For our wedding in December, Katie and I received a juicer. We hadn’t had a chance to really try it out, so this past week we pulled it off the shelf and decided to give a few recipe ideas a try. As a disclaimer, I’ve never made juice before, and typically find that any green juice is just way too grassy for my taste. However, I also knew that when rushing out of the door in the morning to get to the CrossFit box, a vitamin and mineral packed drink can be a very easy way to get lots of healthy nutrients into my macros without having to cook up vegetables before 6 a.m.
Katie and I made two juice recipes: beet and carrot, and what we’ll call “green juice,” because it was a combination of multiple green vegetables and fruit. The main thing I learned is this: when making this, you want something sweet, something tart, and something earthy. After that, you can really run down a lot of different paths with your juice. Whatever is about to go bad in the fridge that may work, toss it in! Experiment and have fun with it, and if you’d like to start with my juice recipes, they are below.
Beet Juice Recipe:
- 2 Medium Beets, peeled and quartered
- 1 lb. Carrots
- 1/2 Medium Green Apple
- Peel your beets using a very sharp knife or vegetable peeler. Be sure to keep as much of the meat as possible, by only peeling the outer layer. Cut in half twice, and set aside.
- Wash your carrots very well, and cut to fit your juicer. Set aside.
- Cut and core your apple, but leave skin on.
- Starting with the beets, juice each item and mix the juice to a homogenous mixture. Chill and enjoy!
Green Juice Recipe:
- 1 Lemon, peeled and halved
- 1 1/2 Medium Green Apples, cored and halved
- 2 Large Cucumbers, halved
- 1 Bunch Kale
- Wash all ingredients throughly before using. This is especially important with unpeeled vegetables (like kale) that can have dirt trapped in the leaves.
- Starting with the kale, juice everything by working in as big of batches as possible. I found that stuffing a lot into the juicer at once seemed to create the most liquid from each vegetable.
- Swirl the pitcher to combine, and chill thoroughly before drinking.
One final note on juicing. Making your own juice can be expensive. The way I get around this is to buy the produce which is on sale because it is on the verge of going bad. This produce is always cheap, and will juice perfectly.