Kick Butt Juicing Recipes – Kale, Broccoli, Beets, Carrots

Kick Butt Juicing Recipes - Kale, Broccoli, Beets, Carrots

Have you gotten totally knocked down by a cold and/or flu? Here are a couple of kick butt juicing recipes with kale, broccoli, beets, and carrots that will help get you back on your feet pronto!

Is it me, or does everyone seem to be a juicer lately?  It’s like we all saw that documentary Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, and all ran out to Costco to get a juicer.  Sadly, I have juiced occasionally, but  never got into the swing of it.  My poor Breville has been sitting neglected next to those rarely-used popover muffin tins in my cabinet.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the concept of juicing, but the actual practice of juicing can take some effort.    But when the whole family got knocked down with a cold and then the flu (subsisting on saltines), I had to kick start everyone’s immune systems somehow.  So I ran out and picked up a juicing csa box from On The Vine and some fruit from Circle Key Farms at North Scottsdale Farmers Market, and got juicing.  The juicing box was loaded with beautiful beets, kale, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli and citrus.  Kale is loaded with antioxidants, and is high in iron, vitamin A, K, C and calcium.  Beets are not only high in vitamins and minerals, but they also purify the blood and detoxify the liver.

Kick Butt Juicing Recipes - Kale, Broccoli, Beets, Carrots

juicing subjects

Battle of two juicing recipes

One problem, my husband would rather die a slow death than drink what he says “tastes like lawn clippings”. So I had my work cut out for me.  In fairness, raw kale juice is an acquired taste.  So this time, I added some apples, cucumber, and lemon to lighten it up.  I also made a beet juice just in case he still did not like the kale.

Kick Butt Juicing Recipes - Kale, Broccoli, Beets, Carrots

beet inspector

I first made the beet juice with beets, carrots, and oranges.  The baby was first to try it, and he gave me a quizzical look, smiled, then kept drinking it.  I was puzzled by his reaction, and gave it a try.  Blah!  It tasted like bitter orange peel!   Poor kid did not know any better.  So I tried again, this time peeling the oranges before dropping in the juicer.  I offered it to my reluctant son again, and the little trooper took another sip, smiled, and ran off with his cup.

The green juice was made with kale, cucumbers, broccoli, apples, and lemon.  Both husband and baby preferred the beet juice, but were both good sports and drank the rest of the green juice too.

 

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Kick Butt Juicing Recipes - Kale, Broccoli, Beets, Carrots

By February 8, 2013

Some juicing tips:

  • For finicky types, instead of straight juice, you can mix some of the juice with orange/apple juice, a smoothie, or yogurt.
  • Wash and scrub all veggies prior to putting them through the juicer.
  • Don't have a juicer?  You can blend or use a food processor, and strain
  • Juicing scraps are ideal for composting!

  • Prep Time : 15 minutes
  • Cook Time : 5 minutes
  • Yield : 3

Ingredients

Instructions

Beet Juice Boost

Run the beets, carrots, and oranges through the juicer.  Pour into cups of ice, and serve immediately.

Superfood Kale Juice

Run the kale, broccoli, cucumber, lemon, and purslane through the juicer.  Alternate kale leaves with other ingredients into the feeder tube.  Pour into cups of ice, and serve immediately.

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2 Responses to Kick Butt Juicing Recipes – Kale, Broccoli, Beets, Carrots

  1. MN March 11, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    Hi!
    So funny b/c we also saw Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead and ran out and got a juicer!
    Quick story-
    We were given a Sharper Image one 3.5 yrs ago for our wedding, but ended up donating it to Goodwill–so here we are, right back to juicing-and had to go buy one:)
    (Btw, bought a Hamilton Beach for $46 on Amazon Prime–didn’t want to blow a bundle of $ after the first one ended up at Goodwill…)
    Long story short, we have been juicing now once a day for 6 days straight–and amazing how much more energy we have already. (I know we could never do a juice fast so once a day made sense for sticking to it.)
    I found these recipes tonight and thought it was one juice-!-and it is delicious all together!
    My 28month old is not interested in any juice other than Tropicana spiked w/ water, so it was for my husband and I and we LOVED it! Thanks and keep the juice recipes coming!

    • leelou38 March 13, 2013 at 4:06 am #

      Thanks so much for your comment! That is so awesome that you have been juicing for a week now! I get a little lazy cleaning out the juicer that often, but I know I need to do it! Yes, there is no way my family could do the juice fast, especially since it is hard to keep weight on my husband. But it is a great way to get more veggies in all of us. Maybe you could put some juice in your little one’s OJ, and see how it goes!?! I am trying more recipes, and will post when I’ve come across some good ones. Please feel free to share any you like as well! Thanks again!

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