Hello, and welcome to day 27 of the 30 Days To Green Juicing Challenge! If you’ve made it this far by drinking a juice every single day for 26 days you should be proud of yourself! That’s quite an accomplishment!
If you found this page and are not taking part of the challenge, then we encourage you to check out what this juicing challenge is after you read this page! You might find that you want to give it a shot yourself! You can find a link to it at the top of the page under the category that says Juicing Challenge.
Today we are going to cover how to make your juice recipes more to your liking. All of the juice recipes we have on our site here, and the juice recipes we include in the 30 day juicing challenge are great, but you might have found over time that you need to tweak a recipe a little bit here and there so that it is more to your liking. This is completely normal.
While you might like many of our juice recipes just how they are, there might be some that you’ve needed to change just a bit. You’ll probably find yourself doing this more and more as you learn more about what you like. We want to encourage you to do this in the long run, because the truth is if you don’t like what you’re drinking it’s not very likely that you’re going to continue doing it.
Below are some tips to encourage you to tweak any juice recipes you find on the internet or in a book to your personal taste.
Making Your Juices Greener
There are times when you find an amazing juice recipe, but it just has too much sugar in it or not enough green juice. It’s not that you don’t like the flavor, it may be that you’re trying to keep your calorie count low, not consume too much sugar, or you just want more of the nutrition that green juice has to offer.
The problem is that last time you tried to change up a juice recipe the result ended up being poured down the drain! This can be just like pouring dollars down the drain, and believe me we know how this can be! Not all of our juice recipes work out and make it on our site. 🙂
Here’s what you can do: Start out with the recipe as it is and then add one more green ingredient at a time. You can do this by taking a couple of leaves of your favorite green, juicing them up and then adding that juice into your main juice. Take a sip of this and see what you think. Still tasting good? Then go ahead and add another couple of leaves, or a little bit of some of another vegetable that you’re wanting to get more of. The main key here is to ADD A LITTLE BIT AT A TIME. If you start out by adding an entire bunch of a leafy green instead of trying a couple of leaves you might end up with something you don’t really want to drink so much. So, go slow and steady until your juice tastes just right.
Another suggestion is to simply remove some of the sweet ingredients so that the juice is greener. If there isn’t a lot of green to begin with, you could start by cutting out a portion of the sweet ingredients and then adding a bit of green in their place.
Also as a final tip for this section here we wanted to highlight cucumber and celery juice. Both cucumbers and celery produce high volumes of juice that is very low in sugars, low in calories, and makes a great base for green juices. Sometimes all you need to do is add a good amount of one of these and viola, you have a less sugary juice. These juices also have a much less potent flavor than some other green juices, so they make a good addition in many juice recipes.
You could use one of these suggestions above, or combine all of them at the same time to make a greener juice that you will also enjoy!
Making Your Juices Sweeter, But Not Too Sweet
Sometimes you might find that your juice is actually too green, and that you’re going to have a hard time drinking it without something sweet being added. You don’t want to make it too sweet, but you know you’re going to need something more!
You can use the same suggestion as above and add just a bit of a sweet ingredient at a time. After you add more of your sweet juice give it a taste and see if it is good enough yet. If not, then add just a bit more.
Apple juice is a common base for juice recipes, and sometimes all a juice recipe needs is one more apple. You can also try pears, grapes, pomegranates, berries, or any other sweet fruit to help your juice recipe along a bit.
Grape and pomegranate juice is very sweet, and sometimes a little bit can go a long way! Sometimes if one of our green juice recipes seems beyond repair, we’ll juice up some grapes or pomegranate and what do you know it’s good then! Just don’t go overboard all of the time, because you don’t want to be consuming massive amounts of sugar on a daily basis. On the other hand some sugary fruits in some of your juice recipes isn’t going kill you! Moderation is the key here.
You Love The Juice Recipe, But It Has An Ingredient You Can’t Stand!
This is another situation you might run into from time to time, or a lot of the time if its a common ingredient used in juice recipes. Let’s say you find a juice recipe that looks great, but it has one ingredient you just know you don’t like or have an allergy to. That’s ok! Either omit the ingredient completely or switch it our for something else.
Maybe you’ve tried ginger time and time again, and just find that you don’t like it! (On a side-note we love ginger, and have grown to love it even more over time, but you might not!) That’s ok, just take it out of the juice recipe and see if you like it without the ginger.
Let’s say you have an allergy to something or need to avoid it for other health reasons. That’s ok also! Let’s use kale as an example here. You might wish you could juice kale for its health benefits, but maybe you just can’t stand the flavor or you have a health issue with it. Ok, no problem. Instead of 7 leaves of kale, just substitute 7 leaves of chard or romaine lettuce instead. Give this a try and see if the juice recipe works for you. It’s that easy! 🙂
Here are just a couple of ingredients you could swap in for something you may not like or can’t have. You can do any of these in reverse also.
*Kale: Chard, Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, Collard Greens, or any other Lettuce.
*Apple: Pear (Pear has a bit more sugar than apples, so you could mix in just a bit less)
Your Juice Recipe For Today
We’ve been making your juices greener and greener slowly as we go along during this juicing challenge! Today’s juice includes a good mix of greens, and some sweet apple juice to balance it out. Your green juice for today can be found on this page and by scrolling down to #6. It is called Green Dream, Enjoy! 🙂
Once you’re done you can click here to be taken to day 28!