Carrot Juice – Yummy!

So 25 lbs of carrots later! I got two huge bowls of carrot pulp for baking and 16 cups of organic, fresh carrot juice. I like to freeze my juice in bulk then take one out the night before for an awesome drink the next morning! 

I got this 25lb bag of organic carrots from the store for $5! Because a lady who ordered them decided she didn’t need them and a bunch of carrots were broken into chunks. Fine with me, that meant I didn’t have to chop so many up to fit through the juicer!

I think it’s time for some carrot breakfast muffins!

  

Morning Detox Drink

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This is a wonderful morning drink before breakfast!

• Juice of 1/2 a lemon

• 1 tablespoon Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

• Juice of 1″ fresh ginger

• dash of cayenne pepper

• spring water

 

JUICING GINGER:

use a small grater, and grate up the fresh ginger. Take the grated ginger pieces and place in the palm of your hand. Squeeze ginger juice into jar! Best way to juice ginger that I know of.

 

30 Day Juice Challenge for Free!

30-Day Juice Challenge

Thank you Tracee Sloan

I’ve really really really been wanting to juice more for my health. I stumbled across Tracee Sloan’s website JuiceRecipes.com. I’ve been juicing for a long time but have not mastered making it a habit! She offered a free 30 Day Juice Challenge. I accepted! I will most likely use some of the juices she has in the challenge and add my own. She has so many to choose from. I love that she has a tab for Health & Ingredients! If you are making your own as you go and would like to know the nutrients this is great, Juice Recipe Builder!

Day 1: May 8th, 2014

FreshStart

This juice recipe is great to start with for those who are trying to ease themselves into this whole juicing thing and they’re not quite ready to drink those deep colored lookin’ juices. If you need it even sweeter, just add another apple to it.

Don’t think that just because it’s said to be a “beginner juice” means it’s not as good for you, this juice is great for you!

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium (3″ dia)
  • Carrots – 3 medium
  • Celery – 4 stalk, large (11″-12″ long)

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
You can’t ever go wrong with apples and carrots. I really enjoyed the smooth sweet taste. A great beginner juice!

 

Day 2: May 9th, 2014

DrOzGreenDrink

Here’s the hard to find recipe! Dr. Oz says he drinks this every morning, and so does Oprah. After Oprah tried this on the show, she was surprised how good it tasted, calling it a “glass of fresh!”

If you’re here and you’re new to juicing, you may find that this tastes a bit “earthy” because your taste buds may not be used to this whole thing. If that’s the case, just add an extra apple or two to sweeten it up.

You can blend this recipe too, but I imagine you’ll want to peel the lemon, lime, and ginger.

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium (3″ dia)
  • Celery – 3 stalk, large (11″-12″ long)
  • Cucumber – 1 cucumber (8-1/4″)
  • Ginger Root – 1/2 thumb (1″ dia)
  • Lemon (with rind) – 1/2 fruit (2-3/8″ dia)
  • Lime (with rind) – 1 fruit (2″ dia)
  • Parsley – 1 bunch
  • Spinach – 2 cup

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
This drink may not be a great beginner drink or if you only enjoy sweet juices. This is very tart but I actually loved it!

 

Day 3 : May 10th, 2014

TheEyeOpener

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium (3″ dia)
  • Carrots – 14 medium
  • Oranges (peeled) – 2 small (2-3/8″ dia)

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
Shared with the whole family. They enjoyed it!

 

Day 4 : May 11th, 2014

FreshStart

 

Day 5: May 12th, 2014

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium
  • Carrots – 3 medium/large
  • Red Pepper – 1/4 Sweet
  • Cucumber – 1/2
  • Roma Tomatoes – 2
  • Asparagus – 15 thin spears

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
Wow never juices asparagus before. Everything taste really well together!

 

Day 6: May 13th, 2014

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium (3″ dia)
  • Fennel Bulb – 1/2 bulb
  • Ginger Root – 1 thumb (1″ dia)
  • Peppermint – 30 leaves – didn’t have
  • Carrots – 4 medium/large – I added

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
I am not a fan of the taste of licorice but i really enjoyed this drink. I bet the peppermint would of added an extra kick. I’m glad I added the carrots, this was great tasting.

 

Day 7 : May 14th, 2014

TheEyeOpener

I aded to the original recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium (3″ dia)
  • Carrots – 14 medium
  • Oranges (peeled) – 2 small (2-3/8″ dia)
  • Lemon – 1 (added)
  • Ginger – 2″ (added)

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
The lemon and ginger was an excellent addition to the original ingredients. Loved it!

 

Day 8 : May 15th, 2014

PurplePowerJuice

Ingredients:

  • Apple – 1 medium (3″ dia)
  • Cabbage (red) – 1/4 head, medium (about 5″ dia)
  • Celery – 3 stalk, large (11″-12″ long)
  • Cider Vinegar (apple) – 1 tbsp
  • Ginger Root – 1 thumb (1″ dia)
  • Grapes (white) – 15 grape
  • Lemon (with peel) – 1/2 fruit (2-3/8″ dia)

Directions:
The apple cider vinegar is optional. Tastes great with and without it!

Opinion:
I was nervous to try juiced red cabbage. I didn’t have grapes so I added an extra apple. It turned out pretty good. I can’t really taste the cabbage. The lemon is very noticeable. So i guess this is more a tart juice. I enjoyed it!

 

Day 9 : May 16th, 2014

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Ingredients:

  • Apple – 2 medium
  • Carrots – 5 large
  • Cucumber – 1
  • Ginger Root – 1 1/2″ thumb
  • Lemon – 1
  • Romain Heart: 1/2 head
  • Broccoli Stem – 4
  • Mint Leaves – 3 twigs

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
Not to bad. I decided to go thru everything in the fridge to see what combo juice I could create. I liked it very much!

 

Day 10 : May 17th, 2014

The FogCutterJuice

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium (3″ dia)
  • Cabbage (red) – 1/4 head, small (4″ dia)
  • Carrots – 4 medium
  • Ginger Root – 1/2 thumb (1″ dia)
  • Lemon – 1 fruit (2-1/8″ dia)
  • Spinach – 4 handful
  • Asparagus – 6-10 spears (I added)

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
Thumbs Up!

 

Day 11 : May 18th, 2014

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Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium
  • Carrots – 6 medium
  • Orange – 2 small
  • Asparagus – lots

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
I’m trying to use up the rest of my asparagus before it goes bad. I loved this so much I wish I made 2 batches. The orange tasted so awesome in this!

 

Day 12 : May 19th, 2014

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Ingredients:

  • Apples – 4 medium
  • Cabbage Green – 1/4 head
  • Cabbage Red – 1/4 head
  • Asparagus – lots
  • Lemon- 1
  • Oranges – 2

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
My honey wanted some juice today too. So i made a lot of this. He really enjoyed it. The cabbage taste is faint, but blends well with the orange and lemon. The apples gave just enough sweetness.

 

Day 13 : May 20th, 2014

BeetNikJuice

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium (3″ dia)
  • Beet Root – 1 beet (3″ dia)
  • Carrots – 8 medium
  • Celery – 2 stalks, large (11″-12″ long)
  • Spinach – 3 cups

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
Wasn’t sure if one apple was going to be enough to sweeten this juice. It ended up being perfect. It is a hearty juice.

 

Day 14 : May 21st, 2014

BeginnerGreen

This is for beginners that are looking for a green juice that tastes great. It’s sweet while having a nice citrus flavor to it.

If you have a masticating juicer, this will come out just like in the picture. If you have a centrifuge juicer, you may not be able to get much juice out of the spinach. You can still try it, but don’t be surprised if it shoots all of the spinach in the bin and a few drops come out. You can always juice everything except the spinach, then finish it in a blender with the spinach.

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 3 medium (3″ dia)
  • Celery – 4 stalks, large (11″-12″ long)
  • Ginger Root – 1/4 thumb (1″ dia)
  • Lemon (with rind) – 1/2 fruit (2-1/8″ dia)
  • Orange (peeled) – 1 large (3-1/6″ dia)
  • Spinach – 5 handfuls

Directions:
You don’t have to peel the lemon, but make sure you peel the orange. The orange’s skin is very bitter and can ruin the flavor.

Opinion:
Thumbs up! I agree with Tracee, it’s sweet while having a nice citrus flavor to it.

 

Day 15 : May 22nd, 2014

CantBeetitJuice

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium (3″ dia)
  • Beet Root – 1 beet (3″ dia)
  • Carrots – 4 medium
  • Celery – 3 stalks, large (11″-12″ long)
  • Cucumber – 1/2 cucumber (8-1/4″)
  • Ginger Root – 1/4 thumb (1″ dia)

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
Thumbs up!

 

Day 16 : May 23rd, 2014

Recommended by a user’s personal trainer to get a flat stomach.

Ingredients:

  • Apple – 1 large (3-1/4″ dia)
  • Carrots – 2 large (7-1/4″ to 8-/1/2″ long)
  • Celery – 2 stalk, large (11″-12″ long)
  • Cucumber – 1/2 cucumber (8-1/4″)
  • Spinach – 2 cup
  • Spirulina (dried) – 2 teaspoon 

Directions:
Don’t put the dried spirulina into your juicer. Add the powder to your glass and pour the juice on top of it. Mix well!

Opinion:
Thumbs up!

 

Day 17 : May 24rd, 2014

I decided to just have the same thing as day 16!

 

Day 18 : May 25th, 2014

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 1 medium
  • Carrots – 8 medium
  • Orange – 2 medium
  • Lemon – 1 
  • Mint – 3 twigs (fresh)

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
I decided to only use 1 apple in this juice so it wasn’t too sweet. Thumbs up!

 

Day 19 : May 26th, 2014

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Ingredients:

  • Apples – 1 medium
  • Honey Dew Melon – 1/2
  • Carrots – 6 medium
  • Oranges – 2 medium
  • Mint – a bunch! fresh!

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
I liked the taste of the melon. Thumbs up!

 

Day 20 & 21 : May 27-28th, 2014

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Ingredients:

  • Apples – 1 medium
  • Carrots – 6 medium
  • Orange – 1 small
  • Ginger Root – 3/4″
  • Cucumber – 1 medium
  • Mint – Fresh & Lots!
  • Asparagus – 8-10 spears

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
Loved it! Made enough for 2 days!

 

Day 22 : May 29th, 2014

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Ingredients:

  • Apples – 1 medium (3″ dia)
  • Beet Root – 1/2 beet (2″ dia)
  • Carrots – 3 medium
  • Celery – 2 stalks, large (11″-12″ long)
  • Parsley – 1 handfull

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
This is a very strong combination. The beet &  parsley are very present. The apple and carrots add just enough sweetness. I like it!

 

Day 23 : May 30th, 2014

GrapefruitJuice

Ingredients:

  • Grapefruit- 2-4 medium/large

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
I went simple this morning. I had to use up the rest of my grapefruits. I absalutely love grapefruit juice. Fresh is the only way to go.

 

Day 24 & 25 : May 31st & June 1st, 2014

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Ingredients:

  • Celery – 3 medium
  • Beet Root – 1/2
  • Carrots – 8 medium
  • Oranges – 3 medium
  • Asparagus – 8 spears

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
This was very earthy but good!

 

Day 26 & 27 : June 2 & 3rd, 2014

Orange-juice-fruits

Ingredients:

  • Oranges – 4- 5 medium

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
You can’t ever go wrong with fresh orange juice!

 

Day 28 : June 4th, 2014

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Ingredients:

  • Celery – 5 small/medium
  • Carrots – 6 medium
  • Apples – 2 medium
  • Spearmint – handful fresh

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
Very refreshing with the spearmint.

 

Day 29 & 30: June 5 & 6th, 2014

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium
  • Carrots – 8 medium/large
  • Asparagus- 5 spears

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
Day 30! Awesome! I made 6 pint jars of this juice and froze them because today is a special day. I leave today for a road trip to AZ to pick up my daughter for the summer! I wanted to make sure I had enough juice to drink for the next 4 days!

 

Orange Julius Copycat

It’s late and I’m kinda bored. Then for some odd reason I wanted an Orange Julius! It has been years since I had one. So I peeled 4/5 small organic oranges and one banana. I put everything in my Vitamix and blended. These oranges are very sweet so I didn’t add any sweetener. At the end I added a handful of ice cubes.

Wow! It was amazing, smooth and creamy! It hit the spot! I looked online and all the recipes call for sugar, milk and vanilla. I liked it with just 2 ingredients. So much lighter than other recipes.

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Raw Breakfast

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1tbl Chia Seeds
1 Banana chopped
1 Apple chopped
Handful of Blueberries
Sprinkle Cinnamon
3 Oranges Squeezed for juice

Place everything in a bowl in the order listed. Let your breakfast sit for about 5 minutes or so for the chia seeds to soak up the juice. 

ENJOY!

What to do with your left over pulp from juicing?

Don’t waste food! It is a shame how many people through away their juice pulp! Keep it and make your dollar go further . . .

Dehydrate your juice pulp…

Left over pulp from juicing
Carrot pulp dehydrated

Grind the dried pulp into powder!

Vitamix dry blade container or a Coffee Grinder will work.
Carrot Powder!
Store in a airtight container.

I have several vegetables in powder form. They are so usefull. Make quick gravies, say out of mushroom powder! Mix into foods for seasoning or just to add a little more nutrients. I love sprinkling on top of my salads! My favorite is slipping it into those sweet treats you make & bake for the kids. They would never know they were eating vegetables!!!

Vegetable Juice Guide . . .

Vegetable Juice Guide

by

Ron Lagerquist

Beets
Famous for their ability to cleanse the blood, beets contain calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, choline, beta-carotene, and vitamin C.  Beets are also high in minerals that strengthen the liver and gall bladder, and are the building blocks for blood corpuscles and cells.  Beet greens are excellent for salads and juicing.  Beet greens are a good source of carotenoids that help in the prevention of all types of cancers.  They are high in manganese, an important mineral for brain function. 

Beet juice is very concentrated.  Do not drink it alone.  Dilute with a milder juice such as carrot or apple.  Beet juice has been proven therapeutic in the treatment of leukemia and cancer.  In a clinical trial, twenty-two patients with advanced inoperable cancers were given 10 oz. of beet juice daily for 3 to 4 months.  Twenty-one of these patients showed marked improvement in health.

Beets cause the stool to turn red and may give the urine a reddish tinge.  When juicing beets, alternate between pieces of beets and pieces of carrots otherwise the beet pulp tends to build up on the side of the spinning extraction basket and causes the juicer to vibrate.

Lactofermented beet juice is fermented with lacto bacillus, making it sweeter.  On a juice fast, this delicious juice is like a bottle of Champagne.

Purchase firm, rock-hard beets.  Being a root, they can be stored for months in the refrigerator.  

Broccoli 
Broccoli is a flower top picked before it blooms.  It is dense in nutrition, full of beta-carotene and an excellent source of fiber.  Inexpensive and available all year round.  It is full of vitamins B1 and C, and has a generous amount of calcium, sulfur, and potassium.  Surprisingly, forty-five percent of calories in broccoli are protein.

The National Cancer Institute discovered a substance called inderol-3 that emulsifies estrogen, reducing the risk of breast cancer in women.  Broccoli is excellent when juiced, stems and all, but like all green vegetables, it should be mixed with lighter juices such as carrot or apple.

When buying broccoli, look for tight tops with no yellow, firm but not limp.  Will store well for 5 days in the refrigerator. 

Cabbage
A vegetable full of history.  It was a mainstay during the great depression but unfortunately was often overcooked and garnished with fat. 

Cooking cabbage destroys most of its nutritious value and causes gas because of the sulfur.  Raw cabbage is an excellent source of beta-carotene, sulfur, vitamin C and the trace mineral selenium, which is excellent for fighting cancer, protecting against heart disease, improving conditions of arthritis, slowing the aging process, encouraging beautiful skin and increasing male potency.  Within cabbage is a delicate amino acid called glutamine.  This is excellent for healing stomach disorders, including ulcers.  When making cabbage juice, it must be consumed within 60 seconds or this precious amino acid will begin to decay.  If straight cabbage juice causes gas, mix with carrot and celery.

Will keep up to two weeks in the refrigerator. 

Carrots 
Deep within the soils of the earth grows a golden root that has amazed nutritionists and scientists alike in its powerful healing qualities.  One 8-oz. glass of carrot juice contains 20,000 mg. of vitamin A.  Toxicity can occur when vitamin A is taken in supplement form or in fish oil, but is completely safe in the vegetable form.  Vitamin A is an antioxidant that is able to attach to free radicals in the body.  The damaging effect of free radicals has been associated with cancer. 

Carrots are a natural blast of high energy.  The sugars are released more quickly than from white sugar but without the harmful effects.  A mug of carrot juice in the morning will give you a competitive edge over coffee drinkers.  Like all root vegetables, they are packed with minerals.  Carrots are rich in organic calcium that is invaluable to bones and teeth.  Inorganic calcium is almost useless to the body.  The calcium in milk and white bread is inorganic and known to cause arthritis and gallstones. 

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin C, including most of the B complex, iron, potassium, phosphorus, and sodium.  Carrots are easy to digest and cause the liver to release bile and excessive accumulated cholesterol.  They also have an alkalizing effect on the blood, soothing the entire nervous system and toning intestinal walls.  Carrot juice is the best base for vegetable juice combinations.  It is delicious, sweet and readily accepted by children.  Our family can go through a 50-lb. bag every two weeks. 

Carrot juice is considered the golden juice of healing.  Even drinking a few glasses a day has healed many infirmities without fasting.  During fasting, its healing effect is increased.  Carrot juice helps in cleansing the liver.  Drinking large amounts may cause the harmless effect of a slight yellowish color of the skin.  Skin will feel velvety soft.  The beta-carotene present in the skin is a natural protector for the common skin cancer, melanoma.  Also, the slight yellowing of the skin can make a tan look deeper.

Juicing two to five pounds of carrots a day is standard for juice fasting.  Unless carrots are fresh, the juice tastes better if they are peeled.  If you don’t have the time to peel them, put the carrots in the sink and scrub with a brush.  In purchasing carrots for juicing, your local vegetable wholesaler can supply you with large juicing carrots in 50 lb. bags at an affordable price.  Carrots should be firm, smooth-skinned, without cracks or small rootlets.  The brighter the orange color, the sweeter the carrots.  They will keep for weeks in the refrigerator and months in a root cellar.   

Celery
Celery is high in magnesium, iron and chlorophyll, which is an excellent blood builder and is one of the richest sources of organic sodium.  Excellent for those who enjoy vigorous workouts, maintaining valuable body fluid and electrolytes.  

Celery juice is a superb nerve tonic.  Celery juice alone tastes a little bitter and is usually mixed with carrots or apples. 

Great for adding a salty taste to vegetable juices.  Do you have a headache?  Drink a glass of celery juice.  Even the ancient Greeks used celery for the universal problem of headaches.  Do you live in the air-polluted inner city?  Celery/apple juice is able to cleanse the body of carbon dioxide.  Were you thinking of buying an air conditioner?  Celery juice cools down the body and is great for hot weather.  Are you on a diet and craving a Snickers bar?  Celery juice helps curb the craving for sweets.  Do you have a problem with muscle cramps and fatigue during workouts?  The potassium/sodium balance in celery juice will be a great asset.  Always leave the celery leaves on for juicing, but juice the celery last because it is stringy and clogs the juice machine.

Look for firm, solid stocks with bright green leaves.  

Cucumber
Being as cool as a cucumber comes from the fact that the internal temperature of cucumbers remains 20 degrees lower than the external temperature on a hot day.  People living in the Middle East and India have been eating cucumbers for hundreds of years as a natural coolant.  When buying cucumber for juicing, look for non-waxed which allows you to juice the cucumber in its skin.  Always wash vegetables thoroughly before juicing.  This juice contains 40% potassium, 10% sodium, 7% calcium, 20% phosphorus and 7% choline.  It is an excellent source of silicon.  Cucumber is good to rub on your skin, giving it elasticity resulting in a more youthful complexion.  It is suspected to help in reducing hair loss.  Cucumber juice is usually mixed with other juices.

Look for firm cucumbers with a dark green, wrinkle-free skin.  Will store in refrigerator for 6 days.   

Collards
Per calorie, collards have more calcium than milk.  Thirty calories of collards equaling one cup, contains an incredible 218 grams of calcium!  It is twice as high in vitamin A as carrots.  An excellent source of organic, highly absorbable iron, and high in chlorophyll.

Look for crisp leaves, free from wilting and without spots.  

Fennel
If you enjoy the taste of liquorice you will love fennel.  This unusual vegetable looks like a fat celery plant with feathers.  In fact, it is in the celery family and has much of the same nutritional qualities.  Its distinct flavor really spices up a juice or salad.  Some have found fennel juice good for relieving migraine headaches and overcoming night blindness. 

Look for a white, solid bulb with healthy leaves.  Will keep in the refrigerator for one week.  

Garlic
There are entire books written about the curative abilities of garlic.  Research suggests that it reduces blood pressure, helps with the problem of blood clotting, lowers the LDL (which increases bad cholesterol), boosts the immune system and encourages recovery in heart attack victims.  Garlic’s famous smell comes from allicin, which inhibits bacterial growth and fungus.  It also helps with an overgrowth of yeast in the body and is used in treating candida.  Therefore, do not use odorless garlic pills.  If they don’t smell, they don’t work. 

Garlic increases the flow of digestive enzymes and encourages detoxification through the skin.  Despite the odor, garlic is good for you.  Throwing a clove of garlic in your vegetable juice every day will be excellent for your health; nonetheless, it may reduce your social life.  One clove in the juicer is enough.  Five cloves will encourage a life of solitude, unless you can educate all your friends, family and people within a thirty-foot radius of the incredible properties of fresh raw garlic juice! 

Ginger Root
If you feel a cold coming on, or if you have a bout of laryngitis, juicing a small piece of gingerroot with your carrots is a perfect solution.  Great for making ginger tea or spicing up herbal tea.  For ginger tea, throw slices in boiling water to taste.   

Kale
Has a similar nutritional quality to its close relative the cabbage.  Kale is an excellent source of calcium.  Look for solid, deep green leaves. Will store in refrigerator for 5 days. 

Lettuce 
Iceberg lettuce or head lettuce is useless.  You might as well drink a glass of water for the same amount of nutritional value.  Conversely, the leaves of romaine, Boston, Bibb or any leaf lettuce dark green in color will be rich in chlorophyll.  Good source of sulfur, chlorine, silicon, B complex, all contributing to hair growth, healthy skin and defense against lung cancer.  Lettuce is a wonderful addition to any vegetable juice.  Adding any green, leafy vegetable to juice will add chlorophyll, which immediately enters the bloodstream.

Leaves should be crisp with no dark spots.  The darker green, the better. 

Onions
Onion is in the garlic family and has many of the same therapeutic properties.  Their strong flavor is attributed to a natural oil that strengthens the nervous system and encourages the growth of healthy bacteria.  Large, Spanish onions are sweeter and milder in flavor, making them better for juicing. 

Sliced onion added to a juice mixture is excellent in helping to loosen and rid the body of excess mucus.

Look for firm onions with dry, papery skins.  Do not store onions in the refrigerator.   

Parsley 
Ancient civilizations have used parsley in medications, on wounds, poultices, boils, cysts and to draw the pus out of an infected cut.  Parsley is one of the highest sources of life-giving chlorophyll, which acts like iron to oxidize the blood.  Chlorophyll will help neutralize the strong odor of garlic and is used in chewing gum to sweeten breath.  It is a cleanser of the kidneys, liver, and urinary tract.  Parsley is effective for upset stomachs by stimulating digestive enzymes.  Excellent for the colon by encouraging the peristaltic wave in the intestines.

Parsley juice added to vegetable juices will enter directly into the bloodstream, immediately impacting your body.

Flat and curly parsley has the same nutritional value.  Look for healthy, dark green leaves.  Parsley can be grown inside and outside the house.  Will store in the refrigerator for a week.  Always add parsley with other hard veggies like carrot so it will not affect the juicer.  Parsley alone can be hard on a juicer.  

Peppers
Peppers can come in many different colors.  The most common is the green pepper, an unripe red pepper.  Red peppers are more expensive but sweeter and higher in vitamin C.  Great for the skin and swelling due to arthritis because of the high silicon content.  They are an excellent addition to any vegetable juice.  Juice seeds, stem and all.  Look for smooth, firm, non-waxed peppers.  Will keep in refrigerator for one week. 

Potato
An excellent source of vitamin C and high in carbohydrates, potassium, calcium and iron.  The most nutritious part of the potato is the skin.  During World War I, a group of German soldiers, near starvation, were forced to live on raw potatoes.  The soldiers with gastric disorders were relieved and cured.  After the war, Dr. J. F. Magerl began treating gastric patients with raw potato juice.  After 10 days of the treatment, most of the patients showed no symptoms. 

Potato juice is a wonderful addition to any vegetable juice.  When potatoes are juiced, a white silky paste will form on the bottom of the glass.  This is potato starch and is mucus-forming with little nutritional value.  Of all the vegetables, potatoes are slightly mucus-forming, but are still a valuable food, especially when juiced.

Look for potatoes with eyes, revealing the fact that they are alive with enzymes, ready to sprout, given the opportunity.  They should be firm, without black spots and with no green color, which can cause a slightly toxic effect.  Never juice a green potato.  Will keep well in a cool, dry place for a number of months. 

Radishes
Radish added to vegetable juice will help clear sinus cavities and calm a sore throat.  

Spinach
Never cook spinach.  Oxalic acid is destroyed when heat transforms it into oxalic acid crystals that are harmful to the kidneys.  It also binds to iron, making it unabsorbable.  Spinach is important due to its chlorophyll content, and also supplies an abundance of nutrients such as oxalic acid, beneficial in the cleansing and healing of the intestinal tract.  Spinach juice, mixed with other vegetable juices, turns the mixture brown.  Although it may look unsightly, it is a beautiful sight to the cells of the body.

Finding good spinach can sometimes be difficult.  Look for crisp, dark green leaves.  Rinse spinach well, removing sand and grit.  Will store in refrigerator for only a few days, as spinach quickly becomes slimy. 

Sweet Potato (Yam)
The darker the color, the higher in vitamin content.  Sweet potatoes are one of the greatest sources of beta-carotene.  They are plenteous in vitamin C, potassium, carbohydrates, calcium and a good source of fiber.  History has shown that people can live exclusively on sweet potatoes and remain healthy and strong.  Carrot and sweet potato juice is tasty and outstanding for complexion.  Yam can be added to any fruit juice, giving the juice a smooth, milkshake-like taste.

Look for firm, not too large yams that are tapered at both ends.  Skin should be smooth without brown spots.  Will store in the refrigerator for two weeks.  

Tomato
Tomatoes may feel a little strange in this list because they are in fact, a fruit.  But we assumed anyone looking for tomatoes would go to the Vegetable Section, so here they are. 

Providing tomatoes are vine-ripened, they are a high source of vitamin C.  One tomato is equal to more than 50% of the recommended daily allowance.  Good source of organic sodium phosphorus, calcium, potassium, magnesium, malic and oxalic acid and sulfur.

The problem is that most tomatoes found in the supermarkets during the off season have the quality, taste and vitamin C content of a baseball.  Vine-ripened tomatoes may cost you a little more because of the difficulty in shipping, but it is well worth the money in nutritional value. 

It is an absolute must to grow your own succulent, sweet tomatoes.  Even if you live in an apartment, there are hybrids that have been created especially for growing in pots.  We have tomato plants growing in every possible corner around our home.

Tomato juice has a wonderful taste that is quite different from store-bought juice, which is boiled and stored in cans for months.  The health-giving acids in tomatoes are beneficial to the body unless heated or canned.

Look for bright red, soft, sweet smelling tomatoes.  They ought to be plump, heavy and filled with juice.  Always buy from your local farmer, when in season.  Do not juice green tomatoes that may irritate the kidneys.