January 9, 2013

sunrise juice




My husband was inspired by this documentary last year so he went out and bought a juicer. He juiced for a few weeks, while I sat by and turned my nose up at the grassy potent juice he said tasted "good". 

We both quickly realized that juicing is a chore. And so the juicer moved in next to our garage refrigerator and they've been neighboors ever since. 

Since I've gotten healthier, I thought I'd start juicing in the mornings after my workout. It isn't intented to be a meal replacement, but simply a nourishing addition to my breakfast. 

Here is my favorite juice recipe:



juice everything! 



Doesn't it look fresh and appetizing?

I know, not really. Blame the carrots. They add a nice brown glow to the otherwise green juice.

It truly tastes much better than it looks. 

I've found that you can come up with whatever concoction you want for your juices. Substitute kale for spinach, or add ginger.

If you are curious about the different benefits of juicing vs. blending, see this post. She also shares a few recipes that I would like to try. 

Have you juiced? What are your favorite recipes? 

*this recipe makes a lot of juice. I only poured half of the juice into the drinking glass, so keep in mind that it makes enough for 2 glasses. 

61 comments:

  1. You could also try green smoothie! A few recipes ate available on pinterest : http://m.pinterest.com/according2kelly/green-smoothies/

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  2. I try to juice a couple of times a week. You are right. It is a pain but well worth it! Which juicer do you have?

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  3. I love that cup!! I've never really been into drinking my calories but someday i'll have to try!

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  4. We bought an Omega juicer with this year's Christmas money (got a great deal on Amazon). We've tried the ingredients you shared in your post (minus the lemon) and my kids thought it had too much celery taste. So it's back to the drawing board with that one. But we love it so far and like that it only takes a few minutes to clean up.
    --Anna

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  5. i'm a big fan of juicing so I'll have to try to recipe. also, that glass is adorable! xo

    http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

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  6. My husband and I watched that documentary and he immediately ran out and bought a juicer. After about a week he was as well tired with the chore of juicing. He loved the taste and how he felt, but it just took too much time. Any suggestions on how to make the process a little faster or easier?

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  7. Just bought a juicer..so excited!!!!! Thanks for recipe, gonna try it!!

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  8. This looks so yummy! I love drinking juices on my way to school in the morning!

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  9. That sounds yummy! I'd add a bit of fresh ginger too. But I don't have a juicer. My blender is crap. Waiting for a good deal on a better one.

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  10. REALLY want to start juicing.
    and watch 'fat, sick, and nearly dead'

    BUT not looking forward to cleaning a juicer.

    anyone know of any EASY to clean juicers?

    - heather
    This Life Is Yours Blog

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    1. We bought the Omega 8004, and it's really a breeze to clean. It still takes time, but just as much time as it would take to clean up my dishes from a meal or snack. We are very happy with it! Hope this helps. :)

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    2. I have the Omega J8003 Juicer and it is SO easy to clean! It does take time, but if you clean it right after you make your juice it's really easy. Good luck!

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    3. Go to the reboot site from the movie and look at the one they used. Brevelle, very easy to clean. Put a Baggie in the waste container and you can save fiber to use for soups, baking or just compost but no cleaning there!!
      Good luck! Lovin it

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    4. My Brevelle is super easy to clean.

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  11. Great post Kate! I am more of a fan of blending, but I think I'm going to try out this juice recipe! Thanks for sharing :)

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  12. While my sister lived in Miami she worked at a juice bar and fell in love with it and then gave me a juicer for Christmas (2 years ago). I did a cleanse for a week but haven't since really juiced on a regular basis. I definitely do think there are great benefits to juicing, and if the machine wasn't so darn big I would have it out on my counter in hopes that it would motivate me more to use it! Maybe I'll bring it back out and start using it again! The clean-up is the biggest complaint from me - and the fact that I feel that I'm wasting a lot of fruit (although we've recently decided we can composte the remains).

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  13. My favorite juice is: ginger, lemon, green apple, carrot, and beet. It is a beautiful red color, and it tastes delicious! I think ginger, lemon, and green apple are the staple ingredients to any juice, and you can add anything you want from there! So many unique combinations you can make, and it makes me feel great to drink one every morning.

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  14. i have a juicer and have never used it because it's a lot of work. in fact, it still sits at our old house in storage, but i have been wanting to use it here lately. when i do, i'll definitely have to try this recipe. thanks!

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  15. Looks pretty tasty to me! Not to mention all the nutrition! I think I need to watch this documentary...I've heard a lot about it...but I'll admit...I'm scared what changes it might spark!

    Good for you for exercising and eating good!

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  16. Yum! I've heard that you can pretty much throw any yucky vegetables then add apples and it's tasty. Definitely want to try this! :)

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  17. My bff has a juicer and loves it - she even says the broccoli is good. They were inspired by that same video. I don't have one, but I make lots of fruit and veggie smoothies for my girls and myself in my bullet/blender. I use whatever I've got around, including kale, spinach, apples, cherries, oranges, watermelon, mango, blueberries, carrots, avocado, strawberries, raspberries, peaches - though I try to keep them complimentary to each other so it tastes good, FYI! I add spinach or kale to almost everything though, and they have no taste so my kids don't care in the least. I try to make sure some fruits are fresh and some frozen, so it's smoothie-like, and then to make it a juicy-smoothe consistency, I add whatever juice I'd like, or soy milk. Awesome!

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  18. We have just invested in a better quality juicer so am looking forward to trying some new juices.

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  19. My hubby and I started juicing last summer. We replaced two meals a day for a couple months. I never felt better. It was a ton of work to make that much juice and have it ready for my hubby to take to work. Not to mention the cost involved. We have the Omega vert 350 and had the Breville. While the Breville is much much quicker to juice, the juice would oxidize very quickly and there was more waste in the pulp bucket. We sold it and stuck with the slower Omega because the juice tasted better and lasted longer so I only had to juice once a day. Probably too much info, but it may help someone decide on a juicer. Also, we added parsley to the above recipe which gave it a wonderful taste. I liked ginger too. We've been preparing to move and packed up the juicer a couple months ago. I can certainly feel a difference in my body. I can't wait to get it out and working again. :)

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  20. We have had our vitamix since Aug and WOW what a difference! My skin, nails and hair are so much more healthy and I have a glow to my skin. I have tried so many different smoothies and juice recipes. Believe it or not this is one of my favorites that you added today. Just love to freshness of the flavor. Sometimes I will add a frozen banana for extra sweetness.

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  21. I love the idea of juicing, but feel like I would do what you guys did. Buy a juicer and then only use it a few times. I've made some pretty good fruit smoothies in a basic blender. Maybe I should try the veggie smoothies. I find it so hard to eat veggies during the day!

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  22. If I had a juicer I was use it to make tomato juice... for a Saturday morning bloody mary! :)

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  23. Sounds awesome and super healthy.

    Here's my favorite blender version to try:
    handful of spinach
    1/3 fresh pineapple
    1 pear
    1 nectarine
    water for consistency

    sooo delish and a fabulous green colour!

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  24. Someone gave me a juicer a few years ago and I haven't even taken it out of the box! I watched the same documentary as your husband and got the urge.... and before I could get the ingredients it was gone. Recently I have been thinking about it again but have no idea where to start. I might be able to handle your combo above, though!

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  25. Ack! That just makes me so nervous. I'm not very open to new things :-/

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  26. I love juicing. My husband and I just started doing this daily to substitute/add to our meals. It is less of a chore if you have a good juicer. We have this one http://www.brevilleusa.com/food-preparation/juicers/juice-fountain-compact.html. I don't have to peel carrots, i only peel all citrus and cut apples in half. We have juiced just about everything. Pinapple, mango and papaya are our favorites. Of course adding vegetables is the way to make it a meal replacement. We love kale, spinach, beets, apples and ginger with either an orange or grapefruit, and of course carrots! Glad you into juicing!

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  27. We started juicing last year and after a few weeks quit too! The clean up was such a hassle! ha :) We found that using the produce bag in the trash bin part of the juicer helps catch all the juiced parts and makes for much easier cleanup! It's still work, but we've gotten used to it since we started back up this year! :) We got a Cuisinart Juicer at Bed Bath & Beyond and LOVE it! :) It has worked SO WELL! Thanks for the recipe, I can't wait to try it. I typically haven't loved carrots in any of my juices because they are SO strong, but maybe with the lemon and apples it will balance it out a little better! :)

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  28. Great post! I just did an entry about juicing as well - please check it out.

    http://fromdashawithlove.blogspot.com/2012/12/juicin-in-new-year.html

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  29. my fav is: beet, carrot, spinach or romaine, cucumber, grape, blood oranges.


    I juice every morning after my workout. and all of my kids love it too so I usually have to make a ton.

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  30. I don't juice, but I am intrigued after this post:)

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  31. i don't have a juicer, but found a new recipe from pinterest that i tried this morning as a smoothie - i tweaked it a little but it was fabulous!! it was almost the same as above - spinach, 1/2 orange, 1 apple, yogurt, strawberries. i left out the strawberries but added protein powder & a tad of milk. it was great!!

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  32. This blog has an awesome post about a 3 day cleanse.
    http://www.freutcake.com/in-the-kitchen/3-day-juice-cleanse/

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  33. I have a Nutribullet... Keeps the pulp and super fast and easy easy to clean. Highly recommend it! I have tried lots of different combos.. So far have loved them all.

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  34. My parents bought a juicer last year and ever since I've wanted to juice. I never wanted to bite the bullet and buy a juicer though. I found one online at Target that got really good reviews from customers and it was decently priced ($80), so I ordered it with a gift card I got at Christmas. It is supposed to ship tomorrow actually.

    I know it's not going to be the best juicer, but I don't need to go out and buy the top of the line one since I don't plan on becoming a huge fanatic with it, and if I decided that I LOVE to juice, I can go later and upgrade.

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  35. i really need to try this! your blog is adorable, by the way :)

    -Emma
    chasingtexas.blogspot.com

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  36. I just had my first green juice at a juice bar that opened up by my house. I loved it! This one was kale + parsley + apple + lemon Now I want to get a juicer.

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  37. I would love to get on the juice wagon, it is SOOO healthy. Really curious about the taste :S

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  38. yum! im more of a fruit smoothie gal but love the idea. also great use of the chalkboard mug. thanks for reminding me that I want to partake in that fun creative diy! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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  40. My husband starting juicing about a year ago because of this documentary! I am trying to get used to drinking them, not a huge fan of celery :) I need to find my something to take its place. My brother in law lost 40lbs in 2012 by juicing and watching what he ate!
    Hailey @ Love, Laughter and Lipstick

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  41. I don't ever remove anything from the fruit & veggies just cut it small enough to fit in the whole. Makes the whole process a lot easier. Can't decide if I love juicing though. I have problems with my blood sugar and can't really juice any fruits too much sugar.

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  42. I've heard a lot of about juicing but have yet to try it. If I do, I'll try this recipe!
    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

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  43. I just went to a juicing seminar yesterday. Janesjuice.com
    Jane has recipes etc to try She's a juice therapist!! Try a lime in lieu of a lemon, it makes a huge difference in taste. I live my Breville juicer. Drink up! Cheers

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  44. Juicing is actually really unhealthy, particularly when you include fruit. The sugar in fruit is only burnt off in the act of eating it, drinking fruit is NOT good

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  45. Thanks for the receipe! I love your glass too!! Did you add the chalkboard paint yourself??

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  46. Awasome !!! This is a really Useful information, that many people wants to know.I heartly thnx to you !!!
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  47. That's a great information. I love your blog very much. This very helpful our health. Green juice also very healthy so if you share green juicing recipes it will be very helpful to us.

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