Why Try a Juice Diet?
The benefits of integrating juice diet recipes into your life are almost too many to count! Drinking freshly juiced fruits and vegetables is the best way to get vitamins directly absorbed into your system – so you feel the benefits right away. Not only can fresh juice enrich your vitamin intake and absorption, it can actually help you feel better immediately.
People who regularly drink fresh juice describe feelings of increased energy and mental clarity. Below are three of the big reasons to start drinking fresh juice and I’ll give you some delicious, personally tested juice diet recipes for any occasion.
Incorporating freshly squeezed juices into your diet is a great way to lose weight. With the right combinations of fruits and vegetables, you can easily get many of the nutrients and calories you need for the day – without any extra fat.
Drinking juice can also make you feel full and nourished. So, you don’t need to eat a whole meal full of carbohydrates to feel satisfied and energized. Replacing one or two of your three daily meals with freshly squeezed juice can be an excellent way to get rid of extra pounds.
A lot of the foods we eat every day are full of additives, extra calories and other things that just aren’t that great for our bodies. Over time, our systems get clogged up and our bodies fill with toxins. Drinking fresh, pure juice is a great way to detoxify and cleanse your system. Some of the following juice diet recipes–especially those with ginger, cranberries, and lemon or lime – are specifically targeted at detoxifying and cleansing your body.
Immune System Boost
So, you feel a cold coming on. Your first instinct may be to reach for the Vitamin C bottle or other packaged supplement to boost your immune system. But if you drink fresh juice on a regular basis, your immune system is already better than average. This is because vitamins from juice are more powerful than those that have been extracted and put into pill form.
Drinking vitamins in liquid form increases their absorption into your system, making them more effective right away. So, instead of reaching for the supplements, you can try a fresh juice containing powerful immune boosters like ginger and garlic.
Juice Diet Side Effects
- Dark Stools
If you are not sure the juice diet is for you, here is a list of people who should NOT try the juice diet without talking to their doctors.
Top 7 Delicious Juice Diet Recipes
These juice diet recipes are designed to provide you with a wide range of important vitamins, minerals, immune boosters and antioxidants. Not only that, they have all been tested and are absolutely delicious!
This citrus-heavy morning juice is tart enough to wake you up, and sweet enough to make you happy about it. This juice diet recipe is rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene, and definitely kid-friendly! Make sure to peel the citrus with a knife so that you can leave in some of the white pith—it’s very vitamin rich and won’t taste at all bitter once it has been juiced.
- 1 whole grapefruit, peeled with pith
- 3 whole oranges, peeled with pith
- 2 apples
- A handful of white or red grapes
- 2 carrots, rinsed but not peeled
Push all ingredients into the juicer, stir, and serve! Makes about two 6 oz. (180ml) servings.
Kill Your Cold Tonic
This powerful immune booster is best consumed in small amounts. This juice diet recipe creates a strong, spicy flavor—that’s how you know it’s working.
- A 3-inch piece of fresh ginger root
- 2 whole lemons, peeled with pith
- 1 bulb of garlic, rinsed and peeled
- 1 whole orange, peeled with pith
- A pinch of cayenne
Push ginger, lemons, garlic and orange through the juicer. Stir, and add the pinch of cayenne pepper for extra head-clearing spice. Makes about 4 oz. (120ml)
The Green Giant
Green vegetables are full of calcium and Vitamin A. This savory vegetable blend provides you with loads of both – and it’s a good one for weight loss, as it will make you feel full.
- One large bunch of kale, rinsed
- 1 medium head of broccoli
- A big handful of fresh spinach
- A handful of fresh parsley
- 6 stalks of celery
- 1 large green bell pepper, seeds removed
- Dash of black or cayenne pepper
Push all ingredients through the juicer, stir and serve. Add a pinch of black pepper or cayenne for extra flavor. Makes about two 6 oz. (180ml) servings.
Did you know that root vegetables like sweet potatoes have a warming effect on the body even if they’re not cooked? That’s why they’re so welcome in the winter. They’re also full of potassium and Vitamin E. This root-vegetable based juice diet recipe is savory and comforting. It also has a gorgeous, deep red color from the beets.
- 2 orange sweet potatoes, rinsed and cut into cubes
- 3 fresh beets, rinsed and cubed
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and rinsed
- 3 whole carrots, rinsed but not peeled
Since the skins of root vegetables are very vitamin rich, don’t peel anything except the garlic. Push all ingredients through your juicer, stir and serve. Makes about two 6 oz. (180ml) servings.
Berries, especially blueberries and cranberries – are some of the most powerful antioxidants on the planet. For such small fruits, they pack a powerful punch! This sweet juice recipe also includes ginger, for an extra zippy immune system boost.
- One pint fresh cranberries
- One pint fresh blueberries
- One pint fresh raspberries
- 2 whole apples
- A 1-inch piece of fresh ginger root
Push all ingredients through juicer, stir, and serve. Makes about two 6 oz. (180ml) servings.
For a meal in a glass, this is one of the best juice diet recipes out there. Bursting with lycopene and carotenoids, you’ll get a healthy dose of antioxidants, not to mention just about every vitamin you’d get in a store-bought supplement.
- 2 beets, cubed
- 3 carrots, cubed
- 3 tomatoes
- 3 sticks of celery
- 1 sweet potato, rinsed but not peeled
- 1 big handful of parsley
- 1 big handful of spinach
- 2-3 leaves of Italian basil
- Dash of black pepper
- Dash of cayenne pepper (optional, for heat)
Push all ingredients through your juicer and stir. Add one or both of the peppers to taste. Makes about two 6 oz. (180ml) servings.
Cranberries and lemons are some of the most cleansing foods in the world. They literally pick up toxins as they move through your body, collecting bacteria from the intestines, and flushing it all out. On top of that, this juice diet recipe is packed with antioxidants and all the vitamin C you need in a day. The apples lend the sweetness you need to balance the tartness of the cranberries and lemon, so it’s tasty as well!
- 1 pint fresh cranberries
- 1 lemon, peeled with pith
- 1 lime, peeled with pith
- 3 whole apples
- A 2-inch piece of fresh ginger root
Push all ingredients through your juicer, stir and serve. Makes about two 4 oz. (120ml) servings.
Happy juicing! And don’t forget – the appropriate juicer is also an important factor to get a juice fasting right!!