I’m a big fan of juicing, not only as an easy way to get a generous serving of fruits and veggies, but also because there are endless possibilities for great tasting recipes! If you don’t already have your own juicer, I would highly recommend picking one up, as juicing can be an amazing way to ensure a healthy nutrient intake (you can pack a LOT of fruits/veggies into one glass of juice!). There are SO many benefits to a diet rich in fruits and veggies, and I won’t even be able to come close to naming all of them, but I think the best way to discover them all is to see for yourself. If you have kids, juicing is also a fantastic way to ensure they are getting their fruits and veggies too!
I have taken the time to compile 4 of my favourite recipes. They all contain ingredients that are cheap and easy to find, but that will certainly not sell-you-short on health benefits!
1. Apple Lemonade
This 2-ingredient drink is one of the easiest to make, and best tasting juices I’ve ever tried! It’s a sweet, and very refreshing drink that gives you a quick and lasting energy boost! This is a fantastic detoxifying, immune-boosting, metabolism-speeding, bowel-regulating, cancer-preventing, and even skin & hair glorifying drink that you are sure to love. It’s extremely refreshing in the summer months, especially on a hot day, or after a long workout, but you are sure to enjoy it at any other time of year as well! All you will need to make this one is:
- 2-4 apples (use any kind you prefer.), and
- 1/2 a lemon (my lemons were on the small side, so I used a whole one.)
- Mint (optional)
Press all ingredients through juicer and pour into a glass, stirring if needed.
2. Orange Creamsicle Juice
This was an experiment gone extremely well on my part! Creamsicles are one of my all time favourite summer treats, but I wanted to find a much healthier alternative! This Vitamin C-packed juice is jammed with health benefits, but DEFINITELY not short on flavour! You can also make this one even if you don’t own a juicer, as you can just use an alternative method to squeeze the juice out of the oranges! You will need:
- 2-3 oranges (you may leave the peels in tact for even more nutritional value, however, note that this will make your juice slightly more bitter
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Your choice of sweetener to taste (optional, but may help to counteract the bitterness of the orange peels.)
Places oranges through juicer. (You may also make homemade almond milk in this way if your juicer allows!) Add the almond milk and vanilla extract, and sugar/sweetener if you are using it. Stir, and serve.
3. Apple, Beet, Carrot Juice (a.k.a. ABC Juice!)
Apples, Beets, and Carrots are some of the best foods to juice. They are all quite hard foods, which makes it easy for your juicer to squeeze out every last drop of nutrients. Plus, they all taste great together! This sweet concoction is a great liver detoxifying drink, which can help fight many things, including fatigue, dark under-eye circles, acne, headaches, and more. If you weren’t a beet fan before, you will be now! You will need:
- 1-2 apples
- 2 beets
- 2 carrots
- Ginger (optional, but great for added digestion benefits!)
Again, super easy to make, just put everything into your juicer, stir if needed, and serve!
4. Green Juice
I’m sure that all the benefits of leafy greens such as kale and spinach have been drilled into your brain enough by now, so I’ll spare you. Of course, the problem i’ve always had with them is finding creative ways to get enough leafy greens without getting bored of them, and eventually starting to feel like a rabbit. This green juice recipe is my personal favourite out of several I’ve tried, because the “green” taste is masked by the sweetness of the apple and lemon. Green juices are great for boosting your metabolism and immune system, as well as leaving you feeling energized and refreshed!
Note: if you are someone who likes to juice a lot of leafy green vegetables, consider investing in a slow juicer, such as the Tribest Slowstar Slow Juicer (which is the one I use and love!), as they are much more efficient at juicing leafy greens than the faster models (like the Breville or Jack Lalanne).
For this one, you will need:
- 1 apple
- 1/2 a cucumber
- 2-3 celery stalks
- A large handful of kale, spinach, or romaine leaves
- 1/2 a lemon
Once again, put everything through the juicer, stir, and serve!
I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do! Be sure to let me know your personal favourites, as I’m always looking for new ones as well!
Happy juicing, everyone!
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