Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Juice Chat

Good morning! I went to bed with a thumping head last night. I really wanted a mug of Sleepytime tea but I stopped all fluids other than sips of water at about 7pm and it's a good thing I did because I was only up once in the night for a bathroom visit. My headache is gone this morning but it will probably be back later. I just had my first juice of the day, more on that in a bit.

Some of you wanted to know about juicing recipes. Here's a link to all my posts about juicing. There are links to juicing information and recipes including in some of the posts. I hope you'll find them helpful.

I don't really follow recipes as such. Because I do my juice packs for a week at a time, I buy my produce in bulk. I use my base recipe (carrots, celery, ginger, lemon, apple, spinach) and alternate the add-ins (kale, beet root and greens, zucchini, yellow squash, fennel) week by week based on my mood or what's available and looking good.

I used some different things during this juice fast to keep it interesting. This is what I just ran through the juicer...

2 large carrots
1 whole green pear
2 cups of whole leaf spinach
2 chunks of ginger
10 asparagus spears
1/2 sweet potato
whole grapefruit, peeled but with some of the pith left on
1 lemon (which is very important for neutralizing acid in the body, I'll talk more about this in another post but if you're interested here's quite a good article on the subject.)

This made about 32 ounces of juice. I drank half and put the other half in a covered mason jar in the fridge for a bit later. It was tart but refreshing. I have a different combination for this afternoon with celery, apples, ginger, a whole orange, a whole red pepper and lots more spinach.

Other than cabbage, I can honestly say I haven't found a juice combination that I haven't enjoyed drinking. But I'm doing this more for my health than my taste buds. If 16 ounces of juice a day helps get me there, it's so worth it.

Congratulations to those of you who have embraced juicing or got inspired to get back into it! It thrills me to no end to know that you're out there juicing and enjoying it. I'm off to drink my herbal tea and relax a bit. I'll be back a bit later with the day two wrap up.


  1. ur totally right about the lemon... it helped the flavor sooooooooo much. i don't know why i didn't think lemon. my sister juices grapefruit when she visits and drinks it straight up. it tastes horrible! i guess i was scared of lemons for that reason... but it made a HUGEEEEE difference. thanks so much!! hope day 2 is good to u!!!

  2. hi andra! i got my juicer in Dec and have been juicing ever since. I haven't quite got the recipes down yet as I only stick with carrots or fruit juices. I throw in some spinach here and there. I can tell the HUGE difference juicing makes for my body. I'm getting healthier all ready! :)