Whether you’re an all out juicing aficionado, or a beginner looking to find their way into the alluring and trendy world that is juicing; these recipes are tried and true for adding a pep in your step, aiding detoxification, and giving you an ethereal glow (which is more than welcome during these frigid winter months). Juicing can seem intimidating, but I am here to tell you to throw your hesitations out the window. Once you start, you’ll be wondering why didn’t become a juice making fiend sooner. Juicing at home is a wonderful and cost efficient way to feel your best and aid in fulfilling your recent new year’s resolutions. When you drink a juice, all of the nutrients from the fruits and vegetables are being immediately absorbed into your bloodstream because your body doesn’t have to break down the fiber; this means that the beautiful benefits of these nutrients will quickly be reflected in both your energy levels and that healthy glow I was mentioning.
Let me start by breaking down the juice vs. smoothie debate. Here is my stance on this matter expressed in a few commonly used phrases: ‘the more the merrier!’, ‘the best of both worlds’, and ‘why can’t we all just get along?’. I feel as if I’m constantly being bombarded with this battle between juices and smoothies. When I tell people I made a juice, they reprimand me that I won’t get my fiber this way; when I tell people I’m drinking a smoothie, they warn me about the oxidation of nutrients when heated up via blending. You can’t win! Here’s what I think: you should drink both smoothies and juices because they both have amazing health benefits. I love using my cold press juicer for a quick and straight to the bloodstream nutrient boost, not to mention an almost immediate sensation of natural energy. I love smoothies for a more filling and fibrous snack or meal replacement- the options are endless.
I don’t do juice cleanses; (I’m not knocking them, I just haven’t done one myself yet), but rather I drink juices in addition to eating healthy meals. You can drink these juices as a part of a juice cleanse, or in conjunction with healthy meals for a delicious and detoxifying experience – the choice is all yours.
6 JUICE RECIPES
From left to right:
*All produce should be washed thoroughly and try to get organic when possible
1 // Beet Apple Ginger
• 2 peeled and chopped beets
• 3 peeled and chopped carrots
• 1 green apple
• 1 inch knob of fresh ginger
• 2 stalks celery
2 // Watermelon Coconut h20
• 2 cups cubed watermelon
• 1 lime (peeled)
• 1 cup coconut water (preferably raw)
3 // Tangelo Turmeric
• 2 tangelos peeled
• 4 carrots peeled and chopped
• 1 inch knob of turmeric (peeled)
• 1/2 inch knob of ginger (peeled)
*Note: can use any type of citrus you’d like, i.e, orange, mandarin, tangerine.
4 // Grapefruit Ginger Mint
• 1 grapefruit peeled
• 1/2 cup fresh mint
• 1 inch knob ginger (peeled)
5 // Cucumber Lemon Cayenne
• 2 cucumbers (peel on if organic, peeled if conventional)
• juice of 2 lemons
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
*Note: you may wish to water this down as it is intense, also use straw to avoid acidic lemon on teeth.
6 // The Greenest of Green Juices
• 1/2 a bunch of kale
• 1 cup spinach
• handful of wheatgrass
• 1 cup dandelion greens
• 1 green apple (2 if you don’t love the ‘green’ taste)
• 1 lemon (peeled)
• 3 stalks celery, chopped
• 1 cucumber (peel on if organic, peeled if conventional)
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Adeline Waugh is the creator of Vibrant&Pure Wellness, a website and Instagram account which strives to exemplify the notion that healthy food never has to be boring. She is currently studying to become a certified holistic nutrition practitioner and loving the wealth of knowledge she gets to learn every day. Vibrant&Pure’s motto is, ‘Vibrantly beautiful meals with ingredients nothing less than pure’. Her goal is to show people that cutting out things that seem impossible to live without (i.e. wheat, dairy, and refined sugar) doesn’t have to mean deprivation. Connect with her on Vibrant&Pure, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.