Juicing for energy or any other reason cannot be pinned down to any type of science or formula for success. People’s likes and dislikes are varied and what one person likes, another might not. Sometimes books about juicing can be overflowing with the theoretical aspects of juicing and others can be filled with recipes. Decide where you fit on the continuum and gather some information.
Before you start out with creating your own juicing recipes, it’s always a good idea to check out some existing recipes as a base from which to start, take into account the type of juicer you’ll be using and then make a note of any particular likes and dislikes you have with regard to fruits and vegetables.
The reason why juice recipes for energy are popular is because of the high nutrient levels that can be obtained from creating fresh juices and they are also easily digestible so that those nutrients are quickly absorbed into your system, providing you with an energy hit.
The directions for most recipes are pretty much the same and they are as follows:
Wash and peel depending on personal preference
Take out the seeds if you don’t like them or if they are very hard
Chop and prepare produce
Feed the produce through your juicer
Stir and add ice
Drink immediately where possible
Depending on the type of juicer you use, it’s worth noting that adding a hard fruit or vegetable after soft ones makes it easier to clean the juicer afterwards. So the directions are not difficult and you’ll find that when it comes to creating recipes, you can be as conservative or ‘out there’ as you please depending on individual taste.
If you take a look at some existing juice recipes, the ingredients are usually listed in the order that you would add them to your juicer. Green juice is very popular at the moment for anyone who is seeking to create juicer recipes for energy so we can do a small case study on three green juices, created by three different people to see what the common denominators there are and where you might want to change things up to create your own recipes.
The green juices have been created by Joe Cross, Megan Markey from Whole Family Fare and Torrie Green from MindBodyGreen. They are presented in a chart so you can see similarities, commonalities and differences between them at a glance.
|1 x cucumber||5 or 6 Granny Smith Apples||1 x cucumber|
|4 x celery stalks||1 x bunch Kale||2 x celery stalks|
|2 x apples||1/2 bunch cilantro||2 x pears|
|6 - 8 kale leaves||1/2 lemon||1/3 cantaloupe|
|1/2 lemon||2 x small pieces of ginger||6 - 8 kale leaves|
|1 tsp ginger||1/2 lemon|
|1 inch ginger|
When you look at the ingredients that each person has used, the common ones are kale, lemon and ginger. To those common ingredients a variety of fruits and vegetables have been added, depending on personal preference. The kale provides the green element while the lemon and ginger will provide a zingy taste. The other ingredients are provided to ensure volume in the juice and/or taste.
You can see that Torrie has used pears instead of the apples that Joe has included. When it comes to volume, the cantaloupe Torrie has used pretty much makes up for Joe’s 2 extra celery stalks.
Megan has used apples in preference to the cucumber and celery Joe has used.
Elements to Note
In creating these three different green juices, a base flavor has been created from apples and/or pears. Added to this is a bulky piece of produce that doesn’t have a powerful flavor. In this example cucumber, celery and cantaloupe has been used.
In these examples Kale provided the green factor and 6 – 8 leaves per person would appear to be the norm but you can experiment and develop your own preferences. It’s also handy to bone up on your knowledge of greens because for example 6 – 8 leaves of collard greens will have a far more powerful taste than the kale.
Lemon and ginger provide the ‘zing’ and you can adjust the amount depending on personal preference. Many people like the ‘zing’ first thing in the morning and if you are looking to create juice recipes for energy, you can have as little or as much as you want.
Creating your own new juice recipes for energy is all about experimenting and you can easily apply the comparison method as shown here by analyzing existing recipes you find in magazines or online. Even if you do develop a recipe template of your own it’s worth remembering that the variable nature or fresh produce means the juice yield and flavor will be a little different, even when you use the same recipe. It’s about experimenting and having fun after all.