GREEN JUICE MANIA
Have you been feeling tired, low on energy, bloated from indulging in all those fried items available on a stick that are sold at fairs and festivals containing shockingly high levels of fat and calories? Are you looking for a way to boost your health, infuse yourself with energy, or give your body what it needs to repair itself and function properly?
Green Juicing is a wonderfully fantastic addition to any diet, and it provides a fast and convenient way to make vitamins, minerals, live enzymes and more a part of a regular daily diet while helping you achieve optimal health. Juicing at home is quick, easy, and a cost-effective, and you can create your own green juice recipes, boost your energy levels and cleanse your body naturally. One of the best decisions you will ever make will be making green juices, because green leafy vegetables offer the best sources of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They are very alkalizing, cleansing, healing, hydrating and restorative. If you grow your own organic vegetables in your backyard, green juicing will open the door to making a wide variety delicious, nutritious green juices that your whole family will absolutely love. Fresh organic means more nutritional value and tastier juices, and organic means healthier drinks because they are not sprayed with toxic chemical pesticides. Check out my 10 favorite green juice recipes below that you can try right now.
2 Cucumbers Apples can also aid in strengthening the
2 Green Granny Smith Apples immune system, lowering cholesterol
1 Lemon and alleviating conditions such as
1 Orange arthritis, asthma, and rheumatism.
Beet the Odds
1 Beet Beets have been found to effectively
1 Cucumber as speeding up the body’s metabolism
3 Swiss Chard Leaves and slowing down the aging process.
10 Parsley Sprigs
3 Large Ripe tomatoes Studies have shown that tomatoes can
1/2 Cucumber lower the odds of getting certain types
1 Celery Stalk of cancer, including prostate, colon,
1 Handful of Fresh Parsley stomach, mouth, esophageal, cervical
1/4 to 1/2 Jalapeno and pancreatic cancer.
6 Carrots Carrots aid in the functioning of the liver,
1/2 apple and cleansing and strengthening the
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1 Cucumber Kale aids in weight loss, fighting and
2-3 Celery Stalks preventing illnesses such as
1-2 Apples cardiovascular diseases, anemia, cancer.
5 Kale Leaves Kale strengthens bones, the immune
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1/2 inch Fresh Ginger
1 Mango Mangoes aid in cognitive health,
1 Handful Kale Leaves cardiovascular health, healthy eyes,
1 Handful Spinach and maintaining healthy bones and
1 Apple cartilage. mango also supports a strong
1/2 Cup Coconut Water immune system.
1 Cucumber Pineapple aids in repairing tissue,
1 Cup Pineapple healing wounds, and cell growth.
2 Lemons It aids the creation of blood vessels,
1/2 inch Fresh Ginger ligaments, skin, tendons, and helps
1 Handful Fresh Parsely to prevent anemia.
1 Handful Spinach Spinach aids in decreasing cholesterol, 2 Celery Stalks reduces risk for heart attacks, stroke,
1/2 Cucumber and heart disease. Is great for
3 Carrots everything ranging from the heart,
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2 Celery Stalks Celery is a cancer protective and has
1 Head of Romaine Lettuce immune-boosting functions. It is good
1 Cucumber for maintaining healthy mucus
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Let Us Juice
1 Handful of Spinach Lettuce aids in healthy teeth and
3 Kale Leaves strong bones. Promotes immunity,
2 Celery Stalks healthy muscle function, heart
3 Romaine Leaves function, cellular respiration, cognitive
1 Cucumber health, the nervous system, and
1 Green Apple maintains necessary levels of fluidity
1/2 Lime of the blood.
Many studies show that the nutrients in fresh juice can enhance your health. Choose organic produce, if at all possible or grow your own. Wash all of your produce to remove any soil or microorganisms that may have contaminated your fruits and vegetables before juicing. I have shared 10 of my favorite juicing recipes so go a head and try some of these combinations. Get creative, if you see something in a recipe that does not sound appealing, omit it, substitute it, or create your own winning recipe that appeals to your taste. If you are looking for ways to improve your health, juicing fresh fruits and vegetables is a natural choice and juices is simple, tasty and easy to prepare.
Some Special Considerations
Fruit juice is high in natural sugars and should be used sparingly especially those that have been advised to limit sugar intake. People with (but not limited to) diabetes, or sugar metabolism problems, hypoglycemia, Candidiasis, or gout should restrict their fruit and fruit juices. Additionally; if you are prone to kidney stones, do not make juices containing beet greens, spinach, and chard. Oxalates are naturally-occurring substances found in a wide variety of foods and can become problematic for increase risk of kidney stone formation if they over accumulate inside our body.
What’s The Best Time To Juice?
What better way to start juicing by using fresh nutritious juices for replacing those non-nutritious beverages such as pop, coffee, alcohol, and the sugared frozen drinks we get at drive-thru.
- After coming from from work instead of grabbing a beer, glass of wine, or a cocktail, try making a refreshing glass of juice filled with nutrients and vitamins.
- When your working in your yard on the weekends and you go to grab a bottle of pop or a sugared alcohol beverage, try making your favorite juice and add some sparkling mineral water to it.
- Make an energizing juice when you get up in the morning and you will feel great all day.
- Break time at work–bring a thermos of juice to replace that cup of coffee you normally drink.
- Are you a night time snacker, try replacing those calorie packed snacks with a healthy celery and carrot juice, it will not only relax you so you can sleep better, you also won’t be packing on the pounds.
RECIPES USING JUICE PULP
Don’t throw away your juice pulp, I am going to show you ways that you can use the leftover pulp so you can utilize the whole fruit and vegetable so that nothing goes to waste. If you are not going to use it right away, you can freeze it for later use. Just take it out of the freezer and thaw it out the day you want to use it.
2 garlic gloves 2 tbsp olive oil
3 cups of kidney beans 1 onion (finely chopped)
3 cups of stewed tomatoes 4 cups organic chicken broth
1 1/2 cups vegetable pulp 1 1/2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
1 cup diced carrots 1 cup diced celery
2 cup of fresh packed spinach salt and pepper to taste
Add all ingredients except (orzo pasta and spinach) together in large pot, cook slowly until carrots and celery are tender on medium heat (stir occasionally). Bring temperature to a gentle boil and add orzo pasta stirring occasionally until pasta is tender (you can add more broth or water to thin if needed. Lastly, once pasta is tender stir in fresh spinach and cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Serve and garnish with fresh shredded Romano cheese (freshly shredded Parmesan works too).
2 cups of fresh tomato juice 1/2 cups green cabbage pulp
2 vegetable bouillon cubes 1/2 onion finely chopped
1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian diced tomatoes Salt & Pepper to taste
Combine ingredients in saucepan and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour into bowl and garnish with whole wheat croutons. Serves 4.
1 cup of veggie juice pulp 1 garlic clove (finely chopped)
2 chopped tomatoes 3 tbsp olive oil
4 sprigs of parsley (chopped) 1 onion chopped
1/4 cup cilantro (chopped) 2 tbsp. lemon or lime juice
When using vegetable pulp with salsa try to use tomato, celery, cucumber, carrot based pulp. you can add 1/2 to 1 jalapeno pepper to spice it up. Mix all ingredients together and serve with chips or with a main dish.
Cheesy Carrot Spread
1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt 1 tsp fresh dill (chopped)
1/2 cup lightly packed carrot pulp
Mix all ingredients and refrigerate 20 minutes. Serve with pita crisps or whole wheat crackers. Makes 1 1/2 cups
3 cups vegetable pulp 1 onion (chopped)
3 garlic gloves (chopped) 1 can black beans (mashed)
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil 2 eggs
1/2 cup bread crumbs 1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cumin 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
3 tbsp fresh parsley 1 tsp smoked paprika
Drain black beans well pour into a large mixing bowl and mash beans using a potato masher then add all ingredients into bowl (except bread crumbs) mix thoroughly. Begin adding the bread crumbs until you can form a ball with the batter and your batter is not liquidy (bread crumbs may vary depending on how wet your pulp is). Make your patties and grill them thoroughly so the center is cooked approximately 4 minutes on each side (depending on how thick they are).
Juice Pulp Muffins
4 cups of juice pulp 2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar 2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt
3 eggs 1 cup oil (vegetable or coconut)
1/2 cup raisins 1/2 walnuts
Use juice pulp made from beets, carrots, apples, cucumber for sweet, delicious muffins. Mix together sugar, oil, eggs. Sift dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon). Fold dry ingredients into wet mixture and blend thoroughly. Add juice pulp, raisins and walnuts and mix well. Grease and flour mini muffin tins and fill to top. Bake at 300 degree in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
1/2 cup cucumber pulp 2 cup Greek yogurt
4 garlic cloves pressed 2 tsp olive oil (optional)
1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice 1/3 cup chopped fresh dill
3 tbsp chopped cucumbers 1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
Mix cucumber pulp, garlic, lemon juice, yogurt, dill, and chopped cucumbers in small bowl. Add salt and pepper mix (mix in more salt and pepper if needed). Refrigerate at least 1 hour for flavors to blend. This sauce tastes great served your traditional gyro as well as with pita chips, grilled chicken, grilled vegetables, or as a raw vegetable dip.
Other Uses For Leftover Juice Pulp
- Dips – add juice pulp (pepper or spinach) to cream cheese for a tasty dip.
- Eggs – Add juice pulp to scrambled eggs, omelettes or a quiche.
- Broth – If you like to make your own broth, Add your pulp to several quarts of filtered water, add salt and desired seasonings. Simmer for at least 30 minutes and strain.
- Baking – can be used in breads, cakes, muffins, cookies while adding some extra fiber.
- Breakfast Cereal – add fruit pulp to hot or cold cereals for a sweet delicious boost to your day.
- Pets – your furry friends would love some pulp added to their dinner. Please be aware, some fruits and vegetables are toxic to pets so make sure you only give them safe pulp.
- Soups – vegetable pulp can be added to thicken your soups and it will add additional flavor too.
- Pancakes – add fruit pulp (berries, apples, and pineapple) to your pancake or waffle mixture.
- Smoothies – add fruit or veggie pulp to your next healthy smoothie.
- Italian Dishes – you can’t go wrong by adding some of your veggie pulp, especially carrot, tomato, onion and herbs such as parsley and cilantro, into your pasta or Italian sauces.
- Guacamole – mix green vegetable pulp with your avocados some fresh squeezed lemon or lime, salt and pepper, and mash it up.
Juicing is a great way to get more healthy fruits and veggies into your diet. The left over juice pulp contains a lot of fiber that is needed for healthy eating. So you don’t miss out on the fiber, you can add some of the pulp back into juices or use it in cooking to add an extra step to fortify your health and your meals.
If you have a juice recipe or a recipe that you use your juice pulp in and want to share it, please leave me a message below or if you have anything you would like to share, please leave a comment below I would love to hear from you.