Which are your favorite, best juicing recipes? Usually the ones you enjoy drinking. Tt’s easier to keep on juicing if you really like the recipes.
Drinking juice only because it’s healthy might work for a while. But for many it’s a dead end—they soon get tired and stop juicing. Palatable juice recipes increases the chances to keep juicing.
Juicing and the gut-brain loop
Research has revealed that the food we consume affects the composition of bacteria in the digestive tract. Therefore, when engaging in healthy eating like juicing, the gut will adjust the composition of bacteria to fit such a diet. Indeed, we even start craving such food.
Fresh vegetable juice contains enzymes and other nutrients promoting the growth of healthy gut bacteria. As bacteria increase in number, this is communicated from the gut to the brain. The brain responds by increasing the desire to drink more juice, thus creating a healthy gut-brain loop. It becomes a lifestyle.
Vegetable juice is liquid food, potent, easy to digest and assimilate. Just a glass or two a day promotes a feeling of wellness. Here are a few recipes.
Two great recipes
Jay’s Famous Lemonade
This recipe was created by Jay Kordish in the 1940s. It’s absolutely wonderful in the summer, a healthy thirst-quencher far better than soda.
- 1/4 lemon with skin
- 2 green apples
- Ice cubes
Instruction. Use organic fruit if possible. Juice the lemon and apples. Add ice cubes in glasses and pour up.
The basic Mean Green recipe we from Joe Cross, but this particular variation was recommended by Jay Kordish, the father of juicing. Mean Green is one of those juice recipes you can drink often and not get tired of it. It’s absolutely lovely!
- 6 kale leaves (or spinach)
- 1 cucumber with peel
- 2 green apples (Granny Smith)
- 4 celery stalks
- 1/2 lemon with skin
- 1/2 inch ginger root
Instruction. Juice the ginger first to that all is flushed out by the other veggies. Add ice cubes in the summer.
Juicing for specific purposes
Most fresh vegetable juice is nutritious and beneficial. However, some juice recipes are can be used for specific purposes. Here are a few examples.
Juicing for weight loss
For this purpose it is wise to juice ingredients containing less sugar as it will probably have a better effect. Use green, tart apples instead of the sweeter ones. Avoid too many beets roots, carrots, watermelon, and other ingredients containing more sugar.
Juicing for gastritis
I struggled with gastritis for decades and found that juicing cabbage (red & green) worked well. Mix the cabbage juice with apples, carrots, cucumber, or pumpkin to make it more palatable. The juice can be stored in the fridge in airtight jars for a day or two.
Juicing for detox
Include coriander leaves, kale, carrots, parsley and aloe vera. Mix these with other vegetables for a greater variety.
The following recipe we got from Linda Kordish. It has a fresh, lovely green taste. Amounts are approximate.
- 1-2 Lime fruits
- a few celery stalks
- a handfull of spinach
- a little parsley
- a piece of cucumber
- a small piece of fresh ginger
- a little mint zucchini
- a Red Delicious apple
The “Liver Mover” recipe
This great, simple recipe originates from Dr. Norman Walker who was a pioneer in vegetable juicing and wrote many excellent books on the subject.
The liver is a key organ that is involved in countless processes in the body. According to Dr. Walker, this simple drink supports, stimulates and heals the liver. It also supports the digestive tract including the intestinal wall. If it tastes a bit too harsh for you, try removing the beet greens.
- ½ beet (including greens)
- 2 green apples
- Optional: half a lemon with peel
Juicing great for the gut
Drinking fresh vegetable juice floods the body with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other nutrients. Fresh juice has an impact on the microorganisms inhabiting the digestive tract.
Fresh juice is rich in enzymes that help improve digestion, assimilation of nutrients, and metabolism. Maybe some of the recipes mentioned in this post will become another if your favorite, best juicing recipes.