…Back in November.
That would be me.
You know I’ve thought about it before (In the CSA days and the garden overflow days) and I finally decided to give it a whirl…oddly at a time when I actually didn’t have an overflow of produce to juice. So far, I love it.
I’ve tried short juice fasts and I’ve tried adding juice to my regular diet — I personally prefer the short fast approach. If I’m feeling out of sorts or like I’ve over indulged, I’ll just juice for a day or two (usually I also eat little bits of real food too, particularly nuts and seeds), and I feel a lot better. I usually tend to drink a lot more juice than eat food on those days (Juice actually is a lot of calories). I’m usually not hungry, and when I am I start eating again. It’s been great and I’ve felt healthier than I have for a long time. (Hopefully this isn’t TMI, but I’ve found juicing at a certain time of the month really cuts bloating and cramps for me to almost nothing, which alone makes it completely worthwhile for me.)
That said, it’s definitely not for everyone — if you are looking for information on juicers and juicing there are a million out there with a lot more information it than I can give you. Some people definitely experience negative side effects (I haven’t) and it’s not exactly cheap to buy all that produce.
But, given how much I’ve been enjoying it, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite recipes and discuss a complete failure of a recipe. So here we go!
Follow the directions for your juices and make sure you clean all your produce first.
Great green juice:
- 1 cucumber
- 2 cups packed spinach
- 1 lime
- 3 pears
- 6 large carrots
- 1 inch ginger root
- 3 apples
- 3 medium beets (peeling decreased bitterness)
- 1 pint berries (mixed or one variety)
- 1 small orange
- handful of carrots
Now, this next one doesn’t look super appetizing (mixes the reds and greens, resulting in an unfortunate brown).
Red leaf juice:
- 1 bunch chard, beet greens, or other red veined leafy green
- 1 cup berries
- 2 apples