Juice with Vitamix | 4 Easy Recipes

juice with vitamix

Can you really juice with Vitamix?

You sure can.

I hope you guys enjoy these 4 juicing favorites of mine. If you don’t have the time to prep lots of veggies throughout the week, juicing is a great way to compensate! Just takes about 1.5 hours for all four, that can be knocked out on a lazy Sunday for the upcoming week. I would not be juicing if I couldn’t juice with Vitamix, I love that machine and it makes it easy for a juicing-newbie like myself. I bought mine refurbished from their website and it works good as new 🙂

Check out their refurbished models here

I did 4 different recipes:

  • 1/2 beet, 1/2 cup grapes, kale, 4 carrots, 1 thumb ginger, 1 apple (not green), coconut water
  • 1/2 beet, 2 stalks celery, 1/2 cup grapes, lemon, lime, 1 thumb ginger, 1 apple (not green), coconut water
  • Carrots (6), 2 apples (not green), ginger, 1 orange, 1/2 pineapple, lemon, lime
  • 2 cucumbers, 1 cup spinach, 1 1/2 cup kale (not chopped), 1/2 pineapple, 1 thumb ginger. 2 apples, lemon, lime

The key is to add the toughest items first (at the bottom) you’ll also want to have about 3/4 liquid in the blender, whether that’s water or coconut water or a mixture of both is up to you. Blend on low for a few seconds and then crank up to the highest setting. Once everything is smooth strain until desired texture. I strain mine at least four times. Carrot juice will have a lot more excess pulp than the other recipes. I like to strain my juices until the consistency is silky smooth. This takes about 3-4 passes depending on the ingredients.

As far Vitamix waste vs. juicer waster, I will say that you can repurpose both. Since the Vitamix waste is liquid, then you can freeze the excess and save for a smoothie or smoothie bowl for later. The juicer waste, or pulp, can be used to make muffins, crackers, bread, and much more. As far as deciding which investment to make, it all depends on your preference and how much time you have to prep.

These recipes make approx 32 oz of juice post-straining and will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days.

Learn how to juice with Vitamix here:

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Healthy Summer Drink Recipes


Healthy Summer Drink Recipes

healthy summer drink recipes

Whether it actually is summer or you just want a taste of something sweet and cold, these healthy summer drink recipes will transport you to instant vacay mode. My watermelon lemonade, berry lemonade, strawberry lemonade and cucumber melonade recipes are a great alternative to sugary drinks at your local grocery store.

Recipes are listed below!

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Berry Lemonade with Coconut Water

Course Beverages, Drinks, Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 24 oz coconut water
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 8 lemons

Instructions

  1. Juice lemons.

  2. Place 3/4 cup berries in a blender, cover the berries with approx 12 oz coconut water, add 2 tbsp maple syrup and blend until smooth.

  3. In a pitcher, mix berry puree, lemon juice, 2 tbsp maple syrup, and the rest of the coconut water. Stir.

  4. Garnish with a blackberry and a lemon slice.

Recipe Notes

  • The amount of coconut to use will depend on the size of the pitcher you choose. 
  • The blueberry mixture will settle while in the fridge so you may have to blend it again on a very low setting before the next serving. 

healthy summer drink recipes

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Watermelon Lemonade

Course Beverages, Drinks, Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 mini watermelon
  • 4 lemons (approx 1/2 cup lemon juice)
  • 2 tbsp coconut nectar

Instructions

  1. Juice 4 lemons and set aside.

  2. Cut watermelon in half and dig out flesh from the rind. Blend watermelon and approx 1/2 cup water until smooth. Strain watermelon juice if desired. I strained this mixture twice.

  3. Combine juices into a pitcher. Stir and taste. Add 2 tbsp coconut nectar or other sweetener if desired.

  4. Garnish with lemon and watermelon slice. 

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Strawberry Lemonade

Course Beverages, Drinks, Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 lemons
  • 1 pack strawberries
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 tbsp coconut nectar (or natural sweetener of choice)
  • mint for garnish
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries for pitcher (optional)

Instructions

  1. Juice 8 lemons, strain (if desired), and set aside. 

  2. Blend strawberries, 1 tbsp coconut nectar, and 1 cup water until smooth. 

  3. Combine juices in a pitcher, add 3/4 cup water and stir. 

  4. Garnish with strawberry and mint leaves. Can add the optional 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries to the pitcher for added flavor. 

healthy summer drink recipes

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Cucumber Melon Juice

Course Beverages, Drinks, Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cucumbers
  • 1 honeydew melon
  • cantaloupe for garnish

Instructions

  1. Peel cucumbers, slice and blend with about 1 cup water. Strain. 

  2. Blend honeydew melon and about 1/4 cup water. 

  3. Combine juices and stir. Garnish with a slice of cantaloupe.

healthy summer drink recipes

Ok, so they were all delicious but my favorite is a tie between the cucumber melon juice and the watermelon lemonade. These recipes work best in the summer times when the fruits used are at peak season. Let me know which of these were our favorites!

Watch how I made these healthy summer drink recipes here:

If you’re looking to purchase those cute Ball jar mugs, they can be purchased in-store at Target or here.

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Vegan Breakfast Ideas

easy vegan breakfast ideas

Sometimes as a vegan, going out to eat breakfast at restaurants usually means that you are picking random foods from the a la carte menu and hoping for the best. It means having to ask if the hashbrowns are cooked in butter and praying that somehow their waffle batter is vegan (spoiler alert: it never is). Needless to say, of all the meals, easy vegan breakfast ideas can be very challenging.

Before you went vegan or before you were vegan curious, breakfast was synonymous with eggs (chicken periods), bacon (fatty pieces of pig), milk and cereal (pus filled milk over colorful GMO sugar shapes) and pancakes. Thankfully there are vegan alternatives to all of these breakfast ‘staples’ AND the can be made in the comfort of your own home…in your pajamas…or in your birthday suit 🙂

Below you will find some vegan twists on non-vegan breakfast classics as well as some new and simple breakfast ideas (i.e. a big, beautiful plate of fruits). There’s also a video at the end for those who are more visual. Let me know in the comments if you try any of these recipes or drop some of your favorite vegan breakfasts below. Enjoy!

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Macaroni 5 Ways

When someone thinks of vegan food, many times they think of all the things vegan food ‘lacks’ or doesn’t have. People ask me all the time “How do I live without cheese?” or “Don’t you miss cheese?”

When I first went vegan four years ago, I was the noobiest of the noobs. I think I ate rice and soy sauce for multiple meals throughout the day and I considered hummus a vegetable. I definitely never though I’d be eating things like cheeseburgers, macaroni, and pizza ever again until I realized that there was a whole world out there, a vegan community, that was cooking up some of the most creative recipes I had ever seen. Fast forward to now, and the vegan food industry is white hot. There have been so many innovations in meat and dairy alternative in the past year or two alone that should be reassuring to any future vegan that the possibilities are indeed endless.

And the best part? Vegan food will just keep getting better and BETTER.

With that being said, below you will find 5 completely vegan, completely healthy, and completely delicious mac and cheese recipes that will make a believer out of the staunchest cheese fanatic you know.

Hope you enjoy!

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