A Guide on All the Best Vegetables to Juice
Have you ever wondered about the fruits and vegetables you drink? Have you done experiment after experiment but still can’t get the taste and texture you want? Although this all depends on personal preferences and tastes we have collected the top vegetables which you should be adding to your daily diet and the best ones which are great for juice.
Most of these veggies that we have picked are perfect for cleanse programs, fasting or just for a healthy boost. The one thing you need to remember is that all fresh, raw and live produce is exceptional and stands out from the crowd, and this is what you should be using in your juice.
Drinking juices made from green leafy vegetables will help detoxify your body and flush those toxins out! You may have been told that “we are what we eat.” That’s only part of it. We are what we can absorb! There’s no point in eating all that broccoli if your body cannot digest and absorb the nutrients from it.
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Fresh vegetable juices supply you with a huge amount of nutrients that your body needs. Nutrients that are more easily and readily absorbed into your bloodstream, and feeds all 50 trillion cells in your body. This means every single organ in your body can perform at their best!
The results that can you can expect from daily juicing can be:
- Mental clarity
- More energy
- Clear, glowing skin
- Weight loss
- Thick shiny hair and nails
- Better digestion
- Alkaline (balance body’s pH= no disease)
- Bulletproof your immune system
- Happy, rejuvenated, refreshed, and great sense of well-being
There are some possible side effects that you can get from drinking a lot of vegetable juice. This is an initial reaction and once your body starts to detoxify itself the symptoms will go away. These might include nausea, irritability, sluggishness, tummy ache, or just a little off. This is totally normal and there is nothing to worry about, this is just the way your body starts to cleanse itself of years built up of toxins.
If you are new to juicing then you should start off with ingredients which aren’t too rich in taste and vegetables that your taste buds are used to. This will give your body a chance to get used to it. After you feel you are on a steady path then you can start experimenting with different ingredients.
All About Detoxing Your Body
Imagine your kitchen sink is clogged up. When you pour Drano down the pipe, what happens? It melts all the gunk and as the nasty stuff comes out it’ll be circulating around a bit. You have to actually run hot water down to flush all that out.
Detoxing your body with daily juices is the same process. Imagine the gunk as toxins in your body. As toxins are released from your organs and blood, they need to go somewhere! That’s why it’s crucial for you to do one of the following techniques to help speed up the flushing process of toxins.
- Take an Epsom salt bath for 20 minutes.
- Exercise to sweat it out.
- Drink a lot of water and tea so you urinate often.
- Sit in a sauna.
Starting to Juice
Celery and cucumber make a good base since they are easy to digest and are more palatable. They also yield a lot of liquids!
These vegetables aren’t as nutrient dense as the following vegetables below. Once you are more comfortable with drinking green juices, you can advance to the following vegetables:
- Romaine lettuce
- bok choy
And finally the most bitter tasting, yet so full of nutrients is the following:
- swiss chard
- dandelion greens
- collard greens
You can also add herbs to your juice! Herbs have powerful healing properties. Start off with a small amount. A couple of sprigs will do.
Add a natural sweetener
- Fuji apples
- carrots (You can use any type of apple, but I find that Fuji is the sweetest) .
Other vegetables/fruits to consider:
- Bell peppers
- sweet potato
There are endless combinations of fruits and vegetables you can use to juice. However, it is ideal to have a higher ratio of vegetable. Vegetables are the most nutrient dense and best thing you can put in your body.
Storing Your Juice
As soon as your juice hits the air or light, it will start to oxidize and lose nutrients. It is best to drink the juice immediately to reap the benefits. If you are a busy working person (which we all are, right?) you won’t have time to juice every single day. Sometimes it’s necessary to juice double the amount and store it in the refrigerator.
It also depends on the type of juicer you have. With a masticating juicer, you can store your juice for up to 72 hours. With other juicers such as the centrifuge, it is best to drink it within 24 hours.
- Pour your juice in a glass bottle, or BPA-free bottle with a tight cap. Fill it all the way up to the top!
We love storing our juice in a mason jar, like this one here.The jars come with the caps; however we prefer these white screw caps.
Popular and Amazing Carrot Recipe
Have you ever tasted a juice so creamy, sweet, and healthy? If you’ve never had fresh, squeezed carrot juice, you are in for a sweet surprise.
We consider carrot juice to be a perfect base for any vegetable juice recipe due to it’s sweet, yet mellow taste. Carrot juice will mask any green taste of vegetables and add sweetness to the overall taste.
Similar to apple juice, carrot juice pairs well with any type of green leafy vegetables such as lettuce and celery. It even plays well with strong and bitter kale!
So whether you’re juicing for weight loss, or looking for a way to maximize your intake of vitamins and minerals, check out delicious carrot juice recipes!
When was the last time you ate this many carrots? Probably never! Can you imagine all the vitamin A you can obtain through a 12 oz glass of carrot juice?
Carrots are known for the generous amount of vitamins A, C, and calcium.
As for the myth about turning into an oompa loompa with orange skin, that really is just a myth. Vitamin A will help you maintain healthy eyes and skin.
Carrots also have the following nutrients:
- folic acid
Let’s get right to the carrot juice recipes that you’ve been anxious to try! After all the talk about how beneficial carrots are for your body, I’m sure you’re almost about to start drooling.
By itself, carrot juice has a smooth sweet taste. It’s like sipping liquid butter!
Juicing carrot juice is as simple as it looks. Wash the carrots thoroughly and make sure you cut the top off and discard it. The top is usually where all the toxic impediments are hanging out. It is best to buy organic carrots. You can leave the skin on if your carrots are organic. Otherwise, we would suggest peeling the outer skin off.
If pure carrot juice is a bit too sweet for you, try combining other fruits and vegetables!
Adding an apple can boost your health benefits. You know the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” Well I think an apple and carrot a day should be the new phrase! This recipe is a classic, but the ginger gives it that extra “zang.”
- 4 carrots
- 2 apples
- 1/2 inch knob of ginger
Carrot Juice Recipe with Pineapple, Grapefruit
- 4 carrots
- 1/5 of a pineapple
- 1 grapefruit
Carrot Juice Recipe with Orange, Ginger
- 4 carrots
- 2 oranges
- 1/2 inch knob of ginger
Carrot Juice Recipe with Bell Pepper, Parsley
- 4 carrots,
- 1 bell pepper
- handful of parsley
Carrot Juice Recipe with Pears and Celery
- 4 carrots
- 1 large pear
- 3 celery stalks
- Half a lime
- Optional: Substitute celery for stronger tasting greens such as kale, lettuce, cabbage
Carrot Juice Recipe ~ Ultimate Blood Detox
- 5 carrots
- Handful of spinach leaves
- 4 romaine lettuce
- Handful of parsley
- 2 celery
Spinach has a lot of iron, which is the main ingredient for hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is found in red blood cells and is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body.
If you don’t have enough iron, that means your body isn’t able to produce enough hemoglobin. The result of not getting enough oxygen to muscles is fatigue!
If you want to feel that long lasting energetic feeling throughout the day, drink this green carrot juice.
The Anti-Aging Power of Beets
Beets are high in folate, vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, manganese, and fiber.
Anti-aging benefits include:
- Beets have powerful antioxidants that help fight signs of aging. They also stimulate cell production, which can protect your skin from premature aging and wrinkles.
- Beets contain nitrates which stimulate blood flow to your brain
- Beets are also anti-inflammatory due to antioxidants called betalains.
- These red vegetable also helps support your liver by increasing detoxification, an important factor in keep you from accelerating the aging process.
Recipe for Beet Juice
- 1/2 beets
- 5 romaine lettuce
- 1 fuji apple
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 inch knob ginger
Wash and peel beets. If your beets are not organically grown, discard the stems. That area between the top of the beets and stem is where pesticides hang out! Put all the ingredients through your juicer. Enjoy with some ice!
The Benefits To Lime Juice
Limes are packed with vitamin C (ascorbic acid), a natural antioxidant, important for boosting the immune system, protecting against colds and many bacterial illnesses.
As with all citrus fruits, they do contain a moderate amount of sugar, so should not be eaten in great quantities.
Minerals include small amounts of:
- Calcium – bone and teeth health.
- Magnesium – muscle health and preventing cramps by stabilising the nerves.
- Phosphorus – for cell wall, bone and teeth health – it combines with many other minerals in the body.
- Potassium – brain function, cell and muscle health and preventing cramps.
- Zinc – immune function, eye, nail and hair health, but also other organs. Zinc combines with many other vitamins and minerals in the body.
- Vitamin E (skin, nails, hair, and cell health) and vitamin K (blood and bone health), plus niacin (blood and heart health) and folate (cell and DNA health) are found in small amounts, in addition to a large dose of vitamin C (immune functions).
Eight ways lime juice fights against illnesses
It can play an important role in fighting several common and some much more severe illnesses.
Treat and prevent common colds
Vitamin C has been shown in many studies to be important in preventing and recovering from colds and flu. Add the juice to glasses of water to increase vitamin C intake throughout the day, especially in winter during the cold and flu season. A hot lime, honey and ginger drink can be used to calm a sore throat and boost your immune system at the same time.
Citrus juices have been found to remove harmful bacteria and reduce gastric inflammation, again because of their high vitamin C content. Add the juice to your meals to improve your digestion and protect against gastric illnesses. Limes go extremely well in Mexican and Thai dishes, highlighting flavor with a fresh, acidic taste, and can be used to tenderize meat.
Super-charge your immune system
Lime juice in particular has been shown to have other positive effects on immune systems. One study found it even stopped the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, commonly known as Golden Staph, from multiplying.
Improve malaria treatments
In conjunction with malaria medication, lime juice significantly improved both the speed and success of treatment. Plus it is negative side-effect free.
Protect your eye health
Vitamin C was found to protect the cornea in eyes against ultraviolet B radiation, produced by the sun.
Reduce inflammation naturally
Vitamin C has been shown in many studies to have good anti-inflammatory effects. If you suffer from arthritis, fibromyalgia, sciatic nerve pain, gout or other inflammatory conditions, consider using citrus juices more regularly!
Used in conjunction with metformin, vitamin C supplements help diabetes sufferers manage their blood sugar levels. The best way to increase vitamin C is to have a healthy diet with vegetables and fruits with high levels of this vitamin.
Prevent bacteria in cooked foods
Because of a lime’s high acidity, it can neutralize some dangerous bacteria, found in foods which have been stored incorrectly. One study showed that the juice added to foods strongly protects against cholera, especially when the dishes were stored without a refrigerator.
Add the juice to meals that sit outside a fridge for long time to protect against bacteria, such as at barbecues and potluck dinners. It is highly unlikely you’ll be fighting golden staph, malaria and cholera in your own home. However, these studies clearly show that lime juice has a powerful and healthy effect on our immune systems and to kill bacteria.
How to use lime juice
- Squeeze some juice into a glass of water, or add sliced limes to a jug of iced water.
- Use as a mixer for home-made cocktails and mocktails, such as mojitos and daiquiris.
- Make sweetened cordial or limeade – perfect for summer!
- Make fresh lime curd or marmalade.
- Make some desserts – jelly, key lime pie, or sorbet.
- Make a birthday cake.
- Add to Mexican or Thai dishes when cooking for a fresh finish.
- Marinate meat, pour over grilled chicken breasts or fish to make them tender and juicy.
- Make a tangy salad dressing with various herbs, sesame seeds and olive oil.
Lime juice can improve your skin
- Dandruff: wet scalp with the juice, and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing with water to reduce or eliminate dandruff.
- Skin mask for oily skin: combine 1 teaspoon of the juice with 1 teaspoon of rosewater and 1 tablespoon of pureed cucumber. Apply to skin, leave for 10 minutes, then rinse. Do not use this if you have sensitive skin.
- Scrub for oily skin: combine 1 teaspoon of lime juice, 1 tablespoon of ground oats and 1 tablespoon of ground almonds to make a rough paste. Scrub face and rinse. Do not use this if you have sensitive skin.
Home cleaning tips
- Odor control: Boil cut limes and juice to freshen up a musty smelling home.
- Rust: Sprinkle salt on the rust and squeeze some juice on the salt until it is soaked. Leave for a few hours, then scrub the rust away.
Freshly squeezed lime juice keeps in the fridge for up to a week in a tightly sealed container like this one. You can store the juice longer by freezing it in ice-block containers, like these. When completely frozen, store the cubes in a strongly sealed freezer bag. Alternatively, processed juice is readily available, and will keep in the fridge for a month. It is also typically higher in vitamin C.
A Formula For Juice…
We have found that a really good juice contains the following: something sweet, something tart, something high-yield (which produces a lot of juice for its size), something earthy, and maybe something herbaceous or spicy. Earthy flavors include root vegetables as well as greens like kale, spinach, and beet greens. With a general formula like this one, the variations are endless; but here are some of my favorite ingredients from each category.
- Sweet: apples, pears, grapes, melons, pineapples, oranges, kiwis, mangoes, berries, grapes
- Tart: lemons, limes
- Roots: beets, carrots, turnips, parsnips
- Greens: Kale, spinach, lettuce, chard, arugula, mustard greens, beet greens, dandelion, sorrel, broccoli
- Herbs: Basil, parsley, cilantro, mint
- High-yield: Cucumbers, celery, fennel, tomatoes, melons
- Spicy: Ginger, hot peppers (use judiciously)
Balance Your Ingredients
Cucumbers, celery, and apples are juicing tsunamis; but a little bit of ginger or mint goes a long way. Be aware of the behavior of each ingredient in the juicer (which will be immediately apparent when you’ve juiced it once), and try to maintain a reasonable balance between flexible, mellow ingredients and more intense ones.
Peeling and Not Peeling Produce
In many cases, leaving the skin on the produce you juice is just fine—even pineapple skin can roll just fine through most decent juicers. Especially if you’re using the skin, do be sure to buy produce grown with organic practices when possible. A few exceptions, where you should peel:
- Produce that’s been waxed.
- Citrus fruits, if you want the pure taste of the juice without the skin’s oil and the bitterness (it’s fine to juice the whole thing, but it really does change the flavor).
- Any other ingredient where you’re concerned the skin will affect the taste (for example, you might do a taste test with melons, though it’s technically fine to juice the skins).
- And, if you’re visually astute or serving to a crowd, any peel that might negatively affect the color of the final juice (say, cucumber skin in a cucumber watermelon juice).