Quick guide to juicing + 10 Juice Recipes
Starting your day with a fresh vegetable juice is one of the best ways to set you off on the right track for the rest of the day. Drinking fresh juice gives you a boost of enzymes, vitamins and minerals that is easily absorbed and digested by the body (the fiber is removed during the process so the body has direct access to the nutrients) – try eating the amount of vegetables that you fit into a juice and you’ll be chewing for quite some time! Green juices are especially healthful and should be your juice of choice. They pack a punch of chlorophyll (a plant’s energy produced directly from sunlight. Did you know that a chlorophyll molecule is almost exactly like a red blood cell? So by ingesting it you are rebuilding your blood), they are highly alkalising (an overly acidic body is the underlying cause for almost all illness), detoxifying (they give your liver a welcome helping hand), immune boosting and disease/illness busting due to their high levels of antioxidants and phytochemicals. Juicing Rules:
- Fruit juices are high in sugar so it’s ok to have them every now and then, but no more than that. The last thing you want is to get a mouth full of cavities and send your blood sugar levels haywire through juicing. You may want to add an apple or two (preferably green) to your green juices until you become used to the taste. Juicing sugary vegetables such as carrots and beetroot is ok and beneficial as they are high in antioxidants but again, in moderation for the same sugary reasons (a little more often than fruit juices but less often than green juices – you can go crazy with the greens!).
- As a rule of thumb, green leafy vegetables and apples mix well with everything. With regards to the rest, keep fruit with fruit and vegetables with vegetables.
- Note that unless you want to drink a swamp, don’t mix red and green vegetables together.
|A bit o’ Popeye: – big handful of baby spinach – 1 courgette – 1 stick celery – 1-2 apples||Fennel Friends: – 1 whole fennel – 1 cucumber – 1 stalk celery – 1/2 courgette – handful baby spinach – 2 yellow apples (or 1 medium/big red)||Leftover medley (use whatever needs finishing – nothing need go to waste. This was our latest pre-holiday-finish-all-the-vege juice): – 2 stalks celery (very celery tasting so cut back to 1 stalk if you’re not too keen) – 1 cm ginger – handful of broccoli florets and the stalk – cauliflower stalk and leaves – 2 green apples|
|Green Sticks + a round Gatecrasher: – 2 courgettes – 3 cucumbers – 1 cm ginger – 1 green apple||Fertile Flavours: – 2 tomatoes – 1 small beetroot – 1 red pepper – dilute with 50% water (filtered)||Beet it!: – 2 big beetroots – 5 carrots – 3-4 sticks celery + leaves – 1cm ginger – 1 lemon – dilute with filtered water (always dilute when using beets as they are very potent)||A Fruity Punch: – 2 apples – 1 lime – 1 pear – 1 cucumber – 2 stalks celery – 1 cm ginger|
|In the Red: – 1 beetroot – 6 carrots – 1 apple – dilute with filtered water||Breakfast Bonanza: – 4 carrots – 2 oranges – 1 grapefruit – 1 lime||10th recipe: = your own! Please share your delicious concoction with us all!|
If you don’t have one already, go buy a juicer and make it your best friend.
ps) the juice photos at the top don’t match the recipes, they’re just ‘for show’ taken from my latest 3 day Juice Feast