Category Archives: Juicing

Copycat Suja Fuel Juice

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Copycat Suja Fuel Juice

This juice is one of my husband’s favorite juices. Any time we buy Suja’s juices, this one has to be in the mix. So, of course, a copycat was in order. I changed it a tiny bit from their recipe, just because I like to do a little less sugar, although it’s not super crazy. Sometimes I am not able to find fresh turmeric root, so I go with just ginger. Suja’s Fuel uses turmeric and no ginger.

Yield 30 oz juice

10 medium-large carrots
1 large orange, peeled
½ large green apple
½ large lemon, peeled
chunk of pineapple, about ¼ cup
1 inch piece of ginger root and/or turmeric root

 

Send all the stuff through your juicer and enjoy!!

 

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#JuiceMonday

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Juice Monday

Basic Definition: Only drinking veggie-fruit juices on Monday(s), no eating/chewing.

Tips & Suggestions

Doing a one day juice cleanse once a week is easier than doing a three or four day juice cleanse once a month. It’s a great start for your week too, get things going off on the right foot. Having done #JuiceMonday for almost two years now, I have had a bunch of different experiences and can give my words of wisdom.

  • Cleanses are generally 6 different juices. Try and make it so you have 2 hours or more between juices. Between juices try and drink another 2 cups of water. You FEEL like you are hydrating enough, because you are just drinking all day, but try and think of the juices as food rather than hydration. Yes, you will be going to the bathroom a lot. It’s a cleanse, you want to be cleaned. The water helps you not feel starved as well.
  • Most cleanses end with a ‘dessert’ type juice that is a form of nut milk. It’s your heaviest drink with the most calories by far. I’ve found that I need to have it split in half at least. It tastes good, but is very filling. You don’t realize how filling for a few minutes though. To help with that I usually drink it in 1/4ths or 1/3rds and wait at least 20 min between. Drinking the last part and going to bed immediately following hasn’t fared me well. Needs to be some digestion time. In actuality, I don’t always finish the nut milk/dessert juice because it’s so much. I happily save the other half for some time later in the week.
  • Juices with added charcoal are popular currently. I love them. If you take medication, make sure not to take it within 40 min of drinking this one. Charcoal absorbs things and will make your medication less effective.
  • If you have a lot of traveling that is going to be done on a juice day, I recommend putting your juice in the freezer for a couple hours before you head out. It won’t freeze it through, but will give it some ice crystals and make it colder. Then put them in a cooler bag with hopefully some freezer packs and be on your way. If it’s a warm day out, just bring the cooler bag indoors with you when you go inside. Many gym lockers have held my cooler bags filled with juice.

FAQ

So you don’t eat anything?  No actual solid food. That’s correct. Just the juices and water. You will get enough calories and nutrients from the juices.

Is this just to lose weight? Nope, not just to lose weight. Generally weight loss happens in the process, and your belly gets flatter, but that isn’t the only reason for it. You end up consuming way more produce on juice day than you almost ever would on a typical day. I eat a lot of produce, but this is like getting a shot of it. Your RDA (recommended daily amounts) of vitamins and minerals are off the charts!

What kind of juice? Cold Pressed (non pasteurized) fruit and veggie juice. Preferably more vegetables than fruit. You want as much nutrients as possible without sugar over dosing yourself, like if you just drank apple and orange juice all day. Whoa sugar!  Cold pressed juice doesn’t last as long as the pasteurized stuff, for good reason, it’s got a bunch more of the good stuff in it. It wasn’t killed in the sterilization and stabilization process. It’s unheated and left to give its goodness to you when you drink it.

Where can I get it? First off, if you haven’t done a full day juice cleanse before, I wouldn’t recommend going out and buying a juicer to do so. I highly recommend buying at least a one day cleanse from somewhere. So, where? Some of the places I get mine when I’m lazy and don’t make them myself (there are plenty out there, I just haven’t tried them all)…

In California, Phoenix and Las Vegas (and some TX): Pressed Juicery or Nekter Juice Bar

In Utah: Vive Juicery

Online all of these places ship throughout the US: Suja Juice www.sujajuice.com Pressed Juicery www.pressedjuicery.com Nekter Juice Bar www.nekter.com

 

Will I starve? No, you won’t starve. You get plenty of nutrition. The real test is the test of your will. To not eat/chew is generally the most difficult part of juice cleanses. It’s a habit to eat, especially if you are an emotional eater or a situational eater. Juice cleanses help break that. Just know that while doing a juice cleanse you are likely going to be getting WAY more nutrients than you do from your normal diet. A recent cleanse I did, one of my juices had 6170% of the RDA for Vitamin C in it. That was just ONE bottle of juice, and in that bottle had 880% of Vitamin K. Point being, pllllllenty of nutrients.

Can I take my medicine still? Absolutely! The only caveat would be if you have a juice that has charcoal in it (it will say in the ingredients list, plus the juice will be almost black). Charcoal is an amazing detoxifier and it sucks up stuff. In turn it will make your medication less effective if you take it around the time that you drink that. Just space it out at least 30 min from any medication or supplements.  

Happy Juicing!

Long Live #JuiceMonday

Here are some pics of historic juice Monday’s.

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Strawberry Fennel Green Juice 

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Strawberry Fennel Green Juice 

  
Strawberries have come back in season here in sunny Southern California, so I decided to incorporate them into my juice Monday today. The juice doesn’t LOOK so gorgeous, but sure tastes lovely!! 

    

 When I make my juices Sunday afternoons I try and remember to write down what all I put in them. So, below is what the juice looks like without being mixed as well as my post it note scribble down.  

    

     

This makes two 16oz juices. 

  • 3/4 container of strawberries, about 2 cups worth (probably more)
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 small fennel bulb, including its prongs
  • 2 large long ribs of celery (if small and thin, do 4)
  • 4 medium kale leaves (include the stem)
  • 1 medium lemon, peeled

Way better than V8 Savory Veggie Juice (Alkaline, Body Ecology, Raw)

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Way better than V8 Savory Veggie Juice (Alkaline, Body Ecology, Raw)


Every time I make this juice for our Juice Monday, independently of one another, my husband and I will comment on our favorite juice of the day and it’s always this one. It’s so nice to have in the mix, it’s like drinking something between salsa or pizza. It’s a savory juice with all sorts of nutrients and a welcome change to so many of the juices that have greens with citrus and an apple to sweeten it. Absolutely worth a try!! As a side note, I can’t stand V8.
Just a little reminder, if you are juicing, always use organic. You are squeezing all the juice out and if you are using conventional you are bringing the chemicals along with it almost on concentrated form because there is no fiber to pull it out of your body.

Just in case you were wondering, here is the summary of the “dirty dozen” from the Environmental Working Group for 2015. –> Dirty Dozen

dirty clean 2015

Makes 2, 16 oz juices

4 roma tomatoes
1 red bell pepper
6-8 radishes
5 carrots
5 stalks celery (leaves included)
1 cup organic parsley (or 1/2 cup parsley 1/2 cup cilantro, OR 1/2 cup parsley 1/2 basil)
1 small-medium zucchini or 3 medium tomatillos
1-2 cloves organic garlic, according to taste
1/4 red onion or 2 green onions
1/2 poblano or anaheim pepper
1/2 medium beet
2 large kale or collard leaves
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
1 TBS apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp sea salt

Put em all in your juicer, but try and mix them up, not juicing all of one vegetable/ingredient at one time. Add in the ACV and salt at the end and stir.

ENJOY!!!

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Carrot Turmeric Pineapple Juice

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This juice is a great immunity booster! Turmeric, ginger, lemons, all major liver detoxers. Turmeric gets absorbed by the body better with bromelain, which is potent in pineapple. Lemon and orange are high in vitamin C, carrots are high in vitamin A. You will get way beyond your daily recommended dose. That’s a great thing!


Makes 2, 16 oz juices

4 inch piece of turmeric
1-3 inch piece ginger root
14 carrots
½ pineapple (I juice the core as well)
1 persian cucumber OR 1/3 cucumber
2 small oranges
½ small lemon

Send them all through the juicer in whatever order you please. Usually I mix in the carrots with the other items.

Enjoy!!

-Amber