Have you guys gotten into juicing yet? If you haven’t, you should try it! It’s a fun and tasty way to pack a ton of healthy nutrients into a drinkable treat that’ll make you feel great.
Now, a lot of folks out there think of juicing as a replacement for whole foods—I don’t agree with that. I believe that whole foods (and the fiber that comes along with them) are vital part of a healthy diet. I don’t recommend using fruit or vegetable juices as a replacement for food.
Instead, I think adding all-natural, unsweetened fruit and vegetable juice to help supplement your diet is a great idea. It’s not better than whole foods, it’s just different. And sometimes, that’s all we need to help us keep up with a healthy diet.
As with everything, if it makes you and your family feel good, then do it. If it doesn’t? Skip it! For me personally, I see some real differences in the way I feel when I’m consistently juicing—I assume mostly because my overall consumption of fruits and veggies is up. My skin is brighter and clearer, and I tend to get sick less often. For me, juicing is a great way to kickstart healthy momentum.
If you’re just starting out with juicing, the first thing you’ll need is…well…a juicer! There are two main kinds of juicers out there—centrifugal (AKA: fast) and masticating (AKA: slow or cold-press) juicers.
The typical juicer you grab from the big box store is probably a centrifugal juicer. The disadvantages of these kind of juicers are pretty numerous—they aren’t very efficient at extracting juice, they don’t do well juicing leafy greens, they are loud as all get out, and some of these juicers get hot enough that they actually break down of the nutrients in the juice.
The advantage of these kind of juicers? They are very affordable—you can grab one for about $40. If you only want to juice occasionally and not for nutrition purposes (like say for cooking or baking), a centrifugal juicer will do you fine.
However, if you really want to get into juicing and get the most flavor and nutrients out of your fruits and veggies, a slow juicer is the way to go. The “slow” is a bit of a misnomer, because while slower than a centrifugal juicer, slow juicers are still very fast.
They are quiet, easy-to-clean, and really give you best quality juice. The drawback? They aren’t cheap. In fact, to get a good quality slow juicer (like the Hurom I have and recommend), you’re going to be spending upwards for $400 (although, if you use the coupon code “ROOTS20” on the Hurom website, you’ll get 20% off). But if you plan on juicing regularly, it’ll be money well spent. And since my Hurom is so powerful, I can do a lot more than just juice in it—I regularly use it to make nut milks, smoothies (it comes with a separate strainer just for making smoothies), and to help me with canning. It’s an appliance that has earned a coveted spot on my kitchen counter!
When I first started juicing, I felt really intimidated by all the crazy combos out there—I mean just in the grocery store alone, you see some bottles of juice with a million different ingredients. 2 1/2 strawberries here, 2/3 of a mango there, 27 blueberries. Who counts blueberries!?!
I thought I’d pull together eight of my favorite simple juice recipes to get you started. These juice recipes all use easy-to-find fruits and veggies, and most of the juices have less than three ingredients. They are all sweetened naturally with fruit, so you know they taste great! These are a great way to get your feet wet with juicing. Let’s get started!
If you’re looking to start adding green juice to your diet, this is a great place to start. Cucumbers and celery are both packed with water, making them excellent candidates for juicing. And green apple adds tons of sweetness and fruity flavor to the juice. This juice is super refreshing and hydrating—perfect for summer!
Like the spicy kick of ginger? Well then this recipe is for you. The sweetness of carrots and apples are a great balance to the heat of ginger.
Get your nutrients from dark, leafy greens all while drinking juice that tastes like the tropics! This is one of the juice recipes that is not recommended for centrifugal juicers, which will not be able to properly juice banana or kale leaves. I recommend using a Hurom HH Elite juicer.
The earthiness of beets is balanced out by sweet and fruity berries in this brightly purple juice. If regular purple beets are a bit too strong of a flavor for your tastes, try golden beets, which are sweeter and more mild in flavor.
Feeling under the weather? Send a power boost to your immune system with the germ-fighting combo of lemon, orange, and ginger.
This juice combines two different types of apples to create a fun and healthy twist on traditionally apple juice. This is one of the juice recipes that is not recommended for centrifugal juicers, which will not be able to properly juice spinach leaves. I recommend using a Hurom HH Elite juicer.
Start your day off right with this fruity juice packed fruits and veggies!This is one of the juice recipes that is not recommended for centrifugal juicers, which will not be able to properly juice banana or kale leaves. I recommend using a Hurom HH Elite juicer.
Bright and fruity, this juice shows off how awesome melons are in fruit and vegetable juices. For a fun, refreshing twist, add in a leaf or two of fresh mint.
I hope this has given you some ideas of where to get started with juicing! And if you’re ready to bite the bullet and invest in your own slow juicer, my friends at Hurom are offering a 20% coupon code only to Wholefully readers. That’s almost $80 off! Such a steal for an incredible piece of equipment. Just use the code “ROOTS20” on the Hurom website, and you’ll get your deal.
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Oooh!! Thanks for posting this. We have an expensive juicer that hasn’t seen the light of day in years. Time to get that puppy back out and make some of these yummy sounding recipes!
These all look SO good! Random question – what are the two fonts you used in these graphics? They’re gorgeous.
Playfair and Source Sans Pro. :)
silly question, while i understand the point of a juicer…how do you think these will mix when it comes to blenders like the nutribullet and ninja blenders?
I think you’ll probably need to add some liquid, and you’ll probably need to reduce the volume off the fruits and veggies (unless you’re looking to drink a gallon of fruit/veggie smoothie!). My Ninja does a great job of blending up whole veggies, but you definitely don’t get the same volume of veggies in a glass as you would with a juicer.
very true.. i guess it helps to get that juicer huh? thanks for replying! :)
So if I use a $20.00 farberware juicer I won’t get the nutrients from the juicing??
Thanks so much for the great information! My husband has been researching juicers, as well as tips for beginning juicers. Your post could not have come at a better time!!!
I have just decided to start juicing. Your blog post about beginner recipes is super helpful. I eat tons of veggies and fruits, but want to add this to my clean eating lifestyle. I’ll leet you know how it goes!
Tasty sounding recipes, but far too much fructose., so while these recipes are great for people new to juicing or for people who just can’t learn to enjoy juiced veggies, I would recommend gradually reducing the amount of fruit used.
Hey Cassie, these are awesome recipes! Glad you shared it :)
Hi there! These great ideas are the bomb! These are far more better than those in cans. Thanks for sharing!
I think your juice will save my pale day :) Thank you for sharing your ingredients.
I want to start juicing. Can you help me to choose juicer from this list http://juicer.guru/best-breville-juicers-review?
I need to ask a question please I only have a blender can I juice with it
Hi Carole: It depends on the blender. If you have a high-powered blender (like a Ninja, Vitamix, or Blendtec) you can do what is called “whole fruit juicing” which is basically making a smoothie. If you have a standard kitchen blender, you won’t be able to do it.
Thank you for sharing your ideas for juicing startups.
I just started into juicing veggies and fruits. Though I love it as a new healthy regimen, it has little protein, no fat and less on fibre.
Drinking juices from my favorite veggies and fruits should only be an add on and not replace my regular meals.
Hi there, do I need to do anything to the kale before I put it into the juicer? I have a slow juicer.
Thank you ?
Other than a quick rinse, nope! Put the whole shebang in there. :)
Just tried the Immune Booster as my first ever juicing experience! I feel a cold coming on so why not! It is delishous. I am now on a mission to try the other 7 recipes. Thanks to you I have taken my first juicing baby steps.
I have been following your blog few days. I just love your way of writing and your recipes are really awesome. Thanks a lot for your good work.
Just bought a juicer. Hope juicing will help my skin problems!
Will be buying ingredients tomorrow.
Can’t wait to try your recipies !
I like your article. You give me a lot of ideas with regards to juicing. I will definitely try your tips. Thank you for sharing this informative content. Cheers!
I just purchased a juicer. I’m waiting for it to arrive. I’ve been using my Ninja and I get a lot of fiber. I’m looking forward to trying out your recipes. Thanks for the tips.
Do you peel the fruits and vegetables first?
It depends on the produce. It’s noted in the recipes where you do and do not need to peel.
Thanks for sharing, I cant wait to try these. The antioxidant blast juice looks delicious.
Hi thank you very much for this post, I agree that it is very important to say that people shouldn’t be thinking that juicing can be a recplacement for whole food – that’s insane! (And I know 2 people that are just doing it… they are living in Thailand so they have better fruits but again… it’s not right I think It’s unhealthy living like this)
Thanks so much for the great information!
When a juice recipe calls for a stalk of celery, is that the whole thing (which I always thought was a stalk) or just one piece (which I think of as a “rib”). Thanks for your help. We just started using our Breville Juice Fountain Plus and LOVE it!! Easy clean up, as long as you do it right away.
A stalk and a rib are the same thing. :)
Thank you! Starting to juice tomorrow. Waiting on juicer in the mail. Im a diabetic, will this affect my blood readings much? Also, i need to lose some weight. Will these recipes help me? Sherette Schafer in Minnesota
Hi Sherette! I can’t comment on how these will impact your blood glucose readings—you’ll need to chat with your health care professional about this. Thanks!
can i keep these juice overnight, i mean for the next morning.
Yes, although I wouldn’t push it much more than 24 hours. :)
Great article. I think more and more people are turning to juicing. Itis no denial that it add a huge boost to our health.
Great article, I will definitely try out the recipes.
Love juicing and it has become my “take to work” snack. I can see myself getting creative with your great recipes. Quick and easy is my motto. Thanx
Hello can any of this juices be done the night before to have the next day in the morning or lunch time
Yep, I just wouldn’t do any more than 24 hours in advance!
Thanks for share. Mostly I loved the Green Goddess one. I will bookmark your website for future read.
Hopefully you will come with new recipe soon.
Great Article Cassie!
I am in agreement with you when it comes to juicing. It’s benefits are enormous as nutrients become readily available when juice either a veggie or fruit.
Your recipes are also cool, whether Ginger Zinger, Antioxidant blast, Immune Booster……
It’s a GREAT resource!
I am crazy about juice. Where ever I go, I must taste juice. I will try your recipes.
I have the cold pressed juicer but every time I do green juice with ingredients such as kale or spinach and pineapple, the fibers stuck onto the strainer. I have tried to cut the vegetable and pineapple in smaller pieces, but they still stuck onto the strainer..
I am getting ready to start chemo and radiation. I am told their are certain recipes that can help the after effects of chemo an d radiation as well as your immune system. any suggestions?
I’m not sure – you’d have to ask a doctor about that. Best of luck with your treatments!
Thanks for sharing
are the fruits and vegetable high in sugar or glucose. I’m trying not to eat too much sugar. thx
Thanks for super easy recipes. Before i did not like vegetables but now it is really simple and easy for me to drink juices instead of cooking vegetables.
Thank you very much for your awesome recipes!
Can you advise please?
If I juice beetroot, is it then ok the eat the mulch, or has it been “drained” of nutrients ?
Hi Cassie, first of all a big thank for sharing such nourishing fruit juice recipes. Vegetable & Fruit Juices are the best rejuvenating agents and i love to have a glass daily. Keep up the good work by sharing more stuff.
Thank you for the great recipes! Carrot-lemon-ginger is definitely my favorite. I sometimes add some apple too and it taste great. Will try apple and kale asap. It looks so refreshing in your picture!
So glad you’re enjoying them!
Thanks for this informative article..
This looks perfect Cassie. I can’t wait to try this. But If every morning I blend and drink one of these smoothies. Is this healthy and should I be drinking more through the day?
Just as long as you are still eating your “whole” fruits and veggies, I see no problem juicing as much as you’d like! Lots of folks will juice once in the morning, and then divvy out the juice into 2-3 portions to drink all day long.
I always want to try juicing but it looks like a lot of calories for me. I really need to restrict high glycemic foods and I afraid I would not only gain weight but would raise blood sugar/a1c levels.
Has anyone had issues with weight gain or blood sugar from juicing?
No… I actually lose weight and my eyesight clears. My hunger subsides and my energy level balances. I don’t check my sugar levels but I can tell where they stand by how I feel. I don’t recommend downing juice, but small portions can’t hurt. I do know that if you introduce anything into your regimen, keep a close eye on yourself. For me, if I feel anything off, water goes down my hatch like a fish.
My wife and I first tried the antioxidant blast. It tasted great, but then very quickly realized we had made a mistake, being that she and I are both very new to juicing. Our systems were not prepared for the effects of the beet juice, we found literature shortly after consuming two entire beets each that beginners should start with a quarter of a beet per week due to its natural let’s just say cleansing ability. Neither wife nor I made it to work that morning.
Great recipes, however I can’t have any apples. Do you have some recipes without apples?
Always had the desire to start juicing……u have just given me the drive to begin…..vroom here I goòooo
Hi, thank you for this great recipes. Could you please explain again how do you Juice banana? I have Kenwood slow juicer and it has only one function plus the reverse button.. I’m not sure I know what I’m doing.
I’ve never juiced with your brand of juicer, but I imagine if you just have one function, it should be fine to run it through just like you do any other fruit or veggie. :) Cut it into spears that are the size of your chute, then run them through just like normal.
What a great alternative! Thanks for sharing. Keep it up!
I just bought a juicer and are excited to try some of these combos unfortunate for me celery is very hard to find in the Yucatan pennisula.
“Most of the juices have less than three ingredients”. . . . .only one of your recipes does.
I recently made this recipe and we loved the results.
Love to try your recipes. Basically the fruit recipes. I love to try different fruit recipes that can rejuvenate the health and benefits to get more energy.
How about a blender? can i use it instead of juicer? I don’t own a juicer right now… :(
You should be able to, with some adjustments – you’ll probably need to add liquid, and cut back on the amount of fruits and veggies so that the blender isn’t too full.
I tried two of these today:
Light taste. The celery and cucumber seem foremost in this juice. Not a favorite of mine.
Ginger Zinger: Much better than Green Goddess in my son’s and my opinion. Sweet with a bit of tartness. Very worth making again.
I love the immune booster recipe! Love ginger!
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