Getting Juicy

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Top 5 Reasons I Love Juicing
  1. It gives me energy without feeling jittery and without crashing (like coffee).
  2. It provides me with a large amount of nutrients and vitamins without having to take pills.
  3. It makes my skin glow – people have been telling me this lately and I have even seen a difference.
  4. It helps me consume veggies (i.e. beets) that I wouldn’t otherwise eat.
  5. It clears my head and makes me feel amazing!

If you couldn’t tell, I’m totally and utterly addicted to juicing. I’ve even gotten others hooked. My brother-in-law and dad have started juicing after my husband and I talked it up. We really have Joe Cross to thank for making the compelling documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.” That same week that we watched his movie, we bought a Breville juicer. I can probably count on two hands the number of days that we haven’t used the juicer over the last several months.

I’ve even changed up my morning routine to make juice for me and the hubby every day. If I don’t have time to make one, I get depressed. I’m not even joking. I can seriously tell a difference in my mood when I don’t have a juice. I’ve also lost weight and feel better than ever because of juicing.

When we first started, we would just throw fruit and veggies in the juicer or follow a few recipes – it was a lot of trial and error. But now, we have our staple juices that we absolutely love. So, my advice is to venture out and get creative or follow one of my favorites, which are listed below. Use juicing as a daily supplement or do a juice fast to reboot. My husband and I were going to do a juice fast but decided that we like it as an addition to our daily breakfast. If you choose to do a fast, I suggest you follow the experts as well as get advice from a physician or dietitian.

In Atlanta, Arden’s Garden has a 2-day detox program that I’ve contemplated trying myself. Arden’s Garden also provides juices, smoothies and something called the Grand Slam, which consists of 1 ounce shots of wheat grass, ginger, lemon and cranberry juice. I have yet to try the Grand Slam, but I hear it is a must-have to cleanse your body of toxins. Pictured below are two smoothies I got from Arden’s Garden last weekend.

Arden’s Garden has captured many Atlantans’ attention, however there is a new juicery that is making waves in the city. Rawesome Juicery is serving fresh juices in the Sweet Auburn Market and quickly gaining popularity. The line is usually wrapped around the other vendors during the lunch hour, but it’s well worth the wait. Read more here about what I have previously said on my blog about Rawesome.

If you’d rather not fork over a pretty penny at these juice joints, here are some recipes with tips to make at home. Time to get juicy!

Getting Juicy

Top 5 Vegan Wannabe’s Juice Recipes

All of these juices make about 25 – 30 oz. of juice, which serves two people. Please note to wash all vegetables and fruits, and be sure to read the instructions of your juicer to get the best results.

1. Beet and Pear Juice

Beet and Pear Juice

Ingredients:

  • 1 beet, root cut 1/2 inch from the base and the beet cut into fours to fit into the chute
  • 4 carrots, heads removed
  • 2 pears, stems removed
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 handfuls kale, or 2 large stems

Steps:

  1. Start juicer on high and feed beet, 1 pear, carrots and celery.
  2. Turn juicer on low and feed the kale.
  3. Turn juicer back on high and feed the cucumber and the second pear.
  4. Turn off juicer and serve.

Juicer’s Tip: When feeding the kale or herbs into the juicer, ball it up and slowly feed it into the chute for best results.

2. Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana Juice

Orange You Glad

Ingredients:

  • 2 oranges, peeled
  • 10 carrots, heads removed
  • 6 celery stalks
  • 1 cucumber

Steps:

  1. Start juicer on high and feed carrots and celery stalks.
  2. Turn juicer on low and feed oranges.
  3. Turn juicer back on high and feed cucumber.
  4. Turn off juicer and serve.

Juicer’s Tip: Cut the oranges in fours to make for easy peeling.

3. Spicy Red Juice

Spicy Red Juice

Ingredients:

  • 1 beet, root cut 1/2 inch from the base and the beet cut into fours to fit into the chute
  • 5 carrots, heads removed
  • 1 apple, stem removed
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 cucumber
  • 3 handfuls of kale
  • 1 handful of fresh cilantro
  • 1 handful of fresh parsley

Steps:

  1. Start juicer on high and feed carrots, beet and celery stalks.
  2. Turn juicer on low and feed kale, cilantro and parsley.
  3. Turn juicer back on high and feed cucumber and apple.
  4. Turn off juicer and serve.

Juicer’s Tip: Wrap the leaves of the beet around the beet to prevent red juice from spraying out of the chute when feeding it through the machine.

4. Green Machine Juice

Green Machine Juice

Ingredients:

  • 2 pears, stems removed
  • 4 carrots, heads removed
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 handfuls of kale
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 2 handfuls of fresh parsley

Steps:

  1. Start juicer on high and feed carrots, celery stalks and 1 pear.
  2. Turn juicer on low and feed kale, spinach and parsley.
  3. Turn juicer back on high and feed cucumber and the second pear.
  4. Turn off juicer and serve.

Juicer’s Tip: Buy full bunches of spinach instead of using baby spinach to get the most juice out of the leafy green.

5. Zucch Juice

Zucch Juice

Ingredients:

  • 1 zucchini, head removed
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 apples, stems removed
  • 2 handfuls of kale
  • 4 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 handful of fresh parsley
  • 4 carrots, heads removed

Steps:

  1. Start juicer on high and feed carrots, cucumber and 1 apple.
  2. Turn juicer on low and feed kale, spinach and parsley.
  3. Turn juicer back on high and feed second apple and zucchini.
  4. Turn off juicer and serve.

Juicer’s Tip: Use as much fresh herbs as you would like to add a great aroma and wonderful taste to the juice.

Do you juice, and if so, what’s your favorite juice recipe?

13 thoughts on “Getting Juicy

  1. Hey Alison, I have a few questions, I’ve been hearing A LOT lately about tons of people juicing. I follow the Forks Over Knives, Happy Herbivore and Engine 2 Diet in which I don’t use oil in my food (although sometimes I do use a lil or eat fried foods…terrible I know) but they always say “Eat your veggies, don’t drink them”. I’ve read too that when you juice or make smoothies they become calorie bombs because of all the sugar (I know it’s natural but it’s still a lot of sugar at one time) and inevitably it can make you gain weight (which I need to lose about 50 lbs right now). I am curious about the whole juicing thing though because as I type this comment, I’m hungry but don’t have a taste for any food so at a time like this, a juice might be good. Can you speak more to about the potential “benefits” besides the one you already mentioned about juicing over eating veggies? I eat a lot of veggies but can’t seem to shed this weight off. I look forward to your response! =o)

    Xo, Jenny

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    • Hi Jenny! Since I’m not a certified nutritionist, I can only speak from my personal experience. I use juicing as a supplement to eating lots of veggies. It helps suppress my appetite and it helped me give up coffee (for the most part). I would say if you do start juicing, then stick with veggies, not fruits (because of the sugar). Also, check out Joe Cross’ documentary because it has great stats in there as to why juicing is beneficial. Have you read “Eat to Live” by Dr. Fuhrman? I recommend this book if you’re looking to lose weight and change your lifestyle. My husband has lost 20 pounds from his book and his blood pressure is way down. Hope this helps!

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      • I will definitely look into it. Thank you! So 1 more question, for juicing you can only use a juicer, right? A blender will only make a smoothie right? I know, stupid question LoL but I’ve never juiced. I don’t even drink bottle juice b/c of all the calories and sugar.

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      • There’s no such thing as a stupid question, especially when it comes to juicing! Yes, that’s correct – you need a juicer to juice and a blender to make smoothies. You could juice with the juicer and then mix it with frozen fruit in the blender to make a smoothie, but you have to put fresh ingredients in the juicer at all times. I agree – bottled juice is no good, unless it’s from Arden’s Garden 🙂

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  2. Fantastic recipes. I’m a near novice and this juice fast I’d like to go 30 days and reassess. FSND was so inspiring. Here’s my current favorite juice and it’s a gorgeous orange.

    Sunburst
    30 oz.
    2 oranges (peeled)
    2 red bell peppers
    6 carrots
    1 lemon (peeled)

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