Juices Galore

Juicing was a very new concept to me a year ago. I had heard of it but didn’t actually know what it meant or why it was so good. Last November I started working at Earth Fare where I first encountered the famed juicer… and I immediately fell in love. There was just something so fun about watching fruits and vegetables get pulverized to turn into a beautiful, tasty juice.

At the end of November I went on my first Black Friday shopping trip with my friend Taylor. I never imagined myself getting so excited about fighting crowds to buy merchandise at discounted prices, but sure enough I scoured ads in the newspaper to find anything I might need or want. There was a Kohl’s pamphlet in the paper that had a Jack LaLanne juicer on sale with an additional mail-in rebate. Great deal, right? I definitely thought so which led me to buying it.

Juices are a fun and easy way to get the nutrients of multiple fruits and/or vegetables at once. For the past two weeks I have been having a juice in the morning before I go to summer classes and I love it! The juices I made are Fruit Punch with a Twist, Beginner Green, and Wake Up Wowser. The following ingredients are everything you will need for all three juices. As I explain more about the juices, I will list individual recipes.

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  • 5 apples
  • 2 stalks celery
  • ginger root
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 2 1/2 cups spinach
  • 5 oranges
  • 1/2 to 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 pear
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 4 kiwis
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple

Fruit Punch with a Twist
This will make a lot of juice. All of the juiced ingredients fit into a 24 ounce Tervis Tumbler. For this juice you will need:

  • 2 apples
  • 4 kiwis
  • 1/4 lemon with rind
  • 1/4 lime with rind
  • 2 oranges, peeled (get the skin off, but leave the white pith)
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple

I like to prep all of my ingredients first and place them into a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator. This way I can just plug in my juicer in the morning and quickly make a juice. No wasted time having to cut everything up!

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Juice everything and enjoy!

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The picture on the left is the natural separation of the juice that happened while I was cleaning the juicer compartments. The picture on the right is after it has been stirred. Not a very pleasant color, but the flavor is phenomenal! The lime really adds a lot to the juice.

Wake Up Wowser
Once again, this makes a lot of juice that fit into my 24 ounce Tervis Tumbler. The ingredients are:

  • 1 pear
  • 1 apple
  • 2 oranges, peeled (again, just peel the skin and leave the white pith)
  • 1 sweet potato

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Juice all of the ingredients and enjoy!

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We have been getting pelted with rain here for the last week and a half, so I had to relish in the beautiful sunny morning Tuesday for a little while. This juice is a bit sweet for my liking from the sweet potato (I bought a large and put a majority of it in the juice) but is tasty nonetheless. You get a nice pear flavor when you first take a sip and then the other flavors start to sink in. Plus the drink is a gorgeous orange color!

Beginner Green
This is easily my favorite juice at the moment. At first I was very unsure about making a juice with spinach because I once made a smoothie with spinach and the flavor was unbearable. In this juice the spinach is barely noticeable with the other flavors you get from the strawberries, apple, and orange. (Note: the original recipe didn’t call for strawberries. I threw them in one morning because they were going bad and it just added another dimension to the juice!)

  • 1 1/2 apple
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1/8 thumb ginger root, peeled
  • 1/4 lemon with rind
  • 2 1/2 cups spinach
  • 1 orange
  • 1/2 to 1 cup strawberries (however much you think you’d like)

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Juice all the ingredients and enjoy!

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As you can see, this doesn’t make quite as much as the other two juices do. The picture on the left is the natural separation that occurred while I was cleaning the juicer and the picture on the right is after everything has been stirred. (The flash makes it look a bit more brown than it actually is in person.)

If you’re interested in juicing and/or may be a novice, I suggest starting with the Beginner Green as it is, to me, a perfect blend of flavors. If you do juice, but not frequently, you can look up great recipes online or buy The Juicing Bible which is great if you have a hard time thinking of what to juice together like me. There are juices for many health conditions as well as a section on smoothies and roughies, specialty drinks, and frozen treats. It is worth the money for sure! I hope you enjoy these juices as much as I have.


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