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Feb 26, 2008 11:38 AM

favorite juicing recipes

I just bought my first juicer! Do you have any favorite recipes? especially involving greens. I just made up cucumber, carrot, apple, spinach and ginger. Pretty good. Don't know that I can have a full glass though. it seems very 'rich'.

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  1. well nothing like bring back a really old thread, but..... > with no replies...................why start a new juicing thread just because that's exactly what I was going to do.

    last 3 days I've been commited to juicing.
    my thoughts: it's not much fun and the juices I end up with are pretty much blech........but.........I'm willing to keep going at it since I know how important it is for zee ole bodwick.

    won't recant last 2 days > here is what went in today~it yielded about 28-30oz. therefore it's breakfast and lunch.

    1/2 cup v8 fruit fusion to get it started
    (was told there has to be something in there to start the process or else you only get clucky mucky globby gunk.

    1" chunk of sugar cane
    yellow pepper
    spinach leaves
    parsley stems

    the predominant color=light purple
    the down side is the sugar cane is still very woody and the seeds in the blackberry's are a royal pain to crunch

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    1. re: iL Divo

      Are you using a juicer?? Or a blender? Don't understand the addition of the juice in the beginning if you are using a juicer.....
      Are you looking for juice recipes? I make fresh vegetable based juices daily and could share some favorites if you want

      1. re: Ttrockwood

        just a major high powered blender.

        I would love recipes.
        I got the first one from watching a tv show where they gave ingredients but NO measurements which I'm sure has much to do with the outcome ;:-/
        (basically what I listed with a few inclusions of my own ie. sugar cane chunks simply because they were in the freezer&not knowing what else to do with them > toss 'em in power juice recipe).

        everyday I switch up a tiny bit trying to get something that tastes good but amps up vitamins&nutrients mostly.
        today I added carrots

        1. re: iL Divo

          It's good to use the blender. Removing the fiber is a terrible idea!

          1. re: sandylc

            well yah agreed but not kidding when I say sugar cane is full of millions of pokey thin little sticks - no fun but then I could always leave that ingred out

          2. re: iL Divo

            Ok, blending is way different from juice....

            A few of my veggie centric favorites:
            - one peeled cucumber (or two if they're smaller)
            - half bunch of cilantro
            - 1/3 of a peeled red grapefruit
            - big handful fresh pineapple chunks
            - tiny pinch of salt
            Sometimes i add a little ice, but not much- just enough to chill. Its super refreshing mix.

            Breakfasty blend:
            -2 huge handfuls fresh baby spinach
            - lots of frozen or fresh blueberries
            - one TB almond butter
            - enough almond milk to blend
            Thin as you like it, the spinach is barely detectible and the bit of almond butter goes a long ways. Add a vanilla or unflavored protein powder if you need to.

            Savory mix:
            - 2 good sized tomatoes (or four canned ones which is what i do in the winter)
            - one peeled and seeded lemon
            - one peeled cucumber
            - half bunch or so cilantro
            - big handful baby spinach
            - pinch of salt
            - a small bit strong dijon mustard or prepared horseradish
            - i also add a tsp of flax oil

            Really simple creamy one:
            - 1/2 avocado
            - a ton of blueberries/whatever berries
            - almond milk to blend
            - a few ice cubes if using fresh berries
            - fresh mint or basil if its around.

            Hope this helps, sometimes more simple is the way to go. I try to use 1/2 or less the ingredients as fruit to avoid having a smoothie of sugar, but a bit goes a long way towards flavor as well.

            1. re: Ttrockwood

              your savory looks wonderful and your creamy one, wow so good

              "Ok, blending is way different from juice...."

              is one better than the other?
              I'm doing this for better health, dropping 5 lbs and having good outcome next time (or all times) my blood is drawn.

              1. re: iL Divo

                "is one better than the other?"

                YES! With juicing, you are throwing away the fiber and concentrating the sugars!!!!!

                Blending uses the WHOLE FOOD.

                Whenever you remove the fat or fiber from a food, such as in skim milk (hm-mm...why isn't it called skimmed milk?), or in juicing, the sugars are concentrated....

                1. re: sandylc

                  I try to juice and then find ways to use at least some of the solids left behind. For example,I'll make a green juice, with kale, parsley, arugula and spinach (sometimes also celery and carrot) and remove those solids. Then I'll juice an apple or pear, mix it all together and drink that.

                  Then I sauté a mirepoix of diced onion, carrot and celery until it's soft, add in the green solids and then add chicken broth and let it all bubble away for a little while. I throw in some chicken at the end and I have a tasty "green chicken soup" that we love.

                  There are other sites with recipes for muffins, quick breads, soups and other ways to use the solids.

                  1. re: Chris VR

                    Chris I love your input.....

                    I guess my solids are going in me the way I do it so not being left behind.

                    1. re: iL Divo

                      Yep, you're looking for smoothie recipes, not juicing recipes, and you've gotten some super tasty-looking ones here! (I've saved this thread, because I love smoothies as well as juice.) I was just replying to the "juicing is bad because you lose all the fiber" tangent that seemed to be launching.

                      1. re: Chris VR

                        It does need to be pointed out - not everyone is as creative and disciplined as you are about using up the "leavings" from juicing.

                        I just don't know why a person should go to the expense and effort to remove the fiber and then have to come up with ways to eat the fiber - ???

                        I'll be done now. It sounds like what you do works well.

                2. re: iL Divo

                  There are benefits to both. Blending leaves in the fiber yet limits the quantity of vegetables (impossible to blend and consume the number of veggies you can juice).
                  For your purposes blending is a great healthy option! Keep an eye on nutrient dense lower sugar ingredients (similar to suggestions i had).

                  Generally 2/3veggies and 1/3 or less fruit will make a very tasty filling smoothie.

                  These recipes for "blended salads" are great savory smoothies:

                  Dr furhman wrote a lot about blended salads- skip the blahblah if you want, recipes are on the third pg here:
                  I love the "green citrus medley" one.

                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                    TRock-as coming from SRock (No I am not kidding)
                    I love the 'athletes green fuel'
                    all those nuts love it!
                    question: where do I get fig or blood orange vinegar?

                    I love helpful people&so appreciate great suggestions :)

                    many thanks all.....

                    1. re: iL Divo

                      I buy flavored vinegars most from my fairway market- but just use what you have that is on hand and mild like a champagne vinegar.

              2. re: iL Divo

                We have the following every day:

                one unpeeled, cored apple
                one unpeeled, cored pear
                a few chunks of frozen mango
                a handful of kale
                a Tablespoon or two of chia seeds
                about 2 cups of purified water

                EDIT: Two servings here

                1. re: sandylc


                  ok forgive, but is this substitute for a meal or just a healthy refreshing something or other?

                  1. re: iL Divo

                    We have it for breakfast with other stuff...

            2. re: iL Divo

              It sounds like you are making smoothies, not juicing??? I've never had a problem with seeds in my juicer it's very good about spitting them out along with other fibrous parts.

              1. re: rasputina

                our sons' GF calls them shakes which just entered my mind right this second. she's a gymnast and always going for healthy meals of sorts. with A+ blood whether one agrees or not with the theory I know my body craves fruits&veg. just trying to make sure I get what I need. the Long Island Medium show featured 'her' juicing and hers look like mine, more of a thick shake than actual juice.

            3. Carrot apple is probably my favorite. Carrot orange a close second.

              1. if you want green, i like "mean green" (check the internet) along with a touch of jalapeño.

                my all time favorite is orange, carrot as the base: then i add either beets, cucumbers or grapefruit

                1. in the vitamin, my current favorite is (for a 12 oz serving in a contego travel mug so my coworkers are sheltered from my "weirdness"

                  a cup or so of plain kefir (I culture my own)
                  a big handful of spinach/leafy green mix
                  about a 2 inch chunk of cucumber, I leave the peel on if it's an english cuke
                  about half a cup or so of frozen mixed berries.

                  Blend till smooth. I love the frothy texture the cucumber gives it, I don't taste the greens at all with a bit of the cucumber added. The berries add enough sweetness, and the kefir gets my my daily probiotics

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                  1. re: autumm

                    lol thats my moms smoothie recipe! she makes her own kefir even too. her has a bit of flax in it too. I cant do the kefir to sour.

                    And these are more smoothie type recipes it sounds. I do love juicing tho my fav is just beet and pineapple.

                  2. today went in

                    yellow pepper

                    it's ugly but somehow palatable.

                    the juicer I had was over the top hard/impossible to clean.
                    there's go to be a better way to juice without the problematic mesh thingie