Juicing Basics

I love juicing in the morning. I start out every day with 8 – 10 ounces of plain celery juice followed by a second juice. My second juice is either melon based or carrot based. I’ve been juicing like this every day for the past three years – and January 26th will be my juice anniversary.

Here is how I put together my juice for the day along with some basic tips to help you create a juice routine that works for you!

Every morning I check the fruits and vegetables that are ready to be used in my kitchen. Once I decide on a melon or carrot base, I build from there.

For melon based juices, I use either straight watermelon, straight cantaloupe, or honeydew with a few additions. If I have grapes or pomegranates that need to be used up, I add those to my honeydew recipe.

For my carrot juices, I use carrots, cilantro, ginger, and turmeric for the base. I’ll add 3 – 5 medium carrots, one bunch of cilantro, and 1 inch each of ginger root and turmeric root. You can substitute loose leaf parsley for cilantro if desired. Fruits and vegetables I add with this basic carrot base include the following:

apples

oranges

mangos

papayas

pineapple

pears

summer squash

zuchinni

lemons

How much I use of each ingredient depends on what is ripe and ready to use.

Here are some tips to help you explore recipes and build a juice routine that works for you.

  1. Start with ingredients you know you like
  2. Make simple 1 – 3 ingredient juices and build from there
  3. Take the time to explore juicing recipes and videos online (check out my juicing videos on YouTube at Unprofessionally Plant Based)
  4. Have fun and enjoy the process
  5. Share your recipes with others

**Just a quick note, mangoes and papayas produce very thick juice. It works best to juice a slice or two of these fruits followed by a more watery fruit or vegetable like apples, zuchinni, or summer squash. This will give you the best yield for your fruit while preventing your juicer from clogging up**

Check out the following two juicing videos I made from my Facebook Live Events this Veganuary to help you get started:

Follow me on Instagram and YouTube at Unprofessionally Plant Based, and on Facebook at PT for the Soul.

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