Welcome to Four Score Living where we believe you can achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle through 80/20 living - and that includes a balanced diet. Today we’re sharing all about juicing and juicing recipes.
We’ve rounded up some of the best tips and best practices for juicing along with some great juicing recipes from some of our favorite sources.
From vegetable juicing recipes to fruit juicing recipes —we’ve got you covered.
Juicing has become quite popular over the years popping up health food store, cafes and gyms, and there’s even a juice meal plan delivery service in our area.
We don’t typically suggest that people drink their calories but drinking fresh juice in addition to your regular meal plan can help increase vitamin intake and help you feel hydrated and refreshed.
Juicing is delicious, fun, and you can mix and match the flavors to get exactly what you want. I personally add fresh juice to help with hydration and energy.
I put together this resources hoping to answer questions about juicing and share some of my favorite juicing recipes.
When juicing, you have full control over what ingredients to use. Not only is juicing a great way to mix up your diet, but it’s also a fun and creative way to meet your nutrition goals.
Juicing recipes can be as sweet as you like them, or not sweet at all. Mix up the fruits and veggies to switch up the flavors. You can also make savory juicing recipes with vegetables and spices, like pepper and cayenne.
What is Juicing?
Juicing is where you run fruits and vegetables through a juicer to extract the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables. The liquid contains most of the vitamins, minerals and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the fruit, but juicing tends to remove the fiber.
Some believe that juicing is good for you because it allows your body to absorb the nutrients better and it gives your digestive system a rest from digesting fiber.
However, there's no scientific evidence that extracted juices are healthier than the juice you get by eating the fruit or vegetable itself.
Do I need a Juicer for Juicing Recipes?
Having a juicer makes it easier to juice in our opinion because you can remove more of the pulp, but you certainly can use a blender and strainer bag.
Once you pick your juicer out, make sure to read the manual so you know how it works and most importantly, how to clean it!
We scored a basic juicer at Good Will for $10. It came with a manual and we love it.
I recommend borrowing a juicer or buying a less expensive juicer to start, to make sure you like it before you fully commit into more expensive equipment.
Juicing for Beginners
If you are just getting started with juicing, you'll want to make sure you pick out an easy juicing machine, or ensure your blender is high powered and you have a cheesecloth to remove the pulp.
You'll want to start with easy recipes, or even just start with one vegetable or fruit at a time, to understand how your juicer work.
With all the fruits and veggies in season year-round, you should never run out of juicing recipes.
Some fruits and veggies don't work well in a juicer, so make sure to follower the manufacturing guidelines in your juicer manual, so it doesn't jam up.
Also, always make sure to clean it properly after you're done, otherwise the pulp will dry out and stick to parts on your juicer.
Juicing Recipes Tips
For the best flavor combinations, use a recipe until you have a good idea of which fruits and vegetables go well together. I’ve included some of my favorite juice recipes for beginners below!
Try to use as many vegetables as possible. Too many fruits will make your juice too sweet.
We love using other spices and herbs when we make savory juices. Parsley is one of my favorites, along with a little basil, but you can also add cilantro, mint, dill, and thyme.
Buy your fruits and veggies fresh and wash and prep a few days ahead, to save time. Just store your chopped produce in the fridge until you’re ready to juice.
Juicing Recipe FAQs
What's the best time of the day to juice?
Juicing can hydrate and energize you for the day, so it's best to get started in the morning. There are some people who can't eat or drink too early - so really, any time you juice is good. There aren't any rules around it.
For those that are doing a juice cleanse, the earlier in the day you get started, the better so you have time to get all your juices in for the day.
How much juice should I drink?
It really depends on the person and what their goals are. Some people may have a hard time digesting juice at the beginning, so it’s best to start with a smaller amount, like 4 ounces. Then, you can work your way up to 16 ounces or more a day.
If you're recovering from an illness or injury, you might want to start with 16 ounces to speed up getting extra vitamins' into your body.
What are the benefits of juicing?
This really depends on who you ask. One of the benefits is getting additional vitamins into your body. Juicing also helps to hydrate you.
Some people use juicing recipes as a way to lower their calorie count while working towards weight loss.
Some say juicing can reduce your risk of cancer, boost your immune system, remove toxins from your body, aid digestion and help you lose weight, but there isn't really any long term studies that have proved that.
Really, it's about how it makes you feel.
How long does fresh juice stay good in the refrigerator?
Fresh juice usually stays good for 2-3 days in the refridgerator. If the water separates from the rest of the juice, give it a little stir or shake before you enjoy it.
What do I do with the pulp from vegetable juicing?
You can discard it, or use it your garden compost. If it’s carrot or apple pulp, you can add it to muffins. If you have chickens or pigs, add it to their feed.
Okay.... let's get into the juicing recipes. Here are some of my favorite juicing recipes from around the world, form some of the best juicing recipe creators. I hope you find at least one juicing recipe that you love.
PINEAPPLE GINGER CLEANSING JUICE - This Pineapple Ginger Cleansing Juice is an easy pineapple juice recipe to pull together. It’s a delicious blend of fresh organic pineapple, ginger root, turmeric root and lime. This is a great little detox juice cleanse that’s loaded with anti-inflammatory, digestive-boosting and liver cleansing properties.
HOMEMADE CRANBERRY JUICE - A simple recipe for homemade cranberry juice. Cranberry juice is an easy juicing recipe that uses minimal ingredients and cranberries are a super food.
HEALTHY PLUM JUICE RECIPE (TWO WAYS) - Tart and sweet pure plum juice or an energizing harvest plum juice with fresh fall veggies. Plums are great for juicing recipes and you can mix up the types of plums you use.
FRESH KIWI JUICE RECIPE -This Fresh kiwi juice recipe is extremely healthy. It is little tangier, saltier, sweet, a perfect juice to surprise others. The seeds in this fresh juice add a great texture to the juice, and the children would definitely love texture while quenching it.
GREEN APPLE JUICE RECIPE - If you think that having a glass of juice is the healthiest way to get essential vitamins and minerals, this green apple juice recipe is for you.
FRESH STRAWBERRY KIWI JUICE (BLENDER OR JUICER) - This strawberry kiwi juice is slightly sweet, sour, and super refreshing – making for a perfect healthy summer drink! All you need is two ingredients and a few minutes to prepare this strawberry and kiwi juice – plus a blender or a juicer!
CELERY JUICE RECIPE & TOP 10 CELERY BENEFITS - Celery stalks, leaves and celery seeds all offer nutritional benefits, but most importantly celery contains beneficial antioxidants.
GREEN JUICE RECIPE - W/ KALE, CUCUMBER, CELERY, & APPLES - This Green Juice Recipe is packed with kale, cucumbers, celery, lemon, ginger, and apples! Loaded with fruits and veggies, this juice is healthy and delicious!
HOW TO MAKE GINGER JUICE - Ginger juice is a tasty and healthy addition to your morning smoothie or tea! This ginger juice has lots of health benefits plus adds a nice flavor to you drinks!
CUCUMBER JUICE - This healthy cucumber juice recipe is an easy way of getting the goodness in! Made with three ingredients, this recipe also includes lemon and mint for a refreshing and zingy drink.
LEMON GINGER JUICE RECIPE: HOW TO MAKE LEMON GINGER JUICE RECIPE - Looking for a refreshing drink? Then try this spicy tangy drink which you can make in just a few minutes with some simple ingredients.
GINGER SHOTS BLENDER RECIPE - Ginger shots blender recipe! My shot recipe can be made in five minutes and for pennies! This detox wellness shot of fresh ginger, lemon, water and pepper can boost your immunity, metabolism, energy, mood and more.
SPINACH JUICE RECIPE - Fresh spinach juice made with apple is far more pleasurable and drinkable compared with plain and pure juice of spinach. It is known for its cleansing abilities as it purifies the blood and eliminates accumulated toxins from the cells and if that’s not all, it also helps to regenerate and rebuild the body. Follow this simple and easy recipe to make detoxifying juice at home.
PARSLEY JUICE - Parsley juice is probably not something you think of when you wake up in the morning, but if you gave it a try you might be pleasantly surprised at the fresh and bright taste, and how it makes you feel.
BLUEBERRY JUICE - Blueberry juice recipe with step-by-step pics. When you have berries you can easily juice them and have a refreshing yum juice. Blueberries are potent with antioxidants and so obviously this blueberry juice has antioxidant properties. You also get a lot of nutrients like vitamins and minerals in one glass of juice.
STRAWBERRY JUICE RECIPE (HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY JUICE RECIPE - Strawberry Juice is healthy and very irresistible. It is very easy to make that anyone can make it. Just add all ingredients in the blender and blend it. And serve it immediately with ice cubes.
CARROT JUICE RECIPE - A simple carrot juice recipe that is a great addition to your collection of juicing recipes. Both carrots and oranges have immune boosting vitamins and both are naturally sweet.
CARROT APPLE JUICE - Carrot Apple Juice- Fuel your body with immune boosting nutrients! Fresh carrot and apple juice with a hint of ginger can be made with or without a juicer.
HOMEMADE CANNED TOMATO JUICE - This Homemade Tomato Juice tastes similar to V8 but is SO much better! Serve as a refreshing drink, as an ingredient in recipes, or as a soup base.
GREEN VEGETABLE JUICE RECIPE - HEALTHY LOW CALORIE VEGGIE JUICE - Green vegetable juice may not be a choice of juice for everyone but its health benefits far outweigh its taste. In this recipe, extremely nutritious greens like cucumber, celery, kale and spinach are combined with goodness of apples to give it a desirable sweeter taste and make well balanced tasty detox juice. Learn how to make healthy as well as tasty juice of green vegetables with this recipe.
TOMATO-VEGETABLE JUICE - This healthy tomato-vegetable juice recipe contains all the components of a healthy salad, such as lettuce, tomato, bell pepper, celery and carrot, but with less salt than bottled vegetable-blend juices. No juicer? No problem. See the juicing variation included.
And just for making it through this post on juicing recipes, I've included a little recipe for my favorite juicing recipe.
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- 2 large carrots
- 1 small green apple
- Wash the carrots and core the apple.
- You can peel them if you like, but you don't have to, the juicer will do it for you.
- Slice the carrots and apples into small enough pieces that they will fit into the juicer.
- Add the carrots, then the apple to the juicer and juice.
You can use any kind of carrot (orange or colored), and any type of apple you have on hand. We prefer green apples with carrots, but you can choose a sweeter apple.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 110Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 55mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 6gSugar: 19gProtein: 1g
The nutrition information for this recipe is an approximate total per serving. Please double check the nutrition information for your exact ingredients and brands.