Although in some parts of the country spring still seems months away, we’re getting close to the start of a new season and it’s a great excuse to make a fresh start. Juicing can be a great way to introduce more vitamin, minerals, and nutrients to your diet, especially if you’re on the go and don’t have time to cook. (Yes, we all love kale, but it takes a little time to prepare and can’t just be stuffed in your purse to eat on the way somewhere as a snack.) Check out these 11 juice recipes that will jumpstart your campaign to get healthy and add some serious phytonutrients to your diet that can help protect against cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other inflammatory diseases.
1. Apple-Lemon-Ginger Juice
A quick pick-me-up, this juice is very simple, tastes fantastic, and can even be made in a high-speed blender (like a Vitamix) if you don’t have a juicer. Ginger is great for indigestion and adds a spicy zing to this juice combination. You can also freeze this juice in ice cube trays and use them as a way to add an extra shot of freshness–and some vitamins–to any cocktail you’re making (we won’t tell). They’d be especially good with any sweet drink like a rum-based Dark and Stormy. Get our Apple-Lemon-Ginger Juice recipe.
2. Detox Juice
This ultimate green juice is like drinking a salad–kale, green apple, and celery form the base, and then you add ginger, lemon, lime, and parsley for added oomph. Described as an “extremely potent, detoxifying cocktail,” this is a seriously nutrition-packed vegetable juice that would make a great start to any morning. Get the recipe here.
3. Anti-inflammatory Juice
Turmeric is an incredibly powerful and underutilized ingredient that can really fight inflammation. It is one of the best natural remedies and combined with ginger, carrots, lemon, orange, cucumber, cayenne pepper, and holy basil (also known as hot basil) this is a powerful and deeply healing concoction. Leave out the cayenne pepper if you’re worried about too much spice, as it definitely adds a kick. Get the recipe here.
4. Blood Cleansing Juice
A great pick for clearing out toxins, Carly Fraser’s recipe for a blood-cleansing juice tastes better than it sounds. Lemon, ginger, cucumber, apple, carrots, celery, beets, and secret ingredient dandelion greens are a powerful combination of phytonutrients. Who knew that celery is a nutritional powerhouse? It’s packed with vitamin K, folate, vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C, as well as a number of antioxidants. Good thing this recipe has four whole stalks in it (way more than most people usually eat in a sitting). Get the recipe here.
5. Roots Juice
A great combination of vegetables and fruit, this roots juice has parsnips, carrots, beets, and an apple, to add a touch of sweetness. The beets make this juice a lovely purple-pink color, but be careful not to spill. You can add in ginger or cayenne to increase the spiciness and also add any kind of green if you’re looking to get in some more nutrition. Get our Roots Juice recipe.
6. Pineapple Cherry Turmeric Pain Relief
Tart cherries are full of antioxidants and important flavonoids and can naturally help ease pain and inflammation. This juice is recommended as a weekly boost, and contains turmeric and ginger as well for help with inflammation and pain. Combined with frozen pineapple, avocado, spinach, hemp protein powder, and freshly ground black pepper, this is more of a smoothie and should be made in a blender. Get the recipe here.
7. Beautiful Skin Sweet Potato Juice
Sweet potatoes in juice? It works! Packed with beta-carotene, which is great for your skin, this sweet potato juice tastes better than you’d think. Juice two apples, a lemon, two oranges, and one small sweet potato and you’ll have a lovely orange-colored drink that will make your skin glow. Vitamin A and Vitamin C are also in long supply here and will help promote cellular health. Get the recipe here.
8. Liver Tonic Creamy Green Juice
This juice is a great immune booster with a whole clove of raw garlic and a substantial amount of ginger. Beet, parsley, lemon, carrot, and celery are combined with the garlic and ginger and this juice is especially unusual because of its creamy texture. It’s a powerful detoxifier for your liver, adrenals, and kidneys, and it’s a great way to start off your weekend. You can substitute kale or spinach for the parsley and feel free to adjust the quantities of each ingredient to suit your tastes. Get the recipe here.
9. Pineapple Cough Suppressant Juice
Bromelain, found in pineapple, is an anticoagulant that can help with digestion and also thins mucous. This recipe takes advantage of the powers of bromelain and combines fresh pineapple, lemon juice, ginger, honey, and cayenne pepper for a spicy cough suppressant that is also rich in Vitamin C, which should help you get over that cold. Get the recipe here.
10. Cabbage Cilantro Aloe Juice for Allergy Relief
Cabbage, cilantro, and aloe may be a bit bitter and not taste as good as a glass of apple juice, but the powerful antihistamines in cilantro will help curb your allergies and make this a worthwhile juice to check out if you’re suffering from seasonal allergies. Cabbage juice is great for the digestive system and can help with ulcers as well as provide relief from acid reflux. Get the recipe here.
11. Tangy Greens & Apple Juice
This is a classic healthy green juice combination sweetened with a Fuji apple to make it more palatable. Combine kale, spinach, romaine, parsley, celery, cucumber, lemon, and apple in a juicer and get ready to enjoy a glass of tangy green juice. You can substitute with whatever greens you have on hand–arugula, mache, and watercress will all taste good with this combination as well. Get our Tangy Greens and Apple Juice recipe.
Now that you’re a juicing professional, check out this CHOW video on ways to repurpose the pulp left behind. You can repurpose it for a dip, vegetable broth, even homemade crackers–the sky’s the limit.
Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy is a New York City–based food writer and editor at Penguin who has worked on and recipe-tested several cookbooks. She is currently in search of NYC's best ramen, and is one of the few people who admit to disliking brunch.