Drinking Your Veggies | A Trio of Juice Recipes

These three colorful vegetable juices are an easy way to make juicing a habit this year.

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The aftermath of the holiday season hit me hard; I have just started to rouse from the post-holiday haze.

December is certainly a month of activity; a frenzy of feasts, festivities and family that flies by in a flash.  The next thing I knew 2013 had arrived and I was overcome by a desire to hole up, hibernate and recharge.

Frankly, the closest couch and a good nap were in order.  Well, that and something fresh and liquid; a respite from the excesses of December.

Three Vegetable Juices from Gourmande in the Kitchen Drinking Your Veggies | A Trio of Juice Recipes

Whether you are new to juicing, or an old pro, the start of the New Year is certainly the season for it.  When you’re feeling a strong urge to eat clean and re-energize, no supplement is a match for the vitamins, minerals and nutrients found in whole foods like vegetables.

One of the most frequently asked questions about juicing is “why not eat your vegetables instead of juicing them?”  The problem is that most of us just don’t eat enough of them and juicing is an easy way to increase your intake.  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat them, it means you should do both if you can.

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Store bought juices are not the same thing; most are laden with added sugars and preservatives, those that aren’t have most likely been pasteurized.  Manufacturers pasteurize juices to prevent spoilage, but the process of heating the juice can destroy the availability of some of the vitamins and enzymes so fresh, raw juices are best.

Drinking freshly pressed vegetable juices along with eating a variety of vegetables provides our bodies with an abundance of raw materials and nutrients from which to thrive.

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Green juices are king when it comes to juicing as they are both nutrient rich and low in sugar, but if you are hesitant to plunge into green drinks, root based juices are a naturally sweeter alternative that still pack a nutritional punch.  Start with carrot juice and gently ease your way over to spinach juice and other leafy greens.

These three colorful juices are an easy way to make juicing a habit this year.

Pea Shoot and Spinach Juice

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Spinach and Pea Shoot Green Juice Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 1

Green Juice from Gourmande in the Kitchen Drinking Your Veggies | A Trio of Juice Recipes

Pea shoots offer vitamins A, C and folate. Spinach is rich in vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese and folate as well. The apple and lemon add a little tartness to the fresh flavors of the spinach and pea shoots.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz/56g pea shoots
  • 3 oz/85g of baby spinach
  • 1 small handful of parsley leaves
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 large lemon, peeled and seeds removed
  • ¼ of a large tart green apple, seeds removed

Instructions

  1. Chop everything into chunks that fit into the juicer chute.
  2. Pass all the ingredients through the juicer, alternating hard and soft ingredients.
  3. Strain juice to remove foam if desired.
  4. Pour juice into ice-filled glasses and serve immediately.

Notes

Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Vegan, Raw

http://gourmandeinthekitchen.com/2013/raw-vegetable-juice-recipes/
 Drinking Your Veggies | A Trio of Juice Recipes

Beet and Sweet Potato Juice

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Beet and Sweet Potato "Roots" Juice

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 1

Beet and Sweet Potato Juice from Gourmande in the Kitchen Drinking Your Veggies | A Trio of Juice Recipes

Sweet potatoes and carrots are high in beta-carotene, vitamin C and anti-oxidants. Beets are rich in phytonutrients and have blood pressure lowering properties.

Ingredients

  • 1 small beet scrubbed, peeled
  • ½ a large sweet potato scrubbed, peeled
  • 4 carrots, scrubbed

Instructions

  1. Chop everything into chunks that fit into the juicer chute.
  2. Pass all the ingredients through the juicer, alternating ingredients.
  3. Strain to remove foam if desired.
  4. Pour juice into ice-filled glasses and serve immediately.

Notes

Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Vegan, Raw

http://gourmandeinthekitchen.com/2013/raw-vegetable-juice-recipes/
 Drinking Your Veggies | A Trio of Juice Recipes

Carrot Kohlrabi Juice

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Carrot Kohlrabi Juice

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: Serves 1

Trio of Vegetable Juices from Gourmande in the Kitchen Drinking Your Veggies | A Trio of Juice Recipes

Kohlrabi belongs to the cabbage family of vegetables, is high in vitamin C and contains a good amount of B vitamins as well.

Ingredients

  • 6 carrots, scrubbed
  • 2 small or 1 large kohlrabi, scrubbed and peeled

Instructions

  1. Chop everything into chunks that fit into the juicer chute.
  2. Pass all the ingredients through the juicer, alternating ingredients.
  3. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove foam if desired.
  4. Pour juice into ice-filled glasses and serve immediately.

Notes

Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Vegan, Raw

http://gourmandeinthekitchen.com/2013/raw-vegetable-juice-recipes/
 Drinking Your Veggies | A Trio of Juice Recipes

Cheers to good health!  Do you juice?

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  1. says

    I do juice and I should be doing it right now. I have a great green star juicer and my favorite juice is beet, spinach, red cabbage, carrot, ginger and apple. It’s really good for recharging the liver after the holidays. :)

  2. Eha says

    Beautiful juices looking very appetizing indeed. I juice sometimes: basically a carrot/celery/apple combo: am looking tho’ at Maureen’s very healthy one :) ! On the whole tho’ I do believe in actually eating the vegetables [no hardship for me :)!] to get the very necessary fibre and avoid possible potassium excess [I take antihypertensives as many of us do and that can make a dangerous mix!] – homemade juices can be too concentrated at times and commercially made we won’t talk about :D !

    • says

      I should have taken a picture of the kohlrabi, it’s a great vegetable, crunchy and crisp a little like a radish but sweeter and with less bite. I’ll have to make another recipe with it and take some pictures.

  3. says

    I am going to try these! I want to start juicing this year. I don’t have a juicer so I’m going to attempt doing it in my Vitamix and then straining out any pulp left from fibrous veggies. It works in my head, we’ll see if it works in practice. :)

    • says

      I have to admit I’m not a huge fan of them either but I try and sneak them in here and there, I much prefer a glass of green juice though.

  4. says

    Happy New Year Sylvie! Your juices are brilliant – love how beautiful they are. Home juiced fruits and veggies are so much better than store-bought, I couldn’t agree more.

  5. says

    Gorgeous juices and perfect timing as I am pinning juices for the new juicer I got for my b-day in November. I don’t juice everyday, but enjoy fresh juices 2-3 times per week, and agree is a great addition to eating lots of veggies and fruit too. Today’s combo was a pukey green but very tasty…1/2 cara cara orange, 1 whole meyer lemon {love the tartness it adds!}, 1 golden beet, 2 carrots, and a bunch of rainbow chard-yum! Happy New Year Sylvie!!

  6. says

    loved this post. This past weekend, I tried fruit and veggie only diet and I have come to love juicing so much. Your pictures are so colorful, absolutely gorgeous. I like your take on juicing :) as long as we include other nutrients, fiber in our food daily i think juicing can be beneficial right?

  7. says

    not only would I want to drink all of those gorgeous colored juices – but I would be tempted to paint my kitchen chairs those colors to match. what great flavor pairings, Sylvie. Cheers to 2013 and starting off to a delicious start!

  8. says

    Happy New Year, Sylvie! I could use a trio of these brilliant juices after the holidays for sure. I have wanted to juice for such a long while, you have inspired me to get started. I would be happy to toast the New Year with these!

  9. says

    You are really amazing! How wonderful it is to use such healthy ingredients and turn into these beautiful juice recipes! I especially love how each recipe turn into a perfect color and these three colors compliment to each other. I’d want all these three! I don’t have a juicer but totally made me think about it.

  10. says

    i never thought about how a lot of juices are likely pasteurized and how that adversely affects our vitamin intake! i think i need to be more careful of that…

  11. says

    Wow…such colorful ones:).I wudnt have imagined to use kohlrabi in a juice…this sounds like a great idea. loving it…and as always Sylvie stunning pictures:)

  12. says

    Such stunningly beautiful drinks! Just those colors are making me feel better already. I love your unique combinations too, so much more interesting than the standard sort of options. I’ve never tried juicing kohlrabi before, that’s for sure!

  13. Amanda Marie says

    Sylvie – I’ve never eaten raw sweet potato – or any other raw potato. Somehow, I thought raw potato was not good for you. Is it best not to “overdose” on them? Thanks.

    • says

      I was surprised too when I first heard that you could eat sweet potatoes raw but you can indeed, you shouldn’t eat the peels however. Sweet potatoes belong to an entirely different food family than regular potatoes. Regular potatoes contain a toxin called solanine, and should not be eaten raw.

  14. says

    I’ve never juiced but those look beautiful! Like jewels! Actually, the pea shoot, spinach and apple sounds lovely and I’d be tempted to serve it for lunch with a dollop of ricotta on top. Your photos are, as always, just beautiful!

    • says

      You should get one Lori! A high end juicer costs probably as much as two 3 day cleanses but you’ll get a lot of use out it in the long term. Plus you can make your own juice combos.

  15. says

    For working so hard these past few months, I am treating myself with a Vitamix. I am putting these recipes in my arsenal. Happy New Year, Sylvie! Cheers to wonderful new beginnings and these drinks! x

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