I hope everyone had a fabulous Labor Day, ate something fabulous and celebrated with family and friends. I bet you’re ready for something healthy. Especially after a weekend of holiday eating. This week each day I’ll be sharing with you a new juice recipe. These are juices I drink regularly and they come in all different colors. It’s important to eat & drink your colors after all. But first here’s a little about how I got into juicing and why I do it. I was inspired a few months back by the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead and bought a juicer. I know, I know so cliché. But I wasn’t doing this to lose weight or start a cleanse. What I realized about our families diet while watching the documentary was that although we eat a lot of fruits and veggies we could do better. But who really wants to constantly eat raw veggies all day long? NOT ME! Juicing was the next best thing. I love how I can drink 8 ounces of juice in the morning and already have a serving or two of my daily fruits or veggies. When we started juicing Josh and I both noticed a significant boost in our energy. That was only on day two!! We have now been juicing pretty much daily for four months and love it. I love that I can give Mason fresh squeezed fruit and veggie juices and he loves it. I cannot imagine giving him what you buy in the store. No offense to mom’s that do. I just love that I can have a different juice everyday of the week if I wanted to. Everyday it’s a completely customized blend to whatever my heart desires!
The juicer I use you can find here. I didn’t want to invest a lot of money into one because if it was something we were not going to use consistently I didn’t wanna break the bank. I did a lot of research and wanted to get the best bang for my buck. This jucier rocks! The pulp that comes out is pretty dry meaning that it really extracts the juice very well. It’s a very easy clean up although I do not have much else to compare it to. It only takes me only about 5 minutes to get my juicer really clean. I put a plastic bag in the pulp bin making the clean up of that part very easy. I do dump all my pulp and fruit/veggie scraps in my composter.
Alright so do I have you convinced yet? Juicing is super easy and super good for your body and essential to your health. I rarely ever get the flu in fact I think its been a good 6 years since I’ve been really sick. I eat well and take good care of myself so I know that’s why I have a rock solid immune system. Knock on wood.
Here are some of my juicing tips & tricks I refer to daily:
- Cucumbers, broccoli, celery & zucchini are all veggies that produce lots of juice. I like to call those the filler veggies.
- Carrots and apples add sweetness to bitter juices without being too over powering.
- Lemons and limes add some zip which I really love.
- Don’t be afraid to add spices to your juice for some flavor. A little salt, pepper, cumin, cinnamon or nutmeg really spices your daily routine up.
- Sometimes I add a little honey or agave to add a touch of sweetness to my super green juices.
- Don’t be afraid to juice different types of fruits and veggies. I recently learned from a friend you can juice a sweet potato and they have a ton of juice. A little bitter and earthy but adding an apple can sweeten it up.
- I like my juice really cold. If I want to enjoy it right away I add a few ice cubes or refrigerate it first.
- I store my juice in mason jars for up to 24 hours.
- To drink the juices with lots of veggies I down it really fast and usually drink it out of a straw. It doesn’t taste the best but is really good for you.
Today I’ll be starting you off sweet and we will working into the more vegetabley juices. All the juices this week I like to call beginner juices some with veggies some without. Yellow is the color of choice today and it’s sure to brighten your day.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Start by prepping all your fruit. Peel & quarter your pineapple(don’t worry about removing the center), halve your apples, quarter your oranges and lemons. My oranges didn’t have a very thick peel so I left them in tact. I typically peel my oranges if the peel is really thick. It will make the juice much more bitter if you include it.
Run all your fruit through the juicer in any particular order.
Give that fresh squeezed citrus a quick stir! Doesn’t the frothy goodness look delicious!
Packed full of vitamin c and nutrition.
- 1 pineapple, peeled
- 2 oranges, halved
- 2 green apples, quartered
- 1 lemon, halved
- Prep all your fruit and run it through the juicer.
- Give the fresh squeezed juice a stir.
- Add ice if you wish to enjoy it cold.