Mean, Lean and Green: 5 Juice Recipes to Turbocharge Your Diet

77 year old Mimi Kirk is a juice and raw food expert that has been interviewed by Today Food and many other big media outlets. The name of her blog is Young On Raw Food. The title reflects the fact that Kirk really does look half as old as she really is. Kirk has been juicing for most of her life– and it shows.

Another health food guru that loves green juice drinks is Dr. Mehmet Oz. Oz rocketed to fame after appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show in the early 2000s, but he’s been a professor at the Department of Surgery at Columbia University since 2001.

Read on to familiarize yourself with a few cool juicing tips and learn about the essential juice ingredients that Dr. Oz and Mimi Kirk rely on to stay healthy.

A Few Time Saving Tips

Kirk’s recommendation to breakfast juicers on-the-go is to wash and chop ingredients the night before. To maximize freshness, wrap the ingredients in a paper towel, place them in an airtight container and put them away in the fridge.

To save washing time after you’re done drinking your juice, on your way out the door just leave your blender in soapy water. When you get back in the afternoon, all you’ll have to do is give it a quick rinse.

When to Juice

The most common time to juice is breakfast. However, Kirk says that juicing is a good thing to do before and after a workout as well. A blended juice with pulp can make for a delicious snack that will also keep you feeling full between meals.

To Blend or Not to Blend– That Is the Question

Should you blend or juice? Most experts say that you should do both. Plain fruit juice made with a juicer and pulpy fruit juice made with a blender are both great for your health, but each method of juicing has its advantages and disadvantages.

With pulpy juice made in a blender, you get extra fiber. Most people don’t get enough fiber in their diets. Fiber helps keep you full and allows your digestive system to function like it should.

The downside to pulp is that it contains extra calories. Also, pulp tends to soak up nutrients in your stomach that would otherwise be absorbed by your body. If you drink pulpless fruit juice made in a juicer, you get a better nutritional bang for your calorie buck.

The 5 healthy green juice recipes listed below contain both blended juices and juices you should make with a juicer.

1. Cleanse Me

Recipe by Mimi Kirk, The Ultimate Book of Modern Juicing

Stressful exercise can make your muscles swell and burn. That’s why the anti-inflammatory nutrients contained in celery and pineapple make this healthy green smoothie the one to sip down before or after a workout.

Equipment

All you need for this drink is a powerful blender.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1/2 cups filtered water or green tea
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 bunch of parsley
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 chopped celery stalk

Instructions

Simply toss all the ingredients listed above into a blender and enjoy.

2. Game On

Recipe by Mimi Kirk, The Ultimate Book of Modern Juicing

This blended drink recipe is also a great pre or post workout snack, but for a totally different reason: potassium. The potassium contained in “Game On” will help your body convert glucose to glycogen, thus enabling you to exercise more effectively and for longer periods of time.

Equipment

All you need for this drink is a powerful blender.

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups filtered water
  • Coconut water or almond milk
  • 2 cups spinach or dark leafy greens of choice
  • 1 cup mango, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 frozen banana
  • Instructions

    Simply toss all the ingredients listed above into a blender and enjoy.

    3. Fountain of Youth Shake

    Recipe by Dr. Oz

    This recipe is chock full of healthy stuff that will help you stay young, plus it’s low in calories at just 233 calories per serving. The star ingredient in this drink is wheatgrass. Wheatgrass juice is known to suppress appetite, stimulate circulation, improve digestion and help relieve arthritis pain. A recent study even showed that wheatgrass helps reduce body odor!

    Equipment

    Juicer (to make the wheatgrass juice)
    Blender

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup of coconut water
    • 1 cup of wheatgrass juice
    • 2 cups of spinach
    • 3 pineapple spears
    • 1/2 lemon, peeled
    • 1 small green apple, cored
    • 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger
    • 1 cup of ice cubes

    Instructions

    First, use your juicer to extract one cup of wheatgrass juice. Then, toss all the ingredients listed above into a blender and enjoy.

    4. Energy Green Apple Juice

    Recipe by KurtRaven

    This juice recipe is great for when you feel like you’re about to be sick. Dr. Oz calls honey “liquid gold” because of its powerful antibiotic and antimicrobial properties. The raw, natural fructose contained in this drink will give you an energy boost without causing a blood sugar spike to occur.

    Of course, if you have diabetes or any other blood sugar related condition you should consult with your doctor before going on a fruit juice based diet.

    Equipment

    Juicer

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
    • 1/3 cup cucumber, peeled and chopped
    • 1/2 cup green apple, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
    • 1/2 lemon, peeled
    • 1/2 teaspoon of chopped mint leaves
    • organic honey

    Instructions

    Juice all the ingredients and stir everything together except for the honey. When you’re ready to drink, pour the juice into a glass and drizzle as much honey as you feel is necessary into your cup. Don’t overdo it– just a little squirt of honey is enough to get the health benefits.

    5. The Migraine Buster

    Recipe by juicing-for-health.com

    Both Mimi Kirk and Dr. Oz are a huge fan of ginger. The reason: ginger is one of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory substances on the planet. A 2009 study showed that ginger is actually just as effective at relieving menopause cramps as ibuprofen!

    The potassium, calcium and magnesium included with the ginger in this excellent drink will help alleviate any nutritional deficiencies that may be the underlying cause of your recurring headaches.

    Equipment

    All you need for this drink is a powerful blender.

    Ingredients

    • A bunch of spinach
    • 2 cups of green grapes
    • 2 green peppers
    • 1 green apple
    • ¼ lemon
    • 1-inch ginger root

    Instructions

    Simply toss all the ingredients listed above into a blender and enjoy.