It is no surprise that diets rich in fruits and vegetables have enormous health benefits. They provide us with essential vitamins and minerals, and contain high fiber to keep our digestive systems running clean. They are very low in fat and calories, but still filling. Of the many ways to lose or maintain a healthy weight, juicing takes the cake as being the most delicious and effective. This is why we’re bringing you a plethora of juicing recipes for weight loss.
Why use juicing recipes for weight loss?
The trick to losing weight is to consume fewer calories than you burn! You don’t necessarily have to eat less food. By creating low calorie meals that taste delicious, you can keep your appetite in check and still get the nutrients you neet to maintain health. The water and fiber in fruits and vegetables leads to that full feeling you get when drinking a rich juice.
Dieting is tough. Instead, make juicing a habit. Juicing is a lifestyle choice and a determination to live healthy rather than a way to lose 8 pounds before next week’s beach party. Juicing provides your body with the full benefits of the raw fruit or vegetable which sometimes burns off during cooking. Kale, a prime ingredient in my favorite juices, contains vitamins K, A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, calcium, potassium, iron, Omega-3 fatty acids, and even protein. If you’re interested in learning the specific benefits of each ingredient, I urge you to visit the Ingredient Facts page or to purchase the book, Vegetables and Fruits: Nutritional and Therapeutic Values, which I have used to custom tailor many of my own recipes to achieve a good balance of vitamins, fiber, and protein, and therapeutic balance. The CDC also provides a valuable table of fruits and veggies at 100 calories or less.
The biggest benefit of juice as a meal replacement is that you’re cutting the fat out of your diet while still providing the necessary nutrients to eat healthy. If you eat raw fruits and veggies, your body only absorbs 38% of the vitamins and nutrients needed, while juicing provides 99% absorption. The blending process essentially allows nutrients to be taken up into the bloodstream much faster.
Use Juicing Recipes Book as a resource to perfect your juicing recipes with the best fruit and veggie combinations. We’ll continually provide helpful tips on ingredients. For example, you are probably already aware that some fruits are high in sugar like apples, oranges, and pears. Juices heavy in fruit should be consumed early in the day to give you time to burn those calories. Carrots on the other hand help to maintain insulin levels in the body which helps to control your appetite. Some spices like cinnamon actually promote fat burning!
Featured Juicing Recipes for Weight Loss
Lean Green Juicing Recipe
Juicing for weight loss is more than a trend. It’s an effective way to whittle your waistline and improve your health. Whether you are new to juicing or you are looking for a new recipe to boost your fat burn, Lean Green is the best juicing recipe to help you lose weight.
Celery Stalks – 4 Medium
Cucumber – 1 Small
Kale Leafs – 7 Large
Lemon – 1/2 Medium
Grated Ginger to taste
Wash ingredients thoroughly and process through juicer. Stir and enjoy.
Benefits of Lean Green Juice for Weight Loss
Lean Green is a powerful blend of some of the best ingredients for boosting wellness and weight loss. All of the ingredients in Lean Green are healthy and low calorie, but each one has a unique health benefit making it a powerhouse for dieters. Let’s take a look at how each individual component of this juice will work to promote weight loss and better health.
Granny Smith Apples – Sweet and sour, crisp and refreshing… there’s nothing better than a delicious granny smith apple. Research has shown that women who eat three apples a day lose more weight than those who avoid fruit on diets. You can get the same benefit by juicing the three apples in your Lean Green drink. Granny smith apples are high in fiber and full of antioxidants, which are important when you are trying to drop weight.
Lemons – Lemon also has a powerful weight loss benefit. If you’ve ever seen the “master cleanse” recipes, they are made with a base of lemon juice because it revs up your calorie burn and acts as a detoxifier for your body. You can get those same benefits in a healthier way by adding lemon to your Lean Green juice each day.
Kale – Kale is the third major ingredient that makes the Lean Green so effective for weight loss. Kale has the perfect balance of vitamin A, calcium, and phytonutrients creating a blend of complete nutrition to help your body work efficiently to burn fat.
Celery – Celery gives your juice a unique sweet tanginess that you will soon begin to crave. Eating celery is effective for weight loss because it is a “negative calorie food”, meaning that you burn more calories digesting celery than it contains. This fiber-rich vegetable is also great for juicing. It can lower blood pressure and reduce stress hormones that contribute to belly fat. It’s also a great source of Vitamin C, which everyone needs to fight off the common cold. Celery was first used as medicine, but you can get those same health benefits by juicing it in your daily Lean Green drink.
Cucumber – Not only is cucumber delicious, but it is also a great way to boost weight loss. This vegetable is high in water content and can help you increase your overall fluid intake. Cucumbers also act as a natural diuretic, helping you lose the bloat and have a flatter stomach. The high water content in cucumbers will keep you feeling full long after you finish your Lean Green juice.
Ginger – Ginger might be the smallest ingredient in Lean Green in terms of bulk, but it plays an important role in the overall effect you get from this weight loss drink. The Institute for Human Nutrition at Columbia University did a study on ginger in 2011. Researchers found that people who consumed ginger felt fuller hours after a meal and had a reduced appetite later in the day. They also discovered that ginger causes enhanced thermogenesis, which is basically fat burning. Ginger has been used for centuries to fight intestinal illness or to give mild pain relief for menstrual cramps. Just remember a little bit of ginger goes a long way!
Overall, Lean Green provides everything you need to boost your weight loss in one simple juicing recipe. The sweet flavor of the apples, cucumbers, and celery offer a great balance to the bitterness of the kale and the spicy hint of ginger. Not only does this juice do amazing things for your body, it’s also actually really delicious.
If you are trying to lose weight, make the Lean Green part of your daily juicing routine!
Recover Ready Juice Recipe: For After Your Next Run
It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to lose weight, build a stronger heart, or just need an excuse to get out of the house, running is an excellent exercise choice that gives your body many benefits. In order to run successfully you need to make sure you’re getting the proper nutrition. When you are getting the right nutrients, your body will always be ready to go, and you find running gets easier and easier.
Even though you’re hot and sticky and probably don’t feel like eating when you get back from your run, it’s important to remember your body has burned a great deal of energy. You need to replace what you’ve burned or else you’re going to spend the rest of the day sacked out on the couch.
The best way to make sure you have restored your body to it’s perfect condition will be making a batch of Recover Ready Juice before your run. When you get back, you can pull it out of the fridge and start sipping.
Recover Ready Juice
- 1 granny smith apple
- 8-10 cherries, pitted
- 2 oranges
- 1 banana
- 3 kale leaves
- ½ avocado
- 1 tbsp. soaked chia seeds
- ½ tsp. Cinnamon
Once you’ve gathered all of your ingredients, you can start running them through the juicer to create your perfect workout recovery in a glass. Let’s take a look at some of the most powerful ingredients in this recipe and the benefits they offer for your body after a workout.
Chia seeds - Not many people know about chia seeds, but they’re an important part of a healthy diet. In addition to adding them to your post run juice, you should also consume a small amount before you start to run. They will supply you with a burst of energy that will keep you going from the start of your run, all the way to the end.
From a single seed you’ll get all sorts of nutrients, including:
- Healthy omega-3 fats
There are several ways that your body will benefit from the addition of these flavorless
seeds to your juice. The specific advantages you’ll get from adding them to your post run juice include some serious extra energy and the sensation that you’re full. Recent research indicates that the chia seeds provide your body with the type of healthy fat needed to promote good cardiovascular health, help with insulin resistance, and help reduce belly fat.
Banana - The banana does several things to improve your post run juice. First it gives the juice a bit of body, thickening the drink and creating a smoothie like consistency. The addition of the banana will also help you feel fuller for longer, reducing the odds of you making a mid-day trip to the vending machine. Studies indicate that just the smell of a ripe banana can trigger something in your brain that helps you lose weight.
The addition of the banana to the juice means you’ll be providing your body with plenty of potassium, which prevents severe muscle cramps that make you dread your daily run and workout session. In addition to the potassium, you’ll also get the following nutrients by adding banana to your juice:
- Vitamin c
- Vitamin B6
Cinnamon - Adding a sprinkle of cinnamon to your Recover Ready Juice does more than just make the taste a little better… you’re overall health will also improve!
Possibly the most surprising thing that cinnamon does is help your body control both your mood and your energy levels. Not only will you be able to get more done each day that you consume a little cinnamon, but by adding it to your post run juice, you’re also making it easier to deal with the daily irritations, stresses, and emotional upheavals that seem to be a part of life.
Research also shows that cinnamon is great for arthritis. It will help ease arthritis pain, making it possible for you to enjoy your daily run without having to worry about taking all kinds of artificial pain killers that could be damaging your stomach lining.
Nutrients that a dash of cinnamon adds to your body include:
- vitamins C,K, B6
What Ingredients to Choose
Make sure that you select the right fruits and vegetables if your directive is to lose weight. Generally speaking, vegetables will provide a better edge for this goal. Carrot and parsley juice help control appetite by maintaining blood sugar. As mentioned, some spices like pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, and garlic will assist with fat burning. Picking a Juicing Recipes Book recipe will assist with your goals. View all of our recipes here.
Juice fasting cleanses the body of toxins residing in the body’s fat cells, and of course can assist with weight loss. Juice fasting requires that you limit your caloric intake to juices.
I suggest limiting juice fasts to two or three days. Fasting is an intensive experience on the body and will have greater implications for those with active lifestyles. Anyone considering juice fasting should consult with their dietician or primary doctor.