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What are the newest, trendiest ingredients to hit the juice market? We found out
Everyone’s still in juicing mode, even after all the New Year’s resolutions have come and gone. But we always want to know, what are people putting in their juices these days? We turned to the national chains like Jamba Juice, as well as local juice shops, to see what they’re using — and we’ve never been more excited to pull out the juicer.
Click here for the 10 Ingredients You Should Be Juicing Slideshow
You’ll find lots of veggies and fruits you see all the time — beets, apples, carrots — with some new guys that are harder to find. Who knows how to use dandelion in their drinks? Or spirulina? Or maca root?
Everyone’s going for the super foods, says Marcus Antebi of the newly opened New York City Juice Press, but it’s important to remember that not every vegetable or fruit is an end-all, cure-all. "What’s a 'super food' to your body is not one to mine," he says. "No two body chemistries are ever in the same place at the same time." But if you’re looking to switch up your juices, there’s no better time than now to try some new fruits and veggies. Click ahead to find what’s trending in your national and local juice bars — you’ll feel so hip the next time you hit up a juice bar.
12 Best Vegetables For Juicing And The 4 Worst – The Ultimate Guide
Looking to start juicing but not sure what vegetables to start with?
Or been juicing a while and looking to mix things up?
Whatever you’re looking for I’ve got you covered, I’ve got everything you need to know about juicing vegetables. Which ones are best, which ones you should avoid like the plague and example recipes for everyone.
This is the ultimate guide to juicing vegetables and the only guide you’ll ever need on the subject!
A big claim it has to be said, but I want to make sure you’re getting all the right information, I’ve seen a few different articles that talk about juicing vegetables that could just make you sick. Not good.
So read on, I hope you enjoy, and please share it on social media if you liked it.
The Best Vegetables to Juice for Beginners
Vegetables give our juices the nutrients. Here is a list of the best-tasting vegetables for juicing: Best Juicer for Leafy Greens.
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is good for your eye health. Juicing carrots regularly can prevent various eye disorders. Carrot juice is also good for reducing skin inflammation.
Carrots taste great in almost every juice. They add some color and sweetness to your juices. They help mask stronger-tasting vegetables like Brussels sprouts or broccoli.
I know it’s technically not a vegetable, but it sure looks like one. The fruit has high water content. It’s 95% water, which makes it the perfect juicing ingredient.
Cucumbers are what I call a base item. You should aim to use at least one base item in every juice. Cucumbers have a mild taste. They won’t change the flavor of your juices much.
Although 95% water, cucumbers are rich in nutrients. One cup contains 1/4 of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K. They also contain silica, which is good for your nails, skin, and hair.
I love celery. It’s one of my favorite things to juice. With its 95% water content, it’s another base item. Unfortunately, it’s on the Dirty Dozen list, which means it’s more likely to be contaminated with pesticides. So I would recommend only to buy organic celery.
Celery aids in digestion purifies your bloodstream and can clear up skin problems. Please make sure to juice the greens, they taste delicious and are high in nutrients.
Zucchini is the same as cucumbers they can be used in any juice. You won’t notice the mild flavor. If you are working out, it’s great to add them to your pre-workout juices as they contain energizing B vitamins.
If you’re struggling with stamina, try some beet juice. The nitrates in beets help to improve blood flow and oxygen delivery in your body, making exercise less tiring.
The taste of beets will surprise you. They taste delicious. The small beets are usually a bit sweeter than the big ones. You can also juice the beet greens. They are even higher in nutrients than the beet.
If you juice the greens, please make sure your beets are organic. Most of the pesticides sit right around the greens.
10 Juicing Recipes for Cleansing the Body of Toxins
Whether cleanses are your thing, or you just prefer to consume an abundance of fruits and veggies by juicing each day, these healthy juicing recipes will aid in nourishing and ridding your body of toxins.
Ultimate Green Juice
I drink this juice daily, and with good reason. The base is celery, which is a little known nutritional powerhouse. It’s loaded with potassium, folic acid, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and essential amino acids. On top of all that, it’s one of the most alkalinizing things you can put in your body. To the celery, I add kale, green apple, parsley, lime, lemon and ginger, creating an extremely potent, detoxifying cocktail.
1 bunch celery
4-5 kale leaves (preferably lacinato)
1 green apple
one big handful of flat leaf parsley leaves
1 inch of fresh ginger
*Add one tablespoon of Organic Coconut Oil for additional health benefits.
Beet Apple and Blackberry Juice
Beet juice is a powerful cleanser of the blood, and highly nutritious. It’s full of folate, manganese potassium, iron and Vitamin C. To the beets, I add apples, blackberries and ginger, creating a deep red and delicious elixir.
3 small beets
8 oz. blackberries
1/2 inch fresh ginger
Photo by Food Thinkers
Wild Spiced Dandelion Berry Bliss Juice
This Wild Spicy Dandelion Berry Bliss Juice is a fantastic example of how a pulped juice is not only healthier and more beneficial, it is actually more texturally pleasing.
2 cups strawberries
1 cup dandelion leaves or more to taste
1 cup raspberries
1 small chili with seeds and placental skin removed (more or less depending on the heat) *optional
10-20 drops of alcohol-free liquid stevia depending on the ripeness and sweetness of your berries *optional
TROPICAL PARADISE JUICE
The perfect way to brighten your morning, this juice blend is easy on the digestive system and gently loosens any build up that may have occurred while the body was at rest.
1 medium ripe papaya, peeled, seeded, and sliced
1 small pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 (1-in.) piece peeled fresh ginger
1 medium kiwi, peeled
1.2 cup fresh young coconut water (stir in after juicing)
This juice was a chance discovery at a roadside juice stand on the beautiful island of Kauai. Although the juice stand is no longer in business, we are happy to share this recipe and keep this best-selling juice alive. It is simply incredible.
BLOSSOMING LOTUS JUICE AIDE
The simple ingredients in this fresh green juice create an exotic combination. This sweet, herbal drink is a wonderful departure from mundane juice blends.
5 large Fuji apples, cored
1 (2-in.) piece peeled and sliced fresh ginger
1 medium lime, outer 20 medium-large fresh rind removed, white basil leaves pith intact
7 large sprigs cilantro sectioned
The Best Tasting Juicing Recipes for Beginners’ Weight Loss
Most of the best green juice recipes and fresh homemade fruit juice recipes are pretty easy to follow. You’ll prep the veggies and fruits, and run them through the blender or juicer, and you’re done.
All these simple juice recipes below are perfect for making in a juicer, but if you’re looking for the highest fiber content, instead use these recipes with a blender.
When you juice with a blender, you retain the pulp and fiber that makes the recipes even healthier.
Recipe 1: Green Goddess Juice from Wholefully
This simple, four-ingredient recipe is the perfect way to start your day with a kick of sweet, tangy flavor. It’s refreshing and cool – ideal for a summer day. This is one of our top picks for best tasting juicing recipes for beginners’ weight-loss.
This recipe makes one medium-sized serving.
- 1/2 large cucumber
- 3 stalks of celery
- 1 medium apple
- 1 medium Anjou pear
- Clean all of the ingredients thoroughly. Double check the celery stalks in particular, as dirt likes to hide at the base.
- Cut the cucumber in quarters, and the apple and pear into eights.
- Remove seeds and stem from pear and apples.
- Juice the fruits and veggies as directed on the manual for your juicer.
- Drink immediately, or chill for about an hour. Do not keep the juice longer than a couple of hours.
Notes for this simple recipe:
If you want the higher fiber content from the celery and fruit, juice the ingredients in your blender instead, adding in a 1/4 cup water, as needed, for fluid. Or return some of the pulp into the juice and stir in before drinking.
Recipe 2: Apple Cucumber Mint Juice from Yummly
For a simple four-ingredient recipe that’s zesty and refreshing, try this simple recipe from Yummly. It’s perfect to share for two or for a single extra-large serving to keep your day going at lunchtime.
- 1 medium to large cucumber
- 1 green apple
- 1 teaspoon lime juice – or juice from an eighth of a lime
- 1/3 cup mint leaves
- Thoroughly clean and rinse the mint leaves. Be sure to pick out any debris or stray leaves that don’t belong.
- Cut the apple into eighths and remove all the seeds and the stem.
- Chop the cucumber in quarters, leaving on the skin.
- Once the ingredients are prepared properly, juice them as the manual on your juicer or blender instructs.
- Serve immediately for freshest taste, or chill for no longer than an hour for a boost of summery cool.
Recipe 3: Watermelon Mint Juice
For an uber-refreshing, summertime juice, try out this easy three-ingredient watermelon juice recipe we’ve created just for you. This recipe makes two medium-to-large servings.
- Cut the watermelon into eight sections. Remove the rind from one section of the watermelon. Store the remainder of the watermelon in the fridge, or for a cool treat, peel the whole melon and chop into pieces and freeze for 12 hours.
- Chop the ends of the pineapple off and remove the rind from the pineapple. Store the unused pineapple in the fridge to preserve flavor and freshness.
- Thoroughly clean and rinse the mint leaves, removing any debris.
- Juice ingredients as the manual instructs.
- Be sure to drink this juice right away to prevent the acid of the pineapple from changing the flavor. Add ice cubes if you want a cold drink.
Recipe 4: Citrus ‘N Greens Detox Juice
Another option for juicing recipes for beginners weight loss is this simple and delicious detox juice we’ve created to help cleanse the system and reboot your weight-loss journey. This is our top choice among all the other juicing-with-a-blender recipes.
This recipe yields two large servings.
- 1 orange
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 green or yellow apple
- 1 handful kale
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 large grapefruit
- Peel the orange and grapefruit and cut them into quarters.
- Cut the apple into quarters and remove all seeds and the stem.
- Thoroughly clean the celery, checking the bottom of the stalk for any hidden dirt. Chop off the leaves and cut into two pieces.
- Cut the cucumber in half and preserve the rest in the fridge for another time.
- Thoroughly wash the kale and remove any large stem chunks from the leaves.
- Put all ingredients through the juicer, as directed by the manufacturer.
- Serve within the hour, either with a few ice cubes tossed in for cooling, or chilled.
Recipe 5: Ginger Zinger Juice
Another amazing recipe from Wholefully, this four-ingredient recipe is easy, delicious, and perfect for a morning wake-up or cleansing detox afternoon snack. This recipe yields one medium serving.
- Clean the carrots thoroughly, but don’t worry about peeling them. Chop into quarters.
- Cut the apples into eighths and remove all seeds and stems.
- Peel the ginger.
- Cut the lemon into quarters and preserve the remaining quarters in the refrigerator. Peel the quarter needed for the recipe.
- Feed the ingredients through the juicer, per the instructions in the juicer’s manual.
- Serve immediately for best results.
10 juices you should be clarifying (and how to do it)
You don’t have to have fancy equipment to get awesomely fresh tasting, crystal clear juices for your cocktails. For many common juices, a simple filtration method or agar agar gelling will do the trick.
Clarified juices, of course, keep your juicy cocktails fresh and looking lovely. It not only makes juices super sexy looking – it also extends their shelf life, helping you reduce waste and get the most for your money.
Another hot tip? Use clarified juice in place of water in a 1:1 ratio with sugar to make awesome fruit syrups that crush any thought of ever using artificially flavoured stuff.
How to clarify juice:
Simply line a strainer with a coffee filter, pour in the juice, and allow it to drip through. The filter catches pulp, seeds, skin and any other tiny particles that make the juice cloudy – and on the other side you’ll have a clear, clean liquid.
This method comes from David Arnold (author of Liquid Intelligence), first published on his blog over a decade ago. He’s the clarification master.
For agar agar clarification, you want 2% of the total liquid in agar agar powder (so for 100ml of liquid, you’d need 2g agar agar). Your liquid ratio should be 4:1 (juice to water). Mix agar agar and water over heat and boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly, then stir in juice over heat for a few seconds (the mix should be about 35C). Remove and pour into a bowl, set the bowl in an ice bath. When it looks like a gel, it is set. Use a whisk to gently break up gel into “curds”. Place in cheesecloth (muslin cloth) and lightly squeeze to get your clear juice.
Note that agar agar may impart flavour – taste it.
Now, here are 10 juices you should be clarifying:
The little particles that come out with the juice when squeezing citrus fruits do more than just make the liquid cloudy. It’s those little particles that cause oxidisation, and when a juice oxidises, its flavour changes. As one of the staple juices behind the bar, you want your lime juice to keep longer so you’re not constantly squeezing fruit. Try making Daiquiris with clarified and unclarified lime juice – you’ll notice the difference.
Like lime, pure lemon juice will oxidise quickly. Clarify it so it stays fresh longer with the added bonus of brighter, purer flavour.
Clarify grapefruit juice for the same reasons as lemon and lime, but moreover, in Liquid Intelligence, Arnold explains that the particles in juice also reduce the carbonation in bubbly drinks. Grapefruit juice is a favourite for fizzy tipples, so clarify to keep that fizziness at its peak. Test it in a Paloma, for instance.
To get that savoury tomato flavour without all the heavy texture, clarify it. We’re not saying clarify your Bloody Mary (we like a bit of food feel for our hangovers), but tomato-spiked drinks are hot these days, and this is how to get the taste while still keeping your drink light and clean.
Watermelon juice, while delicious, is frothy and grainy, and freshly juiced as is can quickly turn your drink into kind of a mess. Eliminate that reside that floats to the top and collects on the glass by clarifying.
Like a fine white wine, fresh grape juice is meant to be clear. If you’re pressing whole grapes, clarifying cleans out residue that causes cloudiness. Face it, no one wants gritty, cloudy grape juice. It’s just weird. Clarifying is especially important for making your own verjus, where you want those clean, tart flavours to shine. To remove tannins (which cause that papery, astringent mouthfeel) from your grape juice, however, you will need a clarifying agent, such as gelatine.
Imagine a clear Screwdriver. That’s why. Also, like we’ve really implied here, no one likes pulp in their cocktails these days.
Pineapple juice plays a big role in a lot of clarified milk punches because of its acidity and the beautiful results it yields. But in other drinks, pineapple juice straight up has a lot of texture and stringy bits that, like watermelon, float to the top and gunk up your drink. Clarify it for better texture (and prettiness).
Pro tip: Pineapple contains bromelain, which is what makes your tongue start to hurt after eating too much. Same can happen with juice. Here’s a method that many chefs swear by to reduce the effect: soak your whole pineapple in salt water before cutting it up.
Muddled strawberries mean chunks in your drink, meaning either sucking up bits (or getting them stuck) in a straw, or if strawless, struggling to get them into your mouth. If you want a punch of strawberry flavour without the mafan, clarify the juice. This will require a little more work – try agar agar clarification, or, if you’ve got one, do it by centrifuge.
So, turns out, fresh apple juice has this murky tan colour. Not so appealing – or at least we’ve been trained to feel that way, as most commercially produced apple juices are clear. Like many others, fresh apple juice gets foamy, cloudy, and grainy – apples are high in fibre, and leave a lot of it behind in the glass. Yes, sometimes cloudy apple juice is appealing (like with American-style apple cider), but for your cocktails, a clean juice is much nicer.
7 BEST Juicing Recipes for Everyday Health!
Juicing is one of the best choices you can make for your family, and yourself. Not only does this process ensure that everyone in the household gets their necessary dose of fruit and veggies, but juicing can also help you to lose weight, heal your body, and live the life you deserve.
Let’s face it, most of us groggily walk into our kitchens first thing in a morning and grab a cup of coffee to help us wake up for the day ahead. However, a juice could give you the energy you’re looking for without the chemicals in a dehydrating cup of coffee. The live enzymes and nutrients in juices feed every cell in your body, giving you the kick start that you need to begin the day on the right foot.
Here, we’ll take a look at just some of the juices you can try to boost your vitality, and start making the most out of your health!
Our Expert Tips on How to Start Juicing at Home
Juicing isn’t hard. In fact, it’s one of the easiest things you can do to improve your health and have some delicious, easy-to-make meals at home.
Just like any other health fad to hit the market, there is always a lot of misconceptions about juicing. Everyone suddenly becomes an expert, and you end up doing more damage than good.
It’s easy to make mistakes such as adding too much fruit to your juice or using exotic fruits, increasing your food bill unnecessarily.
Whenever you start a new health regime, always make sure you check with your doctor to make sure that it’s safe for you. One of the most common newbie mistakes is to make too much juice. Copious amounts of juice can be harmful. Ensure your portion size is the recommended amount of a single serving.
We’ve rounded up our best advice to offer for juicing for beginners ranging from equipment needs to types of recipes you should try. We’re including an easy recipe at the bottom that you can use for your first homemade juice.
1. Use a Blender for Your Juicing Diet Plan
A lot of times, people think they can only juice if they have a fancy juicer that’s going to cost them next month’s paycheck. Now, while we love quality juicers, one of the best tips for juicing at home is that you should start out using a blender.
Blenders are much more affordable, so they’re a good way to test the waters. We hope you’ll love juicing so much that you go out and buy a juicer next month, but you may decide you don’t have enough time to spend juicing every day. In that situation, buying a juicer would have been a big waste of money for you.
Plus, juicing with a blender keeps more of the fiber of the fruits and vegetables in your juicing recipes.
2. Start with Simple Recipes
One of the biggest tips we can offer is that you should start out with simple juice recipes. You’re capable of making anything – you know how to chop fruits and toss them into a juicer – but starting off with recipes that only use three or four ingredients cuts down on preparation times and helps you focus on the process instead of the recipe.
The best way to simplify recipes is to use fruits and vegetables that you already are used to eating. If you are in a family setting, then using up leftover fruits and vegetables that are about to go off is a great way to reduce wastage and keep it simple.
- Simple recipes will be cheaper than more complicated recipes with exotic ingredients
- The lesser the hassles, the more likely you are to stick with it
- Researching simple ingredients such as best apples for juicing will increase the potential of your ingredients.
- Use Garden Fresh Super Juice on days your not in the mood for prep
3. Find Recipes with Easy-to-Acquire Ingredients
We have some amazing recipes that involve aloe vera, prickly pear fruit and a variety of other exotic fruits and vegetables. They’re worth trying at some point, but when you’re first starting out, it’s best to go with simple, easy-to-find ingredients like apples, cucumbers, spinach, and kale. These items can be purchased from just about any grocery store, which means less stress.
4. Start with Organic Ingredients Only
A lot of times, people think that organic isn’t really that important. However, non-organic produce can be loaded with pesticides, petroleum-based fertilizer residue, and GMOs.
So, as you get started with juicing, go with organic to avoid losing the benefits of juicing for health. You’ll spend a little more money in the front-end, but the pay-off – a longer, healthier life – is worth it.
The best places to find organic produce are going to be in well-respected stores that believe in fair trade and healthy living, like farmer’s markets – though you always need to verify the items are certified organic. Local grocery stores are also a great source of high-quality, locally grown organic produce.
5. Re-Introduce the Pulp into Your Recipes
Once you’ve started using a juicer, the fiber content of your juicing recipes will go down significantly. This means that you’re missing out on some of the health benefits of the ingredients you’re using.
Our best juicing tips for this: You can take some of the pulp extracted by the juicer and stir it into your juice. Or, better yet, blend your juice and keep the fiber.
6. Purchase Your Produce Fresh Every Few Days
Another one of our most important juicing tips is this: buy your produce fresh every other day or so.
It may seem a little excessive – we know you’re busy – but getting the fresh produce regularly helps reduce food spoilage. Plus, the fresher your ingredients, the more delicious your recipes. Win-win.
Plan your juicing diet plan on Sunday, mapping out each ingredient you’ll need for each recipe, and divide the list into days for your grocery trips.
7. Never Keep Juice Longer than an Hour
This might seem excessive, but this is one of the most important parts of juicing. When juice is left for too long after extraction, bacteria grows. This bacteria can cause a variety of food-borne illnesses that can lead to some serious health risks.
Your homemade juice, though awesome, isn’t pasteurized. That means you’re vulnerable.
If you’re not into room temperature juices, you can solve this problem by blending in some ice. You can also chill the ingredients before juicing to help avoid needing to drink room temperature juice.
If your problem with drinking it right away, however, is that you don’t have enough to make your morning glass, try these options:
- After you’ve made your juicing plan for the week, divide up your produce into sections.
- Use some paper bags or plastic containers to separate out the ingredients for each juicing meal so that they’re ready to go the second you wake up.
- Label each package by meal and day.
- Make sure you use recipes that call for minimal prep time.
8. Use In-Season Ingredients
Whenever possible, choose recipes that use in-season fruits and vegetables for your juicing. In-season produce is better for the environment, your health, and your local economy. You can purchase these fruits and veggies and freeze them for use later on in the year as well.
Don’t know which fruits are in season? No worries, you can effortlessly search the internet to find out what fruits and vegetables are in season. You can also spot them in the market when you go shopping. They are usually the cheapest produce. You can often find superstores doing offers on seasonal vegetables.
Buying seasonal produce is not only good for your wallet but also your health. Seasonal vegetables and fruit taste a lot better as they are picked in their prime. They are nutritionally better than offseason.
Juicing Using Fruit Juices
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, is the old adage that still rings true. In addition to detoxifying, apple juice aids in digestion without disturbing the acidity levels in your stomach, and at the same time help to reduce cholesterol levels.
If you want to stimulate your metabolism, look no further. Ginger juice facilitates digestion while detoxifying. So, it’s a great way to improve regularity while losing weight!
Lemon juice is one of nature’s wonders and it is often overlooked by so many. It has many healing properties is known to be a natural de-toxifier that reduces cholesterol and treats digestive problems, including diarrhea. Although it’s acid-y, within the body it is alkaline. Most people today, thanks to their eating habits, are consuming an acid diet which is harmful to their health. They must increase alkalinity levels, and just one lemon a day can help.
Berries and Grapes
Berries work hard in fighting free radicals, which cause disease. Grapes are great at cleaning the blood. In combination, juicing with berries and grapes will additionally improve circulation and help with hypertension.
Juicing Recipes: 7-Day Plan
A guide to juicing recipes that you could follow during the week: this 7-day juicing plan gives you a range of colors, nutrients and ingredients.
Before the recipes, let’s talk first about the hurdles you may have to cross if you aren’t juicing as much as you’d like to.
How To Get Yourself To Do More Juicing
Do you think a juicer is a waste? Do you identify with this chain of events?
Buying a juicer super-enthusiastically,
Juicing 3 days in a row, enthusiasm waning with every use,
Letting the juicer languish on the kitchen counter till the appliance begins to gather dust,
Placing the juicer in a far corner of the store room out of everyday reach,
Forgetting the juicer for eternity.
Many I know went through that cycle.
Giving up on juicing: Why does this happen?
It’s usually one of these reasons:
You don’t like raw juices
You got the juicer as part of a New Year’s Resolution or a diet plan, and couldn’t sustain the discipline of doing something you don’t relish.
It’s too much effort for little return
You spend a long time cutting and deseeding fruits and vegetables, and then some more cleaning the juicer. The juice itself gets gulped down in a matter of seconds. Which is why you think that the ROI of juicing (fruit of labor, shall we say) doesn’t make the venture profitable.
You don’t have the time
You lead a rushed life and have barely minutes to cook meals for yourself. Juicing is a luxury you can ill-afford.
Bash The Bottlenecks!
You can take easy action to make juicing interesting and easy to you.
Adapt juice recipes to YOUR taste
I hear you if you say that you do not like spinach and cabbage in your juice. I am no big fan either. My trick is to put a little bit of what I dislike into what I do like.
Don’t like cabbage? Cloak it with orange juice.
Don’t like beetroot? Put a little into watermelon juice.
Don’t like spinach? Only add a few leaves to mint juice.
Experiment and you’ll soon find what works for you and what doesn’t. The juicing recipes I’m sharing below are all of my best-loved juices. I hope you relish them too.
Invest in a time-saving juicer
There are very convenient juicers available nowadays and if your old one is hard to run and hard to clean, I suggest getting a new one.
I looked for these features in my juicer:
- wide chute – should be able to take in whole fruits and vegetables without prior chopping
- maximum extraction – the residue left should be hard, the juice should be in your glass
- quickly cleanable parts – post-juicing effort should be minimal
- safety – should not run if assembled faultily, should not heat up too fast, etc.
- good on the eye – yes, call me shallow
Make a "juicing box"
To save time on a hectic morning, stash a "juicing box" into the fridge the night before. Or pack a couple of boxes over the weekend. No more bleary-eyed wondering what to juice then ditching the idea because you don’t have precious morning time to peel stuff or to strain your brain for creative inspiration.
When you need it, open the juicing box, pop the contents into the juicer and have the juice ready within seconds.
Here’s a favorite sample from my fridge:
And now for the juicing plan for 7 days (Monday to Sunday).
7-Day Juicing Plan
The plan gives you two or three key ingredients to put in each juice – you can embellish it with other ingredients. A dash of kala namak (black salt) or a squeeze of lime can do wonders as flavor enhancers.
This plan follows the "eat the rainbow" approach – it tries to balance the reds and greens and yellows and purples through the week, so that you get a wide spectrum of nutritive value with juices.
Click on the title or picture to take you to the recipe details.
DAY 1: Monday Mint Apple Cucumber Mint Juice
A fresh beginning – just so right to start with mint, which also means ‘new’. With apple and cucumber juice as the base.
DAY 2: Ruby Tuesday Watermelon Pomegranate Beetroot Juice
An onslaught of red, and a megadose of vitamins and minerals – watermelon pomegranate beetroot juice.
DAY 3: Tropical Wednesday Pineapple Grapefruit Juice
Tropical gorgeousness. Pineapple grapefruit juice, with fresh herbs and roasted cumin.
DAY 4: Herby Thursday Cucumber Coriander Mint Juice
Green juice loaded with the goodness of coriander, mint and cucumber. A squeeze of lime, a dash of honey. Easy on the waist – as well as on the wallet.
DAY 5: Black Friday Grape Beetroot Basil Juice
Grape, beetroot, basil – each a treasure trove of nutrients – together produce a deep-hued, health-boosting juice with healing properties.
DAY 6: Saturday Ap-pear-ance Pear Mint Ginger Juice
The weekend makes an appearance – welcome it with a sweet, aromatic pears in juice. Fortified with fresh mint and ginger.
Day 7: Sunday Sunshine Melon Orange Ginger Juice
In yellow-amber hues of happy sunshine, melon orange juice is as much a delight to the eye as it is to your health.
A few things to keep in mind while you follow this 7-day juicing plan.
The juicing recipes under this 7-day plan use more fruit than vegetables. If you are juicing to lose weight, you might want to shift from ingredients with high natural sugar (e.g. pomegranate, beetroot) to those with low natural sugar (e.g. cucumber, spinach). Check with your nutritionist for your specific dietary needs.
Juicing removes much of the fibre from fruits and vegetables, and it’s said that that makes it less healthy than raw fruit. I see some things in favor of juice over raw fruit, though.
(i) You can consume more of something juiced than raw. You might not eat 3 carrots at a time, but you can drink the juice of 3 carrots in one go.
(ii) You can add small quantities of an ingredient to your juice that you wouldn’t touch raw. You might not like raw broccoli but you wouldn’t know it if you mixed a little into fruit juice.