After the indulgent holidays, I craved returning to healthy eating. For me, that includes lots of fresh juice! I’m not one to make resolutions, per se, but I’ve made a promise to myself to make more time for juice-making. It’s the Year of the Juice!
I did a pre-New Year’s juice cleanse, and friends asked which recipes I use to make juice in my home juicer. To be truthful, I don’t use a recipe unless I want to try something funky and unusual. For everyday juice, I follow a type of formula that I made up, and I want to share it here with you!
Choose fresh veggies and fruits from the below: a few from Columns A, one from Column B, and one from Column C! Easy juice!
Column A: THE BASE. Pick a few of the following items: carrot, celery, cucumber, apple, pear. These are fairly mild-flavored items that yield a good amount of juice! They form the bulk of the juice. I generally use 2-3 of the items I pick, i.e., 2-3 carrots, 2 pears, etc.
Column B: THE INTEREST. Pick one item, and use a relatively small amount of the one you pick: kale, beets, blueberries. These items have a stronger flavor and don’t generally mix well with each other unless you have a good recipe. I generally use a few leaves of kale, a handful of blueberries, etc.
Column C: THE ZING. Pick one item, and use a very small amount: garlic, ginger. I prefer garlic, but ginger is very popular in fresh juices! I don’t suggest mixing garlic and ginger in juice as this is overpowering!
The best way to see what you like is to experiment, taste a little, and then add more if you think it needs adjusting. I personally try to emphasize veggies in my juices to limit the sugar, but other people love a good fruit-based juice. For the most part, the above formula will provide good, flavorful, healthy juice!
What a great way to start the new year!