Sunday, January 12, 2014

Juicing in the New Year

Happy New Year!

Not much cooking over here lately...we decided to do a juice fast/cleanse/detox to start the year off right. Hubby and I went a little off track during the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I mean, cookies.  Need I say more?

We're now on day 8 of a 10-day juice fast. I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of our juice recipes with you.  Aunt Louanne, please avert your eyes.

We'll start with the classics...Mean Green. You may notice that we got a new juicer.  Mom's 1984 Oster wasn't working for us anymore.  After conducting some exhaustive research on the internet, Hubby decided we HAD to have an upright masticating juicer.  I like it.  It's a workhorse for sure.

Meen Green (original recipe) consists of:

6 leaves kale
4 ribs celery
1 cucumber
2 apples
1/2 lemon (peeled)
knob of ginger

Chop them up, juice them, and voila:

Doesn't it just scream "Healthy"?  I like it now, but it took a while. We had to ease up to the six kale leaves slooowly.

Next up, Green Citrus Juice. here's some good stuff.

We're not big fans of cooked spinach here in the D-oh household, but we like it raw just fine.

Green Citrus Juice:

2 apples
2 oranges (peeled)
6 large handfuls spinach

Ain't it green? Sorry for the crooked picture.  The sun was giving me trouble.

And last for today, Orange-Carrot-Lemon-Ginger Juice. I also threw in half a beet that I had laying around. I hate beets.  But they're really good for you, so I try to put them in the yummy juices in small doses.

Orange-Carrot-Lemon-Ginger Juice

Buncha oranges (peeled)
Buncha carrots
1 lemon (peeled)
1 knob ginger

Juice and enjoy! The beet at least turns it a pretty color.  These are empty peanut butter jars.  Since we've been juicing, we haven't thrown away/recycled a single glass jar. We've build up  quite a collection. The 16 oz jars are good for breakfast juices...we don't want to overdo on the sweet stuff. And if you're going to refrigerate juice, the jars should be filled up to the tippy-top.  Less air = less oxidation.

Anyhoo, that's all for today.  Got some fun things planned for later this week, so stay tuned.



  1. Impressive. I can't drink my food. I have tried many times, but I gag on Day 1....if my teeth ever fall out, I will starve!

    1. We run the juice through a strainer a few times before we drink it...makes all the difference for us!

  2. Yum!! The last two sounded amazing. I don't have a juicer. I want one- but don't want the expense. I use a blender and make smoothies though. You gotta watch kale in smoothies too- it makes them a little bitey,

    1. I'm not a big fan of kale...too strong. We're getting used to it, though. I don't do a lot of smoothies because they always seem to have bananas in them. I don't do bananas. ;-)