Ever since our first JuiceFest in 2011, friends have asked Patrice & me for advice about juicing. The questions range from, “What kind of juicer do you recommend?”, to “What are your favorite juice recipes?” And while I’m not a dietician, I love talking about juicing and I’m always happy to offer some of my favorite websites, resources and inspirations related to juicing and healthy eating.
So today, after attending a terrific workshop on Mindfulness, Yoga and Health, I felt inspired to share some of my tips and my recommended resources from the last two and half years of juicing.
You can read about my very first 7-day Juice Fast in the Fall of 2011 (JuiceFest 2011), here.
Now, on to some commonly asked questions…
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE JUICE RECIPES?
This is my “go-to” juice recipe when I’m in a hurry, or just in need of a quick and delicious juice for an energy boost in the morning. This makes about 24 ounces of juice (two servings):
- 2 lbs Carrots
- 5 - 6 Celery Stalks
- 1 - 2 Beets or 1 Apple
- Fresh Ginger (equivalent to the size of a small lemon)
- 1 Lemon (I usually cut in half and juice via a hand-held juicer)
A cucumber is great to add to this recipe too as cucumbers are terrific for your liver. So if you’re a wine drinker like me, treat your liver to cucumber juice regularly!
If you’re new to juicing, you’ll find a several tasty and easy recipes here, at the Juice Generation website. While they don’t provide the actual amounts of each ingredient, it’s important to remember that juicing is not an exact science. So, experiment with the quantities of each ingredient and see what tastes great to you!
You’ll find some slightly more interesting recipes, like Orange Fennel Juice and Juicy V9, on the Reboot With Joe website, part of the Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead franchise. (Read more about Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead below.)
If you’re ready to get a little more adventurous (and why not?), download one of my favorite eBooks on Juicing: Crazy Sexy Juice & Succulent Smoothies by Kris Carr. Explore her entire website - you’ll find lots of “goodies”. Kris Carr also has her own YouTube channel, called Kris Carr TV - it’s jam packed with juicing tips and healthy recipes! And her positive energy and sense of humor shine through in her writing, her videos and her passion for healthy eating!
HOW DO I START A JUICE FAST?
If you Google “Juice Fast” you’ll get about 917,000 page results! Way to much to sort through. So here are a couple of places to start.
How to Start a Juice Fast
This post from DoctorYourself.com is about ten years old but still contains a nice summary of the basics.
If you want to go the easy, albeit more expense, route, try a home-delivery cleanse package. Other than some boutique-type juice spots around NY, BluePrint juice is the only bottled juice I’ve ever tried that actually tastes like freshly made juice AND seems to be available in many cities. You can read all about their unique bottling process on their website. But in general, you’re looking for unpasteurized juice with veggies for the most healthful benefits.
WHAT BRAND OF JUICER SHOULD I BUY?
After purchasing a cheaper brand and having it die after about 4 months of juicing, we tossed it out and bought a Breville. It has worked perfectly for nearly 18 months, including three, 7+ day JuiceFests. I use it almost every week, year round. If you’re committed to juicing, and a Breville fits into your budget, it’s worth it.
On a related note: Juicers are NOT the same as blenders or food processors. Juicers extract the juice along with all of the easily digestible vitamins, minerals and enzymes while leaving behind the fiber. Blending is very healthful too - I even add spinach or kale to regular blended smoothies these days - but a blended drink is not the same as juice.
WHAT IF I NEED A LITTLE MORE MOTIVATION?
Watch Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead the movie. It WILL motivate you to juice. I promise.
And here are three of my favorite healthy eating Facebook pages that consistently provide inspiration, motivation, and a sense of community:
This FB Page isn’t all about juice, but it’s a very supportive community of healthy eaters, many of whom are also juicers.
I’M NOT QUITE READY TO JUICE BUT I WANT TO EAT MORE HEALTHFUL FOOD. WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?
One cookbook changed the way I thought about cooking: power foods. The introduction to each “power food” at the beginning of this book is empowering and the recipes are delicious.
Since our first JuiceFest in 2011, I haven’t cook with meat, so I picked up the next cookbook in the same series: meatless. Again, it is excellent.
Cheers to you for practicing healthy eating!