It’s all about the juice…

ready to juice with the Hurom Slow JuicerThis is my juicer.  There are many like it but this one is mine.  My juicer is my best friend, it is my life.  I must master it as I must master my own life…

I’ve been talking about getting a good juicer for years.  Now that things are settling down a bit for me I can focus on my health and nutrition a little more and part of that process is juicing.  I’ve talked with a handful of friends and family about their experiences and none of them had anything but good to say about juicing.  They feel better, have more energy and, in some cases, have lost weight.

Over last few years I’ve transitioned to a more whole food, plant-based diet.  I still eat meat occasionally, but that is happening less and less.  These days, I have a hard time eating meat from big-box grocery stores.  Luckily, we have several very nice farmer’s markets and local growers and ranchers who provide quality food here in Phoenix.  This makes it much easier to have a well stocked kitchen with fresh food while supporting local growers.  We have almost completely pulled away from processed foods and I feel so much better about the food I put in my body.

I know there is a strong community of juicers out there who all have their favorite recipes and are always experimenting and developing new ones.  Hopefully, I will be able to share some of my favorites as I get more experience with my juicer.  I am very excited about finding recipes to use the pulp as well as the juice so less get’s tossed out.  Any of the pulp ends up in compost for the garden, so I’m not too worried about the scraps.

Anyway, I wanted to post about this because I’d like to hear about some of your favorite recipes!  If you’ve got a favorite juice recipe (or other recipe using the juicer) please share it with me below, I’d love to try it!

Mean Green JuiceMy First Juice:

This was a recipe I found over at MyJuiceCleanse.com

Mean Green Juice

6 Kale Leaves
1 Cucumber
4 Celery Stalks
2 Green Apples
1/2 Lemon
1 piece of ginger

FYI – The Juicer I bought is the Hurom Slow Juicer.

Dave Creech is a successful business owner and entrepreneur based in Phoenix, Arizona. He shares his personal story and lifelong passion for travel and rugged outdoor adventure through his blog at WildernessDave.com. David’s focus has been on trip stories, gear reviews, Wilderness Medicine and a series of articles aimed at introducing Yoga to hikers and backpackers as a path to staying fit, healthy and injury free.

Comments

  1. Glad to have you on the juice train. We juice 4-5 days a week and have a similar recipe: 1 bunch of kale, 1 cucumber, 2 carrots, 1 lime, 1/2 bunch of parsley, 2-3 green apples. I also keep the stalks from broccoli, which we eat a few times a week, and add it to the recipe. Delicious!

    • Tim,

      Nice tip to save the broccoli stems! I hadn’t considered that yet…I did try a little citrus concoction last night with oranges, grapefruit, lemon, lime and carrots in it. Turned out pretty good! Could have used an apple or two to tame the citrus a little.

  2. Shawn Parry says:

    There are way too many good juicer recipes, my go to for a body cleanse is the big mean green like what you have. This link has a few good recipes I have tried in the last few days (the tropical is the best):
    – recipes are at the bottom portion of the page
    http://www.squidoo.com/juicer_recipes#module157094912

    There are recipes all over the web though, if you run into sum send them my way.

    I also use the pulp to make home-made fruit roll-ups.

  3. Excellent. David bought me a juicer a few years ago. Sadly I never used it because everyone said they were a pain to clean. I know, makes no sense, but I just never did. Not to mention, although I eat a ton of fruit I tend to stick with one fruit at a time instead of them all together. =)

    • I don’t know which one you got, but I don’t think mine is a pain to clean. You do have to clean it after every use, and there are a handful of parts that have to be disassembled and reassembled to clean it, but it’s not that hard. It’s still a new toy for me so I’m still having fun with it. :)

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