Juice Recipes – Getting Started

If you’re new to juicing, you’ll need a few easy options to get comfortable with.  Once you get your feet wet, then you can experiment a bit.

It’s only natural to focus on taste at first, but be careful!!   You don’t want too much fruit!  No more that 20-30% fruits – otherwise you’ll be getting too much concentrated sugar.  Keep the rest 70-80% veggies.

AND….always wash your fruits and veggies well before juicing!!

“CORE” RECIPES

First, lets look at a few “core” recipes that you can get started with.  These will have just a few ingredients and will give you an idea of how to mix and match different ingredients.

As a rule of thumb, always juice the harder veggies first.  This depends on the type of juicer you’re using – but mostly for centrifugal style juicers (like the Breville Juice Fountain) – it’s best to do the veggies first (hard to soft) and do the fruits last.  This also helps you stick to a routine that saves you time as you juice more often.

You should expect about 1 liter (32 Oz) from these recipes.

Carrot, Apple, Lemoncarrot juice

Using a carrot juice recipe as the base – and apple and lemon to sweeten – this is a perfect core recipe.  Later you can add more veggies –  especially greens! 

  • 3-4 large carrots, or 8-10 small carrots
  • 1 inch sized piece of GINGER (optional)
  • 1 apple – chopped into 1/4 pieces (core, seeds and skin is OK)
  • 1/2 large lemon, or 1 small lemon

Cucumber, Apple, Lemoncucumber

Instead of carrots we’re using cucumber juice – less sweet but more liquid than carrots…

  • 1 large cucumber or 4-5 smaller cucumbers
  • 1 inch sized piece of GINGER (optional)
  • 1 apple (core, seeds and skin is OK)
  • 1/2 large lemon, or 1 small lemon

The “Next Level” Recipes

From the core recipes we’re adding in more ingredients and even customizing them to our needs.

Carrot, Ginger, Celery, Spinach, Apple, Lemon

How do you get all this in your body - quickly?
How do you get all this in your body – quickly?
  • 2-3 large carrots or 4-6 small carrots
  • 3-4 stems of celery
  • 1 inch sized piece of GINGER
  • 2-3 bunches of spinach (be sure to “bunch it up” tightly as you put it through the juicer – this helps to get more juice from leafy greens)
  • 1 apple (core, seeds and skin is OK)
  • 1/2 large lemon, or 1 small lemon

Carrot, Ginger, Cabbage, Spinach, Apple, Lemon

Carrot, Ginger, Celery, Kale, Apple, Lemon
Carrot, Ginger, Celery, Kale, Apple, Lemon
  • 2-3 large carrots or 4-6 small carrots
  • 1 inch sized piece of GINGER
  • 1/4 of head of cabbage – chopped into small chunks or shredded
  • 2-3 bunches of spinach (be sure to “bunch it up” tightly as you put it through the juicer – this helps to get more juice from leafy greens)
  • 1 apple (core, seeds and skin is OK)
  • 1/2 large lemon, or 1 small lemon

Note: cabbage and ginger are especially good for the digestive tract and stomach – serve as a good recipe for acid reflux and digestion disorders.

Carrot, Ginger, Celery, Kale, Cilantro, Apple, Lemon

Carrot, Ginger, Celery, Cilantro, Kale, Apple, Lemon
Carrot, Ginger, Celery, Cilantro, Kale, Apple, Lemon
  • 2-3 large BEETS or 4-6 small BEETS
  • 1 inch sized piece of GINGER
  •  3-4 stems of celery
  • 2-3 bunches of KALE (“bunched” tightly as you put through the juicer – to get more juice from leafy greens)
  • 1 large bunch of CILANTRO
  • 1 apple (core, seeds and skin is OK)
  • 1/2 large lemon, or 1 small lemon

Note:   Cilantro is excellent for detoxing – especially heavy metals!

Beet, Carrot, Ginger, Kale, Apple, Lemon

Beet, Carrot, Ginger, Kale, Apple, Lemon
Beet, Carrot, Ginger, Kale, Apple, Lemon
  • 1-2 large BEETS or 2-3 small BEETS
  • 1-2 large carrots or 2-3 small carrots
  • 1 inch sized piece of GINGER
  • 2-3 bunches of KALE (“bunched” tightly as you put through the juicer – to get more juice from leafy greens)
  • 1 apple (core, seeds and skin is OK)
  • 1/2 large lemon, or 1 small lemon

Note:  Beets are a dark red juice, be careful you don’t splash it on your clothes – wear an apron!

Beet, Ginger, Cucumber, Kale, Apple, Lemon

No it's not BLOOD, but beets!!
No it’s not BLOOD, but beets!!
  • 2-3 large BEETS or 4-6 small BEETS
  • 1 inch sized piece of GINGER
  • 1 large cucumber or 4-5 smaller cucumbers
  • 2-3 bunches of KALE (“bunched” tightly as you put through the juicer – to get more juice from leafy greens).
  • 1 large bunch of CILANTRO
  • 1 apple (core, seeds and skin is OK)
  • 1/2 large lemon, or 1 small lemon

General Notes:

  • Kale, Swiss Chard, Spinach juice, (leafy greens) are pretty much interchangeable.  You can juice them all together – but to stretch out your supplies – one leafy green will do.
  • Cucumbers produce a ton of juice, they can be the core to any recipe – replacing carrots.
  • You can skip the apple and use only a lemon.
  • You can always skip ALL FRUITS – just stay with veggies.
  • Cabbage can be very bitter, depending on the season and especially towards the heart.
  • Broccoli stems are great to juice – but tend to be a little bitter.
  • Banana, Kiwi, Strawberry produce very little juice – not worth it!
  • Watermelons are great to juice – even just the rind can go in!
  • APPLE & LEMON together can mask just about any bitterness from veggies.
  • Remember the ratio of of 70-80% veggies and no more than 20-30% fruits.

Don’t worry if you can’t do these recipes exactly.  Use them as a general guide and make to your liking!

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