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In the Juice Lab – Pineapple Green & Purple BG Recipes

I’m a juice junkie and obsessed with green smoothies, but I wasn’t always this way. As a former work-aholic, I spent years consuming energy drinks, cups of caffeine and carb-loaded meals. I thought these would bring me energy. I was right, just the wrong kind. You can feel a BIG difference between an immediate energy spike from a sugar-laden coffee vs. the mind-clearing, sustainable energy that wholesome foods provide. One of the BEST choices I made when I changed my lifestyle was to eat and drink more plants. And when I speak or write about taking small steps toward better health, my recommendation for everyone is to add more fruits and vegetables to their diet, which is easy when you start incorporating homemade juices and smoothies.

In the Juice Lab - Recipes
In the Juice Lab

When I started eating clean and consuming homemade juices and smoothies daily, my energy level skyrocketed. I was fueled for the whole day, not just a few hours after I slammed a coffee. When I’m in a rush and want a satisfying breakfast on the go, filled with nutrients and fiber, a green smoothie does the trick. If I have a little more time, a homemade fruit/veggie juice combo cleanses my system and gets me going for an activity-filled day.

If you want to start juicing or adding smoothies to your life, keep it simple. Visit a juice bar and find a combination that you like. Then have some fun and create your own. It’s cheaper in the long run to buy a real juicer and ingredients. Mine is the Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus 850-Watt Juice Extractor. Plus the convenience of making them at home saves time, too. Below are some of my junior juices – sweet, easy to make and kid-approved. Also, check out my two favorite smoothies – green and chocolate.

In the Juice Lab
Juices for the week – Pineapple Green, Purple BG and a big ol barrel for ginger shots

Pineapple Green Juice – a tropical, sweet juice packed with spinach

Pineapple Green Juice
 
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This Green Pineapple juice is sweet as candy, yet filled with hearty green anti-oxidants.
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Recipe type: Juice
Cuisine: Juice
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 6 handfuls (cups) of spinach
  • 1 cucumber
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 pineapple
Instructions
  1. Depending on your juicer - wash and cut into pieces enough to fit in the juicing/feed chute
  2. Juice all the ingredients together (use a juicer machine - mine is a Breville)
  3. Serve right away
  4. Or chill, shake and serve
Notes
For a sweeter juice, add more pineapple.

Juice lasts in a air-tight container/mason jar about two days.

Purple BG Juice – Superfood Blueberry
Purple BG Juice
 
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This purple juice is sweet and full of some super-food fruits.
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Recipe type: Juice
Cuisine: Juice
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 4 cups blueberries
  • 3 cups red grapes
  • 1-2 limes
Instructions
  1. Wash all ingredients and peel the lime
  2. Juice all the ingredients together - (use a juicer machine - mine is a Breville)
  3. Serve immediately or chill, shake and serve
Notes
If you want to add more greens, I would suggest adding 3 cups of romaine lettuce. This juice will have a higher sugar content, so adding romaine lettuce will bring it down a little.

Ginger shots – This is not a kid-favorite, but many adults love this strong, non-alcoholic juice shot. Ginger is used to fight inflammation, nausea, and deliver extra energy. Juice shots can be a quick and cost-effective way to get additional  nutrients.
Ginger Shot
 
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A savory ginger juice shot.
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Recipe type: Juice
Cuisine: Juice
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ lemon
  • 2 thumbs of ginger root (each thumb is about 2 inches of ginger)
Instructions
  1. Peel lemons
  2. Juice ginger, then lemon (use a juicer machine - mine is a Breville)
  3. Pour in small/shot glass
  4. *Optional add a pinch of cayenne pepper or 1 tsp agave nectar*
Notes
This recipe is to make 1 - 2oz ginger shot. I typically buy a few handfuls of ginger root and juice, then will juice a few lemons to lighten the taste. I will drink this as a stand-alone juice shot or put a few splashes warm water and drink as tea.

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What are your favorite fruits and vegetables? Would you juice them together? 

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2 Comments

  1. I just recently came into possession of a juicer. I need to try these! Yum.
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    • I LOVE the pineapple one. At my last speaking engagement, they served both the ginger shot and the pineapple green juice. Juice newbies didn’t really love the ginger shot because they are strong, though feedback on the pineapple one was terrific. Hope you had a great weekend.

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