Top 10 Veggies for Juicing

by Melissa West on May 23, 2013

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Fruits and Veggies that are Good to Juice

… and ones that are best left for your high speed blender!

Top-veggies-to-juiceIt has been amazing to watch all of you get turned on to the world of juicing over the last few weeks. As I’ve watched you acquire your juicers and try them out I’ve been observing your learning curve as you discover which fruits and veggies work well in your juicers and which ones are best left to your high speed blenders. I’ve also had a lot of questions about the best fruits and veggies for juicing so I thought I would spend some time this week sharing my favourites for the juicer. I like to focus on fruits and veggies that give a high yield – that is the most juice and that taste good too! 🙂 Hard fruits and veggies like pears, apples, carrots, beets, and fennel work great in the juicer. Fruits and veggies with a high water content give you lots of juice like cucumbers, celery, and citrus fruits. As for leafy greens, I like to stick with heartier firm leafy greens like kale, collards, beet and kohlrabi tops for juicing as they seem to produce a better yield in my juicer. Spinach and micro greens for example just seem to do better in smoothies.

Here are my top Veggie picks for juicing:
beets (including the stems and greens)
kohlrabi greens
collard greens
swiss chard (I like the taste of it in juice but not in smoothies)
leaf lettuce (again, I like the taste of it in juice, but not in smoothies)
radishes (including leaves)
sweet potato
herbs (ginger, mint, parsley, cilantro, etc.)

Here are my top Fruit picks for juicing:
oranges, grapefruits, limes, lemons
pineapple (with rind)
watermelon (with rind)

Fruits and Veggies Best Left for the Blender
berries (just not high enough juice yield in my opinion for their nutritional density)
micro greens/baby leaf lettuce greens

Juicing Recipe : Lime Mint Refresher
2 apples
1 lime with skin left on if organic
ginger according to taste
Greens according to taste
Mint 1/4 cup

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