I wanted to incorporate more healthy food in my daily diet, so I decided I wanted to make more vegetable and fruit juices for myself. Juicing can be done with various kitchen appliances like a blender or centrifugal machine, but for multiple reasons (which you can all Google) I bought myself a new kitchen centerpiece: a slow juicer.

(Slow)Juices are very convenient to fit in any fast passed lifestyle because they are easy to take with you, for instance in the car and to work. Also, because they contain all the healthy nutrients of the whole product in a condensed form, you can have loads of the good nutrients without having to eat large volumes of vegetables and fruit all day. I don’t see myself eating carrots or raw spinach behind my desk all day long (although it would be a good way to annoy my colleagues).

I found out that making juices is also very enjoyable and extremely adjustable to your own taste. This is where I get creative, use produce that is in season, and can start to experiment! I always like to try new combinations. This also results in somewhat strange combinations unfortunately (not often though), but I will not share those here… The recipes I share below are a result of customization and adjustment of existing recipes, or my own ideas tweaked to my own taste. There are no rules here, so I hope you enjoy my recent  summer inventions, and maybe you tweak them a little bit yourselves?


Red vitamin devil juice (recipe for 0,5 liter): This red devil is filled with veggies, so full of healthy nutrients. A real vitamin bomb! The ginger will give it that extra kick…

  • 4 carrots
  • 1 red beet (beetroot)
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 fennel
  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cm ginger root

Go Go Green juice (recipe for 1 liter): Leafy vegetables are packed with vitamins, but have a really specific taste, that not everybody appreciates. With a little help of their green friends the kiwi, cucumber and apple, they make a great team!

  • 300 grams of fresh spinach
  • 1 cucumber
  • few stalks of fresh parsley
  • 2 appels
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon

Basic beetle juice (recipe for 0,5 liter): Very easy to make, basic juice with only 4 ingredients. Everybody can do this!

  • 500 grams red beets (beetroot)
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 apples (granny smith)
  • 1 lemon

 

 


Chicory chuck down juice (recipe for 1 liter): Chicory can be very bitter. I love bitter, but in a juice it may be a little bit weird. Good thing the mango can sort this problem out.

  • 4 heads of chicory
  • 1 mango
  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cm ginger root
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 1 orange
  • 1 apple (granny smith)

After work out juices

After a workout, your glucose levels can be somewhat low. You can restore this by eating for instance some fresh fruit. So why not drink that fruit, and add some veggies while you’re at it? Below some somewhat more fruity juice recipes, that are perfect for a energy boost after your workout.


Re-fresh melony juice (recipe for 1 liter): Replenish the body after a heavy workout with some of the freshest flavors that mother nature brought around! Reminds me of cocktails on beaches, who doesn’t like that?

  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1/2 little watermelon
  • pomegranate seeds
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 limes
  • few stalks of fresh mint

Peary berry beet booster (recipe for 1 liter): I love fresh berries! They go with anything: yoghurt, pancakes etc.. In this juice they become the stars of the show (you won’t even notice the beet roots in there).

  • 200 grams of strawberries
  • 100 grams of raspberries
  • 200 grams of blueberries
  • 2 pears
  • 3 red beets (beetroot)

 


Take aways & further tips:

  • Please note: Fiber is extremely important to the human body and the digestive system. In my opinion fruit and vegetable juices should not be used as a substitute for whole produce, but as supplements to them.
  • When making a juice with leafy vegetables, try to put these in first. The machine will of course press all the things down as good as possible. But I found out that the more juicy fruit or vegetables can help to take all the leafy and fibery stuff down the system when you put them in after the leafy stuff.
  • Juicing is a very good way to get rid of excess fruit and vegetables. Nobody likes to waste food right? So why not put it all in a delicious juice when you accidently bought too much.
  • To maximize the benefits from all the healthy nutrients in the juice, it is best to make them as fresh as possible. If you would like to make more in advance, I like to use glass bottles to store them in my fridge. It keeps the juices nice and cold, and they look very nice! For the Dutchies: I bought mine at Xenos, but I also saw some nice glass bottles at Ikea for a very reasonable price (true Dutch people like a good deal, so check it out!).
  • The recipes I share above are especially suited for a slow juice machine, but if you don’t own one, you could also try a blender or juice centrifuge (however, I do not know if the results will be as enjoyable).