I tried my first fresh, unpasteurized, cold-pressed juice in Vancouver in 2014. I wasn’t sold. It wasn’t that it wasn’t tasty, because it was, it was more that my expectations weren’t in the right place. I was expecting it to fill me up, similar to a smoothie, and that did not happen. I was left hungry and wondering why I wasted my $6.
Fast forward to around March of 2015 when I gave it another try. Serious. Yum. I realized what juice was and wasn’t and was able to enjoy it for what it is – an incredible way to get vitamins, minerals, and pure water swiftly (and deliciously) delivered to my cells.
I was hooked! It’s not a cheap habit, I’ll admit, but I justified it by the health benefits. And I’m definitely willing to invest in my health for long term benefits. I even had my daughter asking for a juice whenever we went to our local health food store (Marlene’s in Tacoma – stop by if you’re in town!).
And now, in 2016, I’m the proud owner of an Omega 8007 masticating juicer. I researched quite a bit before settling on this type of juicer. To be honest, I didn’t even know there was another type of juicer besides the noisy centrifugal ones (à la Breville). I’m quite happy with the Omega and it’s 15 year warranty is pretty awesome too.
Enough about my juicer! Let’s get to the recipes…
1 → Beet Zinger (16-18oz) – 2 large Granny Smith apples, 1/2 large red beet, 1/2″ – 1″ piece of ginger, 1 small cucumber, 1 peeled lemon
2 → Sweet Beet (16-18oz) – 1/2 large sweet potato, 1/2 large golden beet, 3 small cucumbers, 1/2 peeled lemon
3 → Apple Tart (14-16oz) – 2 large Granny Smith apples, 1/2 peeled lemon, 1/2″ piece of ginger (optional) *Kid Approved!
4 → Grapefruit Detox (~20oz) – 6 small stalks of celery, 2 peeled ruby red grapefruits, 3 small carrots, 1″ piece of ginger, 1 small cucumber
My favorites are the Beet Zinger and the V6. The V6 is up front spicy with the ginger, then there’s celery and the sweet potato lends a smoothness that makes the celery soften. Very interesting to say the least!
- As you can see I add ginger to almost all my juices. This is just a personal preference and can easily be reduced or left out completely. It won’t affect the amount of juice you get.
- I try to use organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible. Organic apples here (Oahu) are pretty pricey so I just buy conventional apples and peel them.
- If you can’t afford as much organic as you like, I’d recommend you check out the Dirty Dozen/Clean Fifteen list and see what is less contaminated with persistent pesticides. Sweet potatoes, for example, are on the Clean 15 list and I usually buy them conventionally grown.
What are your favorite juice recipes? Please share in the comments, I’d love to give them a whirl! Blessings for a fantastic weekend ♥