Favorite Green Juice Recipes

Why I Started Green Juicing and How It Has Changed My Health – and Life

Green Juice in a jarI had my FIRST green juice in 2007 and I am nowhere near my last one! One day, I was just done with being sick and tired and fat. You know? And I didn’t want to chalk it up to work, stress or age. I wanted to reclaim my health, to shed the extra awful pounds and to find a smart and sustainable habit for my wholeness!

Enter green juicing, baby!

In my early 30s, I looked good but didn’t FEEL great! I wanted to look and feel fantastic. So I started learning about the ins and outs of green juicing – which I teach you in detail and for FREE in my exclusive juicing newsletter. For the first year, I was juicing up to 5 times a week. The results on my body stunned me: I lost the stubborn weight, my skin cleared up, my energy soared to the roof and I was feeling better than I did in my 20s! This stuff is for real. Juicing works!

Today (updated note in 2012), I have found a better balance with juicing several times a week and with occasional juice fasts built-in. Juicing is still a serious foundation of my diet.

I was surprised how much I learned about my health by juicing vegetables: Developing a new interest in raw foods, finding new fruits and vegetables to juice, and learning which combination produces a recipe that best suited what I needed at that time, green juicing became my most exciting smart habit.

I quickly realized that we tend to forget the yummy and not-so-yummy juice recipes so I started to document and share the Best Juice Recipes to help you on your fun juicing journey.

Today, I have lost (and kept off) over 20 pounds since my first green juice in 2007, my body has never felt stronger and better. To create the green juices, you need either a masticating juicer – that’s the best way to make your green juice – or a centrifugal juicer. I love my Omega juicer, which is slow and efficient. I also adore the Green Star Elite – a fantastic, high quality, top-notch brand of juicer.

Whatever brand you find most suitable for your needs works. I have made best friends with my juicers and you will too. Below you will find my green juicing clinic and book to help you on your journey!

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Top Delicious Green Juice Recipes:

  1. Perfect Morning Essential: 4-6 Carrots, 4 stalks of Celery, 1 Lemon , 1 Macintosh or Yellow Apple
  2. Hot Afternoon Boost: Up 4-6 Carrots, 4-6 stalks Celery, 1/2 bunch Cilantro, 2 Roma Tomatoes, 1 Lemon
  3. Power After-Workout Drink: 1/2 Romaine lettuce, 3-4 leaves of Kale, 3-4 Carrots, 1/2 bunch Carrot top, 1 Apple, 1 Lime
  4. Serious Detox: 1/2 sour green Apple, 1 Lime, 1 large Beet, 3-4 leaves Beet tops, 3-4 Carrots, 3-4 Celery stalks, small piece of Ginger
  5. Excellent Craving Response: 3-4 large leaves of Kale, 1 whole stalk of Leek, 1 Lime, 1 large Tomato, 1/2 bunch Cilantro, 3-4 Carrots, small piece of Ginger
  6. Delightful Green Snack: 1/2 of red Cabbage, 3-4 stalks of Celery, 4-5 leaves of Kale, 1 Lemon, 1 Lime, 1 Apple, small piece of fresh Ginger
  7. Sweet Filling Delight: 3 cups fresh baby Spinach, 1 Lime, 1 large Tomato, 2-3 Carrots and 1/2 Carrot top bunch, 1/2 bunch Parsley, 1 stalk Celery
  8. Quick Cleansing Drink: 2-3 Carrots, 4 Cucumbers, small piece of fresh Ginger, 1 Lemon, 1 whole Beet
  9. Variety Vitamin Drink: 1 Lemon, 2 cups of Alfa Alfa Sprouts, small piece of fresh Ginger, 2 Carrots, 3 Cucumbers, 1/2 bunch Parsley
  10. Exquisite Green Goodness: 3-4 leaves of Kale, 5 large Romaine Lettuce leaves, 1 Beet, 1/2 bunch of Cilantro, 1 Lime, 2 cups fresh Spinach, 1/2 Apple

Note 1: These recipes make roughly 24-28 oz. This depends the efficiency of your masticating juicer works dryness of the pulp.
Note 2:  Leeks and Cabbage are challenging on some juicers so check your juicer’s instructions.
Note 3: You may taste some bitterness in these juices. If you do, add an Apple or a Tomato for taste.

Yummy Fruit Juice Recipes:

I wanted to add a few pure fruit juice recipes. Please be ware of the fructose, the natural sugar found in fruit juices. In general, try to limit your fruit juices to 1-2 cups a day. I think the most excellent choice of a juicer is the Fruit Star from Tribest, which makes sure the extra pulp from fruits doesn’t get caught in the screens of a regular juicer! I ADORE my Green Star Elite – watch me unbox my new GreenStar Elite here!

And these are some of my delicious fruit juice recipes:

  1. Refreshment in a Cup: 1 whole Cantaloupe, 2 cups of fresh Strawberries – My favorite!
  2. Sweet & Tart: 1 Orange, 1 Grapefruit, 1 Macintosh Apple, 1 Lemon
  3. Citrus Essential: 2 Oranges, 1 Macintosh Apple, 1 Lemon
  4. For the Love of Watermelon: An entire watermelon, all by itself, not mixed with anything else – Excellent for hot summer days!

Always peel your oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits before putting them through your juicer. You do not need to peel limes or lemons. They add a mildly bitter taste to the juice unpeeled.

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If you love green juicing, join my Insider’s Exclusive Guide by clicking here! I will send you my favorite fresh new recipes, share with you my tips and mistakes to avoid on your juicing path – these are the valuable stuff I have learned as I go through up and downs of life and my insanely busy work schedule and my travels.

Because juicing must go on, baby! Now hurry up and join me and let’s go on the journey together!

  • Plan well in advance (3-to-5 days) for the vegetables and fruits. As a general rule, do not keep fresh vegetables longer than 7-9 days after purchase.
  • Buy organic when you can especially for the dark leafy vegetables, carrots with tops, beets with tops, and celery.
  • Shop local when possible. Your local Farmers Market is the best place. They carry the freshest vegetables, sell it cheaper and you are supporting your local farmers. Subsidize the rest at your local Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods.
  • Juice only on an empty stomach, early morning and/or after your workout is the best time to juice.
  • Wash & cut up the vegetables to size that will fit your juicer’s food chute.
  • Juice your lemon or lime last so that it cleans out the juicer much as possible as it runs through it. Juice between 32 to 48 ounces each time. You can work up to 64 oz. 5-7 times a week, if your aim is to lose weight. Note this is very intense: Listen to your body.
  • Drink all of it within the hour. Do your best not to store or refrigerate if possible.
  • Clean up your juicer immediately after juicing.
  • Balance out the dark leafy vegetables If you are starting out, keep the dark green leafy vegetables balanced with an apple or few carrots to add some natural sweetness. This will offset the mildly bitter taste of dark vegetables.
  • Use very small quantities of ginger, until you get used to the sharp taste.
  • Keep your carrot and beet pulp for salad topping. I have only cared to consume these 2 types of pulps.
  • Do not eat anything for at least an hour after juicing.
  • Drink water or tea following a juice for up to 2-3 hours. Let your body enjoy the freshness and work through the delicious fresh juices before eating solid foods.
  • Find a routine to follow from start to finish – I would listen to my French podcasts which run 20 minutes long, the length of time it takes me from start to finish (all cleaned up!). Whatever works to keep your habits going strong!
  • Keep a journal for first 3-6 months on your favorite juices. You won’t regret it!

Now I am so hooked on green juicing that I look for a juice bar wherever I travel. So when you travel, search juice bars on Yelp and locate them in advance. Make it a goal to have at least one meal at a juice bar and let your body and mind rest and rejuvenate from all the travel chaos and food. Always think and live with your health in mind!

Energy and Vitality

One of the main benefits of green juicing is the extra energy and vitality you get from drinking freshly-made vegetable juices, with heaps of enzymes, vitamins and minerals. The Number One feedback on the Green Juicing Guide continues to be: “I have so much extra energy!” So remember that as you commit to your journey.

Share your Thoughts, Questions, Comments:

Juicing is a very powerful journey. It can have enormous benefits and it can test and try our patience and help us get to know ourselves better. It can also be very confusing at the beginning. I love to learn from you, hear your experience, and your thoughts on juicing vegetables so don’t be shy! Leave a comment, start a conversation, and guard your health! Don’t forget to join the exclusive juicing newsletter if you want more goodies on green juicing journey, the tips, the how-to, the fun, the experience!


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  • Jo

    Hi, thanks for the useful information on juicing. I’ve recently started to juice and am even contemplating on going 100%. Apart from losing weight, has juicing you helped in terms of good skin, complexion etc? Am struggling with pimples and am wondering whether i can have the complexion of my dreams if I try out juicing and raw food.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi Jo, glad you enjoyed the info here. I think 100% juicing is fine so long as you folow guidelines. Look at the related posts here on my 5-day juice fast/kundalini yoga for guidelines. It helped amazingly with my skin and I did not notice any problems with skin breakouts during the juice at all (sometimes this happens before things clear up) but I encourage you to do a thorough Google search too before doing any kind of fast. Good luck! It can be highly beneficial too!!

  • Somer

    Thanks so much for sharing your juicing knowledge! I have been considering juicing for some time now, but with all the information out there, it can be pretty overwhelming and confusing. Your tips and info make it seem so much more simple and less frightening. I do have a few questions, though:
    1. How often should a beginner juice in a day?
    2. Are there any recipes you would recommend for a beginner juicer?
    3. Why should one juice only on an empty stomach?
    And lastly…
    4. When is it safe to transition from beginner juicing to a serious green detox recipe? ( I don’t want to shock my system – does that make sense? Haha)
    Again, thanks for the info and your time! You’ve already been a great help. :)

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Somer, lots of questions but nothing frightening here. Let me tell you my most important findings: Take it SLOW. Adjust your body to juicing. The more fruits (apple) and simple vegetables (carrot, celery) you add at the beginning, the easier. Start very slowly with adding ginger (sharp taste, takes some getting used to) and dark leafy vegetables (bitter but most beneficial for your body). Start juicing 3 times a week then if you do well for a couple of weeks, build up to 5. Make sure you don’t have strenuous days when you juice, try not to exercise right after juicing, do not eat right away (if you are nauseous, try to relax, drink some water or just bite on a little cracker to settle stomach but let the juice work on your body for at least 2-3 hours). It is absolutely best for you to juice on empty stomach (at least 3 hrs after a good meal) – just the way it is :)! You won’t feel good drinking it on a full stomach, I promise you! Carrot/Apple/Celery most popular for beginners but my fave: Carrot/beets. You can add an apple and later you must add ginger. Good luck to you! Keep me posted.

      • Somer

        Thanks so much for the tips! I think I’m ready to give it a shot; can’t wait! I’m already planning out my grocery list. Haha :)

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  • Iryna

    Thank you, darling , for another inspiring post. It’s decided, Cecil’s juicing machine that lives in his attic is moving into my kitchen! Wish me luck:)

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Have fun with it – and remember to watch the blog for the juicing video for beginner juicers. And good luck and to good health, Iryna!

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  • Sharmila

    This is wonderful to stumble upon! ;) I look forward to returning here for more ideas. I have been considering green juicing for awhile ;).. this might be the booster for it! thanks again, Sharmila

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Sharmila, I am delighted you found this on Stumble Upon. Do return. I plan to do a green smoothie post after my green juicing video! :)

  • SpringLily

    wouldn’t you lose out on the fiber if you just rely on juicing? thanks.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Yes you do not eat the fiber when you juice but it does not mean it is missing from the rest of your diet. The idea with juicing – at least in my opinion – is that you give your body a quick way to digest tons of nutrients and minerals from the juice rather than having to break down the vegetables and fruits. You can always add some of the fiber to salads or get fiber from the rest of your diet.

  • SpringLily

    I see. thanks for explaining.

  • henry

    Hi, I was looking for juicing recipe and found your great site. I’m a newbie vegan from Hong Kong. Glad you enjoyed your trip here. Are you a vegan? Did you have trouble finding vegan food while in HK? It’s certainly a challenge for me! Did you visit the MX juice bar in IFC? Sadly that outlet closed down recently… Anyway, have a great day!

    • http://www.prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi Henry, glad to see you here. Hong Kong was a fun place indeed and yes I am vegan and stay vegan when I am not traveling – that’s the killer part, especially in Europe! I did visit the MX at IFC and so sad to hear they are closed. I thought there were more of them there though. Stick to your vegan diet but don’t kill yourself if you have a relapse here and there…..thank you for your comment!

  • Sandra

    Thanks for the recipes. I just prepared the Equisite Green Goodness. I was wondering how much juice you typically get out of the recipe. Mine made 20 oz. which means I would have to almost double it to get in the range of 34-48 oz. Do you think that this is because I am not using a masticating juicer? Mine is a Breville. Secondly, although the taste was wonderful, I’m surprised how hard it is to finish 20 oz. when I used to drink 64 oz soda (years ago) without even taking a breath. It seems so strange. Have you ever noticed that?

    Thanks for sharing your recipes. I am looking forward to your response and to trying more of the recipes!

    • http://www.prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hello Sandra, you are welcome. Dear Sandra, I went back to these recipes and I think I had over-estimated on the 34-48 ounces. I think the truer measure is indeed between 24-28 so slightly more than the 20 ounces. You MUST use a masticating juicer, and also check your pulp – is it really dry? If not, it means your juicer is leaving out some juice. Breville, however, is a great brand. Is it the juicer for Breville you are using? I have the smoothie/mixer which is great. Sodas, argh tell me about it – luckily I gave that up at 18! But juices are very dense….drink slowly. I think on an empty stomach, you can get used to consuming up to 20 oz. over time – say a few weeks – but you can also store it for 24 hours (no more)! I hope this helps!!! I will update the post with a note on the 34-48 ounces! Thanks!

  • Sandra

    Thanks for your reply. I replenished my groceries last night so I am so looking forward to trying another one of your juices. My Breville is a juicer. The pulp is not dry. In fact, sometimes it is wet. I can’t buy anything else, because this is my second juicer. My first one was the Jack Lalane juicer. When the pulp was wet with that one, I sold it and bought this Breville. Now, I think I’m stuck. It works pretty well, but I think I would get more out of a masticating juicer. Maybe someday, I will invest in one. In the meantime, I was wondering how you estimate how much nutrition you are getting in a day. How would someone know if they were meeting their nutritional needs? If I am having fruit for breakfast, drinking 20 oz of green juice a few hours later and having a salad a few hours after that, how would I estimate the quantities to do a rough nutritional calculation? Do you just go by how you feel? Thanks again for being a great resource. By the way, you look great! I’m looking forward to looking and feeling great soon. This diet is already making a huge difference. I am on day 33 of raw! Take care.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi Sandra, thank you for continuing the conversation. I think you are definitely on the right track but juicing alone is not – as I am sure you know – a comprehensive health plan. The raw food diet is excellent and you are way ahead of me in trying it for such a long time. I eat a lot of raw foods – especially when not traveling – probably 60-70% but I do eat cooked foods as well. I do a lot of yoga and also cycling/spinning- you can search the blog for many posts on both of those topics or just go through the For the Body category. I am sorry to hear that you had no luck with Jack L. and Breville and that the pulp is NOT dry – I am very surprised – I’d try contacting them. Breville has good tech support from my experience. Hope to see you read the other posts about overall health and I am happy to share my thoughts with you on the rest too. Keep it up and stay strong!

  • Tom

    Thanks for the article! I tried Hot Afternoon Boost and it was delicious. May have to make it part of my regular diet.

    Tom

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Thank you Tom for telling me I am so glad -now I am craving some! I don’t juice as much as I should during the winter…..but now you are inspiring me to pick it up more again.

  • James

    Hi Farnoosh.

    I am glad I found your site. You have tremendous green juice recipes in your list. But also I appreciate all your tips related to juicing and how to get the most out of the experience. I run a raw food website and juicing is a large part of this healthy lifestyle, so much thanks!

    Have a great day!

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Thank you dear James. I have really found a lot of benefit to juicing. I am also looking at your site and have no doubt will find some great recipes and combinations I’d love to try. Thanks for leaving a comment here!

  • Shenoa

    Thanks so much for this great article! I just had my first green drink this morning and am very excited at discovering new concoctions! Your article has given me many new recipes to try! GREAT READ and information ;)

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Dear Shenoa, thank you for your great feedback. I am so happy you enjoyed the first green juice. It is so important to have a good FIRST experience in things and excited for you. Happy Juicing!

  • Rick

    Hi my name is Rick and I was diagnosed with having food allergies from dairy, whey, soy, wheat, and eggs. I’ve been healthy most of my life at least I thought I was. I started working out in the 9th grade and meet a guy who was into nutrition and taught me alot so I’ve been doing the egg whites, non fat milk and yogurt, whey protien and so forth. I’ve been having alot of inflamation and stiff joints through out my body and feel I’m a healthy 43 year old and couldn’t figure out why I was getting weaker and stiffer and losing my motivation and energy. I just started juicing again and am hoping it relieves some if not all of my symptoms. Any thoughts?

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi Rick, so I have to do the disclaimer, right? I am neither a doctor nor a nutritionist, just a food enthusiast if you will. Having said that, I have strong aversions toward milk. I have not had any since I was 16, except for some heavy cream which is based on milk when I used to drink coffee years ago. I think milk – the way it is produced here in the US anyway – is cause for more problems than any health benefits. You can get just as much calcium from spinach! I am trying a vegan diet and love it and I am a cycling and yoga addict so I need a strong diet. I would say try to change things up. Go vegan for a month and see what happens. Eat raw foods for a week and see what happens. You are VERY young and sound health. And do the juicing too. Also, don’t combine different categories of food, for instance, try to have your carbs with salad and your proteins with salad but not everything together because the body has to work so much harder to digest multiple categories than if you were to eat only one. Good luck and hope this gives you some of my ideas? All the best!

  • Julez

    Hi! Do you know how many calories are in your juices? I am counting my calories. Thanks!

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hmmm. I would say I don’t know but that I never concern myself with calories in GREEN juices. The fruit juices have sugar – fructose – so you have more calories than green juices. I would not think it is a lot but you would need to Google it. I honestly don’t subscribe to counting calorie diets but so glad you are doing the juicing!

  • Chris

    Hi Farnoosh. First of all, Thank You very much for taking the time to put all of this useful information out here. It’s always wonderful to find like minded people who share the same life’s passions that I do. Healthy doesn’t have to be bland and boring! And this brings me to my (probably quite strange) question: I am a vegan who happens to love very spicy plant based food. Have you ever juiced a jalapeno, habanero, or any other hot pepper into a green juice drink? I think it would be fabulous, but wonder if anyone has any first hand experience with it? Would the capsaicin hinder any of the healthful benefits from the veggies enzymes? Am I nuts for even wanting to do this? LOL!

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Chris, hi and you are very welcome. I will argue with anyone who says healthy is boring. It is the most adventureous path I have taken and I am on Day 37 of being vegan and happy. So as I eat spicy salsa with my chips (cheat night after cycling tonight ;)) and type this, I have to say that no, I have only added ginger as far as sharp taste to my juices. Never one of those peppers and I have had sweet juices but not hot juices….you might just be the first my dear and you are far from nuts. What’s the worst thing that can happen? You don’t like it. You juice again. Life is good. Have fun :)!

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  • Stacy

    Hi Farnoosh,
    Thank you for having this site and posting all of this info. I will start juicing this week, but I do not have a juicer. I will be trying to juice by using my blender and then pouring and squeezing it out of nut milk bags. Do you think this will be OK? Will it still provide the benefits that of a juicer? Thank you again for the recipes. Im so exited! YIPPIE TO BEING HEALTHY!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Stacy, yippie to being healthy indeed but I’m afraid there’s no shortcut to juicing. If you want to have a JUICE, with all the pulp (fibers) removed, you *NEED* a masticating juicer. A blender just blends. It does not extract the juice and leave pulp behind. Blending has plenty of benefits but for juicing, you need a juicer, my dear. And it’s well worth the investment. I just juiced tangerines-orange-apples and some cilantro. It was delicious and I bet it will beat the onset of this cold by noon! :) Good luck.

  • jose

    greetings,

    Hi I am a raw foodie since may 22 2010 and I have lost over 60 pounds.
    I did it with green smoothies.
    But after some reasearch I found out that green juicing is better ?

    Can you help me please ?

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Jose, that’s a very tough discipline, I am very amazed. Green smoothies are definitely very good for you. Green juicing has different benefits. It is absorbed much easier and faster by your body but you will be getting only the juice and not the fiber from the fruits and vegetables. It is better if you are trying to detox or even lose weight in my experience – I have done both green smoothies and green juices. And it is really easy to get lots of nutrients and vitamins because it’s lesser volume than if you were to make the smoothie – so you can absorb tons of nutrients instantly. Both are good. Green juicing better for losing weight and detoxing.

      • Carolyn

        I recently started juicing after completing the Cooler Cleanse, which was amazing. I love juicing and use the blender as well. I usually use some type of fruit to lessen the powerful taste of the greens. For example, my favorite juice so far is pineapple, mint, kale, celery and a bit of cucumber. Adding Ginger adds a nice kick too. Does adding fruit lessen the health benefits of the green juice, both the detox and weight loss areas? Also, I don’t eat a totally “raw” food diet. I will eat cooked foods, but I very rarely eat dairy, sugar or starch. How many times a day should I juice in order to achieve the best health benefits and perhaps some weight loss. I have worked out routinely for years and weight isn’t an issue, but hey, if it’s a juicing benefit….I’m all for it!!!

        • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

          Carolyn, thanks for the awesome juice recipe, that sounds delicious, and ginger DOES add a nice KICK!
          Adding fruits does NOT lessen the benefit of green juice. You want to always have a larger vegetable to fruit ratio, of course, unless you are making fruit juice….. in which case just make fruit juice ;) – but no, it does not lessen the benefits at all. Fruit just has more sugar, fructose, and you want to just moderate that. I think as long as you watch your carbs, starches, sugar, and eat healthy cooked meals, and stay active, you are fine. I generally juice 3-5 times a week, and then I have enough to where each time it lasts for a day or so. Sometimes I take breaks. I’ll tell you that you cannot juice too many times but I leave that ideal # up to you :))) Good luck!!

  • Rick

    I was wondering why do people use a strainer of some sort instead of drinking or eating their juices? I’m confused to why they wouldn’t what to get all the fiber and nutrients from the fruit or vegetables they’re juicing. Do you need to or is it a preference for most people?

    Thank You,

    Rick

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Rick, when you juice vegetables, it removes the pulp and the juice itself has all the vitamins and nutrients but the fiber in the pulp is also good for you. Your body tends to absorb the juice instantly and the only way to get a true juice is by using a juicer, not using a smoothie or blender or manual juice devices. I think juicing is amazing for the body and a great compliment if you exercise, or if you want to stay very healthy and have a very good digestive system as well as staying on top of all of your vitamins especially in the darker and leafier vegetables. Hope this helps!!

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  • Gabriel Braun

    Juicing vs. Blending
    Juicing gained huge popularity through the 80’s and 90’s. But blending green smoothies has now been generally adopted as the better value proposition. Leading figures in the health and wellness like the late Ann Wigmore and Victoria Boutenko have led this movement in thinking.

    Case for Blending over Juicing:
    * Body is not designed to quickly assimilate nutrients. Large amounts of nutrients end up in your urine, similar to Vitamins.
    * Colon health is bolstered by bacteria feeding on non-soluble fiber
    * Colon is cleansed by non-soluble fiber
    * Glycemic load is reduced by soluble fiber especially blending carrots, beets and fruit
    * Fiber also fills you up and holds off hunger. Blended drinks are a more complete foods. For weight loss add a scoop of protein to your blend for a complete meal.
    * High performance blenders release phytochemicals from cell walls
    * Waste from juicing still has substantial nutrition besides fiber. Our intestines have trained for over a million years to extract nutrition from food. Job made easier by micronized particles produced by performance blenders.
    * Costly because so much waste. There is only so much soup stock :)
    * Time consuming because of prep and cleaning

    This is not to say that juicing has no value, but the value impact of blending generally has greater potential as a daily regimen. Note: Blending without a performance blender (Vitamix, Blendtec) and sound recipe/formula you can end up with unpalatable sludge :)

    Whether you are blending or juicing you are doing your body good. Here is a guide to choosing nutrient dense greens- the key ingredient.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Gabriel,
      Thanks for all your insights here on green smoothies which are actually my current addiction and also on the downsides of juicing. Indeed, I do feel bad about wasting the pulp but I recycle it back to nature and sometimes use the carrot/beet pulp in salads. I have reviewed Boutenko’s book here on the blog and have learned a lot from her – although she and her family *live* on green smoothies, not sure about that! :)
      Thanks for all the insights here.

  • lizbeth

    Hello Farnoosh, Wanted to thank you for all the helpful information I found on your website. It’s the first site I chose and I think answers all my questions and concerns on juicing. I need to lose 25 – 30 lbs. So I hope this healthy way is my answer. Can you put green beans and brocolli or edamame in your juice?
    Reply when convenient. Thanks, Lizbeth

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Lizbeth, so glad this was helpful to you. So glad!!!
      As to your questions, I have juiced A LOT Of things ;) but never the 3 vegetables you talk about. I do not believe brocolli is particularly juicy. I have read a lot of books and ordered juice a lot of places and never seen these 3 items on the menu. Is there a reason you want to specifically juice them? I think your options for juicing vegetables is incredibly wide and varied so I would focus on dark leafy vegetables, mixed with apples, maybe pineapple, and some fruit to take off the bitterness, lemons and limes to add some citrus flavor, and carrots, beets, cucumbers, tomatoes for more flavor. I hope this helps and I am excited for your journey. Take it easy but be steady in your juicing and you shall see results. Best of luck!

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  • Maura

    I was wondering what make and model of juicer you recommend.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Maura, I like the Omega Juicer because it has a lifetime warranty and those guys have already swapped out a part for me but I am in the market for a Breville soon. Sorry for the delayed reply. Hope this helps!!!

  • Sascha

    I’m new to juicing and the pulp waste really got to me so… I’m definitely going to try carrots and beets for salad :)
    2 Ideas for pulp:
    I try and juice veggies first and then put all the pulp in my pressure cooker for a few minutes and strain in a nut milkbag or fine sieve for veggie stock .
    Gee the carrot pulp before I add anything else and make muffins

    My question for you is what do I use to wash my fruits and veggies? I have heard of vinegar , veggie wash or just plain water.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Sascha, you know, wasting the pulp was no fun for me either so what you are suggesting here to use it as veggie stock is brilliant. I have read in a few books that they also recommend this, now that I am reminded, thanks to you!!
      Wash fruits? I use warm water for just fruits and vegetables that are whole – and for all leafy vegetables, I soak them in water a good few minutes and then really rinse them well with just water to get all the soil out of them. So plain water here. Never heard of washing with vinegar. Have never had any issues with just water. Happy juicing!

  • sooreneccs

    Tried green juicing as I always like to eat healthy. Trouble is, it promote lots of gas and somach bloating. Do you have such problems? If so, how did you overcome it ? Thousand thanks !

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      It can be a problem if: You already had a really bad diet so your body is going through a huge shift with adding juices and hopefully, eliminating the poor diet, so I think drinking slower and in lesser quantities is key. Also, try different vegetables. Some are notorious for the bloating feeling and others not so much. You can just google them and see and then make milder juices until your body adjusts. Thanks for your comment and hope this helps.

      • sooreneccs

        Thousand thanks for the tip ! Will try it out.

  • Tabbss

    Do you drink all 32oz at one time as one meal? And then can you eat other solid healthy meals the rest of the day?

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Tabbss, hi! Thank you for your question, and the answer is “it depends.” Usually, I would drink it over 4-5 hour period, along with some water and some tea in between or I don’t drink it all the same day. Last few months, I have been drinking in the 8-16oz range when I make the juice. And yes, you can eat solid meals after but give it a few hours between your juice and your food. Hope this helps? Be sure to sign up for the newsletter to get more tips!

  • Susan

    Hi , I just stumbled across your website when I became curious about green juicing after hearing it on the radio this morning. I purchased a Jack La Lane juicer last year (which is now collecting dust in my cupboard), and I read one of your comments above that said to have a masticating juicer. Do you know if my juicer is not sufficient enough to begin using the veggies? I tried googling it but did not have much luck.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Susan, hi! Welcome here; your Jack LaLane juicer should be JUST fine. There are either a masticating juicers or centrifugal juicers and both work just fine; so you should just use it. Start with first any simple vegetables such as carrots, celery, cucumber, apple and then see how it does with leafy vegetables. Clean it well before using it, and start with a simple juice if not used to juicing…. and be sure to join the free newsletter which has tons of content I created for my juicing fans :) Thanks for stopping by!

    • Susan

      Sorry, but one more question. I am reading your recipes and it says 1/2 carrot top bunch, wouldn’t it be the same as not cutting the tops off and putting them in the juicer?

      • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

        Dear Susan, hi!! Yes, it’s the same thing :) I was just trying to be specific! Enjoy and keep me posted.

  • Cynthia Ann Leighton

    Aha! I tried making green juice at the suggestion of a friend. Over a year ago, and couldn’t stand it, though I forced myself for weeks because it benefits my friend so much.

    Now I see:
    error #1 = using a blender instead of a masticating hmm juicer…

    error #2 = I used heavy duty green veggies from Costco like spinach and whatever they had…

    error #3 = forcing myself to drink it rather than lightening it…

    And more:-)

    Thanks for all the specific suggestions. Over the years, and a lot more this year, I’m down 50 pounds and aiming now to get the other 50 off.

    This will help! Back to juicing…

    Thanks!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Cynthia Ann, yes those were mistakes but they are now behind you. Sign up for my newsletter, if you haven’t, and just start SLOW, as you would with anything – start with SIMPLE recipes like apples, carrots, celery, cucumbers, and don’t even think about dark leafy vegetables at the beginning. I wish you the best and thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      • Cynthia Ann Leighton

        Thank you! Yes, I signed up for your newsletter right away.

        Guess I just saw it as another drink, making it instead of pouring. That’s how I did not realize the concept of slow!

        blessings,
        Cynthia

  • Steve

    I glad I found this site, via your article on Anna’s site.
    I use to juice, I need to again. I’ve been vegetarian for years nows, not vegan. I’ve probably only new a few tips, like drink it as soon as possible.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Steve, welcome here. Be sure to sign up for the Juicing list so you can stay on tap with all the tips and suggestions on getting back into juicing again!

  • stacey

    HI Farnoosh,

    Loving your green juicing posts and videos! Quick question (hope you haven’t answered this somewhere else – I looked!) — what are your thoughts on green juicing vs. green smoothies? I recently have gotten into green smoothies and am contemplating purchasing the Vitamix and really ‘taking the plunge’ :) Green smoothies seem a lot easier to prepare with the Vitamix and you keep more of the fiber in the veggies…. or not?

    Anyway, just curious on your thoughts!

    Stacey

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Stacey, thanks so much for your question. I talk a little about green smoothies here.
      So green smoothies can be wonderful – they are filling, and depending on how healthy you make them – I usually don’t use any of that protein powder stuff but you certainly can and I try to make them more green so lesser fruits and more vegetables, but they are different from green juices. I recommend both. I think green juicing just has a different benefit. Yes you don’t get the fiber but it is a great way to cleanse the body and really give your digestive system a rest and a purification that you just can’t get from a filling green smoothie. By the way, be sure to get on the list, Stacey! The green juicing book is coming out before year-end, baby! :)
      Hope this helps?

      • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

        PS: Does the Vitamix not act as both a juicer and a smoothie/blender?? I recall calling them once to ask about something and that’s what I remember them telling me. Do check! You might hit a home-run if that’s the case. You know?

  • stacey

    Thanks Farnoosh for your reply and linking to your previous post on the green smoothies. So looks like you got into it for a bit — and I’m wondering if you still do them or stick to primarily green juices now? Personally I love the idea of quicker prep and cleanup with smoothies so I will start there. Oh and one other question – how did you find your Breville blender? I heard Vitamix is the only way to go with the green smoothies but I’m just curious about your experience :)

    Also to answer your other question about the Vitamix, no it doesn’t juice – but you just throw everything in whole and it purees it in the best way ( or so I’m told!) – hardly any ‘prep’ at all since you don’t have to cut and peel, etc.

    Anyway, I’ll let you know how it goes! Thanks!

    Stacey

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi again dear Stacey …. Let’s see: Breville? I know it’s an Australian brand (and what do you know, writing you this from Sydney ;)), and I trust it’s a very good one, and I needed a high-end blender after killing a few $30+ cheap ones.
      Absolutely go with green smoothies, and just make them super green and enjoy them. Right now, because I am writing my green juicing book, I am just doing more green juices, although with traveling, it’ll be on hold. You need to ask about the Vitamix then. Maybe I was thinking of a different brand or a different model? Read all reviews that you can find before deciding and good luck!!!

  • Rose Goddess

    Yummy!! this looks so awesome Farnoosh! Good job!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Thank you dear Rose. It IS delicious. I am sure you know this from drinking your own green juices!

  • Rick Trado

    I have just finished a 10 day juice fast! Thank you so much for the wonderful recipes on your website. Juicing has truly changed my life mentally, physically,and spiritually.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      10 Days??? Bravo, Rick! I am so so happy this has helped you. And I am just about to start a green juicing intensive program. If any interest, be sure to sign up for the newsletter up above. Cheers to you and to your vibrant health! :)

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  • Brenda Spiller

    Hi Farnoosh! :)

    I am sooo lucky! I managed to grab a kindle copy of your Green Juicing guide the other day and it’s wonderful! I read it right through straight away and I cannot wait to try some of your recipes. Thank you so much and huge hugs from me :) Perry says hello too!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dear Brenda, how are you? How nice to see you here! I am so glad you got a copy and wow you already read through it too. Do let me know if you try some of the juices :)! And if you liked the guide, I’d love to have an Amazon review from you here if you want to share your experience with others. Thank you! Sending you my best.

  • Tammy

    Hi Jo,
    I’m new to juicing and am having trouble with getting extremely tired right after I drink my juice. Yesterday I mixed carrots, a green apple, and celery in my morning juice. I had to lay down almost immediately from fatigue. Any suggestions? This was my second day of juicing and eating only fruits and vegetables. Thanks Tammy

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dear Tammy (not sure who Jo is but this is Farnoosh responding – I own and manage Prolific Living, nice to meet you! :)).
      Hmmm. Well, I would say look at other aspects of your life: Are you getting enough rest? Are you emotionally drained? Are you preoccupied with a lot of problems and stress? If nothing else in your life has changed and all that you are doing differently is adding the juices then I would say you are adjusting to the juices and depending on where you started, your body is going through the detox period which happens right at the beginning. It sounds like you are either fasting or doing just raw foods + juicing, and if this is drastically different from how you used to eat/drink, then that’s the most likely answer, given the limited info I have here. Hope this helps you, dear Tammy.

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  • Katherine @ Green Thickies

    Thanks for these great recipes. Strawberry juice, sounds lovely. I never tried that one. I went through a period of juicing during my pregnancy but after a nasty accident with my juicer (my fault) I’m a bit scared of them now. So I just make my smoothies now to get my greens that way. I love putting strawberries in my smoothies as it sweetens them up but doesn’t add many calories. I also add oats to my green smoothies to turn them into green thickies which fills me up until my next meal. I used to view a juice as a snack rather than a meal but I do love squeezing citrus juice and adding it to my smoothies. Do you also drink smoothies? Juicing is a great way to get a healthy quick shot of nutrients. Many thanks.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dear Katherine,
      First, that is the CUTEST baby I have seen…. holy cow.
      Second, welcome here….. oh gosh, no don’t be scared of juices please…. I LOVE smoothies to, Katherine, I just bought my Vitamix and it is a different world in my kitchen now ;)! That’s great to know about oats, now I have to tell you, I don’t care about oats, maybe I need to give them a new try too…..
      So yes, I do drink smoothies, I don’t write much about them but I am experimenting like crazy with my Vitamix for my new book which will be on the best green smoothie recipes for the health-aspiring souls who also want DELICIOUS snack/meals.
      Big hugs for your comment and come back anytime!

      • Cynthia Ann Leighton

        Oats? Great idea. I’ll try it too. Mostly I’ve just been making smoothies. Frozen bananas plus whatever I have else. Losing weight:)

  • Michelle

    Hi Farnoosh,

    Get articles above, I stumble upon your site because I am interested in getting your book my problem is I want a hard copy of the book not the digital download. Is it still in print, I have recently started juicing again many have given you book some great reviews so I am looking to get it.

    Michelle

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Michelle, thanks so much for your interest. I don’t have the means right now to offer it in print, I am so sorry – you can get it in every digital format for your computer, as PDF, or for Kindle or iPad or iPhone or Blackberry etc., and that’s all I am offering right now. You can certainly print it – it’s about 40 pages, and have the hard copy. Hope you decide to go for it. Here’s the page again: Green Juicing Guide. Thanks!

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  • Betty A.

    Hi I am interested in juicing but I do not want to just juice only I want to incorporate solid foods while I do this what would you recommed for me as far as a schedule and what kind of veggies and fruits can I use to start my juicing. I workout mostly in the evenings after work and I leave my house early for work. Please let me know if there is a faster way for me to make my juices in the morning with out it being so time consuming?

    Thanks.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dear Betty, thanks for your questions. You certainly CAN eat solid foods. I don’t understand what you may be asking, I’m afraid. Are you asking what kinds of solid foods to eat? As to all your questions, I have answered them in detail and in lessons and in our juicing community so I recommend that you join our Juicing Clinic where I teach you step by step how to make juicing a daily habit and make it efficient and time-saving, because I do hear you!!! Let me know if this helps. Thanks so much!

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