A lot of moms want to know how it’s possible to get the recommended daily allowance of fruits and veggies into their families diet… Well, here is a recipe and ‘how to’ video for one of my favorite ways.
Ok, so there’s no dirt actually involved in the process – but since the end result is pure, unfiltered juice, my family has dubbed this recipe ‘Dirty Juice’. Some might say this is an ‘acquired taste’, but after a while, you’ll be craving the healthy burst of energy you’ll have after drinking 8 oz of this yummy nectar! My son has been raised on this juice and has never had the ‘store bought’ kind. He loves it, and so does my husband – who used to be a real ‘meat and potatoes’ kind of guy.
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Here is the ingredient list… or if you have the Living Cookbook software, you can download the free .fdx recipe file and import it:
Living Cookbook .fdx Recipe File:
Dirty Juice (To Download: Right mouse click on the recipe and select ‘save file as’ – Save to your computer and then you can import it into your Living Cookbook program.
Dirty Juice Recipe:
2 whole Red Apples (skin on – cut into half – core removed)
6 berries Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
1 whole Banana (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup Pineapple (fresh or frozen)
2/3 cup Red Grapes (fresh or frozen)
1 cup Carrots (approx. 1 large carrot)
1 cup Spinach
5 Leaves Kale
1/2 cup Cabbage (red and/or green)
3/4 head Beets (outer skin removed)
1/2 cup Broccoli (approx. 4-5 small heads)
1/4 cup Frozen Grape Juice Concentrate (Natural, no sugar) or 2-3 Pitted Dates
3 tbs Lemon Juice Concentrate (or use 2 thin slices of fresh lemon)
1 1/2 cup Water
14 cubes Ice cubes
- Feel free to experiment with ingredients. Just be sure to keep a good balance between fruits and veggies – otherwise you’re juice will be too sweet or too ‘earthy’. Don’t forget to wash all fresh ingredients thoroughly before using.
- In Vita-Mix, combine all ingredients (except Ice Cubes) and mix on High for approximately 1 minute (until well processed) using tamper to thoroughly mix. Stop Vita-Mix and add Ice Cubes, then blend again on high for approx. 20-30 seconds.
- Store in air-tight container (preferably glass) in fridge for 2-3 days.
- Variation for popsicles: If making popsicles, blend in ice cubes until mixture is slushy – then pour into molds and freeze. Kids love these pops and they don’t even know how good they are for them!
Yield: Approx. 80 Ounces
If you don’t like the thickness, feel free to dilute the juice with more water… Or, you can always strain the juice in a nut-milk bag or through several layers of cheese cloth.
Feel free to send me any questions or comments you may have! :-)