Detox Juice Blend
by Hugh (Fairfax, CA)
4 celery stalks
1 small cucumber
1 small apple
All juices are really detoxing because they give the digestive system a break and allow the body to clean house and heal, but this one specifically nourishes the kidneys and liver and helps them cleanse.
Touch of Lime
Touch of lime is a green juice with a nice tang provided by the green apple and the lime. This is a good one for those that don’t like a sweet juice or are otherwise concerned with the glycemic load. A great thirst quencher and re-mineralizer.
2 generous double handfuls of spinach
1 green apple
1 to 2 carrots
1 lime (cut lime into pieces and put into juicer)
Leave the skins on the fruits and veggies to get optimal nutrition from them. If your particular juicer doesn’t do that good a job with greens then roll them up tight and push through with the cucumber and carrots.
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A Touch of Lime
Limes, which are actually yellow when ripe, are thought to have originally come from south East Asia. It’s thought that Arabs brought them to the Middle East and then crusaders to Europe. Columbus and other explores took them on to the West Indies and the Americas.
Limes contain bioflavonoids, citric acid and pectin. It’s said limes are good to eat for cancers, heart problems, strokes, constipation, the blood and nerves. They contain calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium. Limes have a cleansing and alkalizing effect on the body.
All the ingredients in this juice contain great nutritional value and should not be taken lightly. All too often we are told of a special fruit, berry, or plant from some far off land that contains super nutrition, when all the time we have ready access to many super nutritious foods right where we live.
The Super Cucumber
Cucumbers are another marvelous fruit, I know we think of them as vegetables, but they are actually a fruit. Cucumbers are alkaline forming, they’re diuretic and great cleansers. They contain vitamin K, B5, silicon, potassium and copper, all of which make them great for building strong bones, nails and hair. And beautiful skin too!
Cucumbers are one of my most favorite fruits. Every spring I plant a dozen cucumber seedlings in my garden and eat them fresh throughout the summer and fall. I prefer the Persian or Asian variety because of their soft skin, but most cucumbers when picked fresh from the garden do not have tough skin. Commercially grown cucumbers may be bred to have tough skins so they travel well to market without much damage and loss.
I also like the Armenian varieties, both regular and striped. All the cucumbers varieties have a distinct taste, which is why I plant many varieties. They’re great out of hand and also go well in shredded salads as seen in the recipe section of the website. I often eat them for lunch with fresh figs during Summer and Fall.
Green Goddess 2
by Judy Barclay
(El Dorado Hills)
Green Goddess 2 is a super green drink that goes down easily, even for the newbies to juicing. You can adjust the ingredients to suit your taste or availability of ingredients.
This would be an excellent juice for those wanting to do some deep cleansing and rebuilding. It’s packed with nutrients and if you were to pick some of these veggies from your garden that would be an addition boost of life giving energy.
Fruits and veggies taken straight form the tree or plant have amazing life force that you can feel.
5 – 6 leaves kale
large double handful of spinach
1 green apple
½ english cucumber (any cucumber will do)
4 – 6 stalks celery
3 – 4 sprigs of fresh mint (or more)
handful of parsley
handful of cilantro
If it turns out to be too strong you can dilute it with a little water or fresh young coconut water.
Cilantro aids digestion, is a diuretic, and a great heavy metal detoxifier. It contains good quantities of beta carotene, vitamin C, folate, B1,B2, B3, B5, B6, vitamin E, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, and selenium.
Parsley is a diuretic and overall tonic. It contains good levels of beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, iron, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, selenium, copper, magnesium, potassium, and sodium.
Mint is an antiseptic, cleansing, and a digestive aid It contains good levels of beta carotene, vitamin C, folate, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, manganese, phosphorus, calcium, zinc, copper, magnesium, potassium, and iron.
Celery has a high percentage of organic sodium which is vital to many bodily functions. Every cell in the body is constantly bathed in a solution of saline water, and if this is not maintained at its required level, dehydration sets in. Celery is high in magnesium and iron, a combination which is valuable as a food for the blood cells. It’s high in Vitamin C and helps in cancer prevention and to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Celery is a diuretic, a blood cleanser, highly alkaline, and has good levels of calcium and silicon.
Kale is an exceptional source of calcium, iron, sulfur, chlorophyll and vitamin A, but its beta carotene content far outweighs spinach. Kale is a rich source of anti-cancer chemicals, as are most members of the cruciferous family. It’s a cleanser and has antiviral properties. Celery has good levels of vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, vitamin K, lutein, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc.
Spinachhas high nutrient density and is good for the blood due to its rich iron and chlorophyll content. Some say it’s a specific remedy for nosebleeds, herpes (due to its sulfur content), a great diuretic and laxative, and cleanses the blood of toxins. Spinach is a mild laxative as it stimulates peristalsis movement of the intestines. It’s soothing and nourishing with good levels of beta carotene, folate, vitamin K, B1, B2, B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium, zinc, and omega 3.
Apples are an overall tonic and contain pectin, a fiber that’s good for the digestive tract, supports immunity, and research suggests it lowers Alzheimer’s risk. Apples are high in vitamin C, copper, magnesium, potassium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, and trace minerals. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Cucumbers are alkaline, diuretic, and great cleansers, with good levels of vitamin K, B5, silica, potassium, and copper.
Pour some Aloe Vera Juice in the jar then add the juice of:
1 stalk Celery
¼ red cabbage
and fresh ginger root
Drink up and cleanse your liver.
***note** Fresh gel from the aloe leaf is best for this drink.
Apple Spinach Green Goodness
by Shirley Rene
(Brooklyn, NY, USA)
Just the name of this juice, Apple Spinach Green Goodness makes me thirst for a large glassful. This is a great juice that’s not too sweet, but sweet enough even for beginners to be able to enjoy. It’s comprised of some very nutritious fruits and vegetables, not the least if which is spinach. Take a look down below the recipe to see just what kind of nutritional wallop spinach packs.
2 granny smith apples
1 good bunch of spinach
2 celery stalks
1/4 of pineapple
Juice and Enjoy. These ingredients would make a great smoothie too. Put everything in the blender and whirl until smooth. These are some great tips on blending and a host of great Smoothie Recipes.
Nutritional profile of spinach
Spinach is a highly nutrient dense food. It is said to be a good blood builder due to its rich iron content, and a good blood cleanser and detoxifier due to its high chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll is a supreme cleanser and purifier for the entire body.
Some say spinach is a specific remedy for nosebleeds, herpes (due to its sulfur content), and a great diuretic and laxative. Spinach is very alkaline and is soothing and relaxing. It contains a host of nutrients, but is particularly high in, beta carotene, folate, vitamin K, B1, B2, B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, copper, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, sodium, zinc, and omega 3 fatty acid.
I was very impressed with this Sweet Green recipe. It was a lot sweeter than I expected, which is great!
1 bunch of Spinach
2 cups Baby Carrots
1/4 Small Lemon
2 Granny Smith Apples
This is a simple yet very nutritionally dense recipe. Spinach in itself is a powerhouse of nutrition. It is high in iron and chlorophyll making it an excellent tonic for the blood and circulatory system in general. Spinach is high in potassium and sodium, which is why it can have an almost salty taste at times. High in B vitamins, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese, and zinc.
Carrots are a rich source of beta-carotene, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and fiber. Carrot juice has long been a health tonic at clinics around the world.
An as you’ve probably heard, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples contain pectin, a fiber that’s exceptionally good for the digestive tract, and all is not lost in the juicing. Apples contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
Lemons are powerful detoxifiers and cleansers. It is said they can kill intestinal parasites and dissolve gallstones. They are very alkalizing and contain good amounts of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
As you can see this one juice alone could be a favorite mainstay for anyone looking to greatly improve their health.
Juicing Tips: To Peel or Not to Peel. Should You Juice the Peels?
To peel or not to peel. That is the question. Actually, it is one of the first questions you run into as a beginner juicer.
The answer is a little more nuanced than a simple, “PEEL” or “DON’T peel.” Some fruits and vegetables should be peeled and some are better with the skins left on. Here are a few guidelines to follow when deciding whether to peel or not.
Organic vs Non-organic
This is one of the foremost considerations when deciding whether to peel or not. Even for fruits and vegetables that are generally better with the peels left on (see below), you should peel it if it’s non-organic.
Some fruits and vegetable peels – such as apples and cucumbers – contain ample nutritional benefits and are best left on. These also happen to be on the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list of produce commonly contaminated with toxic insecticides. If you can’t buy all organic, try to at least get the produce that’s on the list.
Fruits and Vegetables You Should Juice with Peels ON
Some fruits and vegetables have peels that are full of nutritional benefits. Here are a few peels you should be consuming:
Apples: Apple peels contain much of the nutritional benefits of this fruit. According to Cornell University’s Chronicle Online, apple peels are especially rich in powerful phytochemicals like flavonoids and phenolic acids since it is at the peel where the fruit interacts directly with the sunlight.
Another study from the University of Illinois says about two-thirds of an apple’s fiber content exists in its peel. Apple peels also contain important minerals such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, folate and iron as well as antioxidants (vitamins A and C). Another fairly recent study singles out apple skin for its potential to prevent loss of muscle tissues.
The point is: apple skins are highly nutritious and this is one fruit you should plan to buy organic so you can get the full benefits!
Bananas: Although you can’t juice bananas, you can juice their peels. If that sounds a little gross, don’t worry – it’s actually quite yummy. You can also add these nutritious peels to your smoothies. And the benefits are unexpectedly great. Banana peels are rich in serotonin, which is associated with mood; people with depression are known to have lower serotonin levels. Researchers from Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan have found that banana peel extract can ease depression as well as benefit the eyes, since the peel is also rich in the antioxidant lutein, which protects eye cells from exposure to ultraviolet light.
Beets: Beet peels are a matter of (taste) preference. I generally never peel these, especially since I only get them organic. But other people might not like the slight taste of “dirt” that tends to come with unpeeled beets. If that really bother you, you can give them a rigorous scrub or just peel them all together.
Cucumbers: Cucumber peels are full of nutritious benefits. The skins are rich in fiber and contain a variety of beneficial minerals such as silica, potassium and magnesium – making it ideal of hydration as well as for maintaining healthy tissue. Silica is an essential component of healthy connective tissue in muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone. Cucumber juice – with the (organic) peels left on – is an excellent source of silica to improve skin health.
Eggplant: Some people are reluctant to juice eggplant because of rumors of its toxicity (which isn’t actually true – click here for details), but if you are going to juice eggplant, make sure to leave the skins on. They are chock full of nasunin – an antioxidant that may prevent brain-cell damage – as well as an ample amount of potassium and magnesium. Make sure you juice the eggplant as soon as you buy it – the peels get more bitter with time.
Grapes: Red and purple grapes contain resveratrol – the anti aging miracle that’s been making headlines all over the news and the main reason why red wine is touted as a nutritious drink.
Resveratrol is an antioxidant that helps to protect your body against free radical damage that leads to the aging and disease. The studies that back up resveratrol as an anti aging marvel are based on studies in which mice that were fed resveratrol supplements had better motor coordination and lived longer than mice that didn’t receive any resveratrol. According to these studies, resveratrol works by boosting enzyme activity in the mitochondria of muscle tissue.
This is one of the biggest reasons to eat (organic) red grapes with the skins on – the concentration of reseveratrol is much higher in the skin of red grapes than it is in red wine.
Kiwi: Most people scrape all their kiwi skins off, missing all the nutritional benefits of this furry brown wrapping. But this skin is high in antioxidants and thought to have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and anti-allergenic properties.
Did you know that the kiwi skin contains 3 times the antioxidants of the pulp? At the same time, there’s no denying that it’s rather…tart…so if you can’t stand the taste, try gold kiwi fruit which are significantly less tart-y. You can just juice the whole thing!
Lemons & Limes & Tangerines: Citrus peels are high in powerful antioxidants called super-flavonoids which can contribute to reducing “bad” cholesterol levels. According to a U.S. study, the antioxidants from these peels were 20 times more powerful than those from the juice.
At the same time, the oils from these citrus peels can be tough on your stomach, so make sure you go easy on them. We recommend juicing only half a peel a day
Melons: Melons are great to juice whole – just leave everything the way it is, cut it up and juice. The rinds are where most of the nutrition is, plus the rinds help to dilute the sugariness of the melon. Elaine Bruce of the UK Living Foods Centre says watermelon rinds are the area of the melon where the minerals and enzymes are concentrated. The rinds also contain citrulline, which has antioxidant effects and converts into the amino acid arginine to help remove ammonia from the body. It doesn’t taste at all bad, either!
Fruits and Vegetables You Should Juice with Peels OFF
(Bigger) Citrus Fruits: The peels of oranges and grapefruits contain some oils that can cause pretty bad indigestion. Always peel the peels off oranges and grapefruit before juicing!
Mangoes: Mango skins are edible and I personally prefer to leave them on when I juice. However, they can cause an allergic reaction in some people. The skin of mangoes is filled with vitamins and nutrients, but it also contains a chemical called urushiol – which is found in poison ivy and responsible for the itchy rashes. Not everyone will have an allergic reaction – I don’t – but if you’re not sure, it’s best to avoid eating the skins.
Squash(es): Squashes – like pumpkin, butternut, etc. – have peels that are much, much too hard for your juicer. Make sure to peel these off, but peel as little as possible (so you leave the part that is closest to the peel that is the darkest color of the flesh since this is where the most nutrients are).