During summer I always love to have a big bowl of fruits and vegetables in my kitchen. When the weather is hot, there is nothing better than fresh salads or berries. The problem is, they don’t tend to keep for very long and I often find myself having to get rid of fruit or vegetables that have gone bad, and there’s nothing worse than letting all that delicious food go to waste! Lately I’ve gotten really into making fresh homemade juices – I am not on a cleanse, but I truly believe there is no better way to start your day than a cold glass of homemade juice. These 4 recipes are easy to make and taste delicious, plus they are very, very good for you! If you have a favorite juice recipe, leave it in the comments below! We’d love to check it out :)
Good news: you don’t need a juicer to make these! I made them all with a blender. If you don’t like a lot of pulp in your juice, add a step to the instructions below to run through a strainer before drinking.
This green juice is packed with iron, vitamin K, fiber and antioxidants – mostly from the healthy dose of kale. The lemon adds a nice citrus flavor plus vitamin C, and the cucumber makes the juice hydrating and refreshing.
Makes 12 oz.
1 cup chopped kale
1 cup diced cucumber
1 fresh squeezed lemon
1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger
1 cup water
Blend ingredients until smooth, and pour through a strainer if desired. Serve chilled and garnish with some kale and a cucumber slice!
Rainy Day Blues
Berries might be one of my favorite things to eat, and this juice is packed with blueberries, blackberries and raspberries to give you a healthy dose of antioxidants. Blueberries are the highest in antioxidants of any fruit and give your immune system a nice boost. I like adding a little bit of honey and bee pollen to this juice as well; bee pollen is high in protein and honey is a great natural energy booster!
Makes 21 oz.
1 cup blackberries
1 cup blueberries
1 cup raspberries
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon bee pollen
½ cup water
Blend ingredients until smooth, and pour through a strainer if desired. Serve chilled and garnish with a few blueberries!
I didn’t set out to make this juice, but I had some leftover blueberries, blackberries and lemons, so I decided to make some berry lemonade! Served over ice, this makes an amazing refreshing summer drink. Plus, it has all the benefits of blueberries and lots of vitamin C!
Makes 12 oz.
½ cup blackberries
½ cup blueberries
2 freshly squeezed lemons
1 tablespoon freshly chopped ginger
1 cup water
Blend ingredients until smooth, and pour through a strainer if desired. Serve over ice and garnish with a lemon wedge.
My favorite of all of the juices! If I could drink this every morning for breakfast I’d be happy. It’s like a delicious orange juice alternative with tropical fruit flavor and lots of healthy benefits including a ton of vitamin C and antioxidants. The addition of coconut water adds to the tropical flavor and helps hydrate your body and gives you an energy boost to start your day.
Makes 16 oz.
1 cup diced peaches
1 cup diced and peeled mango
1 freshly squeezed orange
½ cup coconut water
1 teaspoon agave nectar
Blend ingredients until smooth, and pour through a strainer if desired. Serve chilled and garnish with a peach slice.
What is your favorite juice recipe? Share it below!
Photos by Julia.
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