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A Tale of 2 Juices: Sweet and Savory Juice Recipes

recipes for savory vegetable juice and sweet green juice
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recipes for sweet juice and savory vegetable juice

A tale of two juices obviously has to start with a story. I was first introduced to the concept of juicing around 2007, when a co-worker of mine would show up to work every morning with this funky green liquid in a mason jar.

“What ARE you drinking?” I finally asked her one day. She replied that it was a juice blend of kale, parsley, celery, and lemon. It sounded horrible. But I was intrigued — here was someone that, once she revealed her age to me, looked 20 years younger than anyone would ever guess. She told me she’d been drinking a green juice every morning for years, and that she had endless amounts of energy and never got sick. Her gorgeous skin told the story too!

The first time I ever tried a green juice was when I purchased one of those Naked or Odwalla juices from the grocery store. I thought they were okay, but extremely sweet. Later I would learn that those juices are a lot more processed to extend shelf life, and they don’t have as much greenery in there as they could. I worked for a specialty cookware store for a long time, and was able to buy a Vitamix, and while totally amazing for many things, I was never a fan of the fibrous texture of green smoothies. Juice was definitely the better route for me! In SF, I discovered Columbia Gorge Organic (which is fantastic — I used to mix their Just Greens juice with something a little sweeter to make it palatable!), and they were my go to juice until we moved to New York. Cue me partaking in a very expensive habit of visiting Organic Avenue once or twice a week. Their juices are fresh and amazing, but pricey, and I won’t lie — as the weather got colder, it was annoying to walk there whenever I wanted a healthy juice.

Long story short, I’m SO glad Joe surprised me with the juicer for Christmas. We’ve been juicing maniacs. Over the weekend we decided to do a mini juice cleanse this week. By mini, I mean we agreed that we’d replace breakfast and dinner with juice for a few days, while eating whatever for lunch. Even making those little changes, I feel great! I know juicing is super popular right now, and I’ve heard from a lot of people that they have juicers but have no idea what to put in them (note: virtually anything), so I thought I’d share a couple recipes here today — one savory, and one sweet. Here’s what you do:

two juice recipes, one sweet, one savory

First, I should really note that juicers are the best kitchen disposals ever. Have a week old bunch of kale that you don’t think you’ll use? Throw it in the juicer. A few old bananas or apples that aren’t looking so hot? Juice it. We’ve managed to clean out our produce drawers with ease! The recipes below are really just guidelines. For example, if you have a few heads of romaine lettuce, you can use those in place of other greens. Ditto for fruit — replace apples with pear or mango; add in berries, grapefruit, tangerines…whatever you have and think sounds good.

Also, I really recommend that you purchase all fresh (not frozen) organic products if you can. Juice is readily absorbed into the blood stream since you don’t have to digest any fibers, so if you’re drinking in pesticides and other chemicals, it’s like mainlining them right into your blood. Blech.

Finally, yes, when you mix colors like red, orange and green together, sometimes the juices look a little scary (the above pic is totally evidence!). Don’t think about it, just drink it. Pretend it’s a secret beauty potion. Which it kind of is — for beauty both internal and external!

SAVORY GREEN JUICE

Makes 70 ounces (about a quart and a half) of juice

2 lbs vine tomatoes, stems removed
5 carrots, thoroughly washed
4 stalks celery, thoroughly washed
1 bunch parsley, thoroughly washed
1/2 bunch spinach or kale, thoroughly washed
1 small yellow onion, root and stem cut off and outer papery skin removed
3 cloves garlic, peeled

Juice everything together. My notes on this one are that if you hate the taste of raw celery like me, I’d reduce the celery by half (I used 4 stalks and thought the flavor was a bit aggressive). This juice is VERY savory — you may find you need a stick of gum after. That being said, I drank this and thought it would make a good Bloody Mary mix. Which is the opposite of juicing. But I’m just saying. :) This juice mixture would also be fantastic as a braising liquid for chicken. But of course, drinking it fresh, cold and raw is the way to really get the most nutrients from it.

SWEET GREEN JUICE

Makes a little over a quart of juice

3 granny smith apples (or any variety)
1 navel orange, peeled (I use the first steps in this technique to peel citrus of any kind)
1 lemon, peeled
2 inch nub of ginger, washed
entire bunch spinach, thoroughly washed
1/2 bunch kale, thoroughly washed

Honestly, the orange and apple in this make the juice so delightfully sweet, you would never know there are greens in it. Replace the apples with pears and the orange with a large mango to mix things up! You could also substitute any of the fruit with pineapple, and add in fresh berries if you want to vary the flavor a bit.

TO STORE THE JUICE:

I keep ours in various glass pitchers and carafes we have. At the very least, cover the top of the container with plastic wrap, but if you have a sec, I also like to apply plastic wrap directly to the surface of the juice to help slow oxidation (in the culinary world, this is called contact wrap, and also works for things like pudding so that the top won’t form a skin). The juice will last 1-2 days in the fridge no problem. If you’re juicing with your significant other or a friend, you should easily be able to go through one batch each of savory and sweet juice in 2 days.

Have you ever tried juicing, or do you drink juice regularly? Or do you prefer smoothies? Have you noticed health benefits from drinking either?

Images by Victoria McGinley for vmac+cheese

17 responses to “A Tale of 2 Juices: Sweet and Savory Juice Recipes”

  1. Jackie {York Avenue}, on January 8, 2014 at 6:50 am said:

    I’ve loved Organic Avenue ever since you recommended it (the sweet potato!), but the walk + the price are not great, as you said. I would love to try a few of the other places I’ve passed by around my apartment. Although it would be great to have a juicer, I’m definitely not at your level/ready for the commitment! I love that it uses up all your produce though – I’m always throwing out bags of celery that I don’t use up in time.

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  2. jillian, on January 8, 2014 at 8:10 am said:

    i really want to try juices but im not ready to buy a juicer yet! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

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    1. Jenna, on January 10, 2014 at 4:50 pm said:

      Try Blue Print cleanse, or many Whole Foods have juice bars. My favorite is Einstein’s Theory no parsley add apple.

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  3. Tiffany @ Savor Home, on January 8, 2014 at 9:50 am said:

    I make that second juice often and it is so good! I make it in my Vitamix and add about a 1/2 cup of water to get it going. I pour it through a fine mesh strainer to strain the pulp. Delish! I will have to try that first juice out as well!

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  4. Molly {Dreams in HD}, on January 8, 2014 at 9:52 am said:

    i would absolutely love to try juicing. but until i get a juicer i will just have to stick to my green smoothies :)

    Molly {Dreams in HD}
    http://dreamsinhd.blogspot.com

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  5. Alyssa, on January 8, 2014 at 11:10 am said:

    Definitely saving these recipes–I’m hoping to buy a juicer soon and save myself $$ from buying expensive NYC juices!

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  6. FripperyVintage, on January 8, 2014 at 11:35 am said:

    Thanks for sharing these recipes, I am anxious to try both of them.

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  7. Nancy, on January 8, 2014 at 1:33 pm said:

    Thanks so much for sharing these recipes, I just bookmarked them for future use! We have a juicer but when ever I try to just throw whatever we have in the fridge in, it never turns out well..haha! So now I’ve turned back to always following recipes (like everything else I make in the kitchen!)

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  8. Alex, on January 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm said:

    Those sound yummy!

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  10. Kim, on January 12, 2014 at 3:11 pm said:

    Thanks so much for these recipes. I just tried the second one in my Nutri Bullet and it turned out great!

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  14. Rose, on January 22, 2014 at 11:05 pm said:

    I swear, every time I go to Organic Avenue I feel a little like I got robbed (but I keep going, so that must be saying something!)

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