Juicing 101 | Recipes and Tips For Beginners

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By: // December 28, 2015


I know many of us are committing to eating better. I get tons of questions about different cleanses and fasts, but my approach to nutrition is simple: I try to eat from a plant, tree, or animal at every meal. I avoid highly processed or pre-prepared foods as much as possible. I avoid quick fix detoxes, radical cleanses or empty promises from companies trying to cash in because I believe that if you eat well, your body will take care of itself. One nutrition trend I am a big fan of is juicing! Juicing has become quite popular in the last 10 years popping up in local strip malls, cafes and gyms because, simply, it makes people feel good. Drinking fresh juice is an easy way to ensure you are getting your recommended servings of fruits and vegetables and it encourages us to try fruits and veggies we may otherwise turn our nose up to. Oh, and it tastes great!

Yes, juicing is delicious, and you may be surprised as to how easily you to will become obsessed with this healthy habit. I personally add fresh juice to my diet and do not advocate juice cleanses or fasts that eliminate whole foods. But, juicing may be the quickest way to add nutrients to your body and feel totally energized. I put together my nine favorite juicing recipes to share with you along with a few juicing tips to get you started!

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You will need a juicer, so what juicer is right for you? A juicer can range from $60 to over $2,000! I know my first car wasn’t even $2,000, but just saying there is a wide range out there. I know many sites offer refurbished juicers as well, so that is an option if you don’t want to buy new. Here are a few options you may want to look at:

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Big Boss 700-Watt Juicer on white background

An affordable option that gets great reviews is the Big Boss 700-Watt Juicer that retails for around $60. Get Healthy U contributor, Hannah, loves hers and says she is surprised by how great it works for the low price.

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Breville Juice Fountain Plus JuicerA middle of the road option is the Breville Juice Fountain Plus at 850 watts that retails for around $150.

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Breville Juice Fountain Elite Juice Extractor on white background.

A little more pricey is the Breville Juice Fountain Elite with 1,000 watts of rocket like power. This is a commercial grade juicer, so if you plan to juice a ton, this is the juicer for you. It retails for $299. This is the juicer I bought 10 years ago and although it wasn’t cheap, it may be one of the best investments I have ever made.

A lime green rectangle with the words Juicing 101 Tips.

Read your manual. Typically, I’m not a huge fan of “reading directions” and most often just figure appliances out on my own. . Trust me, you should really read the manual in this case. My juicer comes with a low and high setting that I can adjust for different vegetables. My manual has a list of those veggies and what speed they should be juiced at for optimal results. Also, if you get a big daddy juicer like I have, you really need to make sure all the pieces are together correctly so you don’t accidentally juice a finger.

Be prepared. Find two to three recipes to try and shop for those ingredients all at once. Try to use the 80/20 rule for juicing. Try to think 80% veggies and 20% fruit for most of your juices to keep sugar content low. You will want to remove any skins that are inedible (such as mango skin and citrus peels), large seeds or pits and wash all of your produce well. The point of juicing is to enjoy the fresh juice right away. Fresh juice will lose nutrients as it oxidizes, so plan to drink your juice immediately. If you make extra or can’t drink it all at once, store your juice in an airtight container like a thermos or mason jar, filling to the top and making sure it’s sealed. Make sure to refrigerate it ASAP. Fresh juice will keep for up to 24 hours, but I try to drink mine in under 12. I typically drink my juice for breakfast or as an afternoon pick-me-up. Drinking juice on an empty stomach is best as those nutrients are absorbed right away and don’t have to fight with other foods your body is trying to digest at the same time.

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Have fun. I have tried tons of juice recipes and then made my own adaptations based on my taste. Try new fruits and vegetables and get your friends and family involved. Don’t be afraid to experiment with cooky concoctions. Who knows? Maybe beet and broccoli is the next big thing!

Now let’s get started. Juice your way to better health with these 9 tasty recipes for one!

The EnergizerThe Energizer Healthy Juice Recipe listed with a plate of carrots, lemon, pears, and ginger.

The perfect mix of sweet and tart. This fresh drink filled with vitamin C also has fresh lemons to help balance your body’s pH.

The Beet Blaster

Beet Blaster Healthy Juice Recipe listed with a mason jar of Beet Blaster Juice.

Even if you don’t like beets, you have to give this juice a try! The apple and carrots are sweet balancing the earthy beet flavor. Beets are a superfood that help detoxify the skin and kidneys, contain important folic acid and are filled with betacyanin known to prevent cancers and increase exercise endurance.
Tip: Wash the beets well and cut into pieces that will fit into the juicer.

Green Machine

Green Machine Healthy Juice Recipe listed with a mason jar filled with green juice.

So refreshing and delicious you won’t believe you’re drinking kale! The sweetness of the pineapple makes this drink feel like a treat. The green machine is filled with vitamin B and iron that leaves you energized and ready to take on the world.

The Healthy Mary

The Healthy Mary Healthy Juice Recipe listed with a mason jar filled with the healthy juice.

This is the Bloody Mary’s healthy sister! You haven’t had real tomato juice until you make it fresh and add a little kick to spice things up. Tomatoes are rich in beta-carotene and lycopene both known to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes.

Citrus Zinger

Citrus Zinger Healthy Juice Recipe listed with a mason jar full of juice

Good morning, gorgeous! I love the vibrant taste of fresh citrus in the morning. The vitamins and minerals get my blood pumping and the smell and taste really wake me up. I also add a little club soda to the recipe in the summer to make a healthy spritzer on hot days. Yum!

The Popeye Special

The Popeye Special Healthy Juice Recipe

If you have a hard time “eating your spinach,” this is the juice for you! I add strawberries and kiwi to sweeten the spinach up and the combo tastes incredible. Plus, the juice is filled to the brim with iron, vitamins and micronutrients to you make you as strong as Popeye.

Garden Party

Garden Party Healthy Juice Recipe listed with carrots, parsley, apples, and green peppers on a wooden cutting board.

Get your garden party on with this veggie-packed juice! The beauty of juicing is that when you use carrots or apples, the other super healthy but strong flavors such as parsley and green pepper aren’t as pronounced.

Snake Bite

Snake Bite Healthy Juice Recipe listed with a mason jar of orange juice.

One of the first juices I’ve ever made and still my kids’ favorite. The Snake Bite is sweet but the fresh ginger gives it a healthy bite! Fresh ginger raises immunities and is also known to improve digestion and circulation.

The Grass is GreenerThe Grass Is Greener Healthy-Juice-Recipe listed with a plate of carrots, limes, apples, and wheat grass.

Wheat grass is full of vitamins and nutrients that help boost immunity and energy. The combination of wheat grass and vitamin C-rich lime makes this juice the perfect flu and cold fighting formula to keep you Kleenex free. Mint is also known to clear up congestion and is a natural stimulant so if you feel the sniffles coming on, this is the drink for you!
Note: Pregnant or nursing mothers should not consume wheat grass.

Here is to fresh juice, more energy and better health!

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22 Comments


on April 30, 2017 at 4:31 PM Reply

I started juicing a few months back. I know I'm still a newbie. Hope this one help me to improve! It's a worth reading. Thanks, Chris!!


on March 11, 2017 at 11:10 AM Reply

Time for me to break back out my Juicer and start juicing again.


on March 10, 2017 at 1:29 PM Reply

Hi Chris, Thank you for sharing this great article. I love the Citrus Zinger recipe you provided I made it with my husband and we loved it. Looking forward to your other recipes, I will definitely try them.


on March 9, 2017 at 6:43 AM Reply

Thank you for sharing, great article. I cant wait to try out some of these recipes.


on July 18, 2016 at 12:49 AM Reply

I love your ingredients, perfect for my daily diet. Thank you for sharing


on May 30, 2016 at 8:36 PM Reply

I juice beets, celery, carrots and purple cabbage. Then I put that in the blender with 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, pineapple (~1 cup), 1/2 English cucumber (skin on) and several handfuls of fresh spinach and a big glug of lemon juice. This helped me lose 12 lbs and has helped me keep it off. I still eat meals. Just no bread and no pasta and nothing processed. Everything from scratch except my cashew milk. I replaced one meal a day with this drink and reduced my portions in my other meals. My 11 year old doesn't like veggies very much but he will do a "shot" in a shot glass with each of his meals. He seems to find it amusing how disgusting my concoctions sometimes turn out. Anything to get some veggies into him. :)


    on February 28, 2017 at 7:23 AM Reply

    Sounds great I'm gonna trying, I lost 9pds in 5 day juice cleanse..but starting to eat don't want to put pds back on.


on April 9, 2016 at 3:19 PM Reply

I don't believe one is better. I combine both juicing and smoothies in our meal plan. It's healthier for the body then eating processed foods and fast foods. I think it depends on your own body response to juicing and smoothie blends. Everyone is unique and has different needs so I would never tell someone that one way is better than another.


on March 22, 2016 at 2:44 AM Reply

They say slow juicers are better (i.e. 45 rpm). The high wattage centrifugal juicers aerate the juice causing oxidation more quickly and beat up the more sensitive nutrients. The juice isn't as frothy and doesn't separate either. Quite pricey though....


on March 6, 2016 at 3:36 AM Reply

Thanks for sharing such a great info. You did some great combination. Really appreciate that one.


on March 4, 2016 at 8:59 AM Reply

thanks for sharing as i have recieved a juicer as a gift and am using it daily but the cook book it came with didn't make it easy to use nor give enough healthy info so thanks so much for more knowledge of roots and healthy drinks and what to use them for hope i can take a class or keep finding helpful info like this thanks agai


    on March 4, 2016 at 11:27 AM Reply

    Glad you found it helpful, Connie! Good luck - it can be so fun!



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