Juicing/Green Smoothie Recipes
Thursday, March 06, 2014
I was asked to share some of my favorite recipes for juicing, what I have found is that it really is individual taste that plays in here. I will give my basics though.
Green Smoothies -
I like the "base" to be a frozen banana or an avocado ( I don't freeze the avocado). They make it very creamy and pull it together. The smoothies I made without those really seemed more icy/slushy. You won't taste the avocado, promise!
Then I put about one cup frozen berries in there. I am doing alot of blueberries and raspberries. Strawberries would work but I am allergic to them.
Sometimes I do half berries and half pineapple as well. Just depends on what I have. Trader Joes carries frozen pineapple for 1.49 a bag, so I stock up!
Then I put in filtered water or coconut water. Maybe one cup? Just enough to pull it together.
I then put in about two cups greens. I change these alot. I did NOT like kale when I used a regular blender but I do like the kale in the Vitamix because it really tears it up and you don't taste it.
Finally I do add one tbsp coconut oil and a raw egg. I ONLY do raw eggs that are farm fresh and pastured. I would never consider using an egg from a store. You could use protein powder if you wanted as well.
These come out thick and delicious. I drink a cup while I am getting ready for work then sip the rest t hrough the morning.
Juicing is also very specific to the taste. I don't like it super sweet and I worry about the concentration of sugars so I stick pretty minimal.
My typical juice is half a cucumber, a few stalks of celery (This is strong and salty so start with just a little bit), a few leaves of kale, and a carrot or an apple.
The key is adding a half of a peeled lemon. I am not sure why but it moves it from 'tolerable' to enjoyable (maybe a bit of a stretch lol).
I also like to make my own V8. I use organic tomato juice, then add the juice of 3 stalks celery, half a romaine lettuce, two carrots and half a cucumber. This is really close to V8. I have seen some recipes for juicing the tomato as well but I wasn't thrilled with the flavor.
If I am wanting something on the sweeter side I love carrot and apple juice together. It's amazing!
Because I am primarily juicing for vitamin content, I add kale, beet greens, lettuce or other greens to every juice. They make it a terrible color so look away. I have found the darker the kale the stronger the flavor. If it is too strong I dilute with water and do the same as the smoothie. I drink a glass in the morning then sip all morning at work. I also like to mix it with filtered water if it is too strong.
I have noticed SUCH a difference, I think this is a life long habit I will make. I am going camping this weekend and will not be taking my juicer or vitamix, so I am interested to see if I notice a difference with a few days off of juicing.
In case you are wondering, I use the Breville Juice Fountain. I love it and find it does fine with my greens (some reports are that it doesn't, so not sure why). The bit of fiber that is left is dry and not much. I use a Vitamix for my blender. It is AMAZING and worth every penny. If you are considering one, I can provide information for a seller that gives a discount AND you can make a few payments. I was able to buy mine reconditioned for 300, with a seven year warranty. (I don't get anything for referring but I do know that some people struggle with the price of these).
Ok.... so I think that gives a taste of my recipes for now.... feel free to email me for more info though :)