My 5 Favorite Juicer Recipes

Need some fresh juicing inspiration? Check out these delicious juicer recipes!

Are you searching for new juicer recipes to spark some inspiration? Want to learn more about juicing for health?

I first started juicing about 2 years ago, but it has since become one of my healthiest habits! Last year, I watched an inspiring documentary called Fat Sick & Nearly Dead, directed by a man named Joe Cross who started the film with a chronic illness and a lot of extra weight. He set out on a journey to health, dedicating himself to a 60-day liquid fast. For 2 full months, Joe drank all of his fresh fruits and vegetables and ate nothing else...and his results were absolutely phenomenal!

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Read on to discover reasons and tips and my 5 favorite "go-to" concoctions. If you feel inclined, please share your favorite juices in the comment section at the bottom of the page...sometimes I need new inspiration, too!

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Most recent update: 2/12/14
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Health Benefits of Juicing

Why Juice?

Juicing for Health!

Image: Juicer with Fruit ~ Flickr Creative Commons There is no better or more efficient way to get concentrated nutrients into your body than by drinking your produce. When the liquid is extracted from fresh fruits and vegetables, all of the fillers are left behind and you get more concentrated vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting antioxidants!

In no time, you will feel lighter, you will have more energy and you will be thinking more clearly, too…the health benefits are amazing!

If you’ve never tried it before, get started today…your body will thank you!

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What Are The Possible Health Benefits of Juicing?

10 Reasons to get started today!

Eating a clean, healthy diet, including freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juices, may have the following benefits to your health. Please do not take this as medical advice or as a cure for any specific ailments. See disclaimer at the bottom of this page.
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    It can aid in weight loss and healthy weight maintenance. Juicing for weight loss shouldn't be your #1 priority, but so many other health benefits come from drinking it fresh!
  • 2
    It can give you clear, smooth and hydrated skin.
  • 3
    It can give you increased energy and vitality.
  • 4
    It can strengthen your immune system.
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    It can give you a more efficient digestive system.
  • 6
    It can regulate your blood sugar levels.
  • 7
    It can regulate your blood pressure.
  • 8
    It can aid in clearer thinking and reduce that "foggy" feeling...be prepared to feel a difference in this area!
  • 9
    One theory that is gaining ground is that phytochemicals in fresh fruits and vegetables could possibly prevent cancer and even fight existing cancer cells!
  • 10
    It feeds every cell in your body with water, vitamins, minerals and essential enzymes, making you a healthier person in every way!

Benefits of Juicing with Joe Cross

Joe Cross from Fat Sick & Nearly Dead discusses why you should start doing this today!

What Juicer Does Joe Cross Use?

Breville JE98XL

If you've watched the Joe Cross documentary, Fat Sick & Nearly Dead, you may be wondering which extractor he uses. I get asked this question a lot! Although he never mentions the model that he uses, we know it's a Breville and it looks like it is most likely the Breville JE98XL.

5 Delicious and Healthy Juicer Recipes

My 5 Favorite Concoctions

Omega VRT350 Juicer The following fresh, healthy recipes could be the basis for your new healthy juicing regimen! I try to drink each of these juices at least twice a week to infuse my cells with all the essential nutrients they need to thrive. At least once a week, I do a 1-day fast where I don’t eat any solid food. It helps to keep my body cleansed and working more efficiently. Plus, I’ve lost a few pounds in the process…can’t beat that!

I hope you enjoy these fast and easy nutrient-dense juicer recipes!

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Fruit Juices

1. Fresh Tropical Fruit Juice

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1. Fresh Tropical Fruit Juice

Fresh tropical fruit is so refreshing first thing in the morning and will give you tons of energy to begin your day! This is a great one to help you get started if you are new to the practice. It is full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to give you a mighty punch that goes right along with your new health kick!

If you’re not convinced about juicing after trying a glass of this fresh tropical fruit juice, you just might need to try another glass!

This recipe makes more than one glass, depending on how large of a glass you use. I like a big glass of juice, especially first thing in the morning, and I still get 2 servings out of this. You might even be able to make it into 3 small glasses…so share it or save the rest for later!

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Ingredients

  • 1 Kiwi - Peeled
  • 6 Strawberries - Medium
  • 1 Orange or 2 Clementines - Peeled
  • 1/2 Mango - Peeled and Sliced
  • 1 cup Pineapple Chunks - Fresh
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Water - Fresh or Canned

Instructions

  1. Prepare fruit and process in your extractor. Stir in the coconut water. Drink and enjoy!
  2. So easy and super delicious!
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Image: Granville Market Fruit Mountains by jonwick04 ~ Flickr Creative Commons

2. Very Berry Elixir

This one's for your sweet tooth!

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2. Very Berry Elixir

This is my favorite juicer recipe to have for a sweet treat. I love to make it in the afternoon when I get a bit of a sugar craving. I add some agave nectar to the juice to sweeten it up a bit. Agave nectar is a little like honey, but it comes from a vegetable source…interestingly enough, the same plant tequila is made from! It has many healthy benefits on its own, including a low glycemic index to prevent a “spike” in blood sugar levels. It is a wonderful way to sweeten teas and juices…and I even use it in some of my baking and my Healthy Homemade Granola Bars!

Read more about the health benefits of agave nectar here.

This recipe makes at least 2 large glasses of juice…Share and enjoy!

P.S. I’ve started leaving the agave nectar out of this juice because my taste buds have adjusted and I don’t need the extra sweetness. You might find that you’ll need to do the same, especially if you are using sweet berries.

Image: The Blacker The Berry The Sweeter The Juice by katerha ~ Flickr Creative Commons
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Strawberries - hulled
  • 1 cup Raspberries
  • 1/2 cup Blackberries
  • 1/2 cup Blueberries
  • 1 Cucumber - whole
  • 1 Tbsp. Agave Nectar

Instructions

Process the fruits and the cucumber in your extractor. Pour into a glass and stir in the agave nectar (optional). Drink up!

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3. Citrus Surprise with Ginger

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3. Citrus Surprise with Ginger

This one is like liquid gold and is full of Vitamin C…a wonderful way to boost your immune syste and perfect for flu and cold season! The addition of ginger not only adds a wonderful surprise flavor, but it can help ease nausea, reduce pain and inflammation, and even relieve migraines. Ginger also aids in strengthening the immune system…working right along with the vitamin C from the citrus!

Ginger is a very strong-tasting root and you really don’t need a lot to get the healthy benefits and the punch of flavor!

Source: Health Diaries: 10 Health Benefits of Ginger
Image: Carrot Orange Ginger Pieces by julie gibbon ~ Flickr Creative Commons
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Ingredients

  • 1 Orange or 2 Clementines
  • 3 Strawberries
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Large Carrots
  • 1/2 inch Fresh Ginger

Instructions

Run all ingredients through the juicer. Done!

Image: Jane Restaurant Fresh Tomato

Image: Jane Restaurant Fresh Tomato by snowpea&bokchoi ~ Flickr Creative Commons

Heart Healthy Vegetable Juice

It's like homemade V-8!

4. Heart Healthy Vegetable

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4. Heart Healthy Vegetable

Are you a fan of V-8? You can make your own at home! Here are simple instructions for getting the nutrients from 8 key sources for an all-around healthy choice!

Not being a huge fan of vegetables, this one took a few times for me to start enjoying…but now I really look forward to it! It makes me feel like I have infused my body with good stuff…that is a great feeling!

If you don’t enjoy this at first, give it a few tries. Just think about not having to eat your veggies – you can drink them instead!

I get a different amount of juice every time I make this one…it basically just depends on the size of the tomatoes and cucumber. You should get 1 to 2 glasses from this recipe.

Image: Tomatoes by Ajith_chatie ~ Flickr Creative Commons
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Ingredients

  • 2 Tomatoes - Medium (I like Roma tomatoes best!)
  • 1 Stalk of Celery
  • 1 Carrot - Large
  • 1 Cup Broccoli
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1/2 Lemon - Peeled
  • 1 Garlic Clove

Instructions

Simple - Run it all through the juicer and drink! Isn't this fun and easy?

Don't Forget Your Greens!

Green Juice 101

Drew Canole on FitLife.tv

You can visit Drew at his home on the web at Fitlife.tv!

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5. Leafy Green Power Juice

5. Leafy Green Power Juice

I love to drink my greens because I definitely don’t eat enough salads to get the incredible health benefits of the leafy greens. Plus, there is no fruit to peel or slice in this recipe…everything is thrown into the appliance whole! Super fast and easy!

If a pure vegetable juice is a little too hardcore for you, the apples in this recipe sweeten up the greens and make it more palatable.

Ingredients

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Collard Greens
  • Chard
  • Sprouts
  • ...even wild Dandelion greens!
  • 1 Apple

Instructions

  1. I do not use the same ingredients every time I make a Leafy Green Power Juice. Instead, I throw in a combination of whatever lettuces I have in the fridge and an apple. The ingredients above are just suggestions for healthy dark greens to use for your green juice.
  2. If you prefer to drink a sweeter juice, use 2 apples to create a sweet, fruity base and then add greens until you have enough juice for a whole glass. Carrots can also be used to sweeten up greens...and add even more incredibly healthy nutrients!
  3. Watch the YouTube video below to see how Joe Cross from <i>Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead</i> makes his Mean Green Juice.

Mean and Green with Joe Cross

Joe Cross from Fat Sick & Nearly Dead shows how to make a Mean Green Juice!

Help Me Choose a Juicer!

Would You Help Other Readers Decide Which Extractor to Buy?

Now that you've found some healthy juicing recipes, please tell us about your favorite juicer!

Breville Masticating Juicer I used a “hand-me-down” extractor that was on it’s last leg for about 6 months while I saved up to buy a new one…and I wanted to get the best value for my money. At first, I didn’t want to spend more than $200, but I wanted it to be the highest quality I could get in my price range.

A lot of juicers were recommended to me when I was searching, but I actually ended up splurging on the Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush Masticating Slow Juicer because I wanted the slow, masticating action that squeezes the most juice out of your produce…fruits and veggies are getting expensive, after all!

No matter what your price range is, you can find one that will work for you. Check out a couple of options below.

And if you are experienced, please let us know which one is your favorite!

Reader Reviews

Which One is Your Favorite and Why?

If you came here looking for a recommendation, please be sure to read the reviews below. Readers have left some very helpful comments! And if you have experience with a juice extractor, please consider leaving your own review here!
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  • superbusymama Jun 30, 2014 @ 2:10 pm
    We just started juicing recently. Great info. Thanks!
  • asereht1970 Jun 20, 2014 @ 1:00 am
    Great recipe. I think I like to try the Heart Healthy Vegetable juice. Thanks for sharing.
  • gem-nitya May 16, 2014 @ 12:15 am
    Great Job, nice juicer_recipes
    Also shared on Facebook :)
    Blessings
    GEM
  • Margaret36 May 05, 2014 @ 9:07 am
    Wonderful recipe you have shared with us.
  • astevn816 Apr 29, 2014 @ 2:46 pm
    Citrus Surprise with Ginger , this was my favorite
  • mamabush May 14, 2014 @ 5:03 pm
    I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! It's definitely one of my faves that I always go back to. Happy juicing! :)
  • applejackpony Apr 22, 2014 @ 8:53 pm
    Juicing is an amazing way to get a ton of vitamins and minerals from your diet alone. Watching "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead" was an amazing motivator to get my life back on track. I highly recommend it!
  • CaseyM83612 Mar 18, 2014 @ 1:33 pm
    Awesome read! Got some great ideas
  • Spirality Mar 14, 2014 @ 12:09 am
    Citrus and ginger sounds delicious. I think I would like the spice that ginger adds
  • OUTFOXprevention Feb 26, 2014 @ 3:55 pm
    Wow- great mixtures. I will have to try some. Thanks for the info!

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The Cost of Choosing the Wrong Juicer

Money Down the Drain!

Money Down the Drain I started with a hand-me-down machine that did a great job getting the juice out of the produce, but unfortunately it broke down. I wanted to replace it with another high-quality machine, but in the meantime, I’ve been using a cheap $50 appliance that I bought to “hold me over”. Here is what I have learned:

My cheap, low-quality machine gives me juice…it serves its purpose. However, produce is expensive! And after I process my fruits and vegetables, the “pulp” that is left behind is soaking wet, still full of liquid! That should be in my glass, not left in the waste receptacle!

If you watch Joe Cross’s videos on the page, you’ll see that he reaches in and pulls out some of the leftover pulp and it’s DRY. This is how a good juicer should work. It should efficiently remove every last drop of moisture from your produce so that it goes into your body instead of the compost.

Buy the highest quality machine you can afford on your budget! Don’t settle for the cheapest one you can get at your local big box store. I made this mistake and I feel like I wasted $50…that money could have gone toward a better appliance…and toward the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables that would go much further in a better machine.

Lesson learned!
Best Juicers for Beginners

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Don't forget...

...to compost your leftover pulp!

(If you don't use it in one of the pulp recipes below!)

Bonus: Juicer Pulp Recipes

How will you use yor leftover pulp?

Pulp Muffins | Juicer Pulp Recipes
Juicer pulp muffins are a great way to use leftover pulp
Choosing Raw Juice Pulp Crackers
Glad you found yesterday's tips on staying healthy when time is short helpful! One of the foods I mentioned were my pulp crackers. When I have the time and energy to juice daily-and it's rare that I do, but
Carrot Pulp Cake, Part I - Test Recipes - Cooking For Engineers
Cooking for Engineers tests out a recipe for Carrot Pulp Cake, Part I complete with photos and reader discussion
Juice Pulp Dog Treats - Raw Food Rawmazing Raw Food
Dog treats made from pulp

Ideas for Leftover Pulp

What do I do with this stuff?

What To Do With The Leftover Pulp?

Here's A Couple of Great Ideas!

The pulp that is leftover from fruits and vegetables that have been juiced contains all of the fiber from the produce, so don’t throw it away! Watch the videos below to get some ideas for how to use the valuable leftovers to make more nutritious treats!

Note: Some of these videos feature baked goods that are high in sugar. You could probably use these ideas as a basis and then substitute healthier ingredients to create healthier treats.

However, every once in awhile, I really enjoy making a sweet treat for the kids, so I might just try out some of these ideas!

Check it out: The last video below is a recipe for making juicer-pulp dog biscuits!
Use Carrot Juice Pulp to Make a Sweet, Hi-Protein Treat!
by PuraVidaPantry | video info
94 ratings | 22,581 views
curated content from YouTube

Best Deal on a Breville

Top Quality at a Great Price!

Breville Juicer

Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus
Click on photo or link to purchase at Amazon.com

If you are looking for a good affordable juicer, this Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus might be a great option for you. The machine feels very solid and high-quality. It makes great juice and the pulp is fairly dry. It comes with a jug with froth separater and a cleaning brush. It also has a wide opening for larger fruits and veggies, cutting down on preparation time. You can order this machine from Amazon right now at a great price for less than $150…a $50+ savings off the retail price!

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Important!

My #1 Tip:

You won't keep it up if you get tired of the process! Buy an extractor that is easy to disassemble and clean. Make sure you take care of it as soon as you're finished!

Tip: When I first start, I fill my sink with an inch or two of sudsy water. Before I sit down to enjoy, I quickly take the juicer apart and wash up the parts while they are still "wet". If the fibers dry onto the equipment, it can be MUCH more difficult and time-consuming...meaning you will be less likely to keep juicing!

Did You Find Any New Juicer Recipes To Try?

Please leave a note or your own healthy juicing recipes below!

If you don’t juice already, I would like to challenge you to watch the Fat Sick & Nearly Dead documentary. Let me know if you do! And if you try any of these recipes, I’d love to hear how they turned out!
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  • astevn816 Apr 29, 2014 @ 2:46 pm
    I look forward to trying these recipes. Citrus Surprise with Ginger sounds good.
  • Kathy_Jank Mar 24, 2014 @ 5:45 pm
    Delicious recipes! Thx
  • jamessking Feb 26, 2014 @ 9:33 am
    Wow these look amazing!!! Your lens looks fantastic, I think I need to up my game a bit!
  • SimonJay Jan 20, 2014 @ 4:57 am
    This is truly a fantastic lens its not just about recipes or juicers for that matter but more on actually getting healthy improving your life and maybe even taking a major challenge. I am even thinking of making a few change instead of spending lunch times eating meats and fry's i am going to buy juice and just try get thought the day with that.
  • betty-govan26 Dec 13, 2013 @ 11:06 am
    I just got a juicer a few weeks ago as well, and have been using it like crazy. Honestly, i've never used a recipe, just bought a bunch of fruits and veggies and thrown them in. Its never NOT been delicious so thanks for this article. I've been doing a routine I found on a website called exerciseaholics and they recommended the fatburning furnace workout routine that plus these juice recipe can definitely help a lot.
  • hovirag Aug 05, 2013 @ 8:30 am
    cool recipes :)
  • buteoflyer Jul 12, 2013 @ 9:44 am
    What a wonderful lens. Full of information, recipes and ideas. I've been thinking about doing this for awhile now, but never got around to it. Your lens has inspired me to get started. You're right about fruit and vegetables being very expensive. I can get every ounce of nutrition for my money by juicing. I'm going out right now and get what I need.
  • geekgoodgirl Jul 01, 2013 @ 10:29 pm
    I created a Visual Juicing Recipe book called Faces of Juicing. I played with my food and made faces before I juiced the fruits and vegetables. I have one recipe that taste like watermelon without any watermelon.
    2 Oranges
    1 Zucchini
    1 Apple
    1 Pear
    1 Cucumber
    Makes around 24 ounces.
    See the Face I made on the blog here: FacesOfJuicing.com
  • jacobwaugh Jul 01, 2013 @ 5:46 pm
    Nice Lens! It's very informative too! I learned a lot, thank you for sharing.
  • ClaraSimmonds Jun 17, 2013 @ 2:08 pm
    Great lens!Like it

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