3 Great Juice Recipes from Blueprint Juice


Photos by Maxwell Tielman. Juice glasses from West Elm.

A couple months ago, I could no longer stand the guilt I felt when I looked at my expensive juicer, so I decided to commit to juicing every morning. It was actually easier than I thought. After two full months of juice for breakfast, I can say that my skin has never looked better. Aside from the superficial benefit, I also feel energized, and it’s good to know that even if I have pizza for lunch, I at least got some veggies in the morning. My juice recipe had been getting a little boring, so I asked the folks at Blueprint Cleanse for juicing suggestions, and they sent us three great recipes. Both Grace and I have done full juice cleanses with Blueprint when we felt we needed an extra health boost, and the ladies have published a book of juice recipes if you’d like to attempt juicing on your own. — Amy Azzarito

See all three juice recipes after the jump . . .


One morning last week, Max came over, and we put my juicer to good use making the Green with Apple Juice (recipe below). It’s my favorite kind of standard green juice — lots of greens, some apple for sweetness and a little lemon for an extra kick. We both agreed it was pretty tasty.

Greens with Apple Juice

Ingredients

  • handful (3 ounces) spinach
  • 3 medium stalks (3 ounces) kale
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples
  • 1/2 large cucumber
  • small handful (1/2 ounce) parsley, long steams removed
  • 1 lemon

 

Preparation

Wash all the ingredients. Cut the peel from the lemon, quarter and core the apples and cut the cucumber into pieces that will fit through a juicer. Run the ingredients through the juicer, and run any wet pulp back through the juicer. Scrape off the foam and serve. For an apple/ginger variation, add a 1-inch piece of peeled ginger when juicing.

Spinach-Blueberry-Apple-Lemon Juice

Ingredients

  • small handful (1–2 ounces) spinach
  • 1 pint (10 ounces) blueberries
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 1 lemon

 

Preparation

Wash spinach, blueberries and apple. Core the apple and cut it into quarters. Cut the peel away from the lemon. Run all the ingredients through the juicer. Run any wet pulp back through the juicer. Scrape off the foam and serve.

Carrot-Apple-Ginger Juice
Ingredients
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 1- to 2-inch piece of ginger (according to taste)
Preparation
Wash all the ingredients. Cut the apples into quarters and remove the cores. Run the ingredients through the juicer, and run any wet pulp back through the juicer. Scrape off the foam and serve.
  1. liz says:

    Thanks for the recipes. I love juicing but have a question. Do you truly remove all of the foam? Sometimes it takes up half the glass!

    1. Amy Azzarito says:

      Hi Liz – For the juicer that I have (the Breville elite) the little pitcher actually has a foam skimmer – it takes about an inch of foam off juice in the morning, but if you like the foam, you should definitely drink it! :) -Amy

  2. Kate says:

    Thank you! As an avid Blueprint fan, they rarely give recipes. I cannot wait to try them out this weekend.

  3. Yes! What a difference juicing makes- hey? I am not the same lady if I don’t get my green juice in me each morning, the burst of energy is too good to pass up. These recipes look delish- I love to add in fresh herbs, too, especially parsley and cilantro for extra detoxing goodness.

  4. yum, these sound amazing!
    i really need to bite the bullet and buy a juicer.

  5. Maya says:

    I’ve been make these in my Vitamix recently so they have more of a smoothie consistency. I’ve found that I don’t get hungry as quickly when I’m drinking the juice with the pulp, plus there’s no waste at all that way. I make that first juice with ginger before my workouts and it’s fantastic!

  6. Rachel says:

    I want to start juicing. These recipes sound great.

  7. Eileen berner says:

    Can u make them in a blender or does it have to be a juicer? I just feel like I don’t need another appliance on my kitchen counter!

    1. Grace Bonney says:

      eileen

      i used to make juice like this using a blender but it is pretty hard- you end up having to squeeze it through a strainer to remove pulp. but you could try :)

      grace

  8. Paige says:

    Is it possible to save these in the fridge for any amount of time? I’m not a morning person at all—can they be made the night before?

    1. Grace Bonney says:

      Paige

      I wouldn’t recommend it- they start separating pretty quickly. But you can pre tear/cut the veggie and save those? It only takes 5 min to make :)

      Grace

    2. Amy Azzarito says:

      Hi Paige – They’re pretty quick to make. I think I did this one in less than 10 min. You technically can make it the night before but they are just so much better fresh, that I really would try to make it fresh.
      Thanks!
      Amy

  9. melissab says:

    hi there! yum.
    also, paige~ in reference to saving or pre-making fresh juices like these, i’ve heard/read that drinking immediately, esp. for carrot ones, is what you do. the carrot juice loses nutrients the longer it sits around (oxidization and stuff).

  10. Annette says:

    love this post I juice every January for 21 days. and I love it. I post on recipes on my blog, lots of people join me, it’s actually fun! I LOVE my Breville Juice Fountain it rocks! Thanks for posting this and happy juicing, I only have 3 more days left, and I feel awesome.

  11. Katarina Johansson says:

    I have allergy to apples and carrots and those are used in many recipes. Anything anyone could recommend instead of apples for sweetening eg?

    1. Amy Azzarito says:

      Hi Katarina – How frustrating.Have you tried pears? Or are you allergic to those as well? xo Amy

  12. Claire Rudder says:

    Will definitely try these recipes out. Thank you!

  13. Preeti says:

    Very easy and healthy recipes ! Going to try them all.

  14. CS says:

    Looks like all my favorite bloggers have the juicing bug this week – more recipes here:
    http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/a-lesson-in-juicing-recipe.html

  15. Melissa says:

    If anyone is in the market for a new juicer, the best ones to get are masticating juicers. Hurom, Omega, Champion, Greenstar, and now Breville have masticating juicers. I own the Hurom, which is the least expensive and I love it. There is almost no foam and the juice takes much longer to separate. It is also much more efficient with produce with high water content (pineapple, stone fruits) and greens much more efficiently. Supposedly you get more nutrients than with a centrifugal juicer because the juice is not oxidized in the process. It also does let a little bit of fiber through, which I don’t mind even though I usually hate pulpy juice. I cut up things that have long strands of fiber, like celery, ginger, beets, etc. It helps keep it less pulpy and is easier on the machine.

    RE Apple and carrot allergy, try grapes, orange, mango, and red berries.

  16. suzi says:

    Amy, I have yet to master my breville elite. I end up with so much unjuiced kale in the bin that it feels like such a waste. I get frustrated easily so if you could give me a pointer or two, I would be super grateful. It has been keeping my juicer silent for too long. Blessings and light, Suzi

  17. laura says:

    I also have the Hurom and love it. I usually spend a few minutes cutting up fruits and veggies while I’m making dinner, pop them in the fridge and then they are ready to go in the morning. My favorite juice combo so far is cucumber, apple, fennel, kale and ginger. Kapow!

  18. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the heads up(I can’t believe I said that) anyways on the Hurom juicer.
    I was on their site the other day and watched a mini Martha video and was surprised at how quiet it was(as was Martha). How easy are they to clean?
    Oh and that blog that CS mentions she did almonds in her juicer which sounded great.

  19. holly says:

    thanks for all the great ideas for starting the year out right. AND the juicing recipes. I’ve had a juicer for about a year and a half and literally the only combo I’ve ever done is kale, carrot, apple. Going to make a resolution to switch it up a little this year!

  20. Amy Azzarito says:

    Hi Suzi – My juicer sat for a while before I had the gumption to go for it! I usually make a version of the green juice recipe above – I tend to add cucumber and celery because they are juicier. But I think what I really love is the easy clean up. I put a plastic bag is the waste bin so that I don’t have to clean that part out – just throw away the bag and then I rinse the other parts right away – if you clean them right away, you don’t even have to scrub! Is that helpful at all or are you confused on what to juice? xo Amy

  21. Rhonda says:

    I have a Blendtec Total blender which I love. When using this blender, nothing is removed. My question is “does anyone know or have a list of the peelings and seeds that cannot be eaten”? I want to get all the health benefit that I can but not bitter taste or unhealthy seeds and skins. Thank you!

  22. I love the foam. One of my favorite juices is to peel a whole grapefruit, a whole lime and a whole orange and toss them in my Breville juicer. The creamy, foamy juice is so delicious I just sip it like champagne. The lovely taste and texture remind me very much of something we used to enjoy on special occasions in NYC–an orange Julius. Anyone remember those? Yummy!

  23. holly says:

    Just made the green apple, ginger, carrot. Such a welcome zing to my normal kale rut. By the way, for those wanting to dip their toe in the juicing world, I got a Hamilton Beach juicer off of Amazon for about $100-$120 I believe. Not quite the cost commitment of some of the fancier models and it does a great job. I’ve never tried nuts in it, but it does find with fruits and veggies

  24. Rhonda says:

    DOES ANYONE KNOW WHICH FRUIT SEEDS AND PEELINGS SHOULD NOT BE EATEN??? Is there a list of these somewhere? I have a Blendtec Total Blender so they are not discarded and I want to get all the health benefit that I can but not bitter taste or unhealthy seeds and skins. Thank you! :0)

  25. Angelica Braithwaite says:

    Thanks for sharing. I also stared juicing for 21 days and enjoying it. Thanks for the juicing recipes. I will try my green juice in the mornings. Did not realize their is a whole community out there. Love it
    I bought my Huron juicer from costco and loves it very very much.

  26. Kris says:

    These are beautiful! I love juicing thanks so much for sharing.

  27. Lilian says:

    I’ve had the Apple, Ginger Carrot juice, it tastes great, even with a slight bite to it from the ginger.

    I’d love to try the Blueberry-Spinach-Apple-Lemon juice as well.

  28. suzi says:

    Hi Amy, I am having a problem juicing kale and spinach. I have tried balling them up but they still just shoot out into the bin. Do you have any pointers to get more juice from the leafy veggies? The bag idea is great, btw.
    Blessings,
    Suzi

    1. Amy Azzarito says:

      Hi Suzi – It’s true that most juicers are only able to extract minimal juice from leafy veggies. What I do, is ball up the kale/spinach and then follow it with a juicer veggie, like cucumber or celery or even the apple. So a little of the leafy green, and then the veggie with more juice. This seems to force more juice out. But this is why it’s important to have a mix of leafy veggies and juicy veggies.

      Glad the bag idea is working for you!
      xo Amy

  29. suzi says:

    Thanks Amy!

  30. Cheltron says:

    With regards to juicing kale and to extract maximum juice out if it, I not only put apples or cucumbers after, I also put some before. So I will have a layer of apples, then kale, then some more apple. I also leave the kale whole. I noticed my Breville juicer will not juice kale at all if I piece the kale even a little bit.

    My absolute favorite juice is a variant of the first juice: 1 head of kale, 1 cucumber, 1 pckg blue berry or strawberry which ever one I have, a head of celery, 5-7 carrots (a bag), two apples (usually one green and one red) one lemon. Delicious. Makes a little over 32 oz.

    I’ve been replacing lunch meals with juicing since the end of October and have lost 18 pounds (but gained 8 from halloween, thanks giving, Christmas, and two mini vacations, yikes).

  31. Kris says:

    Looks awesome. I must try it!

  32. REZA says:

    Wow thanks you’re awesome I love juice specially love to try new combination.

  33. Juice Lover says:

    @Cheltron That’s how I do it too – before I switch on my juicer I put an apple in the chute, then the kale balled up as tight as I can, then put another apple on top. Then I switch it on and watch the whole thing get pulverized in seconds.

    Having a centrifugal that’s the best way I’ve found to keep the juice flowing out with that nice deep dark green color that tells you it worked. And it’s strangely satisfying to push down too.

  34. Dave says:

    I like you recipes, Amy. I tried only Carrot-Apple-Ginger Juice from these and this is my favorite. I’ll definitely try your other recipes. You advised to run any wet pulp back through the juicer. What juicer do you use? I’m using Omega VRT350 juicer and always get the almost dry pulp. It’s a masticating type of juicer.

  35. John says:

    Very good juicing cocktail.
    To eliminate the pulp from your home made juice, use a cheesecloth or coffee filter to strain the pulp out. If you choose to remove the pulp from your juice remember that you are also removing many vitamins and minerals. For the healthiest juice, drink it with pulp and all.

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