Meatless Monday: Juicing Recipes to Jumpstart Your Diet

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 01/13/2014 | 10:45 AM EST

If you’re in need of some tasty, but healthy juices, try these great recipes at home

Juicing has certainly become the new craze over the past couple of years. Whether you’re drinking a smoothie or just simply a blended drink, juicing allows you to get the daily vitamins and nutrients that you need, which are recommended daily by health experts. Though juicing should not be seen as a substitute for eating whole fruits and vegetables in a day, nor should it be your only meal, some turn to juicing to cleanse their bodies, as well as a tool to accomplish weight loss goals. While it’s important to do your research before jumping into the world of juicing, it can be a great thing for your health. For Meatless Monday, be different this time around by juicing for the day with these awesome, healthy (and tasty) recipes.


Power Gulp

1 cup sliced kale (from about 3 large leaves)
1 cup seedless green grapes (about 28)
1 English cucumber, thickly sliced
1 small Granny Smith apple (4–6 ounces), cored and cut into chunks
1/2 cup water


Editor’s Note:
This green goodie sneaks in a dose of iron (you need extra during your period and pregnancy), key for healthy blood cell and muscle function. It also delivers more than your daily rec of vitamin K—another must for blood and bone health.


Directions:
In a blender, combine kale, grapes, cucumber, apple, and water; blend, scraping down sides occasionally, until smooth. Strain juice and, if desired, thin with additional water. Before serving, garnish with a fresh kale leaf and a cucumber slice (optional). Refrigerate up to 2 days (shake before serving).

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Total Health Booster

1 medium apple (8 ounces), cored and cubed
2 medium soft pears (such as Bartlett), cored and cubed (about 1 pound total)
1/2 cup cherries (fresh with pits removed or frozen and thawed)


Editor’s Note:
A swig of this vitamin-packed (A, B, C, E) beverage fuels your whole body. It even fights aging: Lutein plus vitamins A and C up collagen production (for strong bones and younger-looking skin).


Directions:
In a blender, combine apple, pears, and cherries; blend, scraping down sides occasionally, until smooth. Strain juice and, if desired, thin with water. Before serving, garnish with fresh cherries, if desired. Refrigerate up to 2 days (shake before serving).

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Antioxidant Supreme

1 cup fresh blueberries (or frozen, thawed)
1 cup (about 5) fresh strawberries, halved (or frozen, thawed)
2 cups peeled and coarsely chopped mango (from a 1-pound mango)
1/4 cup water


Editor’s Note:
Antioxidants in berries boast potent anti-aging benefits.


Directions:
In a blender, combine blueberries, strawberries, mango, and water; blend, scraping down sides occasionally, until smooth. Strain juice and, if desired, thin with additional water. Before serving, garnish with sliced mango, blueberries, and strawberries (optional). Refrigerate up to 2 days (shake before serving).

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Energy Upper

1 (20-ounce) can lychees in syrup, drained and rinsed (or 20 peeled and seeded lychees)
1 cup frozen and thawed sliced peaches (7 ounces)
3/4 cup coconut water (or water)


Editor’s Note:
Natural fruit sugars give you an instant boost, and electrolyte-loaded coconut water helps keep you hydrated.


Directions:
In a blender, combine lychees, peaches, and coconut water; blend, scraping down sides occasionally, until smooth. Strain juice and, if desired, thin with water. Refrigerate up to 2 days (shake before serving).

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