Drink the Rainbow

Why Juice? 

Although juicing is great for multiple reasons, the largest benefit is the nutritional value. Our bodies require a variety of daily nutrients in order to function properly, fight off disease/illness, and heal. To obtain all of these nutrients we need to consume a large amount of fresh fruits and vegetables. For me, this isn't always an easy task (especially when I'm crazy busy). Therefore, I like to supplement my normal diet with fresh juice. A single juice can contain the nutritional value of several servings of fruits and vegetables. As an added bonus, juicing leftover fruits and vegetables is a good way to prevent waste!  

NOTE: Juicing cannot completely replace fruits and vegetables because juicing removes the fiber which our bodies need for digestion as well as other functions. 

What to Juice?

Below are recipes for seven different juices. However, feel free to experiment and create your own! Juice any combination of fruits and vegetables (I always load up on greens!). Don't worry about the color of the juice. If you use a variety of different colored produce, the juice may turn out dark green or even brown which it totally fine! It will still taste good and chances are "brown" juice contains a larger variety of nutrients than say an orange colored juice or a yellow colored juice.

Quick Start Tips

  1. Do get a juicer. They range anywhere from $40-$400. I have used THIS juicer from Breville for a couple years. It is a good option for a starter juicer.  
  2. Do not need to remove "thin" or edible peels such as peels from cucumbers, sweet potatoes, and apples. These peels will not change the taste and actually contain many nutrients. They may, however, slightly change the color to the juice, but honestly who cares? 
  3. Do remove "thick" peels such as peels from oranges, lemons, and limes. Although these peels do contain nutritional value, they will make your juices very bitter. 
  4. Do not need to remove cores, small seeds, or stems from things such as apples, kale, and pears. This does not include large seeds like avocado seeds. For the love of God, do not put an avocado seed through your juicer unless you want to say adios to your juicer forever. 
  5. Do drink the juice immediately after juiced. Not consuming the juice immediately increases the potential for bacterial growth that can make you sick. The nutritional value will also diminish with time.  

That is it! Happy juicing! 

Strawberry Cucumber Limeade

The Strawberry Cucumber Limeade is somewhat of a classic. It is sweet, tangy, and refreshing all at once! Want to rev up the strawberry? Feel free! Just add more!

  • 1 1/2 Cups Strawberries
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1/2 Lime

Minty Sweet Greenie

Ahhhh the Minty Sweet Greenie has a special little place in my heart. I'm not going to lie and say you can't taste the "green" in this one because you totally can (it is PACKED with dark leafy greens after all). However, it's not like eating straight grass. The "green" taste is balanced nicely by the sweetness and tartness from the kiwi. There is also a slight hint of fresh mint that I am head over heels for! I admit green juices take some getting used to but eventually you start to crave greens in all your juices. I swear! 

  • 2 Kiwis
  • 2 Cucumber
  • 1 Small Handful Mint (20-30 leaves)
  • 6 Kale Stalks (or 3 handfuls)
  • 1 Handful Spinach

Refreshing Pineapple

If you are looking for a juice that doesn't kick you straight in the teeth with bold flavors, this one if for you. The Refreshing Pineapple is mild and slightly sweet with a splash of citrus. I feel like this juice would be the perfect addition to an afternoon of calm and relaxation.

  • 1 Cup Pineapple 
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 Bell Pepper
  • 1 Cucumber  
  • 1/2 Lime

Sweet Carrot Ginger 

The Sweet Carrot Ginger juice is my favorite of the bunch. It is surprisingly sweet, smooth, and kind of creamy (creamy for a juice that is). It almost reminds me of an orange creamsicle in a way. You have to give this one a try!

  • 2 Large Carrots
  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 2 Pears  
  • 1/2" Ginger  

Blueberry Kale Lemonade 

The taste of this juice will entirely depend on how sweet or tart your blueberries are. The blueberries in combination with the lemon gave this juice an energizing feel. I also threw some kale in this one but you can't even taste it! This would be great for morning or during an afternoon slump.

  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • 3 Stalks of Kale (or 1-2 handfuls)
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 2 Cucumbers

Citrus Trio

This Citrus Trio is perfect for an early morning wake-up call. It is refreshing twist on good old fashioned orange juice. The grapefruit is the front runner but the sweetness from the orange and mildness from the celery tame down the tartness perfectly. 

  • 1 Grapefruit
  • 1 Orange
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 3 Celery Stalks

Beet Apple Spinach Lemonade

Okay, I lied earlier. The Beet Apple Spinach Lemonade is tied with the Sweet Carrot Gingerfor my favorite. Sometimes beets can be very overpowering but not in this juice. The taste is sweet with the right amount beet and just a hint of zing from the lemon. Also, just look at the stunningly beautiful color. God, I love neature. :)  

  • 2 Beets
  • 2 Apples  
  • 1 Handful Spinach
  • 1/2 Lemon