Healthy Juice Recipes

These recipes are healthy juice recipes because they are all made with fresh, raw food. Juicing, like blending, breaks down the cell walls of raw food and liberates nutrients for easy digestion.

Making A Healthy Juice Recipe

Jack LaLanne Juicer

I’ve heard there are ways to blend raw food, and then strain it through a nut bag to make juice. This sounds like a big mess to me. I would suggest investing in a raw food juicer.

Until you are committed to juicing regularly, I would recommend something inexpensive to start. The Jack LaLanne Power Juicer served us well for about three years, until we started using lots of greens and making lots more juice (like four gallons a week). I thought I needed more power, but what I discovered was I just needed a new blade. I ordered one over the internet (for $20) and our old juicer worked just like new!! Great investment!!

NOTE: The Jack LaLanne juicer is great for beginners and for juicing mostly fruits, however if you're juicing lots of greens and hard vegetables like carrots, beets, turnips and celery, a more powerful juicer like the Breville, makes your life much easier.

Each juicer comes with detailed instructions on how to use, but here are a few tips:

  • Buy the freshest, best quality produce you see.
  • Wash your produce even if it is organic. You never know what it has picked up on its way to you.
  • I find cutting up the fruits and vegetables makes the process go faster.
  • Let the juicer run a little before you start.
  • Remove pits (like peaches, mangos and even cherries) before you juice. I prefer to remove lemon and apple seeds since they are a little bitter for my taste (but actually do have nutrients in them).
  • I also remove some skins – such as gingerroot, jicama and yams; I do sometimes leave the peel on the lemons. With a little experimentation, you will find your own preferences,.
  • Try juicing greens with another vegetable or fruit, like celery, apples or zucchini.
  • Do not use avocado, bananas, over-ripe or frozen, but thawed, fruit as it may clog the juicer. Use these in your blended smoothies.

Our Favorite Healthy Juice Recipes

Rick’s Green Meanie

This started out as green lemonade, but when I got carried away with the greens my husband (who had been jokingly calling this his Green Meanie) said it was starting to live up to its new name. So take it easy on the greens to keep it delicious. The pineapple is a new touch which we love!

  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 5-6 stalks of celery
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 Fuji apples
  • 2 inches gingerroot (peeled)
  • 1-2 handfuls spinach
  • 1/4 head of cabbage (nutrients similar to kale but milder in taste)
  • 1 lemon, peel and all
  • 1/2 small pineapple (peeled and cored)
  • Extra leaves of chard or lettuce or whatever you have
This makes about a quart or four 8-ounce glasses (maybe a little more). As I add more greens, I add more lemons and gingerroot. Juice is always best fresh, but this keeps for a few days as the lemon acts as a preservative. I use jars to store it in the refrigerator. The greens taste stronger on days 2 and 3, but it is still delicious. This is a great cleansing drink and we try to start every day with it.

We have modified this over time and have now decided to give you an entire page of Green Juice Recipes. Check out all these other versions. It looks like everyone is drinking green juice!!

Quila’s Daily Veggies with Greens

We drink this almost every day, too. It is our salad in a glass. This gives us a large variety of vegetables and nutrients every day, so it is a really healthy juice recipe. I kept adding more and more greens recently, but it started tasting “muddy” so I cut back to this recipe.

  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 lemon, peel and all
  • 2 apples
  • 2 inches gingerroot (peeled)
  • 1 large beet and leaves (red or golden)
  • 1 small to medium jicama
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1 head (approximately) celery
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 3-4 leaves romaine or green leaf lettuce, chard, or other greens
This makes approximately two quarts – four to six servings for us. This recipe is expanded so I only have to make it every few days. It keeps well up to four or five days, but it usually gets consumed before that. Two servings could be a meal for us on occasion.

Current Daily Veggie Juice

During the last two years this recipe has evolved to the following, which makes almost a gallon:

  • 3 lemons with most of the peel
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 6 Fuji apples
  • 2 large cucumbers
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1-3 beets depending on the size (I love the yellow ones!)
  • 1/2 head of cabbage
  • 12 stalks celery
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 1/2 bunch basil or dill
  • 8-12 carrots depending on size
  • miscellaneous kale, chard, collard greens or Romaine left over from last week
  • large piece gingerroot – 4-6 inches

Kathy’s Morning Delight

My sister is juicing for one, so this may fit your lifestyle better than the large recipes.

  • 2 carrots
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 apples (sweet)
  • 1 C grapes (red or green – seedless)
This makes about 12 ounces – just enough for breakfast.

Tart Treat

This is another great morning or mid-morning treat.

  • 1 C cranberries
  • 2 apples (sweet)
  • 1 C grapes (red or green – seedless)
This makes about 16 ounces.
A note about juicing cranberries: since the juicer is going and the blade is spinning at a high speed, the cranberries jump around in the chute so it’s a good idea to keep your plunger close to the chute so as not to let the cranberries bounce out.

Asparagus Cleanser

  • 1 bunch asparagus
  • 5-6 stalks celery
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 lemon w/peel
  • 2 apples (sweet)
  • 2 inches ginger root
This is a great cleanser. This makes about 1 quart.

Ginger Lemonade

  • 2 lemons with half the peel
  • 2 inches ginger root
  • Big squirt of Stevia
  • Pure water to make 2 quarts
I love this every morning. I previously drank lemon and pure water, but after discovering this, I’m hooked. I drink about 2 cups each day. Lately I have been adding a handful of fresh mint leaves to this recipe. It works best if I slice the lemon partly open and stuff the mint leaves inside. I seem to get more mint taste that way, rather than just throwing the leaves in the juicer by themselves. Very refreshing – especially for summer.

Sprout Juice

I had some mung bean sprouts left over from another recipe and I didn’t want them to go to waste when I remembered that we had “sprout juice” at the Optimum Health Institute so I gave it a shot.

  • 4 C mung bean sprouts
  • 6 stalks celery
  • 1 lemon (with half the peel left on)
  • 1 inch of ginger-root
  • 2 apples
  • 6 leaves of fresh basil
This makes two big glasses. It’s nice and mild, but tasty – and healthy!

David Wolfe’s Estrogen Booster

David Wolfe says this is great for women going through the menopause years or just as a pick me up.

  • 1-2 large yams (I peel them)
That’s it! Juice the yams and drink immediately. This makes 1-2 cups depending on the size of the yams. It is sweet and refreshing and actually a little filling. Drink immediately as this one doesn’t keep for even a few hours.

Clean Out The 'Frig Juice

  • 4 Fuji apples (past their prime)
  • 1 lemon with 3/4 of the peel (fresh off the tree)
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 oranges - fresh off the tree
Juice and Enjoy!

What Else Can I Put In Here
(and still have it taste good)?

  • 1 ½ C Grapes (I use both green and red)
  • 4 Fuji apples (or, a sweet apple)
  • 2 small beets (or, one medium)
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery stalks (if the celery taste is too strong, use 1 ½ stalks)
  • ½ zucchini
  • ½ potato
  • ½ yam (optional)
  • 4 broccoli florets (optional)
Juice grapes first and then everything else (I would add the broccoli somewhere in the middle). I prepare everything so it’s all sitting on my cutting board and then just start juicing! This makes one quart although sometimes I get a little more. Because the potato and yam will get rancid quickly, drink immediately after juicing.

Maricela’s Cleanser

  • 1/2 pineapple
  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 4 celery stalks
  • juice from 4 oranges
Juice and Enjoy! A note about juicing parsley – I found that my Jack La Lanne juicer did not juice the parsley, it just went right through the shute into the pulp catcher. I tried it a couple times putting it with the celery but it still didn’t work so I put it in the blender and added the juice from the pineapple, celery and oranges and blended it. That seems to work best for me. Quila didn't have any problems with her Jack LaLanne juicer so, it could mean I'm due for a new blade. If you want more fiber, then you could put all of it in the blender. Sometimes I chop half the pineapple and celery and juice the other half and then throw it all in the blender.

More Healthy Juice Recipe Ideas

Try juicing your favorite salad – remember V-8 juice? Easy on the onions and herbs, though – a little goes a long way. Also, the onion residue/odor will stay in the juicer for days, and taint every juice you make for that time so beware!

Carrots, beets, spinach and cucumber are some of the best foods for our organs and blood. See our pages on Nutrition Facts for the healing properties of many fruits, vegetables, greens, seeds and nuts.

Now it’s up to you to come up with some healthy juice recipes. Remember to use what you love and come up with some great combinations. If you come up with a great recipe, please let us know and we’ll post it on our website.

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