everydayWHOLESOME BASIC JUICE RECIPE
We built up the amount of kale we could tolerate. We started with a handful and have reached 2-3 bunches per “batch.” Spinach doesn’t have as much “flavor” so it tastes less green!
This makes a 56-ounce juice jar and a half….usually. That lasts us about 3 days
- 2 pounds of organic carrots
- 5-10 apples
- 2-3 bunches organic kale
- ginger to taste
When trying to decide proportions…
- try for MORE VEGGIES than fruits. we are working towards fewer fruits, fewer sweet carrots and more greens.
- try for MORE greens than sweet veggies like carrots
WHAT SHOULD I JUICE MY FIRST TIME?
When trying this for the first time, try buying some apples, carrots & spinach. Or pick your own mix of a few fruits and veggies. Try some different combinations. Add a straw and try it. Add more and more green until you can’t stand it 🙂 Then add another carrot or apple. Try it! Just experiment! If I add a new ingredient I will often juice it separately and mix a tiny cup first to see how it tastes before I ruin an entire batch! Experiment! I’ts fun!
WHAT IF IT TASTES AWFUL?
Add more carrots or apples to sweeten it. Or use it in a smoothie and try again next time.
WHAT CAN I JUICE TOGETHER?
The point of juicing is to get nutrients into your body as fast as possible, without fiber and other things slowing down digestion. Different digestive enzymes are required for fruits vs veggies so by combining them you will get fewer nutrients from your juice! Gasp!
What about Apples? You’re in luck! Apples are neutral and you can add apples to your veggie juice to “sweeten” it a bit….but of course, keep in mind, sugar is bad and sweet sweet drinks are also bad. So, watch your sugar but I have to admit….you have to start somewhere.
Eat Fruits. Don’t Juice Fruits. It’s better to eat fruits rather than juice them because most of the fruit’s ability to cleanse the body comes from eating them whole and the fiber included.
My advice? Start with a juice you can drink, your family can drink. And work toward adding more greens, more vegetables and lowering the amount of fruit! Don’t stress. Try it.
I learned early on that it’s important to prep all at once BEFORE starting the juicer. The juicer should be on for only 30 min at a time so it’s important to prep all the veggies at once. I have also read that having your veggies room temp means they contain more nutrients. Not sure if that’s true or not, but it makes me feel better about taking forever to complete this whole process….b/c as a mom, sometimes in the middle of the process…something comes up…and juicing takes a back seat for a while.
- While I’m getting everything out, I put the apples, carrots & greens in the colander & start running their “shower.”
- Once those are clean and scrubbed (I haven’t been using a veggie wash, but if you guys have a recommendation for one and reasons to use one, please share! I’d love your knowledge!), I chop the apples into 5 pieces each apple. Just small enough to fit into the juicer and also to cut the seeds out. I cut around the core. [No apple seeds. See info in the cautions below.] I chop off the ends of the carrots and then chop them small enough to feed through the juicer.
- Kale and leafy greens tend to get jammed in the juicer and have a hard time coming out. So, I’ve learned to add the kale closer to the beginning and use the carrots and apples to help work the greens through the juicer. This helps me waste less kale/leafy greens & the juicer is easier to clean in the end.
- I’ve also found it’s good to save some of the green juice on the side to add in later if one member of the house has a harder time drinking the green stuff. The greener juice is sometimes better hidden in a smoothie.
- My hubby is more adventurous than I am. He found a “recipe” in the book Super Juice including horseradish. Wow. I mean wow. It HURT him. So….start out small. No horseradish to start. Start with SAFE fruits and veggies! 🙂
- I didn’t have any issues with gastrointestinal discomfort but there are warnings to take it slow so you don’t end up in the bathroom all day.
- I’ve found certain apples don’t juice well….the mushier the apple the mushier the juice that comes out, I think. So, I try to buy crisper apples for more juice and less mushy pulp.
CAUTIONS & WARNINGS!
- Apple Seeds. I learned this warning after feeding us juice with apple seeds for a couple weeks! Yikes! Here’s the “skinny” on juicing apple seeds on snopes if you want more info. Apple seeds contain cyanide compound. Remove apple seeds before juicing!
- Beet leaves. Beets can help to breakdown excessive fats in the diet and stimulate the gall bladder to inject bile into the liver. Start with just a few beet leaves, especially if you limit the amount of fat in your diet. You can overdose causing you to feel queasy or make you throw up!
As I mentioned in Juicing Post #1 I do recommend certain fruits and veggies should be organic. I use organic whenever I can for all the ingredients I juice.