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Healthy Juicing Recipes to Vamp Up Your Health and Diet

Many of us are becoming more and more aware of our need to add more fruits and veggies to our diet, but find it difficult or unenjoyable. While eating whole fruits and vegetables are important for fiber purposes, juicing can be a great way to easily get in those essential vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need in order to function at their optimal levels. Juicing can also be a great way to clean out/detox our bodies, lower our blood sugar levels, lose weight and cure any number of ailments that we may be experiencing.

Below I have included information and tips about juicing along with some healthy juicing recipes for your various juicing needs.

Why juicing is important

I became a huge juicing advocate after watching Joe Cross’s “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” In this documentary, so many people were suffering from a number of conditions, from migraines to obesity, and were able to see a huge difference in their lives when they started juicing.

As an educator, I spend a lot of time around kids and I have learned a LOT about their family eating habits and it makes me so sad to see just how many people out there really are not getting fruits, but more often, veggies, into their diet on a daily basis. To make matters worse, school lunches are atrocious when it comes to nutrition (though they have actually gotten better as far as access to vegetables).

It is amazing to me that people really don’t stop more and think about how important it is to add fruits and veggies to their diets because they are what makes us healthy! So when we aren’t consuming them, our bodies will begin to exhibit all sorts of problems because they aren’t getting the things they need to make them run.

Tips for juicing

There are a few important things to consider when juicing:

Juice a lot more vegetables than fruits

I think for a lot of us, its a lot easier to incorporate fruits into our diets due to their sweet flavors and portability (think bananas and apples).

The truth is, however, that if we put a lot of fruits in our juices, we may be adding too much sugar into our systems. The best tip, then, is to have mostly veggies in your juices with one or two fruits added for flavor.

Juice fruits and veggies with high water content right after ones with low water content

Of course, fruits and veggies with higher water content (like cucumbers, celery or romaine lettuce at over 90% water) are going to yield more juice than ones with lower water content (like kale, ginger or beets at under 90% water).

In order to maximize the amount of juice you get, it is helpful to juice a lower water content veggie followed by a higher water content veggie and continue that pattern. The more watery veggie will, in effect, compensate for the other and lead the nutrients down the juicer.

Pre-plan and prepare your Fs/Vs for the week

I have found that I will juice more during the week sometimes if I prepare everything a head of time. I will cut and wash everything at once and then portion them out into containers or bags until ready to use. It really cuts the time it takes to juice during the work week when I am already tired!

Substitute a meal for a juice every once in a while

While many choose to go on juice fasts, and others have really started pushing intermittent fasting (IF), I think it is doable for more people to substitute a meal for a juice every once in a while. Fasting has often been shown to give the body a break and help it heal from issues like blood pressure and inflammation and other conditions mentioned here.

When you juice, you are still giving your body sustenance and nutrients while also giving it a break. You control when and how often you do this and find out what works best for you.

Find a great juicer

A great juicer is going to maximize extraction from your fruits and vegetables, has durability and can be cleaned easily. This kind of juicer will most likely be an investment, but when you think about the health benefits you receive from juicing, you will realize how worth it buying one will be.

A personal example is that often when I have headaches and digestion issues, I make a juice and those headaches go away and my stomach calms down, preventing me from having to take any medicines to alleviate these issues. Oftentimes, my headaches are a result of not getting a lot of veggies or water in my day.

See my reviews on the best juicers currently on the market.

Juicing Recipes

Below I have included recipe ideas for different juicing needs but I think it is important to mention a few more things before we jump into these recipes.

First, it is more important to juice whatever you have than to follow a recipe. I find this especially true when I have fruits and vegetables that are close to turning or I am low on funds to go out and buy specific products for a juice recipe. This way, you are preventing food waste and saving money by juicing what you already have or what you can afford.

Second, I generally have a favorites list of fruits and veggies that I use most of the time that fits my needs. You may find that you can create your own recipes based on the needs of your own body.

So with that being said, if you are still looking for some good juicing recipes, here you go!

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Beet Power Juice for digestion and blood sugar

-Beets (1-2)
-Celery (3-4 stalks with leaves)
-Ginger (thumb size)
-Cucumber (quarter to half)
-Carrots (3-4 carrots)
-Romaine (4-5 leaves)
-Kale (or spinach)
-Turmeric (thumb size)
-Green or Gala Apple (1-2)

Green Juice made for flavor

-Kale (1-2 handfuls)
-Spinach (2 handfuls)
-Cucumber (quarter to half)
-Mint (1/4 cup)
-Lemon (1)
-Green apple

Juice for weight loss

-Romaine Lettuce (half a head)
-Celery (4-5 stalks)
-Carrots (3-4)
-Ginger (thumb size)
-Grapefruit (1 large)

Juice for skin

-Carrots (6-7)
-Spinach (2 handfuls)
-Cucumber (half to whole)
-Tomatoes (1-2)
-Lemon (1)

Final Thoughts

Each recipe above contains fruits and veggies that have specific vitamins and minerals that aid in each of the areas listed, but these are not the only benefits each fruit and vegetable has! This means that it is likely you can accomplish better digestion, weight loss or clearer, brighter skin just by simply juicing in general, particularly when you follow the “more veggies” rule and use juice as an occasional meal substitute.

Let me know which juice you like and what works for you!

1 thought on “Healthy Juicing Recipes to Vamp Up Your Health and Diet”

  1. I love the recipes! Especially the one for weight loss. I jotted it down and plan to try it for lunch. I just happen to have all of the ingredients. I am curious which juicer you use, and /or which one do you think is the best to purchase with a mid range price.

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