These 3 nourishing juice recipes are staples of mine – all easy, nutrient dense, and full of ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store! We’re making a cold kickin’ green juice, sweet beet juice, and an energizing orange juice!
To be completely honest, I never got on the juice train. Juicers always seemed too expensive, I was afraid that one would take up too much space, and they’d be a nightmare to clean, so I just never felt the need to get one. I also don’t typically choose juices, because they strip the fruits and veggies from their fiber content, which is so, so beneficial.
BUT, every now and then a juice is just so tasty and can make you feel really good. It’s also a great way to get in some nutrients that you typically wouldn’t if you don’t consume these fruits and veggies. Even better, when you use your blender to make the juice, you have the option of keeping some of that fiber in.
How to make juice without a juicer
It’s super simple! You will just need a few things:
Most importantly, you want to make sure you have a high powered blender. I use a Vitamix (I couldn’t recommend the investment more. I use mine every single day). If your blender isn’t super strong, you may have to filter the juice at the end (i’ll discuss that in a bit).
A nut milk bag or cheesecloth. This can be used if you still have some skin particles or chunks remaining in the juice.
Let’s make some juice!
First, you’ll want to grab all of the fruits and veggies you need to make the recipe. If you’re using citrus fruits or any fruits or veggies that you normally wouldn’t eat the peel/skin (think beets, ginger, turmeric, lemons, oranges, etc) you will want to peel them to make sure you remove all of the rind/skin. If you’re using apples, pears, cucumber, carrots, or any other fruit and veg that you’d typically eat the skin, leave it on!
Next, you’ll want to cut all of the ingredients into small chunks to make the blending easier.
Then you just add cold filtered water and all of the fruit and veg to your blender, blend for a few minutes on the highest setting until it’s super smooth. You can then pour the juice into glasses or bottles and enjoy!
How to use a nut milk bag to strain the juice
If your blender doesn’t blend everything properly, or you end up with a few chunks in the juice, you can use a nut milk bad to strain it! Simply place the nut milk bag over a large, deep bowl and pour the juice over it. You will just squeeze the bag, straining the juice into the bowl. Then you can pour it into your jars or glasses.
Does using a blender change the texture?
It honestly depends on the ingredients in the juice! If the ingredients contain a higher water content, the juice will be more juice-like. Sometimes they will turn out a mix between a smoothie and a juice – either way, delicious!
What is healthier: blending or juicing?
As I mentioned above, the biggest benefit of making juice in a blender is that you get most of the fiber from the fruits and veggies. If you consume a juice that is strictly just fruit, this sugar could lead to blood sugar spikes. Having some natural fiber from the fruits and veggies can help balance your blood sugar when consuming the juice. If you do end up juicing, you can always stir in a tbsp of chia seeds for added fiber. If you don’t like the texture of chia seeds, you can add the juice to a blender with the seeds and blend for a minute or so, so the seeds blend in!
Juicers I reccomend
The juicer I have and love is the Magic Bullet mini juicer. I’m obsessed with it for a few reasons (this is NOT sponsored, i’m genuinely in love with it). It’s affordable, it’s tiny, and it works really well. I’ll link it here if you want to check it out.
Not a juice fan? Try these smoothies instead!
3 Nourishing Juice Recipes
Cold Kickin' Green Juice
- 1 cup spinach
- 4 large celery stalks
- 1/2 large cucumber
- 1" knob fresh ginger
- 1 small lemon
- 1 cup pineapple
- 1 small green apple
Energizing Orange Juice
- 5 large carrots
- 2 small oranges
- 1 medium lemon
- 1" knob ginger
- 1" knob turmeric
- 2 small apples
Sweet Beet Juice
- 2 medium beets
- 2 small oranges
- 1 handful kale
- 1/3 large cucumber
- Peel and grate all of the fruits and veggies that you need to.
- Dice them up into small chunks.
- Add to your juicer or blender. If blending, add a cup of cold filtered water with each juice recipe. Blend until completely smooth, using a nut bad at the end if needed (directions in post).
- Add your juice to glasses or jars and enjoy!