Our time is precious, so thank you for carving out some of yours and visiting my blog. This post is going to be further diving into my passion: juice fasting. Perhaps, this post is overdue given the underlying theme of most of my blogs. Juicing and detoxing is the number one thing we need to do to get healthy, and health is more than aesthetics. That should go without saying, but, alas, here we are.
Anyways! I’m going to give a little taste as to what I like to drink. Forewarning: I don’t typically make single pints at a time. I normally make juice in bulk and use either the FoodSaver Jar Sealer or Soligt to avoid oxidation. These have been flying off the “shelves” of Amazon, so you’ll have to keep an eye out for them. Heat, air, and light will all oxidize our juices. Make sure they are sealed and iced down if we aren’t drinking them right away, and we are all set.
If you go with the FoodSaver you will need a pump, but the Soligt comes with one. The FoodSaver is nice, because you can use the mason jar lids. A Wine Saver Pump works good too if you end up just getting the FoodSaver. Just put the pump and the little rubber stopper over the hole and pump until you hear a few clicks. Of course, the fresher, the better, but if we can’t afford to make time every day for it just make sure they’re sealed. Now, on to the juices!
This is my main green juice recipe and a staple for when I am doing a juice cleanse. This one produces a high yield, and you can get a lot out of the veggies this one contains. This juice is popular in a lot of juiceries around. I didn’t realize that until I started hunting for more cold pressed juices when out and about, and I saw similarities in one of my favorites. Great taste!
Ingredients: Celery, cucumber, power greens (spinach, kale, chard), Granny Smith apple
A word of advice: don’t go heavy on the Granny Smith apple. To those interested in specifics, I went ahead and weighed out my last batch. I rounded to make the amount easy on the eye. 3 oz apple (half an apple), .5 oz of leafy greens, 4 oz of cucumber (about a half a medium size cucumber), and 5.25 oz of celery (about 4 stalks). That got me a pint. Again, sorry, I juice in bulk 🙂 Just make sure that you’re getting your leafy greens in there. Aim for a bag, usually between .5 and .6 oz, per pint. If you can manage to cram more in there, then more power to you! Leafy greens are the most important due to the phytonutrients and nutritional density.
Most juicers are hard on leafy greens, but if you get a twin gear, masticating, or single auger juicer you should be fine. Also, it doesn’t have to be the ‘power greens’. If you want to do only spinach, lettuce, or kale that works too. The Green Star Elite, Omega J8006 and the Aicok are my main three recommendations. The Aicok is the most reasonably priced. The GSE is the one I personally use, and I love it. Pricy, but it’s worth it due to the technology and yield.
Celery juice is all the rave right now and for good reason. It’s low in sugar and contains the good sodium. It’s also very hydrating, as it’s mostly water. It’s loaded with vitamin A, C, K, and is a good source of Calcium and Potassium. Typically, one large heart of celery will yield a pint of juice.
This one is great for cleansing the kidneys and the bloodstream. It’s mostly water, like celery juice, and some health seekers even drink this as their water. I don’t go that far, but it’s delicious!
The Good V8 aka the red medley
First of all, don’t ever buy V8. I hope that goes without saying. The amount of sugar and sodium chloride pumped into there is just awful. It’s a processed juice that sits on a shelf warm. That should give it away right there that it’s no good.
Homemade V8 juice ingredients: tomato, carrot, celery, spinach, beets, orange bell pepper, and parsley/cilantro (dealer’s choice).
This one is absolutely delicious, and it’s loaded with vitamins and nutrients. If you want to go crazy with it, you can rim your glass in a little cayenne pepper and Celtic/Himalayan salt mixture. Go easy on that though, of course. Don’t want to get into a salt debate, but if it’s natural and unrefined, then I am personally ok with it. Hence, Celtic or Himalayan. Nevertheless, this concoction is great for detoxifying the liver and the kidneys. Great for the skin and hair as well.
Frame of reference that picture above will produce anywhere from 7-9 pints of juice (5 lbs of carrots, a heart of celery, 2 bunches of parsley, two decently sized beets with tops, two orange bell peppers, 3-4 hot house tomatoes, a single bag of spinach). Math isn’t my strong suit, sorry, BUT I tried weighing out a pint for the sake of this article. Here it is below:
1/2 tomato (3.75 oz), 1/3 bell pepper (2.3 oz), 1/2 medium beet (1.8 oz), one beet top, 2 handfuls of baby spinach, 4 medium carrots (9.25 oz), 2 stalks celery (3.5 oz), small handful of cilantro. BOOM.
This one is my current favorite, rimmed glass or not. Now, on to the simpler juices that don’t require math skills.
This is my new fruit favorite, and it’s been a staple in my most recent fast. Grapes are a top fruit for alkalizing the bloodstream and providing fuel for the body. It doesn’t take the body much effort to break it down into glucose, so it makes for an optimal breakfast or lunch. Grapes and cranberries are loaded with antioxidants and are two of the best cleansers that we can ask for on a fast. A liter of this is also roughly 600 calories, so adding this to your juice feast routine will ensure that you hit your caloric needs for the day. Oh, and it’s delicious, with or without the cranberries. The darker the grape, the more potent it is as a cleanser.
This is a staple for my juice feasts. One large watermelon will yield about a gallon and up to a gallon and a half of juice. Juice the rind if the watermelon is organic. The rind contains most of the protein, as well as other goodness. If it’s not organic, then trim the rind off. Watermelons are loaded with electrolytes and one of the best natural sources of glutathione. Watermelon does wonders for the liver, the kidneys, and bloodstream. It also is great for the male readers who have ED challenges, as this fruit contains one of the highest amounts of citrulline. Start fasting and drinking some watermelon juice, and watch as your problems begin to fade in that department.
You’ll notice that carrots are a recurring theme in most of my juices. Carrots are one of the best foods to juice for a number of reasons. It’s great for detoxifying the liver, the kidneys, the lower bowel, for the skin and hair, among other reasons. Carrots are a staple in the Gerson Therapy protocol as well for ridding yourself of chronic diseases.
This juice recipe produces a high yield as well thanks to the celery. Just remember when juicing that you alternate your produce. For example, carrot, apple slice, celery stalk, carrot, etc. This blends the juices and cuts down on foaming for when you’re juicing leafy greens.
Another great one is to drop the celery and do carrot/apple. I usually go gala, fuji, or honeycrisp if they are cheap. I aim for one apple per pint and the rest carrot.
This is one of the best juices for alkalizing the bloodstream. Go heavier on the carrot for this one. Aim for 10 oz carrot, 3 oz cucumber, 3 oz beet for a pint in regards to how much juice, not the weight of the produce. Again, we have the carrots here. Another reason I like carrots so much is just the cost. Even organic carrots are relatively cheap, and they go a long way. Also, don’t let me steer you away from plain old carrot juice.
This one is great for cleansing the lower bowel and protein. Popeye knew his stuff. Remember, protein is best consumed in its raw, natural state. Denatured proteins do not do you any good. Something most don’t understand is that proteins harden and/or coagulate at high temperatures. Without going on too much of a tangent here, cooking destroys a significant amount of the protein in foods. Protein is very complex. The best proteins are going to be found in your raw leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables. Yes, there is protein in fruit.
Back to the juice. If combined properly, If we aim for 10 oz carrot and 6 oz of spinach in a pint, then we are in a good place. That can be a lot of spinach to get up to 6 oz. It’s going to come out to at least a half a pound of spinach, if not more depending on the juicer you have.
The leafy greens can add up on a juice feast, so keep an eye on the funds if we’re leaning on the spinach. If just curious for everyday use, then this is an awesome option. It’s much tastier than you think. Trust me.
Saving the dessert for last. This will probably be the tastiest juice you’ll ever drink. It’s 1:1 ratio on apples and pears. A pint normally comes out to about 1-1.5 of each. Pick your poison as far as which pear and apple you choose. For the apple I normally just go with whatever is on sale, excluding the Granny Smith. Little too sour for me when going heavy on the apple. I switch off between the Bosc pear and the D’Andjou pear, but you can’t go wrong.
There you have it. If you’re doing a juice feast I’d say make it 50/50 veggie focused/fruit focused. Here is an article for extra motivation on why you need to do a juice cleanse. If juicing to improve your diet or juicing for weight loss, then I’d more-so lean on the vegetable juices and eat your fruits. This will help clear out your digestive tract for proper assimilation of nutrients. I recommend to anyone and everyone to get a juicer and get juicing. It’ll be the best purchase you’ve made for your kitchen. I guarantee it!
Enjoy, and let me know what you think!