Green Juice Recipes and Vegetable Juicer Recipes


Green and Vegetable Juicing Recipes
Vegetable juice recipes and especially green juice recipes are the cornerstone of juices.  Jam packed with leafy goodness!

Here are some of the vegetable juicing recipes that we make and love.

Simply Carrot Juice

Carrot Juice
– 5 Medium carrots

This one is pretty simple!

Wash and top the carrots, juice and enjoy.

Wash your juicer immediately it is not made with stainless steel, otherwise the carrots will stain it.

If you drink enough carrot juice everday your skin will start to turn slightly orange! This is because carrot juice is very high in beta-carotene, an orange-colored antioxidant that gives carrots their color. If we consume a lot of beta-carotene it will build up in our skin. This is not dangerous however.

Simply Green Juice

– 1 cup of spinach
– 2 cups of kale
– 2 cups of parsley
– 1 cucumber
– 3 celery stalks

Add a little garlic and/or ginger if you like. Wash thoroughly and juice.

Apple and Cucumber Zipper

-2 1/2 apples
– 1/2 cucumber
– 1″ of ginger

Remove apple stems and juice everything together. A favorite of ours!

Ginger has potent anti-inflammatory properties that can help some people reduce arthritis based joint pain. Evidence points to one of the antioxidants in ginger called gingerol. It helps to combat oxidative damage to joint cells.

Alkaline Juicer Recipes Heaven

Apple, cucumber, celery, carrots and spinach
– 1 cup of spinach
– 1/2 cucumber
– 2 stalks of celery including leaves
– 3 carrots
– 1/2 apple

Wash all vegetables thoroughly, top the carrots, remove apple stem but don’t peel apple (the peel is full of flavonoid antioxidants), enjoy.

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The Cucapple

-1/2 cucumber
– 2 apples

Remove stems from apples, cut a cucumber in half and juice.
The nice thing with apples and especially cucumbers, is you get a lot of juice out of them. This is a great when you just need something quick

Parsley Pep Up

– 1 cup of parsley
– 1/2 apple
– 2 carrots
– 3 celery stalks

Wash all thoroughly, remove apple stem, top the carrots, juice and enjoy!

Carrot and Apple Zip

– 2 carrots
– 1 apple
– 1″ of ginger

Top carrots, remove apple stem and juice.

Eye Eye Captain

– 6 carrots
– 1 cup of kale

That’s right, it’s good for your eyes!

Liver Health

– 1/2 beet with greens
– 3 apples

Wash all thoroughly, remove apple stems and put the whole 1/2 a beet in.

Green Juice Recipes Energizer

– 2 apples
– 1/2 cucumber
– 1/2 lemon (peeled)
– 1/2 cup of kale
– 1/2 cup of spinach
– 1/4 bunch of celery
– 1/4 bulb of fennel
– 1″ of ginger
– 1/4 head of romaine lettuce

This one is a real blast, brimming with goodness.

Sweet Green Juice

– 1 cucumber
– 1 carrot
– 1 green apple
– 1/4 cup parsley
– ¼ cup mint
– 1 stalk of celery
– ½ inch of fresh ginger
– ½ lemon (peeled)

Green juice recipes and green colored fruits and vegetables:

One fundamental quality of green juice recipes is chlorophyll, which is the product of plants turning light into energy for insects and animals to eat. Without this, life as we know it, would not exist. Some of the many amazing benefits of chlorophyll include; powerful detoxifying properties including that of the liver, as well as removing unfriendly bacteria, parasites and mold. Chlorophyll can also improve our blood quality due to its molecular make up, similar to hemoglobin. It helps increase red blood cell count and increases the movement of oxygen throughout our blood. It also helps the repair and growth of all tissues in the body.

Hope you can try out some of these Juice Recipes! Stay healthy and enjoy

By Darren Haynes


197 Responses to “Green Juice Recipes and Vegetable Juicer Recipes”

  1. Katrina says:

    Love juicing! Thx for some great ideas. Cant wait to try some of them. Keep em coming

  2. coleen says:

    just wanted to know how much yield each recipe is suppossed to offer. my daughter just bought a juicer and tried it out putting in some baby carrots, 1 apple, 1 orange it only yielded about a 1/4 cup, is this typical?


  3. veronica says:

    Hi Coleen – that sounds about right. I usually takes about 4-5 oranges to get one glass of juice. About 4 apples for a glass of apple juice. Carrots you need even more of. I usually juice 8-10 large carrots when I make myself a carrot juice.

  4. Ellen says:

    Get a better juicer! I looove my single auger Oscar juicer (sold as “Omega 8003” in the US). Lots of juice and its soooo much better than the juice I used to make in my centrifugal juicer :)

  5. Ron says:

    I bought a sincle gear Hurom juicer and it delivers much more quantity and significant improvement in Quality, the juices are clear and it is delivered with little noise because it uses pressure instead of speed.
    I am looking for detox recipes, if any are around.

  6. Gretchen says:

    I just started juicing and I came across your website. I love the recipes! The apple/Cucumber Zipper and the Alkaline Juicer Recipe Heaven are my favorites. I am not a big celery eater, however the juice itself was wonderful.Thank you.

  7. Edie says:

    I have been juicing for awhile now and still am trying a new thing to juice and so far have enjoyed them all even the garlic! Thank you for the hints.

  8. alan fry says:

    I am told to beware overdoing some juices, anybody know which ones to beware of?

  9. veronica says:

    Hi Alan – as a rule it is good to not over do fruit juices because they are higher in sugar than vegetable juices. I usually make 90% of my juices with vegetables.

  10. alan fry says:

    Thank you veronica. There are so many recipes for juicing, so many do,s and don,ts. I was thinking of starting on a half a pint a day of “apple, carrot, spinach, brocolli, and maybe kiwi fruit.
    Any other tips would be appreciated.

  11. veronica says:

    Sounds good Alan.

    For some really great juicing tips and advice I recommend visiting this page at the juice lady’s website – benefits of fresh juice. The juicing tips are at the bottom half of the page.

  12. alan fry says:

    Thank you, lots of tips, i just have to not overdo it as i just got the juicer at the weekend and want to try all the recipes now!

  13. Barbara says:

    My husband is a diabetic and has heart disease for which he is on coumadin (blood thinner). He is not supposed to have too many green veggies as this creates problems with his coumadin level and also not allowed sweets which are found in most fruits. Can you help with some recipes that will not interfere with these problems?

  14. veronica says:

    Hi Barbara,

    First of all I Just need to make clear that you consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet and that the advice here should never replace that of your doctor or health professional. You probably already know this but dark leafy greens contain a lot of Vitamin K which helps the blood to clot therefore having the opposite effect of the coumadin medication. Carrots and cucmber are considerably lower in vitamin K content then leafy greens like kale and spinach and beets are very low in vitamin K. So these three vegetables may be three of the best for your husband. Here is a great website that shows you the vitamin K and other nutrition content of vegetables in a way that is easy to get a quick overview –

  15. Allan says:

    I’m a 60 yr old triathlete with Gluten intolerance and IBS. I’ve just bought a juicer. What would be the best recipe for me for that extra energy needed during my tough workouts and 3 hr events. I can no longer take energy gels, coffee, chocolate, sodas….Thanks

  16. veronica says:

    Hi Allan, I think Beet juice is just what you are looking for. I recent study at Northumbria University, U.K found that the nitrates in beet juice helped cyslists to cycle for longer periods of time.

  17. Regina says:

    In terms of daily consumption…how many glasses of selected juice recipe? Should I choose a recipe and stay with it for a period of time to get the benefits OR would a different recipe a day be just fine?

  18. veronica says:

    Hi Regina,

    everyone has different ideas about how much juice is best to drink per day. Personally I prefer to drink 2 glasses per day – morning and mid afternoon (but the afternoon juice doesn’t always happen). Each glass is about 6 – 8oz. I think 2 a day and rotating the vegetables you use is the best way to go for promoting overall health and well being. The rotation ensures you are providing your cells with vast array of nutrients and practically 1000’s of different phytochemicals.

    However, If you are looking to treat a specific health condition then specific juices are best. IF this is the case then I highly recommend Juicing For Health at, which is an excellent book written by Cherie Calbom – The Juice Lady.

    Hope that helps :-)

  19. Annie Voit says:

    Can I use collard greens in a juice combo?

  20. veronica says:

    Hi Annie,

    Yep – collard greens are awesome and are fine in combos. For any of the recipes on this page that contain kale or spinach, collard greens can replace them as an ingredient. Happy juicing!

  21. Samiraa Shahim says:

    I’m Thinking Of Going On A Diet For 2 Weeks, Any Juices That Will Help ? Thanks

  22. 'BB Rabozza says:

    Just wondering about the Vit A content of the carrot juices. A 7.5″ raw carrot is supposed to yield about 8,600 IU of Vit A. Don’t we need to be careful of taking too much because it builds up in your system and becomes toxic at high levels?

  23. veronica says:

    Hi BB Rabozza,

    vitamin A is indeed toxic at high levels. Fortunately, carrots don’t contain vitamin A, technically speaking. They contain beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A as needed. There are zero reports of beta-carotene being toxic in high doses and is therefore considered safe in any amount. However, if you drink whole lot of carrot juice, the high amount of beta-carotene in your body will start to turn you orange colored! This is not harmful, but does create an interesting new look :-)

  24. Darren says:

    Vegetable juices are a great option for aiding in weight loss. Vegetable juices contain less calories and sugar than fruit juices and therefore help to keep blood sugar levels more stable, which helps with cravings. Vegetable juices are also more filling and are great to drink just before a meal, to help increase feelings of satiety. For a great and healthy weight loss plan that incorperates juicing, I recommend the Juice Lady’s Turbo Diet book at

    Good luck with the weight loss

  25. Nicole says:

    Hey was just wondering seeing so much fruit and veggies only makes a little amount can i add water to the juice or will it affect the flabour too much, also which fruit and veggies make the most juice?
    Thanks x

  26. veronica says:

    Hi Nicole,

    There is no problem in adding water to a juice, it is a matter of trial and error as far as taste goes. Some fruit juices like pure lemon juice is far too sharp for most peoples taste so adding water to dilute is common practice. The fruits and veggies that give the most juice yield include citrus fruits, apples, celery and cucumber. These are great for adding volume to a juice recipe.

  27. Julie Blaney says:

    Is there a reason that a lemon should be peeled before juicing? ~JB

  28. veronica says:

    Hi Julie,

    It is actually fine to juice the peel of lemons, the peels are an excellent source of bioflavonoid antioxidants. However, juiced lemon peel produces a very sour unpleasant taste – but its very good for us, all the same!

  29. Megan says:

    I was just given an older model juicer from my mother, I used it for the first time last night and it seemed to work well. I do not know anything to compare it to, so I really don’t know. I was wondering if if it made a large difference in the quality of juice concerning what kind of juicer you used.

  30. veronica says:

    Hi Megan,

    Great to see you have a juicer :-)

    Regardless of which juicer machine you use it is going to create healthy nutritous fresh juice. Some juicers work a little better than others, to read more about this click here

  31. Christian says:

    Any advice on bringing fresh juice to work to consume at lunch?
    I know oxidization can be a problem after only 15 minutes or so, but are there some vegetable juice recipes that will stay somewhat fresh over 4 or 5 hours after juicing?

  32. Brian says:

    Could you recommend a good book with recipies and tips, i am going on a full liquid diet due to Jaw sugery and need a varity to keep me going.

  33. Jill says:

    I have been juicing for a few months and love it! I have been wondering though, how much fiber is typically left in the juice? I know it’s dependent on what kind of juicer you have, but is there a general estimate for percent of fiber left from the produce? My juicer is a Juiceman (centrifugal), if that helps.

  34. veronica says:

    Hi Jill.

    Happy to hear you are juicing :-)

    To learn more about fiber content in juice click here. ABout half way down the page there is some great information about this from Cherie Calbom “The Juice Lady”.

  35. veronica says:

    Hi Brian,

    Hope you have a speedy recovery from your surgery. I had to feed my wife juice several time a day after she had her wisdom teeth out just ove a year ago. It hit her pretty hard, and she couldn’t eat solids for two weeks! I book I recommend is The Juice Diet at

    I would also suggest making some smoothies and adding whey protein powder to the mix, to make sure you are getting more balanced nutrition while you jaw heals. Protein is important for wound healing.

    Best wishes

  36. veronica says:

    Hi Christian,

    Adding a little lemon juice to any recipes helps it hold up a little. I think that the best thing to do is store the juice in an air tight container that fills to the top with juice, with very little air left over. This will minimize oxidation and keep your juice in good shape for 4 to 5 hours. Drinking a juice that has suffered just some oxidative damage is still a very nutritious drink and is a gazillion billion time better than no juice :-)


  37. zahra fatima says:

    hi i have tryd so many diets in the past and nothing seems to work and or i just cant stick to it.i have came across your website and i was wondring if you can advise me witch veg or fruit juices i need to make to lose weigh. i would be greatfull if you reply


  38. veronica says:

    Hi Zahra,

    as a rule I believe it is better to limit fruit juices and concentrate more on vegetable juices when dieting. Fruit juices, even though highly nutritous, contain a lot of sugar and will cause blood sugar spikes. Such spikes are bad news when your on a diet because there will be the inevitable crash which will manifest as a craving for sugary snacks to push blood sugar levels back up! Eratic blood sugar also effects concentration and focus and weakens will power, and we need all the mental energy we can get when losing weight.

    Vegetables contain much less sugar than fruits so they don’t effect blood sugar so strongly, they are also a lot lower in calories. Green juices are great because green vegetables are so low in calories that it takes more energy to digest them than they supply us – such foods are called negative calorie foods. I highly recommende checking out comment #30 above, there is a link there to a book that focuses specifically upon juicing for weight loss and tackles the subject in a lot more detial than I can.

    Best wishes is your weight loss goals :-)

  39. J Cox says:

    Hi Can you help in telling me what to put in my juicer to help with bowls. Just bought a JL Juicer.


  40. veronica says:

    Hi Jan,

    I just want to check if you are talking about bowels (large intestines), or the game called bowls? :-)

  41. Sheryl says:

    The information about juicing is absolutely wonderful and very informative! I just bought a Breville Juicer Plus and am looking to start juicing for life! Thanks for the tips, helpful hints and book references. Your website is great! Thank you very much :)

  42. Jane says:

    I had to stop eating cucumbers because they give me indigestion. I suspect it was the seeds but I stopped eating the entire cucumber because I wasn’t sure which part of it was causing the indigestion. Do you think the indigestion would disappear if I juiced the cucumber?

    You refer to 1″ of ginger in some of your recipes. What form of ginger are you referring to?

  43. Jane says:

    Does juicing cucumbers decrease indigestion resulting from eating them?

    What form of ginger are you referring to in your recipes?

  44. Chris says:

    Ok. Here is a strange question that I haven’t seen covered anywhere else. I’m a vegan chili-head….that is, I love hot plant based food. I just bought a masticating juicer and am wondering if I can add jalapenos or other hot peppers to any green juice recipes? Anyone tried this? Will it be good or just make a horrid mess? Will the capsaicin negate any of the healthy enzymes that I’m getting from the juice?

  45. veronica says:

    Hi Jane,

    I don’t know if juicing cucumbers will eliminate the indigestion issues, I guess you could just try a little and see how it goes. When referring to ginger, I am talking about fresh ginger root, using about a cross section 1″ slice .


  46. Doug and Maureen says:

    Thank You very much, these look so inviting to try.Keep up the good work you are doing in peoples lives :-)

  47. Cathy says:

    New to juicing. Can you juice Turnip Greens? And if yes, do you have a recipe?

  48. Justine says:

    How do you measure your greens? When you say one cup of spinach, do you weigh it or do you just fill a measuring cup? Thanks

  49. Carmen says:

    Thanks for these Recipes that include lots of healthy greens. If anyone has other site suggestions please share them.

  50. Michelle says:

    I too would like to know the answer to Chris’s question regarding juicing chili peppers. I’m right there with you Chris – sounds great, and wonder if you’ve tried any recipes yet?

  51. marlene says:

    I am a huge fan of v8 juice. I was wondering if there is a recipie for it any where, I would really like to try making my own.THANX

  52. Arvane says:

    Do you have a ecipe with fresh beets? What are the benefits of beets?

  53. veronica says:

    Hi Arvane,

    I don’t have a lot of beet juice recipes but check out THIS PAGE and for some scientific benefits of beets click here

    Best wishes

  54. veronica says:

    Hi Cathy,

    You can definitely juice turnip greens and there is some great information about their benefits at benefits of turnip greens. I don’t have a recipe as such, but you can swap out the kale or spinach in any of the recipes on this page for turnip greens, using the same amounts.


  55. veronica says:

    Hi Marlene,

    Her is a great vid at youtube for making V8 juice

  56. Wilson, Janet says:


    Ibought a juicer in the past and I ended up giving it away because it requires cutting the fruits into tiny pieces before juicing. Is there a juicer I could buy that takes whole fuits or at least half?

    Thank you.


  57. Carmen says:

    How do I calculate the number of calories I am taking in when I juice?

  58. veronica says:

    Hi Carmen,

    That is a good question. I use this USDA nutrition database to get some information. Although – it is not extensive for juice, but it is the best I have found so far. I am thinking about putting together a comprehensive interactive chart on this website that people can use to get accurate figures.


  59. veronica says:

    Hi Janet,

    As of yet, I have not found a juicer machine that has a feed tube bigger than 3″ wide, and the juicers that have the 3″ feed tube are always centrifugal juicer machines. The Breville models are among the best rated centrifugal juicers. There is the BJE 200XL and the BJE 800JEXL that both have 3″ feed tubes. You can fit most fruits and veggies in whole or in half. Small to medium sized apples fit whole, but larger ones will need halving.


  60. deborah says:

    thanks for the Great recipes!!!

  61. Jeanette says:


    I don’t think the capsaicin would affect the enzymes that much, if at all. It might irritate your stomach a bit but nothing more than normal.

    You can also try adding ginger or horseradish as other sources of heat. I usually double the amount of ginger for all of my recipes.

  62. david says:

    What are your thoughts about montel williams juicer? I am considering buying this product. Thankyou, David

  63. veronica says:

    HI David,

    I took a look at this machine online and it is a blender, not a juicer – so I am not sure if it is a blender you are looking for? However, I checked out the Montel Williams Health Master at HERE and I see that the reviews for it are not great, so I would personally be wary of it for that reason.

  64. kelly says:

    Hi David,
    I just bought the Health Master (Montel Williams)Juicer/blender and I find that it works great. I’ve had no problems. There is no waste of fiber like you would get with the centerfuge juicer which I had with the Juiceman Jr. I always felt so guilty throwing away all that wonderful fiber. Just this morning I made a wonderful smoothy made with fresh bananas, kiwi, mangos, plain non-fat yogart, non-fat milk, ice and a small amount of Mexican vanilla. It was so yummy. Nothing went to waste. Tomorrow, my own homemade V-8 juice with a kick and a piece of toast for breakfast.

  65. kait says:

    Hiya! Thanks so much for all of the great recipes! My dad and I just started juicing, and we love the Alkaline Juice. :) We just decided to add a little pear to original recipe so that there wasn’t such an overpowering taste and aroma of celery in the drink… Can’t wait to test all of the other recipes!! 😀

  66. veronica says:

    Hi Kait,

    glad you like the recipe, and your tip to make it tastier. I find pears mix very well with celery, too.


  67. Leslie says:

    I love the ingredients for the Sweet Green Juice! I have been looking for something new. Thanks for sharing!

  68. charlie says:

    Reading Nathan Bryans’ book “The nitric Oxide NO Solution” has brought me here to learn more about juicing. He has done some wonderful research on what plants lower your blood pressure. I have got to say he has hit a home run here. Kale is number one with a score of 6825. Swiss Chard #2 with 2055, Arugula #3 with 1452. Spinach #4 with 1123. Carrots #17 with 127. My blood pressure could not be tamed with medication. With medication only it was 155/105. With medication & juicing with a Green Lemonade Recipe. 3 stalks of Kale, 4 large Carrots, 1 Apple, & 1 Lemon. My blood pressure is now 115/75. Thanks Darren & Veronica for giving us this great site to share our ideas.

  69. diana says:

    I have a diabetic teenager who is heavly into sports,he worksout almost every day. Can you suggest a juice that is good for him yet not high in sugars?

  70. veronica says:

    Hi Diana,

    Diabetics should avoid fruits juices because they are high in fruits sugar and also because juicing removes the insoluble fibers from produce. These fibers slow down the rate at which we digest whole fruits when eating them and therefore slow the rate that those fruit sugars are released into the blood stream. With fruits juice we have lost this “fiber buffer”. Vegetables juicing, however, is promoted for its ability to help with diabetes. Here is a link that goes into more detail and has valuable advice on this topic –


  71. veronica says:

    HI Charlie,

    This is some excellent information. I hadn’t heard of this book and it is wonderful to see that such in depth study about the blood pressure lowering effects of vegetables. That is just awesome that your blood pressure has dropped that much by adding that juicing recipe to your diet. Is that recipe in Nathan Bryan’s book, or did you put it together yourself based on the information in his book?


  72. charlie says:


    There are no juicing recipes in the book however he has several,breakfast, snacks,lunch,& dinner recipes of the veggie & fruits that lower blood pressure. He has a blending recipe he calls it NO Smoothie. NO meaning Nitric Oxide. Nitric Oxide is the compound in these miracle veggies & fruits. NO Smoothie is 1 zucchini, 1 stalk of celery, 2 pieces of kale, squirt of lemon juice, your favorite seasonings, plus tomato juice or water to taste. I haven’t tried this yet. I blended my own V-8 and about puked it up. Perhaps this is why I ventured into juicing. I got the green lemonade recipe off of the internet somewhere. I added a 1/2 of a beet root to the green lemonade recipe. I prefer this now. The beet is so prevalent it is red now. So I named it Beet Lemonade.


  73. charlie says:


    I wasn’t sure who your question was directed too. So my apologies in advance. I have Type II diabetes. I can’t stay healthy with out fruit. I was told cherries cures gout. I tried it & it does. If I ignore fruit then gout sets in again. I don’t understand it so I just watch my blood sugar levels. Then I found out peaches works too. So I make sure I get my daily fruit for this reason. Before I juiced I bought beet juice and it was raising my blood sugar so I quit drinking it. Now I make my own beet juice in smaller portions. All in moderation. Beets are known to help the immune system. Beets have been known to treat peeps with leukemia too. Why did I share this with you? My Type II diabetic body needs fruit in addition to veggies. Your son may be Type I. The doctor needs to be involved here.

    All of this is my opinion, I am no doctor, nor a nutritionist. I am just a disabled person who reads a lot about how to cure myself. My intentions are only to give you information about competing. His doctor needs to advise him further with this info because of his disease.

    L-Arginine is another compound found in meats & fish that our bodies turn into nitric oxide. Nitric Oxide (NO) is the compound our body makes from eating certain types of foods. The body can produce even more N.O. when you exercise. In some peeps after the age of 40, L-arginine no longer works. This is my case. There are many other ways the body can produce N.O. Below age 30 because of N.O. the blood vessels can expand 5 times itself. The N.O.produced by the body is how athletes become so enduring. The older we get especially in peeps that don’t exercise the less the vessels can expand. When the vessels can relax & expand it allows more endurance than one that may not be N.O. supplied. Since your son plays sports he will need endurance to compete. This and one other compound is the ultimate naturalistic way to extend his endurance. The blood vessel system is the largest organ, if all the vessels tissue was laid out flat it would cover more than a football field. If your son wants an edge I suggest reading Nathan Bryans’ book “The nitric Oxide (NO) Solution.

    The other compound can be read here:


  74. veronica says:

    Awesome Charlie, this is a great help for anyone who comes here looking to lower their blood pressure naturally.

  75. Alessandra says:

    I would like to know if it is ok to give vegetable juice for my 2 year old. What is the best kind? He doesnt eat vegetables but loves juice. What are the daily intake of vegetalbes for a toddler daily, can i supply that with juice, how many glasses of what kind?
    desperate mother

  76. veronica says:

    Hi Alessandra,

    Here is a great resource from a health professional about kids and fruit juice

    The article is focused on fruit juice, but vegetable is considerably lower in sugar than fruit juice – if you can get the little one to drink veggies that is :-)


  77. Liz says:

    I’m beside myself and can’t figure out who to talk to about this. My doctor is out because….well, how many green juicers are out there? I’m the only one I know.

    About a year ago I began green juicing daily. Kale, swiss chard, beets and beet greens, squash, cucumbers, green beans, carrots, etc. Each day I juice something different but those are the ones I’ve done the most.

    About 2 months ago I started reading about spirulina and chlorella and was so impressed with the health benefits that I went ahead and bought spirulina powder and chlorella tablets.

    I added the spirulina to my juice. My roommate couldn’t stand the taste of it so I only put it in mine. Although I didn’t like the taste very much, I enjoyed drinking it for the health benefits.

    Suddenly I began getting nauseous after drinking green juice with spirulina. But I’d be okay after 20 mins or so.
    Finally, I drank my juice and had an immediate reaction. Within a few minutes I vomited the entire thing.

    The idea of spirulina makes my stomach turn so I stopped it completely.

    The problem now is: I can’t drink my green juice anymore without getting very nauseous, headachy and sweaty.
    I love to juice so much that I won’t give it up. But I have to take about 20 mins to drink it, one tiny sip at a time. But i still feel sick.

    Any thoughts? any help? I never ever got sick from green juicing before and now I feel it’s ruined. It’s as if my body is saying “no way, you aren’t doing this”.

  78. Alessandra says:


    wow… i`m blending apple juice with 7 spinach leafs in it and he is driking it! plus he drinks with carrots… i was concerned about the greens but something is going in now!
    Do u know any danger in spinach? How are u supposed to wash it?
    thanks! Im glad i found your web site!

  79. veronica says:

    Hi Liz,

    The only thing I can think of is maybe it is best to listen to your body if it is reacting and maybe take a break from the green juice for a while. As awesome as juicing is, the “inner voice” of the body is very clear about what it needs and doesn’t need, and of course that often changes on a regular basis. It might be possible that with the exceptional nutritional value of adding green food supplements to already super healthy juice, you may be overdosing on a nutrient or two and the body is responding to that as a rejection to the juice. OF course, this advice should not replace that of a medical professional!


  80. Pippa says:


    Another explanation to your continuing reaction to the green juices, Liz, could be that your brain has developed an association between the green juice and the spirulina. Since the spirulina made you feel nauseous now your brain expects you to feel nauseous after having just the green juice on its own. I hope that makes sense.
    A bit like a study done some years ago where people felt drunk after consuming drinks they were told were alcoholic, even though the drinks were in fact not alcoholic. Also a bit like Pavlov’s dog – which you could read about on Wikipedia I’m sure.

    This is just a possibility. I think Darren’s answer also sounds sensible and wise. Having a break from the juices for awhile might help break any learned associations as well.

    Good luck!

  81. Liz says:

    Thanks so much, Veronica and Pippa!
    I’ve been changing the juicing up by adding an apple or a tomato here and there and it’s helped a lot. Also, I take 10-20 mins to drink my juice instead of gulping it down. It’s helped.

    Has anyone heard that spirulina can develop mold if not kept in the fridge? Someone from Whole Foods nutrition told me that.
    But my bottle of spirulina does NOT say “refrigerate after opening”. Or should I have just known to do so?
    Thanks again!

  82. Ella says:

    Hi there! I’m doing this juice diet with my parents, and sometimes the juice is just awful! Thank you so much for these recipes. I’m really looking forward to trying some out 😀

  83. Michele says:

    Your site is great – very helpful! I just started juicing but am having a problem with how little liquid comes out. Do you put veg/fruit into your juicer and then turn it on or should it be on already when you put the veg/fruit in?

  84. Akashia says:

    Oh thank god this was here. My friend and I went into this and he makes the worst drinks ever. Now i can make tastey drinks and educate hi. :]

  85. veronica says:

    Hi Michelle,

    Some juicers produce a bit more juice than others – centrifugal juicer machines produce less juicer than masticating juicers. Even so, a lot of people are often suprised when they start at how much produce one needs to make a glass of the juice – its the name of the game! Cucumber, celery and apples help to fill out the juice glass because they have a high water content, try and mix them with other harder fruits/veggies that contain less juice. With most juice machines you do need to turn on the machine and have it running before you put the produce in.


  86. Barbara Audet says:

    I have just started juicing. I feel good, but somewhat light-headed. How do I know if I’m doing this right? What does a typical day of a committed juicer look like? How do I keep this up when i am away from the house?

  87. Jessica says:

    My husband and I just recently purchased a juicer and we are loving it! My question is how long the juice is fresh after making it? I often go into work at 4am and would love to make juice the night before and have it for breakfast, are there any recipes that have longer hold times than others, or should they all meant to drink immediately

  88. veronica says:

    Hi Jessica,

    Great to hear you are loving your juicer :-)

    You juice will hold up fine if you are store it in an airtight container overnight in the refrigerator. Just make sure it is truly an airtight container because this will significantly reduce oxidative damage to the juice and therefore preserve more of the antioxidants in the juice. Adding a little lemon juice to mixture also slows down oxidative damage.


  89. veronica says:

    Hi Barbara,

    it is great that you have started juicing :-)

    You can’t really go wrong with juicing, but one important thing I try to encourage is to drink mostly vegetable juice because fruit juice is sugary and should not be over done. I like to make at least 80% of my juices with vegetables. Light-headedness could be for many reasons. A few possibilities could be a detoxification reaction in which the body is now releasing toxins out of cells into the bloodstream so they can be excreted from the body, this often results in headaches (not so much light-headness however), and sometimes it is a good idea to dail back on juice drinking a little if the headaches are too much, and gradually increase over time. A sugar rush is a another possible reason for light headedness if you are drinking mostly fruit juice, especially on an empty stomach. Of course, these are just guesses, but fair possibilities.

    If you are away from the house for several day at a time, then it is naturally impractical to juice, unless you have access to a juicer and fresh produce. You can always check if there is a juice bar around that makes fresh juice, some heath supermarkets feature juicer bars too. If you are talking about being away at work for the day, then you can store juice in an airtight container and take it with you, just make sure you keep it refrigerated at work,


  90. steve says:

    I may be missing it, but there are not any recipes for tomato juice or tomatos added to any thing I have seen, is there a reason for this thank you

  91. mell says:

    thank you for the very informative site. this is really helpful for my family. cant wait to try it out. more power. hope you will feature more vegetable and fruits that could help treat some diseases. god bless us all.

  92. veronica says:

    Hi Steve,

    It may look like a have a bias against tomatoes – hehe – but for some reason I can’t explain I have never gotten around to juicing them that much, but of course they are super healthy, and make antioxidant rich juices.


  93. Dave says:

    My wife and I just started juicy plan. We go to food lion and buy in bunches collard green,kale,spinach,celery,we add cucumbers, carrots,and about 7 apples and that makes us enough juice for 2 days.
    we drink 6-8 oz. 3 times a day each.

    Are we ok with what we are doing, any suggestions.

  94. veronica says:

    Sounds like your doing great Dave!!!

  95. Carole says:

    I am very interested in getting into juicing for my weight issues and to help with some of my health issues which are both related, but I have been doing so much research on the juicers that I don’t know what to buy. Some of the reviews say that the juicers don’t do veggies well and some have to have cut very small pieces so could you please HELP ME DECIDE which one of these juicers is a good one without going overboard on the price. Thanks

  96. Liz says:

    Hi Carole,

    I would suggest going on Craigslist and getting an inexpensive juicer. You can find good deals because people decide to juice, buy a juicer and then just don’t get into the habit.
    I started with a $10 used juicer that was in good shape. I tried it and because I loved it and wanted to continue, I bought another excellent used one on EBAY. Once you get the hang of it with a cheapo machine, you’ll know better what you want and whether it’s something you’ll continue to do.

  97. Tanya says:

    I’m new to juicing and have what is probably a very silly question. When the receipe calls for an apple – does it need to be cored first or do you throw the whole thing in, seeds and all? I’m assuming citrus fruits are all peeled first?

  98. veronica says:

    Hi Tanya,

    They are good questions, nothing silly about them. Personally, I juice the entire apple, including the core, but I have started removing the seeds. Some people are concerned with apple seeds because they contain cyanide! However, the body can easily handle the minute amount of cyanide in just a few seeds, but to be safe I don’t juice the seeds anymore. The rest of the core is loaded with antioxidants, so it is great to juice it, the apple skin is also great source of antioxidants, so I juice that too. Although, i only juice the skin of organic apples, since non-organic apples are on the dirty list for the fruits and vegetables that are covered the most with pesticides. So, It is recommeded to peel a non-organic apple, since the majority of pesticides reside in the skin.

    I definitely peel citrus fruits before juicing! They peels taste way to nasty when juiced. Even if you can stand it, we should not juice the peels of oranges and grapefruits because they contain mild toxic chemicals that can cause stomach upsets, all other citrus peels are ok, such as lemon and limes. Even though I don’t juice peels, I get as much of the white pithy stuff that you find at the center of citrus fruits and on the inside of the peels into the juicer because the white pithy stuff is brimming with flavonoid antioxidants.

    Happy juicing

  99. Kelsey says:

    So I just started a juicing fast to detox my body and I am CRAVING guacamole. Is there any way I can juice an avocado and onions and a tomato to give me the same taste? That might be a stupid question, I know… But I’m just really craving and looking for a solution

  100. Liz says:

    You can’t juice an avocado.
    Just make some guac with avocado, onion and tomato. that’s not unhealthy.
    Your body probably wants the protein. I say go for it.

  101. khaitie says:

    LIz, add a few apples and a few lemons to your green juice and it won’t make you sick!

  102. Liz says:

    Thanks, Khaitie,
    But it wasn’t the green juice so much as the spirulina that made me sick. I should have followed up. Now that I’m only green juicing, I’m fine. It was the spirulina that was the problem.
    I threw the rest of the bottle away.

  103. Laurisa says:

    Hi, I have a hormone imbalance. Adrenals, thyroid and reproductive. Just got an amazing juicer for my bday and im wondering if you can recomend a spacific juice blend that would be helpful. I see a Chiropractor that specializes in Integrative Nutrition so I take herbs and supplements already. Its been 6 months and I still dont feel 100%…circulation problems and fatigue. Any juice tips would be awesome! :)

  104. Emily says:

    I’m pre diabetic and was wondering if a vegetable juice fast would be safe for me?

  105. veronica says:

    Hi Emily,

    I’m not too sure about the effects of juice fasting and pre-diabetes. I have not been able to find anything solid on the net about it either.

  106. veronica says:

    Hi Laurisa,

    I am not too sure what juices would work best for working directly on hormonal imbalances, but green juice is a great all around tonic. Ginger might help as it helps with circulation and increases “fire” in the body. One of the best natural remedies that I know of for balances the hormonal system is Maca root, I am not sure if that is something that you are taking already? Besides eating correctly and drinking juice, my favorite alternative healing treatments are tools provided at Shambhala Healing Tools.


  107. Dave E says:

    Is there a good general recipe that covers all bases? I’m old and senile and need repetition and structure in my life. My usual juice consists of Kale, Spinach, Fennel, Swiss Chard (or Collard Green), Carrot, Celery, Red or Yellow Pepper, Blueberries, Apples, Cucumber. What am I missing?

  108. veronica says:

    That just juice should keep you going healthy to a 100 years old+ !

    I don’t think your missing anything – although you could add a shot of wheatgrass into the picture. Maybe at a separate time to reap the most benefits from it.


  109. Liz says:


  110. Dave E says:

    Why beets?

  111. Maureen says:

    Is there anything that can be juiced that the greens have to be removed? I see that people are juicing their beets with the greens and their celery with the greens. Just wondered if there was anything that the greens need to be removed.

  112. veronica says:

    Hi Maureen,

    The only thing I now may be (and just may be) a problem is carrot greens. Check out this article about carrot greens


  113. Nosheen says:

    My mom has a lump in her left breast, its giving her fever and pain. Docs has given her two tests to do, mammo and ultrasound. Do you’ve a suggestion of a recipe which can make her body getrid of these tumors or lumps or anyother ailment ? she has no diabeties or high bp. Her heart is fine but she stayed anaemic for a longtime. Her age is 56 and i m looking for a natural cure of her problem. Please suggest something really good if there is a possibility.

  114. Michelle says:

    Great recipes! I just started juicing and love it! I tried 3 sweet potatoes with 2 apples. Wash thoroughly and remove stems from apples. Juice and I sprinkled nutmeg & cinnamon on top. Yummy! When I fast I drink water with a squeeze of lemon.

  115. Eric says:

    I don’t have the time to juice everyday, so I make a pitcher of juice, when I juice. How long can I keep juice before it goes bad.

  116. veronica says:

    Hi Eric,

    how long a juice can be stored depends on the juicer machine you use and the storage method itself. Juice should always be stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

    If you have a centrifugal juicer, such as the Jack LaLanne or a Breville Juice Fountain, then storage time is 24 hours. For masticating juicers, such as the Hurom slow juicer of the Omega juicers, then 48 – 36 hours is usually. For the longest storage time use a triturating juicer such as the Green Power Juicer (available at, you will see that it uses a type of technology that can keep juice fresh for up to 72 hours. Although as fresh as possible is always best – antioxidants die off with time and air exposure.


  117. veronica says:

    Hi Nosheen,

    I can’t give any specific advice for clearing up tumors, but that amount of antioxidants in green juice can be a big help, and some people use these drinks to help them as part of their cancer treatment. Green juices help boost the immune system and detox the system, and are one of the best drinks for this purpose and for promoting overall good health. For anaemia the following post may help

    Best wishes

  118. Florence says:

    Hi, I have just been diagnoised with diverticulitis, and I am wondering if there is any thing that would help my system since I am not suppose to eat the raw vegetables. My husband has just bought me a juicer hoping it will help since I love fresh produce and fruits. I am just starting to use it with the veggies so that I may get my daily nutrients. Things with seeds are not a part of my diet anymore so I will not be juicing them, nuts as well.

  119. Sabrina Smith says:

    Hi, Thank you for the insight of what juicing can do for you. I have a number of health problems and I can not wait too try. And thank you for letting me know the ups and downs of juicing, I promising to be responsible. OooH, and what especially great, I can afford these items.

  120. Jack Lollas says:

    I would like to be put on your E-mail for green juice drinks or fruit drinks. Thanks

  121. Laura K says:

    Hi there.

    I am completely new to juicing and although I was aware of the great health benefits, I didnt realize it was possible to to target and treat specific illnesses with particular recipes. Does anyone have any suggestions for managing the pain, swelling and fatigue caused by lupus?

    Thanks in advance!

  122. Andrea says:

    Do you have any suggestions for uses for the pulp left behind after juicing? I have a breville juicer and it leaves quite a bit of byproduct, just wondering if you had any ideas. Thanks!

  123. marissa says:

    i recently made a juice with green pepper (whole, with seeds), cucumber, chard, kale, carrot, apple, spinach, celery and a little lemon and i became SO sick with an upset stomach.

    i’ve been drinking green juice for about 2 weeks but this hasn’t happened yet. just wondering why my stomach reacted like that? was it something about the combination of the vegetables?

    if it was too much too fast, how do i ease into drinking green juice without this happening again? does drinking juice with food in the stomach help?

    thank you so much in advance for your suggestions!

  124. Jamie says:

    Just wondering can I use another fruit instead of apple? I have food sensitivities and Apple and oranges fall into the can’t have all the time category. Could pineapple be used in exchange?

  125. veronica says:

    Hi Jamie – sure you can put any fruit in that you like. It is just a matter of finding combinations that taste good for you.

  126. veronica says:

    Hi Marissa,

    Since there was a lot of variety in that juice it is hard to narrow down what caused the upset. You could make a juice that uses just one of those ingredients and test it and then move onto the next ingredients to see if there is any one specific vegetable of fruit that cause the problem. If none of them cause an issue, then a combo might be the issue. As a rule I tend not to mix fruits and vegetables together (with the once exception of apples because they have a neutral effect) because they require different enzymes to digest them.

    These are just some thoughts! Oh, another possibility may be that one of he ingredients may have just been a little off that day.


  127. veronica says:

    Andrea, I have to admit to being a little too lazy to put the pulp to good use, so I don’t have any pulp recipes here, but you can check out

  128. Sabrina Smith says:

    Hi I have been reading some of the comments especially about the byproducts after juicing.

    What comes to my mind is cooking, though it my contradict what juicing is for, but my thoughts are making a carrot cake, or a lemon pound cake or finding a recipe that would be enhanced the food.

    Or start your own compost for your own vegetable garden, something small

  129. lara says:

    Hi i have purchased my first juicer and cant wait to try these recipes could you tell me the Liver Health juice
    – 1/2 beet with greens
    – 3 apples
    is it any green veg i use?

  130. Roxanne says:

    I just wanted to say a quick thanks for all the great info you’ve given in this post, and especially for taking the time to answer each comment in such detail. Reading through the comments, I found a wealth of extra info I wasn’t expecting! Keep up the fantastic work.

  131. Lisa says:

    What a great site. Thanks! I made my first juice tonight by just throwing the organic foods I have left over with an apple/nectarine in and it was AWFUL! I have had juices others made and they were better. I think, after reading the above, I should try to not put the whole kitchen sink in – maybe stick to a couple veggies and then a fruit. Any thoughts on this?

  132. Lisa Cook says:

    Came across your website and want to start juicing and be healthier. I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Diverticulitis and was wondering what recipes would you recommend for my problem and what juicer i should get? Im new to the juicing thing and have always wanted to try it. Thanks!

  133. veronica says:

    Hi Lisa,

    I am not sure how juicing can help those particular health conditions directly. However, since IBS can affect the amount of nutrients we digest from food, then a juice will help boost your nutrient intake because it is super easy to digest. Also juice contains loads of antioxidants which can at least help with all sorts of inflammatory issues.


  134. veronica says:

    Hi Lisa,

    Indeed, there can be some pretty awful combinations! I generally don’t like to mix fruits with vegetables because the outcome usually unpleasant on the taste buds. The one exception is apple which seems to work well with everything and is main fruit for sweetening up green veggies. I also find that mixing any kind of citrus fruit with vegetables results in something not so tasty! In fact I mostly prefer to keep citrus juices pure because they tend to clash a lot with other fruits and veggies, at least for my palate, lemon would be the main exception.

  135. veronica says:

    HI Roxanne :-0

    Glad you find the website so useful, that is our aim!


  136. Susie says:

    Please put me on your E-mail for greenjuice drinks and fruits..

  137. Liz says:

    Hi Lara,

    The best juices for liver cleanse are: spinach, parsley, zucchini, kale, dandelion leaves and cucumbers as well as the beets and apple.
    But 3 apples with a beet with the beet greens is a lot of sugar. I’d go with less apple (1 apple) and the rest spinach, kale, zucchini or cucumbers.

  138. jamie says:

    Hi, am wondering if any one knows of a good onion recipe. Like one with stuff in it to make it taste like onion soup. I am trying the juicing diet for 60 days and thought that sounded good … let me know.

  139. Roz Mackay says:

    Hi There I wonder if it is possible to juice and hold Kale to add to other juices as i dont have the room in my fridge to store fresh it takes alot of room and you need so much to juice for qty
    many thanks

  140. Heather says:

    When juicing with apples do you leave the seeds in?

  141. Marilyn says:

    Hi, I have high blood pressure, migranes and suffer from constipation. What is the best combination of vegetables and fruits to treat my illness?

  142. Elisabeth says:

    Just love your site. After looking around for recipies and have come across a lot of comments from people saying that you shouldn’t mix fruits and vegetables as it can upset your digestion, have you come across this?

  143. Toni Jobson says:

    Came across your site by accident and would like to know what are the best juices for diabetes and losing weight.


  144. Toni says:


  145. Jennifer says:

    I just bought a juicer and want to concentrate on juicing for my husband with diabetes. I am looking forward to getting him to feel better and lower his sugar levels. Any recipes specifically designed for this? I know they’re out there, having trouble compiling a decent list. Thanks!

  146. veronica says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    I don’t really have a list yet of diabetic juicer recipes, but I found this comment on a diabetic forum that has a recipe and some good info


  147. veronica says:

    Hi Toni,

    Here is a link to a useful recipe for diabetes –

    And here is link for some weight loss recipe –


  148. veronica says:

    Hi Elisabeth – mixing fruits and vegetables in a juice may give minor stomach upsets to some people, but others do fine. For me, even if there is no stomach upset, I prefer to go all fruit or all vegetable because they both require different enzymes to digest them, which brings about a bit of a digestive ‘fight’ (slightly over dramatic choice of word). So by drinking only vegetable or fruit juice the digestion can actual take more nutrition into the body because the “fight” is bypassed. Apples are one exception, they have a neutral affect on the digestion and mix great with vegetables and are a great way to sweeten more sour vegetables.


  149. Luna says:

    Regarding Green Energizer:
    I cannot locate fennel Bulb, what can be substituted in its place?
    Should this be sipped on through the day or should it be drank quickly?
    This recipe seems like it will create a lot of juice. Is this for more than one serving?


  150. susan quinto says:

    we love green juice.. spicialy for me.. i lost more than 5 lbs.. thank you ..

  151. Laura says:

    Great website!

    I’ve been making super tasty crackers with the pulp of all of my green juices! Add 1/2 cup of ground flaxseeds to 2 c. of pulp (about the amount of one juicing). Blend in food processor with approximately 1/2 c. of water and the juice of 1 lemon. Spread it on a parchment paper-covered baking sheet. (I use exopat sheets). Score it into cracker-sized pieces, and bake at 145 (or your oven’s lowest temp) for hours. Check on it after an hour or 2. When it is dry enough to flip, cover with another piece of paper (or exopat), flip and continue baking until crispy.

    These are also good with added cayenne pepper, cinnamon, garam masala, whatever you like!

    Beet pulp makes these nasty – I think its high sugar content burns it quickly.

  152. Kristy says:

    I’m looking for a recipe with fruits and veggies for the kids. My daughter will not eat veggies but loves v8-fusion. Anything sweet with lots of veggies in there for her? Thanks.

  153. Kristin says:

    I am totally a savory person. I have looked and looked and not found any recipes for juices that taste like foods. I am on a 60 fast of nothing but juices but I am also Italian…not that easy. Can I add Rosemary, Thyme, Garlic, etc to make say…my Escarole juice taste like my escarole soup I make? I promise as I experiment with juice that tastes like the meal I will share recipe!

  154. veronica says:

    Hi Kirsten,

    Yep, you can totally add herbs to your recipes, and this is a great way to add flavor and more health benefits to the juice. Although you will need a masticating juicer or a triturating juicer to juice herbs. Centrifugal based juicers such as the Jack LaLanne Juicer and the Breville juicer machines are ineffective at juicing very thin food like herbs and wheatgrass.


  155. Mary Nelson says:

    So I just bought my OMEGA 8005 Masticating Juicer and I have lots of recipe suggestions but only a few indicate to peel or cut up the fruits and/or veggies. What works best? I assume you would peel lemon and oranges but what about cucumbers and apples with a softer peel? My friend suggests you peel and seed EVERYTHING. Any advice owuld be appreciated!

  156. Alec says:

    I have recently started a daily vegetable juicing routine that includes mainly the dark greens, such as kale, chard, spinach, collard greens, etc along with carrots, celery, beets, cucumber, apples, and ginger root. I have seen many websites that advise rotating the veggies to avoid acquiring food allergies. However, i can’t find any more specific info. Has anyone actually developed intolerance to carrots or kale? How many days in a row should I juice a veggie before rotating it with something different? Are kale and collard greens considered the same so that rotating between them might still cause a negative reaction? Thanks.

  157. sam says:

    trying to get some help don’t really know where to start I have a juicer and I have high cholesterol I’m looking for a recipe that I can make that will help lower my cholesterol. not sure if I should fast or just add you to my diet. can someone please help.

  158. veronica says:

    Hi Sam,

    you should find these two articles on our site helpful

    this is also an interesting article from medical doctor Mark Hyman talking about how to lower cholesterol naturally.

  159. veronica says:

    Hi Alex,

    Good questions. I have never personally experienced an intolerance, but as you have read some people do. However, I do mix things up a lot, and I do take a week off from juice here and there. I also do smoothies in which I use fruits I wouldn’t use in juicing. As for knowing how much you can juice one veggie before rotating, it is hard to say, since there is no solid data on this, and as mentioned not everyone seems to develop allergies.


  160. veronica says:

    Hi Mary Nelson,

    Congrats on your purchase the omega 8005 is a great juicer. Personally I try to juice peels where it makes sense since the peels contain a whole lot of antioxidants and fiber (some soluble fiber makes it into the juice). Certainly for soft and edible peels like cucumber, apple, carrot, pears etc, I juice them since they don’t taste nasty and really sour when juiced. The peels of oranges and grapefruits contain chemicals that can cause mild stomach upsets, but those peels taste so bad juiced anyway! However, the peels of lemons and limes don’t contain these chemicals and are ok to juice from a health perspective, but they still produce unpleasant tasting juice so I avoid them.

    One thing with citrus fruit however, is that I put as much of the white pithy stuff in the juicer as possible. I even scrape some off from inside the peels. The white pithy stuff is loaded with antioxidants and will increase the nutrition of the juice considerably.


  161. sam says:

    Thanks so much Veronica:)

  162. Jennifer says:

    Great site!

    I just got a juicer and love it. But..

    I find the green juice disgusting! I drank it for about a week straight to try to get my palate used to — to no avail.

    Currently, I’ve switched to juicing mostly fruit and just eating the green veggies raw.

    Is there any other problems attributed to a lot of fruit juices besides blood sugar problems, cravings, etc? I haven’t experienced any of these luckily.

    Also, is there any real benefit I’m missing out by not juicing the green veggies? If there is, honestly, I’ll just hold my nose and bottoms up!

  163. Magda says:

    We got our first juicer today. The goal is to substitute dinner with a juice couple of days a week. Any suggestions?

  164. Cindy says:

    Has this happened to you? You get home not a little late, but too late to make a full dinner. Hungry, but not too hungry? Stll have a couple of hours worth of chores to do, so need to eat for energy.
    The Apple and Cucumber Zipper is surprisingly tasty. Just a quick slice up, add ground ginger, ice and throw in the blender. mmmm… Yummy in 2 minutes=)

  165. Ronda says:

    These are great recipes! I do a cleanse each year ending in a juice fast and I was looking for some new, tasty juice recipes.

    I modified the Alkaline Juicers Recipe Heaven and added 1/2 of a Beet. Very Yummy!

    Thanks for this site!

  166. Betty says:

    Thanks for listing tasty recipes. I just started juicing today. Being that I’m sick with a cold, I tried spinach, carrot, lemon, and garlic. Whoa, it wasn’t bad but eventually my stomach began to hurt. Is this normal? Also, how many ounces of juice should replace a meal? I read on another site that it is a bad idea to mix fruits, other than apples with vegetables. Is that true and why?
    Thanks for having a site where I can actually ask questions. This is my first time juicing and I’m learning a lot.

  167. veronica says:

    Hi Betty,

    Your stomach could hurt for a number of reasons. One of the more common reasons is that one of the ingredients may not sit well with you. To test this juice drink a juice made with one ingredient only and see how that sits with you, and keep trying out a new ingredient to see how you react. The other main factor, is that it might just be a detoxification reaction, especially if it is your very first fresh juice.

    Mixing fruits and vegetables, isn’t necessarily “bad”, there is just a conflict of interest because fruits and veggies need different digestive enzymes to break them down. The result is that less nutrients are absorbed from the juice because there is what you may call a “digestive competition” going on. So to get the best nutritional benefits from juice, it is better not to mix fruits and vegetables. Apples are one exception because they have a neutral effect that doesn’t clash harshly with vegetable digestive enzymes.

    I am not a big proponent of replacing meals with juice, I think juices are best used as an extremely healthy supplement to one’s diet. However, people do successfully lose weight this way. Since every fruit or vegetables juice will contain a different number of calories naturally, it is difficult to say how many ounces to take per drink. If you are aiming to make each juice a certain amount of calories, then go with the calories of the raw ingredients and take off about 5% to account for some of the calories not making it through (some calories will remain in the unused pulp).

    I also recommend drinking mostly vegetable juice, and the majority of that in the form of green vegetables. Fruits are sugary, and a fruits juice contains a lot more calories than a vegetable juice. A juice made with several pieces of fruit (even though extremely nutritious and loaded with antioxidants) will cause a steep spike in blood sugar levels. You can read more at

    Utlimately, juicing is an excellent thing to do, just stick mostly to vegetables.


  168. Betty says:

    I definitely want to lose weight but I also want to experience that mind clarity that a lot of people talk about. I will check out the website. Thanks again.

  169. Megan Lewis says:

    My son has issues with hard stool. Is there any juicing recipe that works well for stool softening?

  170. Robert says:

    Just got a used Jack LaLanne juicer, and am very excited to begin this journey…I appreciate all the helpful info and recipes, great forum!

  171. Jessica says:

    I just got a used juicer from my grandma, it about 20 years old but works great. I’ve been playing around with juicing recipes the last couple days and so far I’m hooked. I have searched high and low though for a good juice recipe for breastfeeding mothers. I’m currently breastfeeding my 14 month old daughter and plan to get pregnant again this fall. I would love a recipe that helps replenish all the nutrients that I am passing on (and will be passing on when pregnant again) to my child. I know juicing in general will be good but since I plan to breastfeed while pregnant and hopefully tandem nurse I know I will need a lot of nutrients to ensure that everyone is getting what they need.

  172. Kate says:

    I just started juicing to help kick start a better diet while training for a half marathon. Since I work full time, I have to juice the night before. I have been putting the juice in an airtight insulated cup and immediately putting in in the freezer. I then take with with me to work and put the cup in the fridge. By lunchtime it is starting to thaw and I drink it with some almonds and wheat crackers (it is a veggie juice with tomato, carrot, parsley, cucumber, lemon, celery and red bell pepper.

    My questions are: is it ok to freeze the juice as I am doing, and is my “juice lunch” a healthy way to have my juice?

    Thanks so much you this site. It’s very healpful!

  173. Aloes44 says:

    You can add avocado to your smoothie. Like using mango, banana, and yogurt.

  174. Aloes44 says:

    I have been jucing about 3 months now and i have lost 4 pounds and 4 inches around my waist. I juice more green vegetables

  175. Nely says:

    Just wondering, how many cups of juice should you drink each day?

  176. veronica says:

    Hi Kate,

    I think that is a good way to go. Since it is not possible to juice at work fresh, the next best thing is to do what you are doing, the juice will lose a little nutrition, but it is not drastic and the juice will still be very nutritious. Enjoy :-)


  177. Monique says:

    I will be attempting to juice for the first time today. More than likely I will not make a significant investment in an expensive juicer since my knowledge is limited regarding brand vs my long time needs etc.

    Question- am I suppose to remove the skin from certain vegetables and/or fruits before juicing them or just blend it as it after removing stems etc.?

  178. Mo says:

    Hello i am beginner in the juicing world and love the recipes so far but, i have an allergy to raw carrots but, i love them and can eat them cooked….my question is do you think if i just blanch them quickly for a sec and then juice them would i still get most of its healthful benefits???

  179. Robin says:

    Hi Darren,


    I have a question for you. What juicing remedies would be good for hypertension?


  180. Robin says:

    One other question Darren, how many days, if any, can I keep my juice in an air tight container before drinking it?

  181. veronica says:

    Hi Robin – we got that question a lot, so I decided to write a post about it –

  182. veronica says:

    Hi Mo,

    The funny thing with carrots is that you will probably get more beta-carotene out of the carrot by blanching it, since beta-carotene actually becomes more available for digestion by processing methods such as cooking and juicing. By blanching and then juicing you are doing both :-) You may lose some vitamin C, but blanching doesn’t cause as much nutrient damage as boiling for periods of time. So, I think you will be fine.


  183. Jennifer says:

    I’m new to the whole juicing world, but have been wanting to do it for some time now. Unlike most people I know, weight loss is not my goal — simply a healthier diet and lifestyle is. I’ve read that juicing only is not healthy to do long term. What do you suggest to be good habits? I also work out a lot and I don’t want to deplete my body of too many nutrients I would need for energy, so what kinds of vegetables would be preferable?

  184. veronica says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Some of the most nutrient dense and antioxidant-rich vegetables are dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach and collard greens. These will provide many of the minerals and vitamins that working out will use up. The antioxidants will also help with recovery from exercise because of their anti-inflammatory properties, helping to “cool off” muscle and soothe joints.


  185. Susanna says:

    I cannot find any information about this. I had my gall bladderout when i was 12. How will i be affected doing the cleanse without it? Thank you.

  186. veronica says:

    Hi Susanna,

    Sorry, but I am not sure how having no gallbladder and a cleanse work together. I am hoping one of the many people out there who know more than me will pitch in here :-)


  187. Sherri says:

    Veronica & Darren,
    You two are a blessing to the juicing world and especially to us newbie juicers. Thank you so much for this site and taking the time to answer everyone’s questions as you’ve done here for so long!

  188. azia says:

    Hello, I have bought a juicer, however it separates the peels of apple and the fibre from the oranges and the leaves of the spinach, into the filter. Are the nutrients going to waste, as the leaves of the spinach and the peels are not being put into the juice.

  189. AM says:

    My hubby is buying me the Blendtec this weekend! I can’t WAIT! It’s a power blender, so it keeps all the fiber.

  190. Donna says:

    Wonderful site! Just starting juicing today and looking forward to being a healthier person. Thanks for all the time you put into this site!

  191. Janet says:

    Hi, Is it okay to add organic whey protein powder to a fresh apple and spinach juice?

  192. veronica says:

    Hi there Janet,

    No problem at all :-) Apple and spinach juice is a great way to add more nutrition and health benefits to a protein drink.


  193. Epi says:

    I use daily. Can I have my 7 year old and also my 2 year old drink the juices I make?

  194. veronica says:

    Hi Epi,

    I have never read anything where fresh juice is problem for children. However, there are negative reports about children drinking store bought juice because it is usually higher in sugar (added sugar), less nutritious, and contains toxins as a result of processing methods. Just keep in mind that fresh fruit juice, even though super nutritious, does contain natural sugar and should not be overdone, but is still a great way to get kids to eat more fruits. Besides it is way better than soft drinks!!! If you can get them to drink more vegetable juice than fruit juice then you are really looking good. Vegetable juice is much lower in sugar, and busting with antioxidants.


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  196. Chris says:

    Hi. Was just wondering what is Beet? Or am I being stupid and it is in fact beetroot? Also where it says about sweet potatoes do they need to be cooked before juicing?

    Great recipes by the way and am looking forward to tryi g them out

    Thank you

  197. veronica says:

    Hi Chris,

    Glad you like the recipes, we worked hard to provide all the info on this site :-)

    Yep Beet and Beetroot are the very same thing, it is a US and British English difference.

    The sweet potatoes can actually be juiced raw, and is better that way since cooking kills a certain amount of the nutrients. However, it will depend on the juicer machine you are using. All masticating and triturating juicer machines will be fine, but if you have a centrifugal machine that provides 6000 or less rpms, then it may be a bit of strain on the motor, especially if done regularly.

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