Juicing Recipes Mashup: Create Your Own

If you peruse book reviews in the “juicing recipes” category.

You are likely to come across two types of negative comments:

Juicing Recipes For A Healthy Body

Juicing Recipes For A Healthy Body

“It was all theory and I wanted more recipes” and “This was all recipes, what I really wanted to know was more about the theory.”

(Sigh.) What’s an author to do?

That’s their problem.

Let’s dissect some popular juicing recipes.

And figure out a template to use to create your own juicing recipes.

But first, know that almost all juice recipe directions are identical:

  1. Wash.
  2. Peel (optional if organic).
  3. Seed (optional if organic and if seeds are soft).
  4. Juice.
  5. Stir.
  6. Pour over ice.
  7. Enjoy.

Here’s a refreshing green juice made popular by Joe Cross, a movie producer and juicing guru:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 2 apples
  • 6-8 leaves kale
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 T. ginger

Traditionally ingredients are listed in order of addition.

It looks like the lemon following the kale.

Would be enough to help push the kale through the juicer.

Megan Markey, who blogs at Whole Family Fare, devised this recipe, also green. It’s for two adults:

  • 5 or 6 Granny Smith apples
  • 1 bunch kale
  • about a half bunch of cilantro
  • half a lemon
  • 2 small pieces of ginger

Torrie Pattillo at MindBodyGreen offers this one, designed to convert skeptics:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 pears
  • 1/3 cantaloupe
  • 6-8 kale leaves
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 inch of ginger

Let’s plot them all out together.

And look for trends.

Remember, these are all green juices.

** Joe **

  • 1 Cucumber
  • 4 stalks of Celery
  • 2 Apples
  •  6-8 leaves of Kale
  •  1 T Ginger

** Megan (2 servings) **

  • 5-6 Apple
  • 1 bunch of Kale
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • ½ bunch Cilantro
  •  2 sm. piece Ginger

** Torrie **

  • 1 Cucumber
  •  2 stalks of Celery
  • 6-8 leaves of Kale
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 2 Pears
  •  1/3 Cantaloupe
  • 1 inch Ginger

We see that the ingredients in common are kale, lemon, and ginger.

Juicing Recipes That Can Cleanse The Body

Juicing Recipes That Can Cleanse The Body

Joe has 2 apples where Torrie has 2 pears.

They both have 1 cucumber and the same volume of kale.

It looks like Joe’s extra 2 celery stalks could approximate Torrie’s 1/3 cantaloupe in terms of volume.

Megan’s, which is for 2 adults.

Is really 2.5 – 3 apples for one serving.

You could say that her extra apple is equivalent to Joe’s cucumber and celery.

His unjuiced volume would be greater.

But I suspect her juice had a zingier flavor.

There are a couple of important things to notice here.

The base, or basic flavor, for each recipe was apple/pear.

With not-powerfully-flavored bulky food (cucumbers, celery, and cantaloupe).

The green was consistently provided by the kale.

There must be something to the 6-8 leaves per person.

So keep that in mind.

If you are just starting to experiment with leafy greens.

And know your greens – 6-8 leaves of collard greens could be dramatically stronger or bitterer. Tread carefully!

Lemon and ginger were used consistently.

To provide “zing” and maybe some wake-up effect for morning juice.

Here are some general thoughts on creating your own new juicing recipes:

Feel free to experiment.

The size, shape and volume of generic foods like “apple” or “cucumber” can vary widely.

This is an imprecise science, unlike baking,

So the yield (and strength of flavor) will be slightly different each time.

Take a look at recipes online, in magazines or on TV.

And then substitute according to what you like.

Or what you have on hand. Have fun!


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