Best Juicing Recipes for Beginners
It’s convenient and budget-friendly to make fresh vegetable juices at home. If you’re looking for some easy juicing recipes, you’re going to love this round-up of simple recipes for celery juice, beet juice, cucumber juice, carrot juice, and more. This round-up is for juicing beginners and juicing pros.
I’ve been making juices for about a decade now, and it’s part of my wellness routine. Juicing is a great way to add extra nutrition to your diet, and they can be very hydrating and refreshing.
Depending on the season, juicing can also be a really effective way to use up extra produce. I know that certain times of the year in California, it’s almost impossible to use up the bounty from the garden, including lemons, limes, oranges, kale, and zucchini.
If you are interested in doing an actual juice cleanse, you might want to read the article I wrote with some of the positive and negatives. A more moderate approach to juicing is to incorporate it into your regular diet. One way that might look is to drink 4-6 ounces of juice before, during, or after a regular meal.
As far as I know, there are no scientific studies that show that juicing is any healthier than just eating more fruits and vegetables. But, since juicing removes the bulk of the fiber from these foods, it might be easier for some people to get the nutrition without having to digest all of the fiber.
I’ve had several different juicers over the years, but my absolute favorite juicer is my Omega masticating juicer. It is super efficient and easy to clean, plus it’s very well made. I’ve reviewed all of the best juicers, including how to pick the right one for you.
If you don’t have the budget or space for a dedicated juicer, you can also make juice in a quality blender (see my list of the best juicer blenders)! Or, see my dedicated post (and a recipe) for juicing in a Vitamix.
Tips for Beginners
If you’re new to juicing, here are some of my tips.
- For the best flavor combinations, use a recipe until you have a good idea of which fruits and vegetables go well together. I’ve included some of my favorite juice recipes for beginners below!
- Try to use as many vegetables as possible in your juice to keep the sugar content low.
- Don’t forget about juicing herbs! Parsley is one of my favorites, but you can also juice cilantro, mint, and dill.
- You can prep your fruits and vegetables up to a few days before juicing to help spread out the work. Just store your chopped produce in the fridge until you’re ready to juice. After you make the juice, try to drink it within 3 days of juicing for the optimal nutrition and flavor.
- Always be careful giving unpasteurized juices to kids, elderly, pregnant women, and anyone with a compromised immune system.
- If weight loss is your goal, consider my round-up of the Best Juice Recipes for Weight Loss.
Morning may be the ideal time because a juice can hydrate and energize you for the day. Some people don’t like to drink a lot of liquids later in the day, and that’s another reason why morning might be the best time to juice. That said, there are no rules saying you can’t drink a green juice later in the day.
It is very dependent on the individual person as to how much juice you should drink a day. Some people may have a hard time digesting juice at the beginning, so it’s best to start with a small amount, like 2-4 ounces. Then, you can work your way up to 16 ounces or more a day.
Again, it is very individualized as to the benefits (or risks) of juicing. Most people enjoy feeling more hydrated and nourished after drinking a green juice. Read more about beet juice benefits.
Best Vegetable Juice Recipes for Beginners
Whether you’re new to vegetable juicing or you’ve been doing it for a long time, I hope you found some easy and delicious juice recipes in this round-up. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments!
Note: this post is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations related to your individual situation.