I’ve been wanting to share my love of juicing with you for almost a year! I first started juicing right after I had Benjamin (you may remember this post about the documentaries that re-inspired me to eat REAL foods). I’ve done a 1- and 5-day juice cleanse, I regularly purchase cold-pressed juice drinks to supplement my at-home juicing routine, and try to make time for juicing my favorite recipes at least once per week. So far, my new year resolution to juice more is going strong.
If this concept is totally new to you, I’d recommend a couple things first…
- Stick around. I’ll be diving deeper into juicing in my future Fit Food posts. Sharing my favorite recipes, more about the juice cleanses I’ve tried and anything else you want to know.
- Watch the documentaries I shared in this post. They’ll do a much better job at educating you on the full picture of eating REAL foods than I can, however, I’ll share what I know (and why I’m so passionate about it) along the way.
The quick description is this…
Juicing is simply squeezing/pressing/extracting the juices from raw fruits and vegetables using an electric juicer and combining them to create delicious drinks in various assortments.
Almost all juices use apples as a base (they provide the sweetness that allow you to swallow things like kale juice or beet juice without gagging).
The bottom line, there are no added or processed sugars. It is 100% natural, straight from the produce itself. So so healthy.
Now, with that said, here is my all-time favorite juice recipe…
SWEET POTATOE PIE
Ingredients: 2 green apples, 4 pairs, 2 sweet potatoes, a dash of cinnamon
Directions: Cut all ingredients into fourths or small sections (small enough to fit through the juicer shoot). Add a few pieces at a time until all ingredients have been through the juicer. Mix well and add a dash of cinnamon. Poor into bottles and refrigerate.
Serving size: The above quantity makes 3 x 16 oz bottles (2 servings per bottle). But if you gulp down a full 16 ounces at once, you won’t feel the least bit guilty! I do it every time. You can also cut this recipe in half or multiply for smaller/larger batches.
Note: You can swap out the pears for peaches if you want and you can add blueberries as well. I’ve found that the blueberry flavor doesn’t come through as much (plus, blueberries are expensive) so I typically go without.
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Matt loves this juice! Even Benji loves it. And I love it for curbing my sweet tooth. I still have a long way to go to becoming a mom who does amazing things in the kitchen, but juicing always makes me feel good that I am feeding my family the kinds of things our bodies were meant to live on.
Have you tried juicing before? Tell me all about it!