My 5 Favorite Juicer Recipes
Need some fresh juicing inspiration? Check out these delicious juicer recipes!
Are you searching for new juicer recipes to spark some inspiration? Want to learn more about juicing for health?
I first started juicing about 2 years ago, but it has since become one of my healthiest habits! Last year, I watched an inspiring documentary called Fat Sick & Nearly Dead, directed by a man named Joe Cross who started the film with a chronic illness and a lot of extra weight. He set out on a journey to health, dedicating himself to a 60-day liquid fast. For 2 full months, Joe drank all of his fresh fruits and vegetables and ate nothing else...and his results were absolutely phenomenal!
Read on to discover reasons and tips and my 5 favorite "go-to" concoctions. If you feel inclined, please share your favorite juices in the comment section at the bottom of the page...sometimes I need new inspiration, too!
Most recent update: 9/11/14
Interested In Watching Fat Sick and Nearly Dead? - Available At Amazon.com!
Amazon Description:: "Overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe was at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. With doctors and conventional medicine unable to help, Joe traded in junk food and hit the road with a juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. Across 3,000 miles Joe had one goal in mind: To get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle."
Health Benefits of Juicing
Juicing for Health!
There is no better or more efficient way to get concentrated nutrients into your body than by drinking your produce. When the liquid is extracted from fresh fruits and vegetables, all of the fillers are left behind and you get more concentrated vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting antioxidants!
In no time, you will feel lighter, you will have more energy and you will be thinking more clearly, too...the health benefits are amazing!
If you've never tried it before, get started today...your body will thank you!
What Are The Possible Health Benefits of Juicing? - 10 Reasons to get started today!
Eating a clean, healthy diet, including freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juices, may have the following benefits to your health. Please do not take this as medical advice or as a cure for any specific ailments. See disclaimer at the bottom of this page.
- It can aid in weight loss and healthy weight maintenance. Juicing for weight loss shouldn't be your #1 priority, but so many other health benefits come from drinking it fresh!
- It can give you clear, smooth and hydrated skin.
- It can give you increased energy and vitality.
- It can strengthen your immune system.
- It can give you a more efficient digestive system.
- It can regulate your blood sugar levels.
- It can regulate your blood pressure.
- It can aid in clearer thinking and reduce that "foggy" feeling...be prepared to feel a difference in this area!
- One theory that is gaining ground is that phytochemicals in fresh fruits and vegetables could possibly prevent cancer and even fight existing cancer cells!
- It feeds every cell in your body with water, vitamins, minerals and essential enzymes, making you a healthier person in every way!
What Juicer Does Joe Cross Use? - Breville JE98XL
If you've watched the Joe Cross documentary, Fat Sick & Nearly Dead, you may be wondering which extractor he uses. I get asked this question a lot! Although he never mentions the model that he uses, we know it's a Breville and it looks like it is most likely the Breville JE98XL.
Breville is a highly recommended brand by those who juice regularly and has received rave reviews on Amazon for all of its models. Click on the Breville JE98XL to read specific reviews for this model.
5 Delicious and Healthy Juicer Recipes
My 5 Favorite Concoctions
The following fresh, healthy recipes could be the basis for your new healthy juicing regimen! I try to drink each of these juices at least twice a week to infuse my cells with all the essential nutrients they need to thrive. At least once a week, I do a 1-day fast where I don't eat any solid food. It helps to keep my body cleansed and working more efficiently. Plus, I've lost a few pounds in the process...can't beat that!
I hope you enjoy these fast and easy nutrient-dense juicer recipes!
Fresh tropical fruit is so refreshing first thing in the morning and will give you tons of energy to begin your day! This is a great one to help you get started if you are new to the practice. It is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to give you a mighty punch that goes right along with your new health kick!
If you're not convinced about juicing after trying a glass of this fresh tropical fruit juice, you just might need to try another glass!
This recipe makes more than one glass, depending on how large of a glass you use. I like a big glass of juice, especially first thing in the morning, and I still get 2 servings out of this. You might even be able to make it into 3 small glasses...so share it or save the rest for later!
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- 1 Kiwi - Peeled
- 6 Strawberries - Medium
- 1 Orange or 2 Clementines - Peeled
- 1/2 Mango - Peeled and Sliced
- 1 cup Pineapple Chunks - Fresh
- 1/4 cup Coconut Water - Fresh or Canned
- Prepare fruit and process in your extractor. Stir in the coconut water. Drink and enjoy!
- So easy and super delicious!
2. Very Berry Elixir - This one's for your sweet tooth!
This is my favorite juicer recipe to have for a sweet treat. I love to make it in the afternoon when I get a bit of a sugar craving. I add some agave nectar to the juice to sweeten it up a bit. Agave nectar is a little like honey, but it comes from a vegetable source...interestingly enough, the same plant tequila is made from! It has many healthy benefits on its own, including a low glycemic index to prevent a "spike" in blood sugar levels. It is a wonderful way to sweeten teas and juices...and I even use it in some of my baking and my Healthy Homemade Granola Bars!
Read more about the health benefits of agave nectar here.
This recipe makes at least 2 large glasses of juice...Share and enjoy!
P.S. I've started leaving the agave nectar out of this juice because my taste buds have adjusted and I don't need the extra sweetness. You might find that you'll need to do the same, especially if you are using sweet berries.
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- 1 cup Strawberries - hulled
- 1 cup Raspberries
- 1/2 cup Blackberries
- 1/2 cup Blueberries
- 1 Cucumber - whole
- 1 Tbsp. Agave Nectar
- Process the fruits and the cucumber in your extractor. Pour into a glass and stir in the agave nectar (optional). Drink up!
3. Citrus Surprise with Ginger
This one is like liquid gold and is full of Vitamin C...a wonderful way to boost your immune syste and perfect for flu and cold season! The addition of ginger not only adds a wonderful surprise flavor, but it can help ease nausea, reduce pain and inflammation, and even relieve migraines. Ginger also aids in strengthening the immune system...working right along with the vitamin C from the citrus!
Ginger is a very strong-tasting root and you really don't need a lot to get the healthy benefits and the punch of flavor!
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- 1 Orange or 2 Clementines
- 3 Strawberries
- 1 Lemon
- 2 Large Carrots
- 1/2 inch Fresh Ginger
- Run all ingredients through the juicer. Done!
Heart Healthy Vegetable Juice
It's like homemade V-8!
4. Heart Healthy Vegetable
Are you a fan of V-8? You can make your own at home! Here are simple instructions for getting the nutrients from 8 key sources for an all-around healthy choice!
Not being a huge fan of vegetables, this one took a few times for me to start enjoying...but now I really look forward to it! It makes me feel like I have infused my body with good stuff...that is a great feeling!
If you don't enjoy this at first, give it a few tries. Just think about not having to eat your veggies - you can drink them instead!
I get a different amount of juice every time I make this one...it basically just depends on the size of the tomatoes and cucumber. You should get 1 to 2 glasses from this recipe.
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- 2 Tomatoes - Medium (I like Roma tomatoes best!)
- 1 Stalk of Celery
- 1 Carrot - Large
- 1 Cup Broccoli
- 1 Cucumber
- 1/2 Lemon - Peeled
- 1 Garlic Clove
- Simple - Run it all through the juicer and drink! Isn't this fun and easy?
Don't Forget Your Greens!
Green Juice 101 - Drew Canole on FitLife.tv
You can visit Drew at his home on the web at Fitlife.tv!
5. Leafy Green Power Juice
I love to drink my greens because I definitely don't eat enough salads to get the incredible health benefits of the leafy greens. Plus, there is no fruit to peel or slice in this recipe...everything is thrown into the appliance whole! Super fast and easy!
If a pure vegetable juice is a little too hardcore for you, the apples in this recipe sweeten up the greens and make it more palatable.
- Collard Greens
- ...even wild Dandelion greens!
- 1 Apple
- I do not use the same ingredients every time I make a Leafy Green Power Juice. Instead, I throw in a combination of whatever lettuces I have in the fridge and an apple. The ingredients above are just suggestions for healthy dark greens to use for your green juice.
- If you prefer to drink a sweeter juice, use 2 apples to create a sweet, fruity base and then add greens until you have enough juice for a whole glass. Carrots can also be used to sweeten up greens...and add even more incredibly healthy nutrients!
- Watch the YouTube video below to see how Joe Cross from Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead makes his Mean Green Juice.
Mean and Green with Joe Cross
Joe Cross from Fat Sick & Nearly Dead shows how to make a Mean Green Juice!
Help Me Choose a Juicer!
Would You Help Other Readers Decide Which Extractor to Buy?
Now that you've found some healthy juicing recipes, please tell us about your favorite juicer!
I used a "hand-me-down" extractor that was on it's last leg for about 6 months while I saved up to buy a new one...and I wanted to get the best value for my money. At first, I didn't want to spend more than $200, but I wanted it to be the highest quality I could get in my price range.
A lot of juicers were recommended to me when I was searching, but I actually ended up splurging on the Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer because I wanted the slow, masticating action that squeezes the most juice out of your produce...fruits and veggies are getting expensive, after all!
No matter what your price range is, you can find one that will work for you. Check out a couple of options below.
And if you are experienced, please let us know which one is your favorite!
If you came here looking for a recommendation, please be sure to read the reviews below. Readers have left some very helpful comments! And if you have experience with a juice extractor, please consider leaving your own review here!
The Cost of Choosing the Wrong Juicer
Money Down the Drain!
I started with a hand-me-down machine that did a great job getting the juice out of the produce, but unfortunately it broke down. I wanted to replace it with another high-quality machine, but in the meantime, I've been using a cheap $50 appliance that I bought to "hold me over". Here is what I have learned:
My cheap, low-quality machine gives me juice...it serves its purpose. However, produce is expensive! And after I process my fruits and vegetables, the "pulp" that is left behind is soaking wet, still full of liquid! That should be in my glass, not left in the waste receptacle!
If you watch Joe Cross's videos on the page, you'll see that he reaches in and pulls out some of the leftover pulp and it's DRY. This is how a good juicer should work. It should efficiently remove every last drop of moisture from your produce so that it goes into your body instead of the compost.
Buy the highest quality machine you can afford on your budget! Don't settle for the cheapest one you can get at your local big box store. I made this mistake and I feel like I wasted $50...that money could have gone toward a better appliance...and toward the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables that would go much further in a better machine.
...to compost your leftover pulp!
(If you don't use it in one of the pulp recipes below!)
Bonus: Juicer Pulp Recipes - How will you use yor leftover pulp?
- Pulp Muffins | Juicer Pulp Recipes
Juicer pulp muffins are a great way to use leftover pulp
- Choosing Raw Juice Pulp Crackers
Glad you found yesterday's tips on staying healthy when time is short helpful! One of the foods I mentioned were my pulp crackers. When I have the time and energy to juice daily-and it's rare that I do, but
- Carrot Pulp Cake, Part I - Test Recipes - Cooking For Engineers
Cooking for Engineers tests out a recipe for Carrot Pulp Cake, Part I complete with photos and reader discussion
- Juice Pulp Dog Treats - Raw Food Rawmazing Raw Food
Dog treats made from pulp
Ideas for Leftover Pulp
What do I do with this stuff?
What To Do With The Leftover Pulp? - Here's A Couple of Great Ideas!
The pulp that is leftover from fruits and vegetables that have been juiced contains all of the fiber from the produce, so don't throw it away! Watch the videos below to get some ideas for how to use the valuable leftovers to make more nutritious treats!
Note: Some of these videos feature baked goods that are high in sugar. You could probably use these ideas as a basis and then substitute healthier ingredients to create healthier treats.
However, every once in awhile, I really enjoy making a sweet treat for the kids, so I might just try out some of these ideas!
Check it out: The last video below is a recipe for making juicer-pulp dog biscuits!
My #1 Tip:
You won't keep it up if you get tired of the process! Buy an extractor that is easy to disassemble and clean. Make sure you take care of it as soon as you're finished!
Tip: When I first start, I fill my sink with an inch or two of sudsy water. Before I sit down to enjoy, I quickly take the juicer apart and wash up the parts while they are still "wet". If the fibers dry onto the equipment, it can be MUCH more difficult and time-consuming...meaning you will be less likely to keep juicing!
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If you don't juice already, I would like to challenge you to watch the Fat Sick & Nearly Dead documentary. Let me know if you do! And if you try any of these recipes, I'd love to hear how they turned out!
© 2012 Brandi Last updated on September 17, 2014
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