Juicing For Weight Loss Specifics: The Main Players

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I know it gets confusing around here occasionally, if you come to this site looking for juicing recipes and end up with advice on how to get a six pack, or what's best for living long life. Whether you're here looking for advice on juicing for weight loss, overall health, or just because you love the noise your Uber cool machine makes, sometimes the topics here can get a tad convoluted on first glance. 

Here's the thing; I could give up recipes here all day long, without any discussion on the lifestyle that should revolve around your juicing goals, but in doing so I'm just the becoming the same cookie cutter site as every other web address involved around juicing. Don't get me wrong, the other sites have a place (some more than others) but there's nothing useful at all in me just being a parrot. Plainly, to keep my promise to you, occasionally I have to touch on the other areas in life that should be of paramount importance to anyone involved in juicing. 

But don't fear, today I won't be rattling on about sit ups, yoga, or meditation. Today is strictly a juicing recipes fiesta! Besides, I have already written a great post that properly explains why I'm constantly on about so much other than juicing - you can stop back tomorrow to read it. But now, without further adieu, here's a whole heap of great juices and information on the main players in your kitchen and juicer.  Check in tomorrow folks, more good stuff abounds 'round here. :)

............................. Apples:
Vegetables, in all their nutritious glory, can taste awesome, or they can taste like sweat socks, depending on your personal preference. Well as it turns out, nature has you covered since apples happen to be natures version of Sweet and Low - they are natural flavor enhancers, and can make the most offensive veggie combination taste like your favorite after-workout cocktail. So when you're juicing and having issues with a bitter/boring/blah veggie taste, apples are your friend. 

An Apple A Day:

  • 2 green apples
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 8 stalks bok choy
  • ¼ pound spinach
  • 1 bunch parsley
Wash the stuff (duh!) cut into small sections if at all necessary. Juice the apples and then set it aside, while you juice everything else together. Throw it all together with your green apple juice when finished. In a word, UberAwesomealicious!

............................. Asparagus:
Some love asparagus, some run screaming for the hills at the mere mention. Me, I'm in between. But asparagus is virtually packed with vitamins and minerals, and always a perfect juicing addition. It's a natural diuretic and helps afflictions such as eczema, acne, and that ever so embarrassing issue I'll whisper for the sensibility of some.... male impotence. 

Spare an Asparagus?:

  • 8 asparagus (remove tough stems)
  • 1 lb of carrots
  • dash of honey or lime juice (to taste)
  • 1 tomato
Juice 'em up and serve!

............................. Beets:
Beets are are an excellent part of a juice fast, as they are a great way to help your liver detoxify the body. We all know by now that the liver is the body's filtering system yes? As well, many doctors who treat alcoholism have recommended drinking beet juice on the regular. Not that we're all party animals or hapless booze hounds (and I mean no offense to the seriousness of alcoholism), but adding beets to a recipe gives your liver a flak jacket. (*Milk thistle is also known for it's protective properties where the liver is concerned)

Beets are also great for PMS. BTW, if you haven't read it, here's my Juicing Recipes Great PMS Escape article folks. If you have harsh PMS or if you're a significant other in aggressive psychiatric therapy due to you're wifes' PMS, that article is biblical. (Husbands and boyfriends everywhere have already thanked me for that particular piece). 

To Be Toxic, Or ...:

  • 2 apples
  • 1/4 grapefruit (peeled or not - your call)
  • 1 small bunch of grapes (or acai berries)
  • 1/4 lemon - peeled.
  • 1/2 Beet
Again, juice 'em up and serve! It's so good your liver will wake up in the middle of the night an email me a thank you note.

............................. Berries:
Another one of natures sweeteners, berries are chock full of so many minerals, vitamins, and antioxidant properties that an explanation would take days to write. Berries are blood purifiers, they offer significant protection against heart disease and cancer. Heck, they're beneficial for bladder infections, bad breath, high blood pressure, colds, even fatigue. Need another reason for adding them to your latest greatest juicing concoction? OK, here's one: because I said so!

 Life's Been Berry, Berry Good To Me:

  • 8 large carrots
  • 1/2 large beet
  • 1/2 turnip
  • 1/2 parsnip
  • 5 celery stalks
  • 1/4 rutabaga
  • 1/8 head red cabbage.
  • 5 radishes
  • 1 large apple
  • 1 cup cranberries
Juice 'em up and serve! *recipe courtesy of soymilkquick.com

............................. Carrots:
Here's a fun fact about carrots you can use to win friends and influence people ... Carrot juice is almost identical to the structure of blood! Betchya didn't know that! Carrots are ubiquitous in the juicing for health lifestyle. I'd venture to say that they're the most commonly juiced vegetable of any. They are considered the most nutritious veggies on the planet, with good reason. Carotene exists in no other food in such quantities. (Hence the name "carrot") Aside from that carrots are loaded with pectin, vitamin C, potassium and fluorine. When juiced, carrots have a sweet taste as well, and great filler for any juice.

Carrot Creation:

  • 4 carrots
  • 1 beet with greens
  • 5 leaves of lettuce
  • 4 leaves of spinach

Do I really need to keep mentioning that you need to wash these things? Anyways, juice 2 carrots, the entire beet, using the remaining 2 carrots to push the lettuce and spinach through the juicer. *It's not necessary to use the carrots to push through your leafy stuff if you own an awesome and Uber great juicer with many fantastic helpful tools. (hint hint)

............................. String Beans:
Juicing string beans with brussel sprouts is great for diabetics, since the effect is very close to the natural insulin the pancreas produces in our body. Need I say more? OK. These beans are chock full of vitamin K, which aids blood clotting. Vitamin K has also been linked as helping prevent osteopenia and osteoporosis, and is a combatant against colon cancer. So when you see string beans sitting at your local organic produce section, grab some and juice them (and add them to your meals often).

String Bean Blowout:

  • 1 large handful of string beans
  • 2 apples (green or red - your choice)
  • 1 LB carrots
  • 1/8 - 1/4 inch ginger root (to taste)

Juice away! 

Future posts will continue detailing the fruits and veggies you should be regularly consuming. Not wishing to bore you with self promotion, but in my upcoming book there's a very detailed nutritional breakdown on many of these "main players" - along with more juicing recipe options for getting these Uber foods into your body via the almighty juice machine.



Juicers said...

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Going For Healthy said...

I've been juicing for a week and lost 6lbs in the first 3 days. Cant wait to try your receipts!!!! Also signed up for your news letter. JUICING REALLY DOES WORK. I'll be back to your posts daily :)

Rachel said...

This is a great post, wonderful information.

Just starting out juicing and have questions about beet greens. Should those always be used in addition with the beet or only when the recipe calls for?

Or can they be used in place of a beet?

I hate to waste a good green if the bod can use it.

P Clik said...

@ Rachel... The greens of a beet add to the taste of any recipe, so it's really down to personal preference. If you enjoy it, add away! They contain different minerals and phyto nutrients from the beet itself, so it wouldn't really be used "in place of", but none the less you can add those greens as you see fit, as long as the flavors combine well. I use beet greens for a great number of good recipes, in fact I just added them to a home made V8 preparation with awesome results! :) Cheers!

Laney said...

Hi there, I just recently started juicing and am always on the look out for good recipes. I find your site very helpful. You sound so friendly, personable and knowledgeable that I can't stop reading! I really appreciate all the detailed descriptions especially regarding health benefits of different vegs. Thank you and please keep posting!

Anonymous said...

I'm on warfarin due to a Pulmonary Embolism and need to lose 20kg. Walking and exercise is difficult for me also as I have Oesteoarthritis in my feet, knees and hips and suffer Fibromyalgia. I am 51 years old and am 5 foot 8 and weigh 97kgs. What juicing recipes would be best for me?