If you haven’t started juicing yet then now is the time to begin! Not only are homemade juices tasty, but they are a healthy way to get a lot of wonderful nutrients into a quick, portable drink. You’ll enjoy drinking your juice almost as much as you’ll appreciate all of the amazing health benefits that come along with juicing! It’s important to remember that juicing shouldn’t take the place of an actual meal. While homemade juices are a great way to up your nutrient intake, you need the fiber, protein, and fat that come from other foods as well. Think of juicing as a way to supplement your diet and you’ll soon learn to love it!

For people who are just getting started learning how to juice there are only a few things you’ll need: a juicer and some fruits and vegetables. Two main kinds of juicers are readily available. These are the masticating and centrifugal juicers. If you go into a store and buy a juicer off the shelf it’s most likely going to be a centrifugal juicer. They’re a lot cheaper than their counterparts and will get the job done, although they don’t do a great job extracting juice, especially from leafy greens. So if you are looking to add juicing to your diet on a regular basis you will want to see about buying a masticating juicer.

These juices are superior to centrifugal juicers in most every way, but you need to be prepared to shell out a lot more money for them. No matter what kind of juicer you have, half of the fun is trying new recipes and seeing what vegetable combinations you like best. Here are some simple recipes that have been tested and found to be delicious! Using fruit as the only sweetener allows the taste of the juice to really shine through and keeps them really healthy!

1. Green Goddess

This is a great beginner juice. With just cucumbers, celery, pears, and green apples, most people can make this juice easily without having to pick up special ingredients. The high water content makes these veggies great for juicing and the apple makes the finished product sweet and a little tart. Juice 3 stalks of celery, a medium pear and apple and 1/2 large cucumber.

2. Tropi-Kale

This dark green juice will refresh you and revitalize you at the same time! With banana, pineapple, and kale, you’ll come to love leafy greens in juices. Juice together a peeled ripe banana, 4 kale leaves, and 1/4 fresh pineapple (cored and skin removed).

3. Ginger Zinger

Looking for something a little spicier? This juice is sure to satisfy! Carrots, apples and fresh ginger are all you need to whip up this refreshing drink. Again, the sweetness that apples will help make this juice delicious. Juice together 2 medium apples, 1/4 lemon (peel removed), 1/2 inch ginger, and 5 carrots.

4. Immune Booster

Got a cold? Juice together 2 oranges, 1/2 inch ginger, 1 medium apple, and 1/4  lemon (peel removed) to start feeling better fast. This combo will kick-start your immune system!

5. Antioxidant Blast

While you may balk at the idea of beets in your juice, the fruit will sweeten this drink nicely. Feel free to swap golden beets for the purple ones if you want! Juice together 1 cup blueberries, 1 cup hulled strawberries, and 2 medium beets.

6. Kale Kickstart

This is a great way to help get your day started with a full glass of nutrients! Juice together 1 ripe banana, 1 cup strawberries, 3 carrots, 1 orange (peeled), and 2 kale leaves.

7. Cucumber Cooler

This is a really refreshing, fruity juice. Juice together 1/4 lemon, 1/2 cucumber, 1/4 ripe cantaloupe, and 2 stalks of celery. The ripe cantaloupe tastes delicious in this drink, but if you want to pep it up, add some mint.

8. Not-So-Sour Apple

With just 5 kale leaves and 2 tart apples, this juice comes together quickly. You’ll love this fresh new take on apple juice!

You can enjoy these juices immediately after making them or let them chill in the refrigerator for an hour. Either way, they’re a wonderful way to enjoy tasty nutrients! Try one of these combos and then make any changes to make the recipes your own.