage

Sweet Potatoes

Parsnips

Strawberries

Other melons- cantaloupe, honeydew, etc.

Other stone fruits (pitted)- cherry, peach, etc.

Garlic/Onion

 

 

 

 

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