I have to admit it, I am hooked on juicing. When I first got my juicer I wasn't sure how much I would love it or how often I would use it. Now that I have it, I can't start my day without my juice! If you don't have a juicer I can't say enough good things about them. Do yourself a favor and invest in one, its so worth it! The Breviile Juicer came highly recommended to me so that is what I bought. It is easy to use and clean. It works perfectly.
I do not use the juice as a replacement for a meal. I am a girl likes to eat, for real. I dream about my next meal as soon I finish my current meal. No cutting out meals for me or just drinking them. I make a batch of juice first thing in the morning when I wake up and drink it before I eat breakfast. I swear I have had more energy and my skin has been clearer since starting to juice. Also my hair has been growing crazy fast- not sure if that is a juice side effect too. By starting my day with juice I know I will get at least one big serving of fruits and vegetables for the day!
Most days I drink my green juice (see recipe below). It came recommended by Dr. Oz and we all know he is right on in the health department. I do switch it up occasionally with the carrot fruit juice (also below). Matt won't touch the green stuff so I have to make him fruit juice which I try to sneak carrots in so he will get a veggie!
My 2 Go-to Juices Every Morning:
Carrot Fruit Juice
2 Oranges (peeled)
Chunk of Fresh Pineapple
3-4 Leaves of Kale
Handful of Spinach
1 Granny Smith Apple
1 lemon (peeled)
1 Baby Cucumber
1 inch piece of Ginger skin removed
These are a few juices I found on the Martha Stewart Whole Living website that I plan to try out soon!
Beet, Apple, Mint Juice
1 small beet, chopped
5 carrots, chopped
1 apple, cored and chopped
1/4 cup fresh mint sprigs
Press beet, carrots, apple, and mint sprigs through a juice extractor. Stir and serve immediately
1/2 head broccoli (or 6 leaves kale), chopped
1 cucumber, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley sprigs
Press all ingredients through a juice extractor. Stir and serve immediately.
Grapefruit, Carrot and Ginger Juice
2 chopped grapefruits (peel and pith removed)
5 chopped carrots
1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
Press grapefruits, carrots, and ginger through a juice extractor. Stir and serve immediately
I am thinking this would make a killer Bloody Mary- so fresh!
3 medium (about 1 1/2 pounds) tomatoes, cut into large chunks
7 celery stalks, each cut into 3-inch pieces
1/2 pound carrots, each cut into 3-inch pieces (do not peel)
1 piece fresh horseradish, (2 1/2 by 1/4 inches), peeled (or 2 1/2 teaspoons prepared horseradish)
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
2 1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus lemon wedges, for serving
Working in batches, press the tomatoes, celery, carrots, and horseradish through an electric juicer into a large bowl. Stir in salt and lemon juice. Pour vegetable mixture through a fine sieve into another large bowl or a pitcher. Divide vegetable juice evenly between 2 glasses. Serve each with a lemon wedge.
You can find more Juice Recipes on the Whole Living Site. I am always looking for new juice recipes so if you have any favorites please send them my way! Happy Juicing!