Juice Juice Juicing!


Juicing fruits and vegetables is such a great way to give your diet a huge nutritional boost. We love doing green smoothies, but I find that we are loving juicing even more. The reason? We tend to have a better ratio of vegetables to fruit when we juice. It seems like it takes more fruit to make a smoothie palatable than it does with juice. Since we try to limit our sugar consumption (even fruit), juicing is a great way to go. I strive for a 50:50 ratio of vegetables to fruit but my husband likes to slip in a little more fruit when he is the one juicing :) I do the most veggies I can while still making it palatable so my kids will happily drink it. 

See, growing up, I always thought juice was healthy. I'm talking the store-bought, pasteurized juice. Basically, it's straight up sugar. No wonder I could guzzle it like there was no tomorrow! I have learned though, reluctantly, yes...that it really is not healthy and isn't something that I want in my home. First, it is pasteurized meaning all of the enzymes and life from the fruit has been killed rendering it lifeless. Second, the fiber has been removed (and synthetic fiber often added back in) making the juice basically pure fructose causing spikes in blood sugar and leading to weight gain.

But hey...freshly pressed juice...is it bad? No way. Not even close. In fact, it is probably one of the best foods for you! Freshly pressed juices are almost always used in large amounts when treating cancer holistically. The juices are so concentrated, meaning there is so much nutrition packed into them. They are full of LIFE - delivering your body enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They will nourish your body at a cellular level. With juicing, the fiber is in fact removed but this is not necessarily a bad thing because it means that it is extremely easy to digest. You basically soak up every good thing the fruit is delivering to your body. 

Juicing takes a little more time than green smoothie making...mostly meaning that you've got to take your juicer apart and clean it. However, we are able to find time to juice nearly every day. On most days, we can do it in the morning but if our morning is too busy, we do it at lunch. Sometimes the day gets away from us and we do it at dinner. There are a lot of models of juicers on the market that are easy to clean and don't take a lot of time. We use the Waring Pro but I have used the Jack LaLanne and like it too. Another popular juicer is the Champion.

My kids love drinking their juice every day and so do I! When they beg for more, I happily give them some because it is so good for their bodies. Even if they don't eat the veggies on their dinner plate (which is always a ridiculous struggle!), they will happily gulp up their juice. I notice that when I am consistently juicing, I feel more energized, my depression is better, and I have more motivation. It just makes me feel good!

Here are some juice combinations that we love. Experiment with different fruits and vegetables. Juicing with organic produce is ideal but not always possible. Make sure to wash it all very well beforehand. Try to drink the juice within 20 minutes because that is when the nutrients are at their peak. We love to add carrots because of their natural sweetness. It's also fun to add some cinnamon (if you're a cinnamon lover like me) or plain yogurt. If you have a juicer, give this a try! If you don't have a juicer, try out some green smoothies!


1 bunch kale
5 large carrots
3 celery stalks
1 apple
2 kiwi

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6 large carrots
3 stalks celery
2 clementine oranges

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6 large carrots
1/4 of a large green cabbage
3 stalks celery
1 apple
2 clementine oranges
1 kiwi

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(This is my basic go-to juice because it's quick and always tasty)
6 large carrots
3 stalks celery
1 apple or 2 clementine oranges

Do you juice? What juice combinations do you love? I am always looking for ideas!