9 New Juice Recipes from my vacation in China

I spent last week on vacation in China. Yup! I said China. My beloved cousin/sister-from-another-mother/BFF/maid-of-honor/ok… I think y’all get it, lives there. There is simply no other reason I would go to China. Don’t get me wrong, I love to travel, but my preference is almost always to go to a place with sun, white sand, clear blue waters and cute English-speaking beach boys. That aside, I had THE time of my life! I thoroughly enjoyed my stay there (Shanghai and Nanjing) and took time to really soak in all the sights and sounds. China is a beautiful country, with a fascinating history and is quite the experience when it comes to food. As it pertains to this blog, I am so excited to share with you the incredibly delicious juices I enjoyed during my 6 day adventure there.

I did not look for all the great juice bars my cousin and I came across. They were simply everywhere. Everywhere. In malls, train stations, the airport and were street shops on busy roads. It was such an incredibly exciting find for a juice-lover like me. All the juices were affordable and ranged in price from $2-$4.

As soon as I arrived in Nanjing from Shanghai, with luggage in hand at the train station we came across this juice bar. My excitement was palpable. I thought I’d died and gone to juice heaven. He had what looked like an Omega VERT 350 and a Vitamix. Some of the juice recipes were combos of fruits juiced and then blended in the Vitamix i.e. my first juice was apple and mango. He juiced the apples and then blended the juice in the Vitamix with the mango. I hardly ever do this at home because I only want to clean one appliance but this juice was such a delicious treat and I appreciated his effort to make my first juice in China!

LEFT: Apple and Mango 

RIGHT: Orange, Pear and Lemon

nanjing juice recipe

chinese juice man

Our second juice bar encounter was in Fashion Lady Shopping Center. We got our juices much faster at this juice bar because they had everything prepped and sitting in many different stainless steel bins waiting to be juiced/blended. They were both super tasty!

LEFT: Papaya and Orange (the oranges were juiced and then blended with the papaya)

RIGHT: Watermelon and Strawberry (this was just blended)

fashion lady juice bar recipes

Our third juice bar experience was in a mall. I got to finally enjoy a green juice, I noticed that almost all the juice bars had recipes with just fruit which is ok because it’s better than no juice but I was craving something green and was thrilled to find cucumber on the menu. We enjoyed…

LEFT: Apple and Grapefruit

RIGHT: Carrot, Apple and Pear

BELOW (green juice): 2 Cucumbers and 1 Lemon, I actually paid attention to the proportions when they were making this one:-)

It was nice to see that they used my first and one of my favorite juicers, a Breville Juice Fountain Plus.

fresh everyday juice recipes

china green juice recipe

chinese juice bar

Our fourth and last juice bar encounter was on my second to last day in China. It was the perfect breakfast!

LEFT: Orange and Mango

RIGHT: Watermelon and Mango

fruit juice recipes china (orange+mango, watermelon+mango)

Anyone travel to a city/country with lots of juice bars? Kindly share… 

~Juice, Travel & Be Merry!~

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Juice Recipe #22: Not-So-Green Juice

Not-So-Green Juice

I was craving a green juice today and made this tasty juice that looks anything but green. In fact, I’m not fond of its color but it packs some serious nutrient power so whatever! I purchased some collard greens at my local supermarket a few days ago that were calling my name. I’m sure I’m not the only weirdo that sees a gorgeous veggie in the market and just has to have them. That’s how I felt about these collards when I laid eyes on them. They were fresh, large, leafy and the most gorgeous shade of green.

I LOVE Collard Greens or what I grew up referring to as Sukuma Wiki, google that! Collards and Kale are definitely my favorite greens. I grew up eating them sauteed with onions and tomatoes. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. But given that this is a juicing blog and I was craving one I thought I would create a juice around them. It just refused to become green though thanks to the carrots. Go carotene! I also was excited to drink a veggie juice out of the glass in the picture. It was a wedding favor from a wedding I attended two weeks ago and I can’t say I’ve ever been more excited about a favor. Silly, I know!

Collard greens are loaded with Vitamin A, C and K, along with calcium, potassium and omega 3 fatty acids. Greens are definitely nature’s secret weapon. Here’s one recipe that helps you drink your greens and get filled up on these nutrients.

  • 2-3 large collard green leaves, thouroughly washed, stem and all!
  • 5-6 carrots
  • 1 apple
  • 1 inch piece of ginger

~Juice & Enjoy!~

If you want to taste and see a ‘real’ green juice, check out the most popular green juice recipe MAJ has so far… Juice Recipe #4

Juice Recipe #20: Bright Orange Goodness

So I made 32 ounces of Bright Orange Goodness as I’m calling it to have for breakfast tomorrow. I prefer to drink my juices immediately after making them for many reasons…

  • that’s when they taste the best/super fresh!
  • they are just the right temp for me, not too cold and not too warm. I’m one of those “water with no ice please” people. A few juices tend to taste better chilled or on ice though.
  • and most importantly, they haven’t began to oxidize yet. Juices are loaded with the most live enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals immediately after. So if juicing strictly for health is your thing, the best way to store them is not to! 🙂

We don’t live in a perfect world though so because I have to get up at an ungodly (5:30am) hour to get ready for work tomorrow and every minute of sleep is worth more to me than my first born child (that I don’t have yet), I juice the day before sometimes. Sssshh!! Don’t tell the juice gods. But do tell about this awesome recipe when you try it. Go with organic veggies and fruits whenever possible but if you had to pick only two (heehee!) go with the celery and apples. They are always at the top of the naughty list for being super high in pesticides.

  • 4-5 organic carrots
  • 2 organic fuji apples
  • 8-10 organic celery stalks
  • 1/2 an organic lemon

~Juice, enjoy and store only if you have to!~

PS: Fill your container all the way to the top with your juice if you’ll be storing it to minimize the amount of air and therefore oxidation of your juice.

Juice Recipe #11: Celery, Carrot, Orange and Lemon Juice

Hey folks!

I really like how simple, tasty and affordable this recipe is. For anyone who’s starting out juicing, you may have began to realize that it’s easy to go through your supply of veggies and fruits pretty quickly by juicing them. This recipe uses veggies and fruits that are pretty inexpensive (at least where I am) and still pack a whole lot of nutrients. Celery juice is anti-inflammatory, a diuretic and lowers cholesterol. As for carrot juice…well folks…it really does improve and/or maintain vision. I wear glasses, and I really do believe that my prescription stopped getting worse (as it was in previous years) thanks to all the carrot juice I’ve been drinking in the past few years.  Oranges and Lemons are loaded with vitamin C which is by far one of the most powerful antioxidants.

Here’s the recipe:

4 stalks of organic celery (folks, please note that conventional celery is very very very high on the list of veggies loaded with pesticides, there’s quite a few veggies and fruits I buy conventional due to cost or availability and celery is NEVER one of them)

3 organic carrots

1 organic orange (washed, peeled and cut in half)

1/2 an organic lemon (wash thoroughly and leave peel on)

 

~Juice and Enjoy!~

 

Juice Recipe #7: Apple, Beet, Carrot & Ginger Juice

Here’s a wonderful juice recipe passed on to me by a girlfriend. I love it’s rich deep color but even more I love it’s taste. It’s made up of vegetables that are sweet and the ginger adds a nice zing to it! Can’t imagine this recipe without the ginger but juicing is all about creating what you love and enjoy the most. I made about 32 ounces of this juice this morning among other juices for my juice fast day on Saturday but to make just one glass (8 ounces) I’d use 1 beet, 4-5 carrots, 1 apple and a small piece of ginger the size of a large grape. I’m not sure what other folks do with their beets when juicing them but I wash them very thoroughly and cut off the top that was attached to the beet greens. As usual, with carrots I wash thoroughly and simply cut off the tops and tails. Don’t forget to take out the apple’s seeds! Do not peel the apple or carrots as they contain nutrients. This juice recipe as I later discovered is pretty common among juice-making enthusiasts. Well, I’m thankful for this recipe and thankful for the girlfriend that passed it on. Sharing is definitely caring.

~Happy Juicing!~

Juice Recipe #5: Carrot & Ginger Juice

This juice is a recipe I made up as a nod to one of my favorite homemade salad dressings. It’s a dressing with carrots and ginger that I love to make every once in a while. I discovered it on one of my favorite websites, allrecipes.com. It can be tweaked to your liking. I really don’t measure anything when making the dressing. The ingredients are carrots, ginger, rice vinegar, very small amount of sesame oil and the sweetener of your choice such as honey, coconut nectar or agave. I blend all the ingredients in my mini food processor and ‘taste-as-I-go’. I usually have this dressing over a bed of organic baby spinach with chopped mango. Yum Yum…my mouth is watering just thinking about it.

So anyway, I was in the kitchen one day thinking of this dressing and decided to juice carrots with ginger. I usually use about 6 carrots and a small piece of ginger the size of 1/2 my thumb….lol! Just make it to your taste! Experiment all the way each time you make it and add less or more ginger as you please. I still remember the first time I bought and tasted an organic carrot. It definitely was the first organic vegetable I began buying. It was like night and day taste-wise compared to conventional carrots. The organic carrots were so much sweeter and juicier and I have been hooked since then. Wash carrots thoroughly, cut off the tops and tails and juice them whole with the peel. Wash the small piece of ginger as well and juice whole or peel if you prefer to.

Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene which is a pre-cursor to vitamin A.  Carrot juice will therefore be great for  skin, hair nails and (famously for improving vision. They really do have a high amount of beta-carotene which acts a powerful anti-oxidant and therefore prevents inflammation and disease.

~Happy Juicing!~

My beloved juicer (Breville Juice Fountain Plus) and my Virgin Green Juice Recipe

I took this picture the day I bought it (as a Christmas present to myself :-)) back in December 2008.  Hands down, it is my favorite kitchen appliance and the best self-gift ever 🙂 As for the first juice I made…well…it was love at first sip!

Here’s my Virgin Green Juice Recipe

  • 3 organic kale leaves
  • 4 organic carrots
  • 1 organic granny smith apple, seeded

Do you remember your first?