Best Juicing Recipes for Weight Loss (Here are 10 of them)

Last updated on November 2nd, 2018 by Garrick Dee

Losing weight is tough, KEEPING it off is tougher.

You can try to starve yourself and only drink lemon, water and maple syrup sprinkled with some cinnamon for a week but will-power alone will only take you so far.

Juice Recipes For Weight Loss

Why not try a better alternative?

Try something that will nourish your body with vitamins, minerals and live enzymes.

No I’m not talking about “fresh” orange juice that you buy off the shelf from Costco, I’m talking about drinking fresh juice extracted from a juicer.

Yes when done correctly, you can use juicing for weigh loss. I’ll also share some practical and actionable tips for you to maximize the benefits of juicing so that you could shed excess weight safely without losing muscle mass and keep it off.

Juicing is one of the best ways in getting nutrients into your body minus the fiber.

Without the fiber to slow down nutrient absorption, everything goes direct to the bloodstream.

And this is what sets it apart from smoothies.

If you’re in a hurry and want to see the recipes, click here.

It also allows you to consume different types of fruits and vegetables raw that will help you lose weight such as avocado, cucumber, pear, grapefruit, beet, cucumber, celery, etc.

Heat from cooking actually reduces the nutritional content in most vegetables so eating or in this case drinking them raw allows the body to absorb more enzymes, nutrients, chlorophyll and antioxidants.

All these are essential for being healthy and to help our bodies flush out toxins, reduce inflammation, replenish damaged and fight diseases.

Juicing for weight loss, is it really possible?

There are a lot of success stories about people winning their battle against the obesity through juicing.

Probably the most famous is Joe Cross who made the documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.

There are other notables as well – Neil Martin is another inspiring story that should encourage should encourage you to start living a healthier lifestyle right now. Poor lifestyle choices and eating habits almost cost him his life.

How does it help you lose unwanted pounds?

Two ways actually, first way is a bit extreme which is doing a juice fast where you will consume nothing but juice for a period of time. In Joe Cross’ case he did it for 60 days which resulted to him losing 100 pounds.

This method requires a lot of discipline and preparation before and after the fast. Failure in doing so may lead to lethal consequences.

Another way is incorporating juice as a part of your lifestyle, similar to what Neil Martin did.

What Neil did was simple. He stopped eating unhealthy and processed foods and replaced it with more fruits and vegetables. Juicing was a big part of that transformation.

He actually lost weight before he started exercising and had lost a total of around 75 pounds in 12 months.

What you eat plays a huge role in your weight. Neil Martin said that “you cannot outrun your fork” which I found true because no matter how much you exercise, if you eat a diet rich in carbohydrates and a lot of junk food you’ll have a hard time shedding pounds.

How can you safely lose weight without losing muscle mass?

First let me get this out of the way. Having the right BMI (body mass index) equates to a healthy body.

In fact, this is a better indicator than body weight because it helps you know how much body fat you have.

So rather than putting in a lot of fruit in your recipes, make sure to use mostly vegetables and only use fruit as a sweetener because fruits are high in fructose.

Though it’s better than synthetic fructose, fructose is like empty calories. It isn’t a usable resource like glucose is.

And without any fiber to slow down fructose absorption, it goes directly to the blood stream.

Since the body’s cells in the body don’t utilize fructose guess what happens to it? It becomes stored fat – fatty acids and bad cholesterol. This equates to weight gain.

Add some protein and (healthy) fat

This is a concept that I wasn’t familiar with until I read Drew Canole’s post here.

I used to think that protein powders are nasty tasting but on the contrary, there are brands that make great tasting protein powders that when combined with the right vegetables will give you a filling and nutrition rich drink that will also supply the body with the protein that your muscles feed on.

Chia seeds are another rich source of protein that you can add to your juice not only for the nutritional benefits but also for a contrasting texture. This is one of the main staples of a lot of smoothie recipes so why not add them to juices.

An ounce of chia seeds (approximately two tablespoons) contains 4 grams of protein. It is also a rich source of antioxidants, Omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.

The best part of chia seeds is it has only 137 calories per ounce and 12 grams of carbohydrates.

And out of that 12, 10.6 grams is dietary fiber that isn’t digested.

When you do the math, the true carb content is only 2 grams which is pretty low.

The fiber content makes chia seeds in itself filling and it has another side benefit – it feeds good bacteria to your gut and keeps it healthy.

An alternative to chia seeds would be flaxseeds. This is also a rich source of Omega 3 acids and protein.

If you’ve decided to add this, buy something grounded so it’s easier to use.

How to Juice?

The first thing you’ll need is the right tool which is a juicer.

Before buying one, read this article where I explain in detail the different types, the pros and cons and how it will fit your needs.

While you can still make juice using a blender, the process will take longer and it is a bit messy.

If you’re just starting out and you want to see if juicing is right for you then by all means use a blender but if you’re serious about this, please do invest in a quality extractor.

Now before you tell me that these machines are expensive, hear me out.

If you look hard enough, you’ll find that there are certain brands that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

Recommended Juicers

Great for busy people who want a fast juicer that will extract juice from fruits and vegetables in under a minute.The best budget slow juicer in our book. It will perform at par even with more expensive brands like Omega or Kuvings at a third of the cost.If you plan to juice a lot of leafy greens then hands down, this extractor should be your number one choice.

The Recipes

Mean Green Toxin Flusher

KaleThis green juice helps system flush away toxins because cucumber is a diuretic that stimulates your liver and kidneys to flush away excess liquid. Parsley helps with the intestine’s digestion.

Both kale and parsley are rich sources of vitamin A, B, C and K so drinking this daily not only helps with weight loss but also boosts the immune system.

Cucumber and apple make a great base for a lot of juice recipes. The Fuji apple adds sweetness and cucumber has a lot of water content that dilutes the strong flavor of Kale.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 kale leaves
  • A small handful of parsley
  • Half a lemon (not peeled)
  • 1 medium sized cucumber
  • 1 medium sized Fuji apple

How to prepare

For people using a centrifugal juicer (use a wide mouth for this), stack up the 3 leaves of kale on top of one another then put the parsley over it.

Roll it tightly as you’d roll a lentil.

Chop the cucumber in half then place the first half inside the juicer then juice part of it, not the whole thing.

Then add the rolled parsley and kale and the other half of then turn on the juicer.

This technique allows you to maximize the amount of juice extracted from the leafy greens.

Juice the apple and lemon afterwards. Lightly stir and drink.

Food fact: Cucumber is 96% water which makes it an ideal base ingredient in any juice recipe and it only contains a miniscule 0.9% sugar and virtually zero fat so you don’t have to worry about gaining any weight.

Mauricio Prinzlau from BestJuicer.net tries this recipe

Spicy Green Juice

SpinachI’ll be honest here, I called this green not because it uses a lot of green leafy veggies but the output will be green. In fact, the only green vegetable in this recipe is spinach and you can put lots of it, depending on your taste buds.

Many experts say that spinach is one of the most nutritious leafy greens out there, if not the most nutritious.

A cup of it has 171mg of potassium, 30mg of calcium, 145mcg of vitamin K and 2813 IUs of vitamin A. I didn’t include the calorie content because we’re juicing this so you’re taking fiber out of the picture.

Ginger adds a touch of spiciness to this drink, if you don’t like this flavor disregard it but it does a great job masking the strong flavor of spinach (trust me you’ll like this with ginger than without).

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sized green apple
  • 2 to 3 handfuls of spinach (more if you’re brave or used to the flavor)
  • Half a lemon (not peeled)
  • Ginger root (one to two inches long, peeled)

How to prepare

Just in case you are using a vertical slow juicer and you’re using spinach with the stems still intact try to chop them into smaller chunks (1” or so) so it does not clog.

For traditional extractors just roll the spinach up in a ball then sandwich it in between the two halves of the apple.

Juice the ginger and lemon afterwards.

Food fact: Ancient Chinese use ginger to fight a variety of ailments such as stomach aches and can improve blood circulation.

The Green Diuretic

CeleryI’ve already mentioned that cucumber is a diuretic which flushes out excess water.

Celery is another diuretic that helps in fighting inflammation as well as high blood pressure.

Spinach and green apple completes the green quartet in this recipe.

Spinach as I’ve said is a rich source of vitamins and antioxidants that help your body’s immune system to fight free radicals.

Carrot and apple is added to the mix for sweetness and to mask the bitterness of celery.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cucumber
  • 2 to 3 stalks of celery with the leaves if possible
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 green apple
  • A couple handfuls of spinach

How to prepare

Start by juicing the green apple followed by a handful of spinach, cucumber, celery then carrot. If you are using slow juicer remember to alternate the ingredients you feed in to maximize the yield.

Drink it as soon as possible

Don’t forget to chop the celery into smaller chunks if you are using a vertical juicer.

Food Fact: Lemon when combined with water makes a very healthy drink in the morning, in fact it has 29 benefits that you may not be aware of.

The Cholesterol Fighter

Swiss ChardLike spinach Swiss chard is a rich source of phytonutrient goodness that help lower bad cholesterol, fight free radicals and improve bone health.

It is also a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants that improve the immune system.

In short this drink not only helps you lose weight because it has a low sugar and calorie content.

You can skip the orange if you think that’s too much sugar.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 Swiss chard leaves
  • 1 large cucumber
  • a medium sized romaine lettuce head
  • 1 medium sized Fuji apple
  • one ginger
  • 1 navel orange (optional – for added flavor)

How to prepare

Swiss chard leaves are huge but are easy to juice because you can just roll them up.

There is no need to chop them if you are using a centrifugal or horizontal auger juice extractor but on a vertical type like a Hurom H-100 you need to chop them into smaller pieces so it does not clog.

Start by juicing the Swiss chard leaves, ginger, orange, Fuji apple then romaine lettuce.

There is no need to peel the apple. If you are using non organic apple make sure to wash it well to get rid of the pesticide residue.

Make sure to peel the orange because the peel is very bitter but make sure to leave the pity part on.

Food fact: That unlike spinach and Swiss chard, romaine lettuce has low oxalate content which makes this a great alternative for people who suffer from Urolithiasis or urinary tract stones.

Bitter Fruity Goodness

Grape fruitIf you think that all fruits have high fructose content, thing again. The fruits included in this recipe have low fructose content.

Pink grapefruit – 1.2 grams / 100 grams

Lime – n/a (in other words very low)

Pure unsweetened cranberry juice – (9 grams of sugar per 8 ounce cup)

Grapefruit is widely used in a lot of weight loss programs and has been known to also lower insulin another fat causing hormone which means more pound shedding.

Combine all three and you’ll get a very bitter drink that is best taken before every meal – this will suppress your appetite and help you eat less. The ginger is optional if you want some spiciness to contrast the bitter flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 grapefruits (make sure that it is the pink variety, white ones are a no-no in this recipe)
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup pure cranberry (for the best results)
  • 2” chunk of ginger (optional)
  • 1 medium cucumber (optional – to dilute and increase yield)

How to prepare

Juice the grapefruit and lime in a citrus juicer.

Run the small chunk of ginger in a juicer, you can include half a cucumber to dilute this drink further if it is too bitter for you.

You can also add a fruit in there like apple for a little sweetness.

Food Fact: In one study people who ate half a grapefruit before every meal lost more weight in a 12 week period compared to the people who did not. [source]

Green Juice and Smoothie Combo

AvocadoI called this the green juice and smoothie combo because I combined juice with the avocado smoothie since you can’t juice an avocado.

This drinking would be best taken in the morning prior to breakfast because it is filling and nutritious.

It is filling because you are basically one whole avocado with this drink which will help you quell hunger pangs until lunch time.

Pineapple which has relatively high fructose content (4.8 grams per 100grams) is mainly used as a sweetener to make this drink more palatable. You can add less if you feel that half a pineapple is too much.

Avocado and pear have very low fructose content so you don’t have to worry about these two fruits adding unwanted pounds.

Ingredients

  • Half a medium sized pineapple (without the skin)
  • 1 pear
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • One large cucumber
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 avocado

How to prepare

Make sure to peel the pineapple then chop it into quarters. It is okay to include the core.

Juice the pineapple, pear, spinach, celery and cucumber in a juicer then set aside.

Cut the avocado in half, take out the pit and scoop out the meaty part and place inside a blender.

Pulse until the texture is smooth then add the juice that you’ve set aside earlier then blend.

Drink immediately afterwards.

Food Fact: Even though avocado contains a lot of fat, it’s healthy fat. But it may affect your cholesterol levels negatively if you eat too much. It contains Oleic acid, a health monounsaturated fat that quells appetite.

Red Protein Juice

I didn’t know that you could actually add protein powder to fresh vegetable juice. I got this idea from Drew Canole of Fitlife.tv.

The recipe is simple. It includes two beets, a medium cucumber and protein powder.

Here’s how he did it.

To be specific he used Sun Warrior chocolate protein powder which tasted great with beet and cucumber.

Ingredients

  • 1 small or medium sized beet
  • 1 medium sized cucumber
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of sun warrior protein powder

How to prepare

Juice the beet and cucumber in a juicer

Pour the juice inside a blender (in the video Drew used a Nutribullet) then blend.

Drink immediately.

Food Fact: Ancient Romans use beet as an aphrodisiac because it contains baron, a mineral that stimulates our body to produce sex hormones.

Green Chia

Chia seedsThis drink has a nice combination of nutrients and protein in it.

Collard greens aren’t as popular as spinach or kale but in terms of nutritional value we should not neglect it.

World’s healthiest foods say that collard greens help with in a lot of ways.

It is rich in antioxidants so it will help boost our immune system.

It is a rich source phytonutrients that help with our body’s detoxification.

Another benefit would be the high vitamin K and omega-3 content. Both have anti-inflammatory properties.

Lastly, these leafy greens help improve cardiovascular health and prevent heart ailments.

The protein part of the equation comes from the chia seeds.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 collard greens
  • 1 medium sized cucumber
  • Half a lime
  • 1 to 2 Fuji apples
  • one romaine lettuce head
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

How to prepare

Run all the ingredients through a juicer. Only add chia seeds after extracting juice.

Enjoy this drink.

Food Fact: Per 100 grams chia seeds contains 12 grams of carbohydrates. Out of the 12 grams, 11 grams is fiber. Adding this to any juice recipe will give you fiber that you won’t get.

Red Cabbage Flax

Red CabbageRed cabbage is a rich source of vitamin A, C, K and folate plus it is very low in sugar which makes this a drink not only good for your health but will also help in weight loss because of the low sugar content.

Unlike leafy greens that have a strong flavor that can make you gag and vomit, red cabbage has more of a bitter and peppery flavor.

Flaxseed was added for protein and fiber.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium red cabbage
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • Half a lemon (unpeeled)
  • 1 tablespoon grinded flaxseed
  • 1 medium green apple

How to prepare

Chop the red cabbage into quarters to fit in the feed chute.

Follow with the cucumber and lemon.

Add the flaxseed after pouring the drink into a cup.

Stir and enjoy.

Food Fact: Flaxseed is rich in Omega-3, lignans and fiber so consuming it daily can help lower LDL or bad cholesterol. This is based on a study done on women who ate 4 tablespoons of ground flaxseed for a year. [source]

Best (and Safe) Way to Lose Weight Through Juicing? The How-to Principles

Juicing is not a miracle drink that will burn off fat by itself. You’ll have to do your part.

The most important thing is watching what you eat. What I mean is closely monitor your carbohydrate and sugar intake.

Cut down on eating rice, bread (yes even wheat bread), chocolate, soda, bottled or canned juice and fried foods.

Then increase your intake of healthy foods like vegetable, fruit, steamed chicken or fish, oats and of course the recipes you see here.

Start your day right with a glass of warm lemon water then eat a hearty and healthy breakfast.

Try to avoid stuff like cheerios or granola bars because it contains lots of sugar.

This is important – don’t forget to exercise regularly at least 3 times a week for 15 to 30 minutes per session. Depending on your physical condition you’ll have to choose the right exercise that will fit your fitness level.

Lastly, you should have the right motivation to lose weight because without it, it will not be sustainable. I can give you all the how to principles but if you don’t have that inner drive and desire to better your health and not just focus on the scale.

If you have a weight loss juicing recipe you want to share, just post it in the comments section below.

These recipes is shared on: Gluten free Fridays 127

33 thoughts on “Best Juicing Recipes for Weight Loss (Here are 10 of them)”

  1. Hi Garrick,

    as usual a great and in-depth article about juicing for weight loss. I love some of the recipes in your list. I’ve just started to experiment with juicing + adding protein powder to the mix as this helps with my weight lifting regimen.

    If you could pick only one of the above juices which would it be?

    Btw, love the look of your new site. Keep it up!

    -Mauricio

  2. Thank you for the kind words Mauricio.

    In terms of flavor, I’d go with the mean green toxin flusher, not too sweet and too strong, balance is just right. I’d rather not add the apple but I still not really used to the strong flavor of the greens in this recipe so I’d still add a piece.

  3. Haha, yeah, I also like to “cheat” sometimes with my green juices adding a bit sweetness with an apple or pineapple :)

    Will try the mean green toxin flusher and will let you know how it goes.

    -Mauricio

  4. Great post Garrick! I haven’t tried juicing but am interested in getting started. This post seems like a great tool to get going =)
    Which brands of protein powder have you tried and liked? I’m still on the lookout for a decent-tasting one. I used to like Vega, but not since they changed the formula a couple of years ago.

  5. Hey Garrick,

    I like the idea of rolling the parsely in the kale. I am looking into getting a better juicer as we are juicing more than we thought.

    Along my juicing adventures, I found that adding lemon or lime to a drink helps with the flavor quite a bit.

  6. Hi Garrick, thanks for the well thought out article! Do you know if it is OK for people with low blood count/low blood pressure to start their day with lemon water? Also this might be an issue for those with gastro-intestinal issues as well (like hyperacidity). Your thoughts?

    That being said, I like the juicing recipes! Some of them I’ve only heard for the first time, and will surely try some of them when I get the chance.

    Also, if you don’t mind, I’d like to use your article as a reference for my next blog post? I’ll mention you in my blog post and give you appropriate credit. Hope that’s fine.

    Looking forward to your future posts!

    -Verniel
    Premiere Health Blog

  7. Thank you for recipes. I just wanted to let u know about the juicer i use. I bought a ninja online and no longer have any vegetable waste. It juices the entire veggis and and fruit. I absolutely love it. Its also 1500 watts.
    I hope to lose 50 lbs and get my body healthy again. Just wanted to share my juicer with u being as i gor great tasting juice fecipes from u.

  8. I have struggled with my weight all my life. At 29, I’ve had 3 kids and my weight rose to 250 lbs.!! I watched 2 documentaries one day while on Netflix…Fat, Sick And Nearly Dead and Vegucated. That’s all it took. I immediately bought a juicer and went vegan. Within 1 month, I dropped 30 pounds and in 1 year, I lost a total of 90 pounds! It sounds cliche but the fat literally melted off!!! I always stuck to the same recipe. 2 apples, 1 orange, 2 large carrots, 4 kale leaves and 2 large handfuls of spinach. As for my vegan diet,it was hard and more expensive but well worth it. I could almost guarantee that this would help anyone get on the right track with their weight, especially if they normally consume a lot of junk like fried food,sweets and soda. When we go back to how our bodies are meant to be fed, we naturally shrink to the size we are meant to be. I’m not saying we are meant to be vegan, because that was just a life decision for myself, but moderation in some areas and excluding other things, such as soda is a must!!

    1. Wow Carrie that’s great! keep it up. The hardest part of any weight loss journey is actually keeping it off but once you’ve built momentum you have to sustain it. My suggestion would be not stacking any junk food at home, trust me if you have it in there you will eat it and always keep your body hydrated. Sometimes hunger pangs is caused by dehydration.

    2. WOW!! and congratulations to you Carrie! O want to lose weight too and find myself once more. When I look in the mirror I don’t see me but someone else and I want to see me again. I was happier than too so need to find that happiness once again but quicker. I wanted to ask how many times a day did you take this drink and if you did anything else to help with your weight loss. Did you skip meals and so on? I would appreciate any help and answers. Thank you and again, congratulations on your weight loss success.

  9. Hello Garrick,

    Of all the info I have seen on the net about juicing, I find this article to be most comprehensive and realistic. I want to try juicing for 21 days ( I Have done 10 in the past on juice only) with one meal at lunch. I have so much weight to loose, I am hoping this will jump start my weight loss journey which I can later maintain with a healthy life style. what foods can i consider as lunch options in order to loose faster? I have back and knee pain problems so my work out capacity is currently limited. I am 36 yrs, 1.76 meters tall weighing 115 kg( i was 120 before the last juice fast.

    I welcome advice and tips from other members as well :) thanks.

  10. Hello Garrick,

    I don’t know if this is possible, if you have it or not, BUT is there any way that you could put this into a PDF form and send it to me? I would really like to follow this juice plan for a solid 30 days.

  11. Hey! so I want to do a juice fast really badly to kickstart my weight loss journey. I am very overweight and want to know…. Should I be following some type of guidelines or can I just pick those recipes on your big and go for it….. How many juices can I have in a day? Should I look up more recipes?? Just wanted a bit of advice! Thx

    1. Stephy, juice alone will only go so far. You need to change your diet and exercise and take out excess sugar and oil foods from your diet. It’s hard but with discipline it is possible.

  12. Hi Garrick,

    tnx for these wonderful recipies, I just started juicing 3 weeks ago with hurom and I loved It, I m trying to toolse weight with it but I don’t know how manytimes should I drink the juices per day ? 3 times before each meal? which type of juices to drink before each meal?

    thank you for your help

  13. Hello I have a great one. You probably already have it.

    1/2 a bag of spinach (3handfuls)
    1large handful of kale
    1/4 pineapple
    2fiji apples small size
    Chia seeds mixed in at the end with vigorous stir
    It’s delicious

    Looking for any other delicious recipes to aid in weightloss.

  14. I like juicing tomatoes, carrots, spinach and a jalapeño, add a dash of salt and pepper and it’s almost like a bloody mary.

  15. This link is very helpful to me. The combination of fruits and vegetables are tasteful & encouraging. My exercise regime is walking 3 miles 3 times a week. Spinning 2 times a week. My plan is to loose 30 lbs. I will be reading this website for continuous encouragement & chats.
    Thank you.

  16. I want to lose some weight, but I’m having trouble with it. I didn’t know that there were drinks you could have to help you lose weight! I’ll have to see if I can make or buy some.

  17. Hi
    Great article and has really inspired me to start juicing to up my intact of raw veg. I have so far lost 4 stone but just struggling for the last few pounds, I’m hoping juicing will help with that

  18. Great article!!! I am looking at having surgury in the next few months. I am also in need of wt loss. Can you please tell me what us the best juice recipee for not only the wt loss but skin healing? I am hoping juicing can also lesson the scaring.

  19. This information is very interesting. Juices are important because it is possible to create a lot of recipes. The bad think is that it is needed to drink them in a short period of time, if not, juices losses their vitamns. Here some information about juices: http://tiny.cc/juices

  20. Thanks for sharing your healthy juice recipes for weight loss with us. Usually when I wake up in the morning I drink green tea. But I found your tips amazing. I definitely include your tips in my diet plan. Keep sharing like this.

  21. Just a couple suggestions for “alternative” powdered protein…I use powdered egg whites for cold drinks (juices and smoothies) and Collegen Peptides for warm smoothies. Both are flavorless and have a ton of protein. They dissolve completely, they do not change the texture of your drink.
    Personally,I cant digest Whey protein (and it stalls my weight loss). I dont like the side effects of Soy, and I hate the taste of pea, hemp or rice protein powders. There was a lot of trial and error before I found what worked for me.

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