It seems like everybody and their mama is doing a juice cleanse right now and since I have been meaning to share some of my favorite, most refreshing juice recipes, what better time than now, right? For the first part of the series, I am featuring my new favorite kind of juice---beet juice! It is lightly sweet, refreshing and detoxifying. This blend is the perfect blend of sweet meets citrus!
I am not on a juice cleanse, but I do juice regularly and it helps me curb sugar cravings, feel better overall and helps me get in lots of veggies/chlorophyll/nutrients while giving my digestive system a break. Cold pressed juice lasts about 3 days and I juice enough for two days, so normally, I juice every other day.
If you are new to juicing, there are a few things you need to know to optimize the benefits. This article helped me correct some of the common juicing mistakes I was making when I first started. From the timing of when you juice, to "chewing" your juice, to cleaning your juicer, it all matters and if you're going through the effort, you definitely want to do it right.
So let's quickly talk about juicers. There are masticating and centrifugal juicers, both having their pros and cons. I started with a centrifugal juicer, as they are cheaper, to make sure I was really into this whole juicing thing. Turns out, I was and I loved the benefits of juicing so I invested in a cold-pressed juicer because they maintain more of the juices nutrients and produce a higher quality juice. I could go on and on about the differences, but check out this article for a nice breakdown of the difference, pros and cons of both types.
Below, is the juicer that I use and it has been my absolute favorite juicer! Over the years, I have had at least 4 models and this one is by far the most quiet, easiest to clean and most compact. Click my the mage below to purchase yours on Amazon (if you purchase, be sure to click on the link so ya girl gets her affiliate cut)!
Cleaning/prepping your produce:
I make my own fruit/veggie wash with:
about 1/3 sink full of cool water
1/2 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) or distilled vinegar
2 tbsp of baking soda
I let them soak for about 10-15 minutes, swirling the produce in the rinse/rubbing to clean them.
After I make the juice, I strain it to make sure my juice is smooth and free of pulp. This is the strainer I use and it gets the job done. Click my the mage below to purchase yours on Amazon (if you purchase, be sure to click on the link so ya girl gets her affiliate cut)!
My first recipe in the series is a beet juice that is perfectly sweet, citrusy and full of nutrients.
1 green apple
3 stalks of celery
1 inch of ginger
1/2 inch of turmeric
optional: cilantro (I love adding some cilantro to my juice)
Makes two 400ml servings of juice (just over 3 cups)
Enjoy! I know I did! Did you make this juice recipe? I need to know! Tag me on Insta @plantbasedtamika or on our Facebook Page, Chitown Vegan!