Sunday, February 5, 2012

Juicing 101

Here are just a few random juicing recipes that I love and some resources for those just getting started as well. I normally juice for 2 meals breakfast and dinner and eat a normal lunch.

Mean Green Juice (original)
This is the official recipe used by Joe Cross and Phil Staples according to the Reboot Program.
6 Kale Leaves
1 Cucumber
4 Celery Stalks
2 Green Apples
1/2 Lemon
1 piece of ginger
Mean Green Juice #2
handful spinach
3 stalks of kale
2 golden delicious apples
small handful parsley
1 lemon
1 cucumber
Mean Green Juice #3
2 stalks celery
1/2 cucumber
1/2 apple
1/2 lemon
small piece ginger
1/2 green chard leaf
bunch cilantro
5 kale leaves
handful spinach
Mean Green Juice #4
1/2 pear
1/2 green apple
handful spinach
handful parsley
2 celery stalks
1/2 cucumber
small piece ginger
slice of papaya
NOTES FOR MAKING JUICE
  • peel or slice off lemon rind leaving some of the white pith
  • to juice small leaves such as parsley and cilantro, roll them up into a ball to compact the leaves
  • wash all vegetables and fruits before making juice
  • buy organic if possible
Mean Green Juice (original)
This is the official recipe used by Joe Cross and Phil Staples according to the Reboot Program.
6 Kale Leaves
1 Cucumber
4 Celery Stalks
2 Green Apples
1/2 Lemon
1 piece of ginger
Mean Green Juice #2
handful spinach
3 stalks of kale
2 golden delicious apples
small handful parsley
1 lemon
1 cucumber
Mean Green Juice #3
2 stalks celery
1/2 cucumber
1/2 apple
1/2 lemon
small piece ginger
1/2 green chard leaf
bunch cilantro
5 kale leaves
handful spinach
Mean Green Juice #4
1/2 pear
1/2 green apple
handful spinach
handful parsley
2 celery stalks
1/2 cucumber
small piece ginger
slice of papaya
NOTES FOR MAKING JUICE
  • peel or slice off lemon rind leaving some of the white pith
  • to juice small leaves such as parsley and cilantro, roll them up into a ball to compact the leaves
  • wash all vegetables and fruits before making juice
  • buy organic if possible
Juicing Recipes For Detox:

Carrot Cleaner
A great detox combination
  • handful of Spinach leaves (2 or 3)
  • 5 Carrots
  • Flat Leaf Parsley (1 handful will do)
  • 3 Sticks of Celery

Orange & Green Are Christmas Colors
This one's a no brainer!
  • 3 oranges (peeled, duh!)
  • 8 leaves of lettuce, spinach, or a big scoop/ handful of kale

Mint Apple Pipe Cleaner!
The title says it all!
  • 3 large sweet apples
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 to 1/2 inch ginger root
  • 4 ounces of fresh (frozen if necessary) acai berries
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 banana (peeled)
  • 1 tablespoon honey.

Tropical Magic Medicine:
  • ½ cup peaches
  • ½ cup of pineapple
  • 1 mango (peeled)
  • 1 tablespoon honey.
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger
  • 1 scoop of blueberries (or goji berries)
............................ Apples:
Vegetables, in all their nutritious glory, can taste awesome, or they can taste like sweat socks, depending on your personal preference. Well as it turns out, nature has you covered since apples happen to be natures version of Sweet and Low - they are natural flavor enhancers, and can make the most offensive veggie combination taste like your favorite after-workout cocktail. So when you're juicing and having issues with a bitter/boring/blah veggie taste, apples are your friend. 
An Apple A Day:

  • 2 green apples
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 8 stalks bok choy
  • ¼ pound spinach
  • 1 bunch parsley
Wash the stuff (duh!) cut into small sections if at all necessary. Juice the apples and then set it aside, while you juice everything else together. Throw it all together with your green apple juice when finished. In a word, UberAwesomealicious!
............................. Beets:
Beets are are an excellent part of a juice fast, as they are a great way to help your liver detoxify the body. We all know by now that the liver is the body's filtering system yes? As well, many doctors who treat alcoholism have recommended drinking beet juice on the regular. Not that we're all party animals or hapless booze hounds (and I mean no offense to the seriousness of alcoholism), but adding beets to a recipe gives your liver a flak jacket. (*Milk thistle is also known for it's protective properties where the liver is concerned)

Beets are also great for PMS. BTW, if you haven't read it, here's my Juicing Recipes Great PMS Escape article folks. If you have harsh PMS or if you're a significant other in aggressive psychiatric therapy due to you're wifes' PMS, that article is biblical. (Husbands and boyfriends everywhere have already thanked me for that particular piece).
 


To Be Toxic, Or ...:

  • 2 apples

  • 1/4 grapefruit (peeled or not - your call)
  • 1 small bunch of grapes (or acai berries)
  • 1/4 lemon - peeled.
  • 1/2 Beet
Again, juice 'em up and serve! It's so good your liver will wake up in the middle of the night an email me a thank you note.
............................. Berries:
Another one of natures sweeteners, berries are chock full of so many minerals, vitamins, and antioxidant properties that an explanation would take days to write. Berries are blood purifiers, they offer significant protection against heart disease and cancer. Heck, they're beneficial for bladder infections, bad breath, high blood pressure, colds, even fatigue. Need another reason for adding them to your latest greatest juicing concoction? OK, here's one: because I said so!


 Life's Been Berry, Berry Good To Me:

  • 8 large carrots
  • 1/2 large beet
  • 1/2 turnip
  • 1/2 parsnip
  • 5 celery stalks
  • 1/4 rutabaga
  • 1/8 head red cabbage.
  • 5 radishes
  • 1 large apple
  • 1 cup cranberries
Juice 'em up and serve! *recipe courtesy of soymilkquick.com
............................. Carrots:
Here's a fun fact about carrots you can use to win friends and influence people ... Carrot juice is almost identical to the structure of blood! Betchya didn't know that! Carrots are ubiquitous in the juicing for health lifestyle. I'd venture to say that they're the most commonly juiced vegetable of any. They are considered the most nutritious veggies on the planet, with good reason. Carotene exists in no other food in such quantities. (Hence the name "carrot") Aside from that carrots are loaded with pectin, vitamin C, potassium and fluorine. When juiced, carrots have a sweet taste as well, and great filler for any juice.


Carrot Creation:

  • 4 carrots
  • 1 beet with greens
  • 5 leaves of lettuce
  • 4 leaves of spinach

Do I really need to keep mentioning that you need to wash these things? Anyways, juice 2 carrots, the entire beet, using the remaining 2 carrots to push the lettuce and spinach through the juicer. *It's not necessary to use the carrots to push through your leafy stuff if you own an awesome and Uber great juicer with many fantastic helpful tools. (hint hint)
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............................. String Beans:
Juicing string beans with brussel sprouts is great for diabetics, since the effect is very close to the natural insulin the pancreas produces in our body. Need I say more? OK. These beans are chock full of vitamin K, which aids blood clotting. Vitamin K has also been linked as helping prevent osteopenia and osteoporosis, and is a combatant against colon cancer. So when you see string beans sitting at your local organic produce section, grab some and juice them (and add them to your meals often).


String Bean Blowout:

  • 1 large handful of string beans
  • 2 apples (green or red - your choice)
  • 1 LB carrots
  • 1/8 - 1/4 inch ginger root (to taste)

Juice away! 

Future posts will continue detailing the fruits and veggies you should be regularly consuming. Not wishing to bore you with self promotion, but in my upcoming book there's a very detailed nutritional breakdown on many of these "main players" - along with more juicing recipe options for getting these Uber foods into your body via the almighty juice machine.
Whether you are using your Power Juicer for the first time or dusting it off after a few weeks of neglect, sometimes half the battle is knowing what to juice and then getting those ingredients.
Often, you’ll get to the produce aisle and be baffled to where to start!
Your list will vary depending upon your own needs and tastes but here’s a basic list:
Sweet stuff:
Apples
Pineapple – remember to remove rind and core
Berries – berries should be juiced last
Peaches – peaches and plums need to be removed of pits first
Plums
Oranges - peel first
Savory stuff:
Celery
Carrots - organic carrots do not have to be peeled
Beets
Ginger - peel ginger root before juicing
Green stuff:
Spinach
Romaine
Wheat Grass
By picking out just a few items on this list, you’ll be able to make some of the awesome recipes found on this website or even make up a few of your own. I personally like to mix and match from two or three ingredients from the lists.
For example, my favorite mid-afternoon pick-me-up used to be a cup of coffee, now it’s a juice that I created. I call it “Sweet and Spicy Carrot Juice.”
Here’s how I make it:
Sweet and Spicy Carrot Juice
2 apples
1 stalk of celery
2-4 carrots (depending on the size)
¼ inch of ginger (or more – I like ginger a lot)
Put it all in your juicer and voila.
Who’s ready for the big game this weekend? When the New England and New York Giants go head to head, I’m sure you’ll be in charge of entertaining some guests or simply have a few things to keep you energized and fulfilled throughout the game. Here are a couple of my favorite energy-boosting recipes that you can make in your Power Juicer. Great for entertaining healthily!
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2 pt. raspberries
1 large orange (peeled)
1 medium lime (peeled)
Serve over crushed ice
Immune Smoothie (Serves 4)
1 oz. peeled ginger root
10 peeled and pitted lychees
1/4 lemon
1 cup blackberries
2 tbsp. flax seeds
1/4 pineapple (rind removed)
1 cup coconut water
1 cup of ice
Juice the ginger and all the fruits (always juice berries first) add the pulp and the rest of the ingredients to a Health Master Elite. Press run and increase speed to 8 until blended. Serve in a tall glass.
Valentine’s Day is approaching and love is in the air. What better way to toast the holiday than with a healthy Power Juicer made cocktail?
Here are a few to try:
Spicy Appletini – makes 2 servings
Sweet and spicy this cocktail is sure to set the mood for a romantic night!
3 apples
1/8 th of an inch of ginger root (more or less to taste)
8-oz. of your favorite vodka
A few ice cubes
Directions: Use your Power Juicer to juice the apples and ginger. Add juice to a shaker with ice and vodka. Shake well until the ingredients are cold and blended. Serve in two martini glasses. Add a thin apple slice to float on top as garnish.
The Mango Tango – makes 2 servings
Dance the night away with this tropical-inspired cocktail!
1 mango (pitted an peeled)
2 tangerines (peeled)
3 oz. of mandarin flavored vodka
Ice
Directions: Juice the mango and tangerine. Combine juice with ice and vodka in a shaker, shake until ice cold and serve in martini glass or tumbler. Garnish with raspberries for a pretty pop of color!
If you’re looking for something a little more “peachy”  then, check out this recipe for a delicious Peach Maragarita!
Do you have a favorite cocktail that can be made with your Power Juicer?

Juicing 101: Juicing For Beginners

January 24, 2012 in Juicing Tipsby Kristina
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I know when I first thought about dedicating time to juicing, I was unsure of what to do, how to do it, and how to make sure I’m getting the full benefits of juicing. Well I think it’s time to get back to the basics a little bit and welcome our new fellow juicers by giving a brief Juicing 101 crash course. Here are a few things to know when you’re a beginner juicer.
Lesson #1: Cleaning Your Juicer
Once you’ve received your juicer, learn how to clean it. Cleaning your juicer right after using it makes it very easy to clean. For example, with the Power Juicer, you can simply rinse off or throw out any pulp in your Pulp Collector and caught in the Filter. Then, you can wash all parts in the dishwasher, except for the Base of course. Here a tip to make it even easier to clean. Use a plastic shopping bag or small trash bag to line the Pulp Collector. That way, when you’re done juicing, all you have to do to clean it out is throw away the bag.
Lesson #2: Preparing Produce
Apples, grapes, cherries, berries, beets, and many more fruits and vegetables contain seeds, stems and hard peels. It can get confusing how to prepare your produce. First you should always clean your produce to make sure no chemicals or dirt gets in your juice. As a general rule of thumb, if something has a hard pit like cherries or very tough skin, remove it. If you wouldn’t eat it raw then don’t juice it. So beet greens and carrot tops are examples of things that should be removed.
Lesson #3: Storing Your Juice
A lot of people also ask if and how they can store fresh juice. Well I say it’s always most beneficial to drink right away. But if you only have time to juice in the morning and want a juice for lunch, you can store your fresh juice in airtight containers in the refrigerator. They can last for up to 1 day like this.
Lesson #4: Juicing Leafy Greens
Leafy greens are among the healthiest things to juice. Two problems with leafy greens; they don’t taste great and they’re difficult to juice in any juicer. Well I’ve got one solution for both problems… sweet, juicy fruits! Sometimes, the leafy greens will get caught up in the juicer. You need to follow it with a juicier ingredient to get it all out. By doing this you’re also improving the taste by adding some sweetness. And don’t be alarmed if you see a lot of pulp from your greens, you’re getting the juice out of it. You just need to use more leafy greens than you do fruits. Apples and citrus fruits are great for this but you can experiment with anything. Which brings me to my last lesson.
Lesson #5: Experiment
You don’t need to stick to strict recipes and only follow the basic juices you already know. Experiment with different flavors and ingredients! This is the fun part, learning to create your own healthy juices and customizing them to your own liking. Get creative and figure out which ingredients make strong colors for your juices to create special juices for special events. For example, beets make juices a deep red color perfect for Valentine’s Day juices.
What are some of your tips and tricks for beginner juicers?
Just because its wintertime, doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy a fresh glass of juice made with your Power Juicer. Here are our top 5 juices for January using fresh, in season ingredients. Give them a try and let us know what you think.
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Afternoon Zing
1/2 broccoli head
1/4 lemon (peel intact)
1/2 bunch seedless red grapes
1 pear
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Sunset
2 carrots (tops removed)
1 orange (peeled)
1 pear
1 red potato
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Mama Mia
2 oranges (peeled)
1 beet (leaves removed)
2 broccoli florets
2 oranges (peeled)
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Energy Boost
1 carrot (top removed)
1 celery stalk
1 beet (leaves removed)
5 parsley sprigs
4 lettuce leaves
1/2 head watercress
1/2 cup spinach
3 tomatoes
salt to taste
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Pear & Grape
2 pears
1/2 dozen seedless white grapes
4 collard greens

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