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Old 12-27-2007, 02:39 PM   #1
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Low carb juicing?

I got a juicer and would like to make some low carb drinks. Does anyone juice? If so, can you give me some tips on low carb combinations that don't taste like dirty gym socks? TIA
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Old 12-27-2007, 05:58 PM   #2
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Isn't lowcarb juice an oxymoron? When you juice you take out all the fiber and you are left with the fruit sugars. The fiber is what slows the digestion down and helps slow the insulin spike when you eat fruit-and still it is advised to eat fruit with a fat or protein to deal with the insulin spike situation further. Atkins Fruit Juice Carb Chart - Low Carb
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Well maybe cabbage juice. Or Brussel Sprout juice. But then you still have a bunch of carbs with no fiber not to mention that smelly old sock taste problem.... hummm I admit to being stumped.
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I occasionally make fresh tomato juice by putting tomatoes into the blender with a little salt and water... and then straining out the seeds with a seive. But I end up getting pretty much all of the pulp in there as well, which I think makes it healthier.

Perhaps some combo of tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, etc to make a V8 type drink?
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I was thinking more along the lines of veggies. I know celery, cucumber, parsley, red pepper and other greens are healthy and low carb but I was just wondering if anyone had a good combo or ratios that they've worked out.
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Juicing takes out all of the fiber you need on this way of eating. It is better just to eat them. You'll get more of the nutrients.
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What about lower carb melons?
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I understand about the fiber - really I do. But, I still would like to juice so I'm ok with losing some of the fiber. I'm not severely restricting carbs anyway, so a little veggie juice isn't going to hurt me. Isn't it South Beach that allows V8 juice? It is possible to have healthy veggie juices even without the fiber. Anyway, for those who are interested, if found a couple lower carb recipes in an earlier post:
The 3 C's (Carrot, Celery, Cabbage)
3-4 Carrots
1-2 Celery stalks
Small wedge cabbage

Do You Like Peppers?
1 Green Pepper
1 Red Pepper
3 Celery stalks
1/2 Cucumber
5 Lettuce leaves

Veggie 8
1/2 Tomato
1/4 Cucumber
1 Carrot
1 Celery stalk
1 Handful Spinach
1/2 Red Pepper
1/2 Cup Cabbage
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Where is Fawn? Well, Mexico, I know, but she could still get in here and sell her "green smoothie"

You might want to either search "green smoothie" "smoothie" or even Fawn's name and you should come up with something. She makes a smoothie with all kinds of veggies. She uses a blender, I believe, but I would think that a juicer would work as well.

I can not recommend this smoothie since I don't have enough guts to try it and I can't be talked into it either
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I actually plan to use my juicer to grind up carrots and celery and then add it back into the juice, except for the celery strings. It will mince them up much smaller than anything else I have.
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i think you just have to experiment w the various lc vegies and taste til you find the combos that suit you. taste is so individual.
cukes are the most bland so that is a good base. then celery.
instead of adding sweets fruits/vegies to make it more palatable, just add a dash of stevia.
if you want a little zing w/o the cabbage flavor, try radishes. also use up your broccoli stems, etc.
i find kale to be too bitter but you may not. watch out for the dinasaur variety....really strong.
just start w small amouts of the stronger vegies and go from there.
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Old 07-15-2009, 12:37 PM   #12
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I juice most weeks monday/wed/friday..i love it

cant say it is low carb because i was always taught to mix my veggies or fruit with either carrot or apple juice ( Juice man Jay )

for veggie juice my fave is apple/carrot/parsley/cellery/beet
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My good friend juices and she lost 25 lbs in 4 months by subsituting juice for a meal and snack and having an LC Lunch and Dinner. She mixes her juices with fruits and veggies. She has that Jack La Lane Juicer that takes everything into the juice...seeds, skin and all.
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I have been doing veggies and fruits in my blender and I make a concoction similar to Fawns green smoothie............

I have that for breakfast, mid-morning snack, eat a green salad with cheese for lunch and then more green smoothie for afternoon snack........

Eat protein and green veggie for supper and I am losing pretty good again.

Need to update my stats.

I asked for a juicer for my birthday next week.
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Juicing day 3

I make a liter of green juice with one cucumber, three stalks celery, 1/2pound carrots, 1/2 pound kale, one bunch parsely, a bit of ginger, 2 cups pineapple, 1/2 apple and 1/2 of a lime. I drink it over crushed ice throughout the day, as my breakfast and as a snack replacement. I chose the ingredients for their anti-inflammatory properties, and the apple and lime to make it more palatable. I feel fine, but am waiting to see what it does in terms of my weight.
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Low carb green juice

First, I use a slow masticating juicer. This means I do get a lot of fiber in my juice.


I just can't drink my green juice without a little sweetness yet, so here is what I make.

10 oz bag of spinach leaves
Large cucumber
3 long (7-8 inches with leaves if there are any) celery stalks
2 leaves of kale
1/2 cup chopped jicama (I cut it up because it is easier on my juicer)
Just a little lemon juice

If it is not sweet enough, I sometime juice a 1/4 cup fresh coconut shavings.
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:08 PM   #18
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For less than 100 dollars you can get a Nutribullet and it's a lot simpler on prep and cleanup than a "real" juicer. That's what I have. It's good for beginners especially if you don't know whether or not you'll stick with it.

I do NOT like the taste of ANY of the recipes I have made, but the one I keep coming back to, simply for health benefits mind you, is 2 handfuls of organic baby spinach, a SMALL handful of berries (like strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries), a tablespoon of flax seeds (or oil) and water to the fill line.

I've done broccoli and carrots. YUCK. The fiber makes the drink thick and yucky. I don't care for celery in juice form AT ALL. Asparagus is OK but not great.

I haven't tried any higher carb fruits like apples, oranges, or bananas. Tropical fruit blend from the freezer section tastes good, but once you put the spinach in, it kinda ruins it. And without the spinach, well, you might as well just make a smoothie and be done with it. Not much health benefit without the greens. I've also used baby kale in place of spinach and I can't tell much of a taste difference.

There's a TON of different fruits and vegetables you can try, so I say just explore the produce section and find what works for you. If you are concerned about carb counts, you can use less fruit and still come in at around 5 carbs or less per serving. I find it simpler and easier to drink my antioxidants and be done with it than to eat the foods whole, so that's why I do it.
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I have been using the nutribullet for breakfast for 4 months using kale and fruits and chia seeds.
I need to find fruits low in carbs and oxolates. I can't use kale now either b/c of intercisterial cystitis. I guess spinach will work. Any help you can give this newbie will be appreciated. Do you get a email alert when someone answers?
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I juice vegetables and add stevia and lemon instead of a lot of fruit for sweetness.
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Old 08-27-2013, 09:04 PM   #21
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I just joined today and have been doing a lot of research.
I have been using the nutribullet for breakfast for 4 months using kale and fruits and chia seeds.
I need to find fruits low in carbs and oxolates. I can't use kale now either b/c of intercisterial cystitis. I guess spinach will work. Any help you can give this newbie will be appreciated. Do you get a email alert when someone answers?
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I don't know if you actually need the fruit or not, but the Nutribullet booklet says a 50/50 mix of greens and fruit. I suppose berries are rich in antioxidants and I'm scared of cancer (who isn't) so I throw in a small handful of berries. I would love some pineapple or mango or orange in there to help the taste, but it's too much sugar and carbs.

Strawberries are generally considered to be 1 gram of carb each. Blueberries have the most antioxidants and are considered "super food." I really don't like berries because of the seeds, but I chug it down anyway even though the seeds from the berries and the flax gross me out.

I like chia seeds better than flax, but chia gives off it's "gel" and makes the drink thick and I don't like it thick. So far I have not had one Nutriblast that I thought was tasty, I take it like a dose of medicine because I really don't eat that many vegetables or fruit otherwise.

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So today I had half a box of organic spinach that was not going to be used before it went bad. So I had the idea of blending it in the Nutribullet with some water and freezing it in ice cube trays. Has anybody else tried this?

IDK if the Nutribullet can handle frozen "spinach cubes" or if it can, if it's bad for the blade. I could put a few of them in a glass and let them thaw out overnight in the fridge and then they'd be ready to go in the morning.

As I was doing this, I noticed what a BRIGHT, VIBRANT green drink I had made. It looks like cancer prevention in a glass. Since I really despise the taste with or without fruit, and fruit has mucho carbs, I was wondering if I should just drink a concentrated "shot" of pure spinach every day. One (relatively) painless gulp and it's over with. Some might say....are you insane, that's what spinach salad is for. But I really don't like raw greens, I just want to be healthy. These are just some ideas I had. Everybody feel free to chime in with your ideas.
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I've juiced... with mine I'm basically stuck with lots of celery to keep the juice moving and i throw in a few leaves of others. Cooking vegetables destroys all the enzymes along with many nutrients anyway. Canned vegetables are garbage. I rather juice a pound of spinach and down it rather than sit there forever chewing a pound of raw spinach. I actually like spinach juice..maybe it's an acquired taste you get used to. Lettuce and kale juice.. gross.

Fiber isn't an issue if you're getting it elsewhere and aren't having bathroom problems. Juice still contains some slivers of pulpy fiber unless you strain it to death anyway.
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I've juiced... with mine I'm basically stuck with lots of celery to keep the juice moving and i throw in a few leaves of others. Cooking vegetables destroys all the enzymes along with many nutrients anyway. Canned vegetables are garbage. I rather juice a pound of spinach and down it rather than sit there forever chewing a pound of raw spinach. I actually like spinach juice..maybe it's an acquired taste you get used to. Lettuce and kale juice.. gross.

Fiber isn't an issue if you're getting it elsewhere and aren't having bathroom problems. Juice still contains some slivers of pulpy fiber unless you strain it to death anyway.
Exactly! Boiled eggs, bacon, and cheddar cheese can make a decent spinach salad. I can eat that if I have to, but I'd rather just drink it and go on. LOL.
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Depends on what you consider 'low carb'. There are people here who eat 100gm of carbs a day and consider it low carb...which, considering the bigger (no pun intended) part of our population eats over 300gm a day, it might be. On that, you could easily juice and use the lower carb fruits as a 'sweetener' to a mainly vegie juice. If you're doing under 50gm, it might be tough because some of the things mentioned here - carrots, tomatoes, fruits - aren't low enough carb when you consider how many drinks you're going to go through in a day.

I tried juicing years ago and I guess I never got why I would want to drink a glass of juice as a meal replacement when it wasn't going to fill me up or keep me going to my next meal. For less calories and carbs, I could've eaten the raw or steamed whole vegies.
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Juicing takes out all of the fiber you need on this way of eating. It is better just to eat them. You'll get more of the nutrients.
I bought the Nutribullet Pro. Love it. You do get every bit of fiber with this one because nothing is tossed out.

I read a post somewhere on here that it leaks. But, that only happens if you fill it above the maximum fill line. The instruction manual specifically mentions this.

The pro model is about $150. Bought mine at Bed Bath Beyond with a 20% off coupon and saved $30. If you want to spend less, you can get the first model for around $50-60 now (lower wattage but still good).
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I just want to follow the thread. We have a Vitamix that I'd like to use for vegetable justice.
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I got a juicer and would like to make some low carb drinks. Does anyone juice? If so, can you give me some tips on low carb combinations that don't taste like dirty gym socks? TIA
Lemons, sweetened with stevia. But I don't juice em, I just peel em and blend them up in my Vita mixer. So I get the benefit of the fiber as well. Add ice and you have some really good low carb lemonade. Good detoxer too

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My favourite recipes are below. I first used a Vitamixer and squeezed about half the juice through cheese cloth to get out some of the thickness. But I now have a juicer, and what I do is take about 1 cup of the pulp and add it back into the juice and run it through the Vitamixer with about a cup or so of water. I end up with 4 servings of juice doing it this way.

Mean Green
1 Bulk of kale
4 Stalks of celery
1 Cucumber
2 granny smith apples
˝ lemon
Ginger root (thumb sized)
(or 2 cucumbers & 1 apple)

Carrot-Kale Combo
1 Green Apple
3 Handfuls spinach
6-8 Kale Leaves
4 Large Carrots
1 Piece Ginger (thumb sized)

Green Lemonade
1 Green Apple
3 Handfuls Spinach
6-8 Kale Leaves
˝ Cucumber
4 Celery Stalks
˝ Lemon

Better than V-8 Juice
Ingredients
3 Small heads romaine lettuce
1 bunch parsley
1 small celery stalk
1 cucumber
1/2 bunch radish
2 tomatoes
1 lemon without skin
1-2 garlic cloves
1/4 teaspoon cayenne

Tossed Salad (my own creation)
Small or half a large head of romaine
Large handful of spinach
3 - 4 kales leaves
large cucumber
2-3 stalks celery
˝ bell pepper (I use yellow if I have it)
3 Roma tomatoes
1 -2 carrots
1 Tbs. apple cider vinegar
Salt – pepper to taste
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