Raw vegetable juicing is fabulously healthy and cleansing, as long as you do not tend towards diarrhea. If you are underweight and suffer from bloating or frequent bowel movements, then your system is likely not healed enough yet to tolerate raw juice and it will likely give you diarrhea. In that case, use these easily tolerated shake recipes instead.
If you tend towards constipation, then raw juice can be a wonderful thing if you also throw in blueberries, plums, and pitted cherries (use them instead of apples or pears) – which encourage bowel movements. You would also benefit from adding a heaping teaspoon of ground chia seed to your juice.
If you don’t have a high quality juicer that preserves the live enzymes in the juice, then you need to purchase one. Recommended juicers include Green Star (Green Power), Champion, Juice Man and the Norwalk Juicer. I personally have a Green Star juicer, but now both Ian and I use the cheap and easy Nutribullet or MagicBullet (cheaper but does the same job – I’ve tested both!) to juice, because the clean-up takes literally 10 seconds!
Raw juices provide vital plant-source nutrients, sterols and phytochemicals and it’s great if you can get your whole family drinking these juice blends since they will only benefit.
If you’re squeamish about drinking vegetable juices, then add some extra apples and/or sweet oranges to each blend, as that will make it more fruity and palatable. These recipes are surprisingly delicious, though – even my kids like them! Start kids off with just a shot glass full of juice, with an ice cube in it. As their taste buds adjust, they’ll ask for more.
These recipes are ideal for people just beginning to drink raw juice. As you adjust, you can reduce the amount of fruit and increase the vegetables.
Shopping List: carrots, kale, spinach, apples, oranges, beets, celery, parsley and fennel (all certified organic).