The Juice on Juicing- Pros, Cons and Recipes

The Juice on Juicing- Pros, Cons and Recipes

Juices are all the rave right now. It’s the lazy girl/guy’s solution to getting thier veggies in without even throwing together a salad! It’s a simple way to provide yourself with a large quantity of vitamins in one easy gulp. Juicing is best in the summers when your body is high in Pitta energy, has a strong digestive fire and requires cooling foods. It’s important to chew while drinking your green juice, because you are still consuming food. Your body gets your stomach enzymes ready for digestion through saliva, which is why it’s crucial to make sure every particle of food has been exposed to saliva. You may feel weird but just chewing the liquid will help stimulate those acids to break down the food. Juice must be enjoyed within 15 minutes of pressing because they lose their vitamins in a process called oxidization, when they’re exposed to oxygen or light.

Juicing is also a great option for people whom are sick, as it’s so potent with vitamins. It takes pounds of veggies just to make one cup of green goodness, so in several sips, you’ve eaten more kale than you could eat in several hours. Juice doesn’t require any digestion so all the nutrient benefits rapidly go into your system. The vast amount of energy your body uses on digestion can instead be used on healing your body. The documentary “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” illustrated how juicing helped cure patients of all diseases just by giving their bodies a break from digestion.

But what about juicing for already healthy people? I don’t recommend juice fasts, which can actually damage your digestion, especially if you are a Vata (wind energy) and naturally cold. Your body requires warm, nourishing foods with ample proteins and grains in order to be healthy, therefore a juice fast would be too cooling and may even cause gas, bloating, hair loss, anemia, lack of period, low blood sugar, low blood pressure or insomnia.

A vegetable-based juice a day, without only one serving of fruit, can promote detoxification of the body when combined with a healthy diet. We’re better off eating fruit so we get the fiber in, whereas juicing vegetables is a good way of getting your daily dose in if you find it difficult to just eat steamed veggies.

Many notice a spike in energy by incorporating a juice into their daily diets. Digesting food requires a great deal of energy and by giving your body a break, you’ll have more energy for yourself. However, too much juice with too little solid food can make some people tired, weak and sick. It’s best to listen to your body, the season and stick to moderation. There are many benefits to juicing and tons of different ways to go about it.  Here are 20 reasons to getting juicy along with some delicious recipes!

Benefits of juicing
1. Better digestion
2. Improved brain function
3. Improved heart function
4. Improved joint function
5. Less disease-prone body environment
6. Slowing down the aging process
7. Improved skin conditions such as eczema, skin eruptions, dryness, oiliness and susceptibility to sunburns
8. Hair grew thicker, stronger and more lustrous, with decreased thinness, weakness, oiliness, dryness, dullness and dandruff
9. Improved immune system
10. Rebuild blood cells
11. Increased vision
12. Weight loss and detoxification
13. Increased sex drive (yes you read that right!)
14. Better rested
15. Increased nail strength
16. Sharp decrease in body odor
17. Decrease in addictions and use of medications
18. Decrease in allergies
19. Better emotional, spiritual and mental health (87.5% noticed this!)
20. Increased muscle definition


Though it may sound like your drinking a salad, veggie juices are actually very refreshing and do not taste as bitter as eating the vegetable itself. Remember, green juices are high in chlorophyll, which is the product in plants turning light into energy for insects and animals to eat. This is necessary for detoxification and repaired all tissues in the body.

Just throw these ingredients into any juicer or blender and strain the pulp. Here you can find the specific vitamins found in each juiced vegetable. You can mix and match to make your own perfect juice! For more recipes, try this book which is full of hundreds of creative combinations. Start off with blending one veggie into a fruit juice and go from there! Before you know it, you’ll be downing Kale juice like Kool Aid.

Strawberry Fields Forever
– 2 Apple
– 2 Carrots
– 8 Strawberries
– Add in 1″ of ginger for a spicy kick!

Kreamy Kale
– 1 cup Kale
– 1/2 cup spimach
– 1 cup blueberries
– 1/2 grapefruit
– 1 banana
– 1 apple

Tropical Envy
– 1/2 Beets
– 2 Carrots
– 1 stalk Celery
– 1/2 Cucumber
– 1 inch Ginger
– 1 handful Parsley
– 2 rounds Pineapple

Ruby Begonia

– 1 Apple
– 1/4 Beets
– 2 Carrots
– 8 Raspberries
Maui Wowie
– 1″ Ginger
– 2 rounds Pineapple
– 1/4 cup Sparkling Water
Mondo Berry
– 1 Apple
– 10 Blueberries
– 10 Strawberries
– 8 Raspberries

Simply Green Juice
– 1 cup of spinach
– 2 cups of kale
– 2 cups of parsley
– 1 cucumber
– 3 stalks of celery

Fred and Ginger
– 1 Apple
– 2 Carrots
– 1 stalk Celery
– 1 inch Ginger

Apple and Cucumber Zipper
– 2 1/2 apples
– 1/2 cucumber
– 1″ of ginger

Alkaline Juicer
– 1 cup of spinach
– 1/2 cucumber
– 2 stalks of celery including leaves
– 3 carrots
– 1/2 apple

The Cucapple
-1/2 cucumber
– 2 apples

Parsley Pep Up

– 1 cup of parsley
– 1/2 apple
– 2 carrots
– 3 celery stalks

Carrot and Apple Zip
– 2 carrots
– 1 apple
– 1″ of ginger

Eye Eye Captain
– 6 carrots
– 1 cup of kale

Liver Health
– 1/2 beet with greens
– 3 apples

The Big Energizer
– 2 apples
– 1/2 cucumber
– 1/2 lemon (peeled)
– 1/2 cup of kale
– 1/2 cup of spinach
– 1/4 bunch of celery
– 1/4 bulb of fennel
– 1″ of ginger
– 1/4 head of romaine lettuce

Sweet n’ Green Juice
– 1 cucumber
– 1 carrot
– 1 green apple
– 1/4 cup parsley
– ¼ cup mint
– 1 stalk of celery
– ½ inch of fresh ginger
– ½ lemon (peeled)

Citrus Delight
– 1 Orange
– 1/4 Lemon
– 1/4 Grapefruit

Fab Fruit Cocktail
– 2 Apple
– 1 cup Cranberries
– 1 bunch Grapes

Gazpacho to Go
– 1 large Tomato
– 1 handful Parsley
– 2 handfuls Spinach
– 1/4 Bell Pepper

and last but not least..

Kimberly Snyder’s Official Glowing Green Smoothie (makes 2-4 servings)
1 ½- 2 cups very cold, filtered water
6 cups spinach, chopped
5 cups organic romaine lettuce, chopped
2 stalks of organic celery
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 organic pear, cored and chopped
1 organic banana
1–2 Tbs. fresh organic lemon juice

10 Responses to “The Juice on Juicing- Pros, Cons and Recipes”

  1. January 26, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    First of all, thank yo so much for taking the time to give us your expertise in this area. i was wondering, should i peel the cucumber or not? And also is the curly parsley better than the flat-leaf? thanks so much, i appreciate you!

    • January 26, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

      Thanks so much for your comment! If it’s non organic, peel the cucumber to get rid of any pesticides in the skin. If it’s organic, then just go ahead and eat the whole thing. Either parsley is great, just depends on your preference! I normally have flat leaf. Thanks, let me know if you have any other questions Shelby!

  2. Anonymous
    April 9, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    How often would you suggest juicing?

    • April 9, 2013 at 12:53 pm #

      Every morning is the best! Your digestive system is empty and its the best time your body can absorb the nutrients!

  3. May 21, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    Pesticides penetrate deep within the fruit/vegetable and can be found even in the core, so washing and peeling do very little in getting rid of the poisons in fertilizers and pesticides.

  4. May 21, 2013 at 9:16 pm #

    Pesticides are found throughout the entire vegetable/fruit, thus, peeling (and washing) has little or no effect on removing them.

  5. June 28, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    what does an inch of ginger mean? Do I grate it?

  6. July 18, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    I wash all my fruits and vegetables in vinegar/water.
    I have been juicing for a while, but every morning I have the “The Glow Smoothie”.Its very filling.

  7. July 18, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    I wash all my fruits and vegetables in vinegar/water.
    I have been juicing for a while, but every morning I have the “The Glow Smoothie”.Its very filling.

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