I haven’t done a lot of juicing, but when I received a copy of The Everything Juicing Book to review, it made me want to juice more! Not only does this book include a wide variety of simple and unique juice recipes, it also has information on just about anything you would want to know about juicing!
So why juice? Co-author Carole Jacobs explains in the beginning of the book, “Juicing is an easy, convenient, delicious, and nutritious way to consume a high level of essential vitamins, minerals, and disease-fighting antioxidants and phytochemicals, delivering nutrients to the body in a form that is immediately absorbed and assimilated. Cooking and processing destroys natural nutrients in foods, but juicing helps preserve these nutrients.”
The book goes into detail about the many benefits of juicing, from juicing for weight loss and longevity to juicing for stronger bones, more energy and stamina, and cancer prevention. And the recipes are organized by chapter according to the health benefit they provide…for example, you’ll find juicing recipes that are especially good for reducing food cravings, bloating, and lowering cholesterol in the Juicing for Weight Loss chapter. It really is quite an informative, handy guide to the world of juicing!
Here are a few recipes if you want to try them out! I tried the Orange Carrot, which is a good juice for fasting (although I was not on a fast–I just like the orange-carrot combination 🙂 ).
I pulled recipes from several different chapters so you can get an idea of the various health benefits these different juices have. There are lots of delicious-sounding fruit and veggie juice combinations that I never would have thought of myself! And it’s great to know what the specific health benefit for each particular juice is, too!
ORANGE CARROT (good for juice fasting)
- 1 orange, cut into wedges
- 3 carrots, peeled
Juice carrots and orange. Stir. Makes 1 cup.
CELERY CARROT (good for lowering cholesterol)
- 3 carrots, peeled
- 2 stalks celery, leaves intact
Juice carrots and celery. Stir. Makes 1 cup.
APPLE YAMMER (good for weight loss)
- 1 yam, cut into pieces
- 1 red apple, cored
Juice yam and apple. Stir. Makes 1 cup.
TROPICAL CUCUMBER (good for skin)
- 1 cup pineapple, peeled and cut into chunks
- 1 mango, pitted
- 1 cucumber, peeled
- 1/2 lemon, rind intact
Juice pineapple first, then mango and cucumber. Cut lemon into thin slices and juice it last. Stir well before serving. Makes 2 cups.
STRAWBERRY PATCH (good for strong bones)
- 1 apple, cored
- 1 cup strawberries, hulls intact
Juice apples and then strawberries. Stir well before serving. Makes 1 cup.
SPICY TOMATO (good for cancer prevention)
- 6 Roma tomatoes
- 1/4 red onion
- 1/2 jalapeno pepper
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 celery stalk
Juice ingredients in order listed. Stir. Makes 1 1/4 cups.
After making these, you should be feeling really good and healthy! 🙂