Juice Week: Lean & Green Print Recipe Print Recipe

 

Get your juicers warmed up because I have a whole lot of liquid yumminess coming your way! Helloooo #JuiceWeek.

It was this time last year that I did my first juice week and it was such a hit that I’m bringing it back. I know, you Facebook fans have been waiting ever so patiently and I thank you for that.

I love my juices. It gives me great energy, makes my skin glow and helps keep those sweet cravings to a minimum. Whats not to love, really?

The last several years, juicing (homemade or purchased) has been a big part of my life. I’ve tried many juice cleanses, which are great, but I prefer to incorporate it into my daily routine. Cleanses can make me a tad bit grumpy, the Mr. isn’t a fan of me during those days.

I’ll drink juice to kick off my morning, have as a pick me up in the afternoon, help replenish after a workout or just enjoy on a warm sunny day. I find that it’s best, taste and health wise, when fresh. If I make a big batch, I’ll store in a mason jar in the fridge, but for no more than 3 days.

ps. if you’re hungover, a juice with coconut water will take good care of you. *cough* so I’ve heard… 

 

Green is my go-to when I have a choice. Shoes, pillows, my wedding and juices. It usually works out pretty well for me.

Since green can be rather intimidating, it’s best to try it out at home whether it’s smoothies or juices, that way you can control the taste. Then eventually, you’ll have an acquired taste for green juices and smoothies. Plus, knowing all the health benefits (ALL THOSE VEGETABLES!), it helps.

If you’re juicing at home and the flavor is too green or too vegetable-y, try adding a little more fruit (apple, pineapple, pear, etc.) or spice it up with a little ginger or limes.

I’ll be posting juice recipes the rest of the week so be sure to check back in. I’ll also be sharing tips and information on juicing via Twitter and Facebook so follow the hashtag (on twitter) #juiceweek.

You can read more about the benefit of juicing and also the difference between juicing and blendinghere.

If you don’t have a juicer and are interested in buying investing in one, I recommend the Breville. The other good options are the Hurom or the Omega - juices wheat grass. However, if you love your juicer, please leave the name of the brand in the comments.

Happy juicing!

 


Lean & Green Juice

Serves 2

PRINT Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 english cucumber, halved
  • 5 stalks on kale
  • 3 sticks celery
  • 2 cups or 2 large slices of fresh pineapple, quartered
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley

DIRECTIONS

Turn on the juicer.

Add cucumber slices, kale, celery, pineapple slices, spinach, lemon and parsley.

Pour the fresh juice into a glass, and enjoy!

Fresh juice is best consumed immediately after juicing and would recommend not going more than 3 days.

note: if there’s too much pulp, strain through a sieve or other strainer one to two times to reduce the pulp. 

 

*gluten-free *vegan

 

Juices from previous Juice Week:

Day 1: Strawberry, Apple & Lime Juice

Day 2: Carrot, Apple & Ginger Juice

Day 3: Green Refresher

Day 4: Grapefruit + Mint Juice

Day 5: Apple + Cinnamon Juice

 

 

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  • http://profiles.google.com/brianwsamuels Brian Samuels

    Yet another reason to take my juicer out. I bet Eric (who is obsessed with all things cucumber) would freak over this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/barbara.b.sheffield Barbara Beckert Sheffield

    I’ll be dusting off my juicer to try these this week! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Lynda McMillen

    Thank so much for this post! My husband and I have been thinking about juicing – this may be the extra motivation we need! We recently watched the documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” – now that is definitely a juicing motivator!! I need to find a juicer – so many choices! Do you think a Vitamix or Blendtec would work for juicing?

  • Katie

    I just got a juicer this past weekend and am loving it so far!
    Could you (or someone who has experience juicing) let me know what you typically do with the pulp?

  • WithStyleGrace

    do you compost? if so, it goes directly in the compost bags. If not, then the garbage, unless someone else has other uses for the pulp.

  • WithStyleGrace

    I believe you can “juice” with a vitamix or blendtec, but you’d have to strain the pulp (after blending) through a cheesecloth or strainer of some sort. Also, I don’t believe it gives you the same nutrients as juicing (with a juicer) does, but I’d have to look into that. We’ve been borrowing my mom’s vitamix for daily smoothies & milks, etc. but then the juicer for juice. Both are definitely getting it’s money’s worth!

  • WithStyleGrace

    Oh, I just had a juice with coconut water, pineapple & cucumber – I bet he’d love that. So refreshing.

  • http://twitter.com/chefjamielevine Jamie Levine

    I’ve been amping up the juices this week since I’ve been sick…this post couldn’t have come at a better time!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    I love all those pretty jars lined up!! I’d love to get a juicer…

  • nutmeggo0410

    Megan {Country Cleaver} – I’ve always wanted to try adding in juices to my diet. I mgiht have to try these out!! Thanks lovely!

  • Tall girl

    I thought I could trow all the (chopped) ingredients in a blender, but the questions about pulp have made me understand why that doesn’t turn out well… Haha! Off I go to check the prices of juicers!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sandy.a.pitchford Sandy Allen Pitchford

    I was excited to try juicing for the first time this week, however, when I put the spinach leaves in the juicer, it all went to the pulp side. Is there another method I need to try with the leafy produce? Thanks!

  • WithStyleGrace

    what kind of juicer are you using? some have a dial – more pulp vs. less pulp. Some of the less expensive juicers aren’t always good with the leafy greens & pulp. if there’s not a dial, I would just strain the juice through a sieve, which I use to do with our old juicer.

  • tamslivnsimple

    okay! I have a cheap juicer that works fairly well. It does remove ALL pulp. My lazy mind can’t over come one main obstacle….CLEANING! I’m a homeschooling momma and a make it myself nut! I make most our food from scratch so juicing every morning sounds wonderful, but my experience with cleaning the juicer is bad. I feel like it takes me so long to clean the screen thingy that I don’t feel like doing it. For those of you with more expensive juicers do you feel the same way about clean up? Thanks :)

  • marla

    Lovely! Just shared on FB :)

  • rbuck

    My husband surprised me with an expensive juicer and I feel the SAME WAY about cleaning it!! I would love to incorporate some of these recipes into my diet but it is a lot of work for one drink!!

  • rbuck

    The book that came with my Breville suggested you put vegetable pulp in a baggie, keep it in the freezer and add it to soups or stews as a thickening agent. Haven’t tried it but thought I’d share what I read.

  • pinksky47

    I own three juicers for different juices. My Jay Kordich PowerGrind pro makes wonderful juice and nut milks. I paid a lot for my Robot Coupe and it makes quick juice with harder veg and fruit like carrot, apple and beet. It cleans easy but weighs 30 pounds if you are going to move it. I also have a Kuvings which is from Korea. It drives me nuts but works well with green vegs. Have to feed it very slowly and it many times locks up and I have to take a hammer to it! I really like all of them and usually juice every day except in the winter.

  • Lauren B.

    I have been wondering the same thing about my vitamix! I’ve read that I can “juice” with it, but need to try it out. I would love to know if using a vitamix/blendtec for juicing has the same benefits bc i don’t necessarily want to buy a new kitchen gadget. Thanks!

  • Cheryl TidyMom

    LOVE that first photo Lisa!!
    I have a juicer for my food processor and have not used it yet, I think I need to get on that!

  • Amanda

    These are such fabulous recipes… I totally want to do this starting tomorrow… just hoping I can get to the market today! :)

  • asistera

    found this in Pinterest – sounds like a great recipe – when I find the juicer will try it – in the meantime some of the tips are good also – like add a little fruit to make it not so green – bolthouse farms their greenbottle is sweet – went to a different store and found a different green from them had not seen before – it is n small size the really green green – but without a juicer this is a good replacement and I check their ingredients, and they seem to have the the best nutritionally wise – thanks!
    also it will make a great tortilla sandwich! thanks. asistera

  • WithStyleGrace

    great tip! I’ve heard that too, but haven’t tried it either.

  • vitamixlover

    Quit throwing out your pulp and drink it people!! It’s good for you!! You’ll get used to the texture. Vita mix is better for you because you keep the pulp in so you get more fiber. If you like less pulp, run it for longer! It makes a juicier juice!

  • Aly

    Do you drink the juice only for a week or do you replace a meal with it? I’m looking for a cleanse and found your blog. The recipes look very good and all the ingredients are easy to find. Thank you very much for sharing.

  • WithStyleGrace

    I’ll typically drink a juice for breakfast with a yogurt & then again one in the afternoon for a snack. I try and incorporate juice into my diet whenever possible. I haven’t created a do at home juice cleanse, but you could always incorporate some of these juices. enjoy!!

  • Tasha

    Do you make all 5 in one day? I am teacher who wants to juice but morning sleep in precious :) and cleaning the juicer takes some time.

  • WithStyleGrace

    i hear ya! Yes, i usually make a big batch in a day – enough for about 3 days.

  • KateHansen

    Breville. I have been using it nonstop since I got it for Christmas. Love carrot and apple juice

  • Catherine

    I thought that it needed to be drunk fresh. Doesn’t this compromise the vitamins and enzymes?