Ok, I have a confession to make. If you follow me on Instagram it’s pretty obvious we’ve started juicing. Buuut…until now like 90% of the pictures are actually my husband’s drinks, not mine! I mean, I’m the one usually making them, but I haven’t been drinking them as much. Why? The answer is…complicated. Just kidding, the answer is because I would rather drink a coffee instead. BUT, when I do drink a green juice, I notice a HUGE difference in my energy levels! It’s like drinking a coffee but better, and with no side of nervous jitters. Oh, and I’m less bloat-y the next day. (Ew. Sorry.) Pants drinks one a day and is like, becoming a superhero now. One every single day is a bit much for me though, so I’m committing to drinking about four green juices a week…instead of just taking a picture and handing it over to Pants.
Ok, huge DISCLAIMER! We just started juicing about a month and a half ago, and this is just what WE do. I am not a professional or anything! P.L.E.A.S.E. use your own judgment, and research it before committing to daily juicing…there are conflicting views, just like anything, so if you think juicing is not the way to go, then don’t do it! I just know for US, for right NOW, it’s working.
Also, we are NOT juicing as a meal replacement, we usually have one in the afternoon between lunch and dinner. Oh, and we only use organic produce. I know it’s more expensive, so do what you can afford…but I really, really think it’s worth it since there are SO many chemical pesticides on non-organic vegetables, that can cause people so many problems. (Here’s a link to the best/worst list, if you need it.) Organic produce also tastes waaay better than regular produce too, like, a noticeable difference. What we did is stop spending money on crap food, and use that money for quality food instead…it eventually evens out…I think…
So there are 3 parts to a juicing recipe:
1) the base vegetables
2) the hearty vegetables
3) the fruit/add-ins
You really need all 3 for a complete (read: good-tasting!) juice.
1) the base vegetables
These are vegies that are high in water content. We use a couple cups of one or more of the following as a ‘base’ for our juicing:
– romaine lettuce
2) the hearty vegetables
These are the vegies that have less water content but are packed with nutrients. We use a couple cups of a mix of the following, depending what’s in the fridge and what specific nutrients we want:
– cruciferous vegetables (broccoli – including the stems, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, etc)
– red, orange or yellow peppers
– beets (Don’t overdo these! We use only a quarter of a beet per drink, since they can hurt your stomach if you juice too much. And they could also turn your pee pink. Don’t ask how we know this. Also adds a deep color to your drink!)
– dark leafy greens like kale or collards (These actually don’t yield too much juice, so these are actually better to eat in a salad or added to something cooked. But we still use them.)
– carrots (I know carrots have a higher sugar content, but I have read a lot about them, and in my opinion, they are fine. So it’s your call. And remember that adding these will make your juice more of an orange color.)
3) fruit and add-ins
We throw this stuff in at the end. We try not to juice fruit too much (fruit is better for you eaten whole) but we do add either one small apple or pear to our juice sometimes. We just use small amounts of the other add-ins:
– ginger (Obviously only use like, a thumb-nail size. Don’t overdue it, it’s strong! Incidentally, did you know the best way to peel ginger is with a SPOON? Just scrape the peel right off. My cooking buddy taught me that…)
– lemon (Just use 1/4 or 1/2 of one, they can be strong)
– parsley (This is great for making your juice taste, I want to say, brighter? You know what I mean.)
– Anjou pears
Pants says: ‘Add 1/2 lemon and 1 Anjou pear to ANY vegetable juice combination and it will taste good.’ (So if you do that and your juice still tastes totally horrible? His fault.)
We pretty much have our system down by now, loooots of trial and error when we started though! I don’t use specific recipes, although there are TONS online. I just take a cutting board, fill it/prep the vegetables first, then juice it all.
Um, a blender is NOT a juicer. A juicer is like, a whole separate appliance. Don’t try to juice in a blender…just don’t, trust me. We got an inexpensive juicer off Amazon Prime, and have been pretty happy with it. I am drinking about 16oz when I juice, and recently bought these glass bottles, which we LOVE. They are like, our favorite thing made out of glass EVER.
Ok, this is entirely too long. I will keep updating as we get more into it…there’s also some great information for beginning juicing over at Food Babe about what to do/what not to do, which is really helpful. Bottoms up!