Green Juicing Recipe, Dirty Dozen & Clean 15


If you follow me on twitter, then you know I’m a green-juicing-junkie. I don’t just “think” it works to banish cravings, alkalinize, energize, detoxify and infuse my cells with a mega-dose of nutrients, I know so! It literally changed my body and my skin – Dr. Oz is a fan of juicing too. If you saw his article in TIME magazine last week, it is one of the health tips he recommends. I have gladly converted many of my clients to fanatical juicers too and they have all experienced incredible benefits.

Proof in the puff: Here’s the thing…When I look back at photos of me from years ago, I was “puffy” in the face but yet, not a pound difference weight-wise. I was puffy from inflammation (ie. eating too much sugar) and green juice is very cooling to the body.

Now you might think that juicing is only for the Spring/Summer because of it’s cooling effect on the body, but adding some warming ingredients such as ginger, beets, carrots, cinnamon, cayenne and garlic make it totally doable all year round. Here’s the recipe I had yesterday:

  • 4 stalks of organic celery
  • 1 whole cucumber (it was small)
  • Chunk of ginger (about 2 thumb-sizes)
  • 1 whole organic lemon (I juiced the whole thing, including the peel which is why I bought organic)
  • Half an organic apple

Please keep in mind some important points about juicing:

1. Juicing DOES NOT REPLACE EATING FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. Why did I ALL CAPS and BOLD that statement? Because many automatically assume it means they don’t have to actually eat their veggies. Forget that! You’ve gotta eat those veggies for all their detoxifying fibre.

2. Do not juice all fruits please! Far too high in the glycemic index sending your blood sugar on a rollercoaster. 80% vegetables and 20% fruits is the rule of thumb for juicing.

3. Juicing is NOT for everyone. If you are on a tight budget, then keep your juicing for when you are having a high stress week, or if you feel like you are coming down with a cold. Use your juices therapeutically.

4. Aim to purchase organic for the items on the dirty dozen list, mentioned in the video below. I did not use organic cucumbers or ginger.

5. It does not replace a meal. This is what you drink on the days you don’t drink lemon and water.

By the way, I was on Global TV’s new Morning Show today and if you missed it, please check out the link because we talk about the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 which I’ve outlined below. I had so much fun, I hope they have me back!

Joy McCarthy

Joy McCarthy is the vibrant Holistic Nutritionist behind Joyous Health. Author of JOYOUS HEALTH: Eat & Live Well without Dieting, professional speaker, nutrition expert on Global’s Morning Show, Faculty Member at Institute of Holistic Nutrition and co-creator of Eat Well Feel Well. Read more...


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  • If you make your drink with a VitaMix, you get the fiber with the drink! Why throw away the fiber?

    • I do both… juice extractions to get a mega-watt dose of nutrition (minerals, vitamins and enzymes) and then smoothies or eating whole veggies separately because you can’t possibly eat the amount you would juice. Juicing is therapeutic, NOT a replacement for eating vegetables. I either keep the pulp and make something with it, or compost it in my mom’s organic garden.

  • I started juicing a few months back for my husband and I every morning, we are now totally addicted to juicing and I have to admit that I have always had a sweet tooth and love a good chocolate or biscuit. Since the juicing (and as it goes along) I have stopped having sweet cravings around 4 0 clock in the afternoon. I feel fabulous and am glad I have seen the light (so to speak).

    • Thanks for sharing Peta! I am glad to hear this and not at all surprised because this is the benefit I hear so many people telling me. :)

    • You can also freeze the carrot pulp for a Carrot Cake like protein smoothie! Almond milk, vanilla protein power, banana, almond butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, pecans, ice and some flax seed…de-lish!

  • Hi Joy! I discovered your blog via one of my friends at work…We have so much in common as far as how we think about food and nutrition! Thanks for everything you do and share! I am going on a Juice Fast with my husband starting tomorrow for 3 days – any tips or recommendations?

    • Hi bella! You are a brave woman – I don’t do juice fasts only because I like to eat far too much ;) However (and you probably already know this), I tend to keep my juices low on the fruits so as to not spike blood sugar. Let me know how it goes! I think it’s totally safe for you to do because you are already very healthy, but I don’t reco it for the average person because it can be too detoxifying, esp if all the channels of elimination are not properly open. Good luck – you will feel amazing!

  • found your site via ‘’ which sent me here for your ‘dirty dozen’ and ‘clean fifteen.’ really wonderful info & greatly appreciate, as i’m new 2 juicing & need all the encouragement and help I can get! thank you so much for this!