My Top 5 Juice & Smoothie Recipe Ideas

Get Juiced for Health!

The best fuels you can put in your body are non-starchy vegetables and low-sugar fruits. They contain vitamins, minerals, and over 300+ phytochemicals—many of which science has yet to discover! Smoothies and juices are so great because they are a concentrated version of all this goodness. They will leave you feeling energetic, vibrant, and resistant to common ailments.

Remember: A good, healthful juice is all about the base. Use cucumber or celery as your base, then add greens to get the most power-packed drink possible. If you are new to juicing and have not adjusted your palate to the greens, add one apple or pear to the juice for sweetness.

Caution: Juicing extracts the vitamins and minerals from the fruits and vegetables, but leaves out the fiber. This is a good thing because all of those vitamins and minerals get absorbed right away into your bloodstream, but a not-so-good thing when you consider the concentrated sugars that are formed. A fruits-only (or carrots-only) juice is not a health drink. These should be used sparingly, in small amounts, as a treat. By no means does this make juicing less fun and flavorful. Au contraire! You will be amazed by the taste and energy you get from recipes like these. Enjoy!

Note: fresh is always best, but not always possible, as preparation takes a bit of time. Juices will last 48 hours in the fridge and smoothies, 72 hours. Or, freeze them.

Glowing Green Smoothie
adapted from Kim Snyder

11/2 cups water
1 small head organic romaine lettuce, chopped
½ head of large bunch organic spinach
2-4 stalks organic celery
1 organic apple, cored, chopped
1 organic pear, cored, chopped
1 organic banana
Juice of ½ organic lemon

Directions: Add the water and chopped romaine and spinach to the blender. Start at a low speed, and blend up the mixture. Add the celery, apple, and pear and pulse at higher speeds. Add the banana and lemon juice last.

Gorgeous Green Juice
adapted from Kim Snyder

1 bunch organic kale, or 1 bunch organic spinach
3-4 stalks celery
1 small apple, cut in quarters
Juice of ½ organic lemon

Directions: Run all ingredients through a juicer, putting in a small amount of produce at a time.

Passion Juice Recipe
adapted from Juli Novotny

1 bunch parsley
2 lemons {squeeze directly into cup}
1 large chunk fresh ginger root
2 apples
1 cucumber {I like to shave off some of the waxy skin}
1 large beet

Directions: In a juicer, combine the above ingredients, except the lemon, then squeeze those in your cup last.

Make Peace Green Drink
adapted from Kris Carr

2 large cucumbers (peeled if not organic)
Big fist full of kale or romaine
Big fist full of sweet pea sprouts (if easy to find)
4-5 stalks celery
1-2 big broccoli stems
1-2 pears or green apples (optional)
*Other optional greens I love: spinach

Directions: Run it through the juicer and drink up!

Nourishing Green Smoothie
adapted from Kris Carr

1 Avocado
1-2 pieces of low sugar fruit: I love green apple, pear, berries & cantaloupe
1 Cucumber
A fistful of kale or romaine or spinach
Coconut water (or purified water)
Stevia to taste
*You can also add a sprinkle of cinnamon and some cacao.
*You can also use coconut meat or almond butter or nut milk in place of avocado.

Directions: Get creative with this one! Once again, throw it all in your high-powered blender, and feel the glow!

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