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Westervin: Fresh Daily Juice Recipe

We’ve been making (or at least trying to make) juice every day for awhile now, and though we do like to experiment with what we juice every now and then, we also have a basic recipe for day-to-day juicing. It makes two pretty large glasses of juice that we usually drink around lunch time.

Everyday Juice

  • 2 Oranges
  • 2 Apples
  • 2 handfuls of green stuff! (e.g. spinach, kale, lettuce)
  • 1-2 celery stalks
  • 3-4 carrots

This is the barebones recipe that we play around with. Adding a ring or two of fresh pineapple is one of our favorite additions. Substituting sweet potato for carrots also turns out well.

Happy juicing!

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Sweet Potato Dreamsicle

picture of dreamsicle juice

Ever since getting a juicer and reading that you can juice sweet potatoes, we’ve been kind of curious how exactly that would turn out. For some reason, it took us until just a couple of weeks ago to actually juice one! I sure wish we would have tried it earlier, because these sweet taters are tasty.

If you add some sweet potato to one of your regular juice recipes, it will make the whole thing a little thicker. Not as thick as a smoothie, but thicker than plain old juice. Our favorite sweet potato juice so far we call the Dreamsicle Juice, because it’s sweet and kind of looks like a Dreamsicle.

Dreamsicle Juice

1 orange
3 carrots
1/2 a small sweet potato

 

Juice ‘em! You’ll probably want to play around with the proportions since sweet potatoes (not to mention carrots and oranges) come in such different sizes. We’ve also added Mango to this which was great, too.

Sweet potatoes have nearly as much carotene as carrots, and the combination is supposed to be good for the skin!

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Granny Dew

a glass of fresh juice (honeydew, apples, cabbage, lime)

In case you’ve been wondering, we’re still juicing. Sarah is still partial to fruit juice, which is understandable. Fruit juice is really good. Here’s a fruit juice with just a touch of vegetable. You could even add some more if you’re feeling adventurous. I think the bonus lime juice makes this a great summer sipper.

Granny Dew

1/2 honeydew melon

2 granny smith apples

1 cabbage leaf

juice from 1/4 of a lime

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Apples & Neeps

The Big Book of Juices

One thing that has helped us get started with juicing is having a couple of books that explain how to prepare fruits & vegetables and what to expect nutritionally, as well as offer some good recipes. The Big Book of Juices, which we bought because it was big…and has both straight juice recipes and a smoothie section, is one such book.

apple & parsnip juice recipe from The Big Book of Juices

One of the first recipes we tried was a fruit/vegetable hybrid with apples and parsnips.

fresh apples, parsnips, and mint

Sarah and I don’t normally eat parsnips often, but we really liked this juice. It’ll definitely be a good way to use up some extra parsnips from our CSA box.

washed and cut apples & parsnips

Apples and Neeps

3 parsnips

3 apples

1/2 lime

3 sprigs of fresh mint

Step 1: Wash the apples and parsnips.

Step 2: Cut them into pieces that fit into your juicer. (Don’t worry about coring your apple. That can go straight into your juicer, too!)

Step 3: Um…juice it!

fresh juice: apples & parsnips with mint

The resulting juice is light, refreshing, and quite good for you. Needless to say, we were very pleased with our juicer investment.

fresh juice: the result

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True Blood (aka Berry Beet Juice)

True Blood! (aka fresh berry & beet juice)

To celebrate the return of our favorite summer show, we used our new juicer to whip up a chilled glass of “true blood” (aka berry & beet juice). While these servings of fresh fruit and vegetable juice won’t give you the superhero strength of vampire blood, I’m sure sure they’re pretty packed with nutrients nonetheless.

One of the nice things about juicing is you can really experiment and try different things you’ve got on hand. For this particular libation, we used half a small beet and a few handfuls each of blueberries, grapes, and cherries. You can use more or less of the beet depending on your appreciation for this earthy veggie. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a few cherries, and enjoy!

True Blood! (aka fresh berry & beet juice)

Also, if you’re not watching True Blood…. I don’t even know what to do with you.

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freshly washed apples and parsnips

OK, it’s time to come clean. Sarah and I aren’t very good at eating vegetables. Despite the CSA box and good intentions, it’s just really hard to get excited about vegetables, unless there is quite a bit of cheese and/or ranch dressing involved. And even then, it can be a stretch. But we know how important it is to eat fruits and vegetables, so it was with that in mind that we decided to take the plunge into juicing. We’re only a few weeks in, but it really has changed things around here. It’s easy, it’s fun, you feel good about yourself, and you probably should! Look at me, I just drank 5 handfuls of spinach. Spinach!

Omega Juicer making apple & parsnip juice

Look at it go! Chewing up those apples and spitting ‘em out.

We had thought about buying a juicer for some time, but we were hesitant to make the investment. Juicers can be pretty pricey. Two things helped sway us. First, we tried some pretty vegetable-y juice at Kramer’s (a health food store near where we work) and discovered that vegetable juice isn’t totally disgusting. Hey, maybe we could start juicing! Second, I happened to read a pretty excellent review/essay on juicing on wirecutter.com, which pointed out a good, mid-priced juicer. This was an immense help as the options out there can be overwhelming, with a large range of prices and juicer types. For a juice novice, it’s pretty hard to make any sense of it.

Omega 8003 Juicer

So we ended up buying the Omega 8003 for around $200. This is a mid-range juicer, but it comes with a 10-year warranty and feels like it’s built to last. It’s basically a big motor with an augur attached to it that crushes whatever you put into it, extracting the juice and expelling all the fibrous bits. It makes short work of any kind of leafy green you give it, but is a little bit hesitant around some fruits and more watery vegetables like cucumbers. Overall, however, we’ve been pretty impressed with it’s performance. It’s also quiter than I was expecting. It’s a slow methodical crushing — not like a blender or some centrifugal juicers. This is ideal, because it will keep nutrients intact and not allow too much oxidzation to occur, allowing your juice to stay fresher longer.

fresh apply & parsnip juice with the leftover fiber

Fresh juice on left, fibrous remains on right.

So thats a bit about what we’ve been up to — getting juiced! Later we’ll share the first juices we’ve been making and how we’re feeling about our investment.

fresh fruit & vegetable juice

Fresh juice! Recipes coming soon…