Ever since I got my Hurom slow juicer last Spring, I have been addicted to making fresh vegetable juices! A “slow juicer” extracts more juice and more vitamins from your fruits and veggies, and it produces less oxidation of your nutrients by pressing the juice out slowly, rather than grinding up your produce into a pulp.
Juicing is a great way to get high levels of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients from your fruit and vegetables. Keep in mind though, juicing extracts the fibre from your plant based foods, meaning it is still important to consume whole fruits and veggies on a daily basis. Ideally, your juices should be at least 80% vegetable based, and up to 20% fruit based to avoid consuming too many high carbohydrate drinks.
Get your kids and teens interested in juicing too! They may not want to eat kale salad, but juicing is a great way to sneak veggies into the mix! (My stepdaughter’s fav: honeydew melon, kale, cucumber + mint…yum!)
*Pro tip: Remember that you are juicing the nutrients out of your foods, not the pesticides! Choose organic whenever possible, wash your produce well, or grow your own!
Here are 2 of my own recipes to get you started:
A green juice…
2 large handfuls of collards or any type of kale
1/2 large cucumber
1/2 bunch of celery
1 handful of parsley
A red juice…
3 small/medium beets
4 carrots (I used a mix of yellow, orange and purple, but any carrots will do)
2 oranges (peeled)
1 red pepper
1 small yam
1/2 lemon (peeled)
Where can I get a juicer?
I got my juicer last year from SPUD, an organic grocery service that delivers quality produce directly to your doorstep. They offer great deals (where you can get up to $120 back on the purchase of your juicer!), and you can even set up a weekly payment to pay for the juicer slowly over a couple months. Check it out here!
SPUD also offers weekly juicing boxes delivered to your doorstep. There are a variety of different juicing boxes to choose from, containing a mix of organic fruit, vegetables, and herbs to kick-start your juicing for the week.