Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Juicer Recipes: Green and Otherwise

This week I am trying out my new juicer: a Breville Compact Juice Fountain. So far, I love it! It is so much easier to clean and simpler to put together than my (very) old juicer, and I get more juice out of my produce. I haven't had time to go to the grocery store yet, so I just juiced the produce I had in the fridge.

This morning I made two juices and I really enjoyed both. They are simple "recipes" that you can modify to suit your tastes.

Green juice: 1 package baby kale + 1 head of Romaine + 1/2 Granny Smith apple + 1/2 sweet red apple + a dash of lemon juice (if I had an actual lemon, I'd have used 1/3 or 1/2 of that instead)

Carrot juice: 1 1/2 pound of organic carrots + 1/2 Granny Smith apple + 1/2 sweet red apple

I started by soaking everything in water and a bit of white vinegar for 10 minutes and scrubbing the carrots and apples with a brush. Then I trimmed the produce and started juicing. I did the carrot juice first and then the green juice, without emptying the juicer in between. The new juicer has a little pitcher with a special lid that separates the foam from the juice when you pour it. I poured each juice into a quart mason jar to store in the fridge.

I am not doing a juice fast, but using juicing to supplement my diet and see if it helps me have more energy and feel better overall. I had black coffee in the early morning, half of the green juice for breakfast, an ounce of walnuts for a snack. Then I was very hungry and had a whey protein shake. In the afternoon, I had half the carrot juice and 2 hard boiled eggs mashed with cultured butter. Around 4, I had the rest of the carrot juice and a bit more green juice. I haven't made dinner yet but will have the rest of the green juice with some protein and vegetables for dinner.

Here is a list of sites I have saved that are about juicing or have delicious sounding juicing recipes. I think it can be tricky to make a tasty green juice (with kale, spinach, collards, or other greens) and I am also trying to limit my fruit consumption to about 2 servings per day. If you have a favorite juicer recipe or website, please leave it in the comments. I will update which juices I think are tasty as I try them.

Top Ten Favorite Juice Recipes

13 Refreshing Smoothie and Green Juice Recipes

Juice Bar Menu (combination ideas)

Green Smoothie Challenge Recipes (I do have smoothies instead of juice sometimes)

Reboot With Joe Juice Recipes (Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead)

Blender Babes Juice Recipes

Just on Juice

Going shopping tonight so I can make my juices tomorrow morning. Looking forward to it!


Forty Pound Sack said...

I wish I had your time :) working two jobs and taking care of a house & family leaves very little time for experiments like this, so I look forward to hearing how it goes for you. Good luck!!

Lyn said...


thanks! Actually it only took me about 20 minutes from start to finish to make juice this morning, including prep and cleanup (well, minus the soaking, but I was doing other things during that time). It's a food prep time saver for me! Just grab some juice from the fridge when hunger hits... didn't have to cook breakfast or anything. I am pretty pressed for time myself, so I get what you're saying.

Noxie said...

The Breville got great Reviews on Amazon so that looks like a great purchase!

Margie Vest said...

My son and his two business partners have a juice business. They sell juice (using Breville juicers like yours) at local farmers markets and would like to open a juice bar in the future. He is very much a proponent of juicing. I've done 5 day fasts..that was about as far as I was able to make it. But you do feel incredible... lots of energy and just generally "cleaned out". It's a great jump start to eating better. Good luck with your experiment!