Breakfast juice recipes are the holy grail of health benefits. And they’re especially great if you’re just not a morning person.
Because rise and shine has never been my morning modus operandi. As a very non-morning person, the greatest struggle of the day has always been getting myself to wake up.
I’d like to say that juicing has changed all this, but that’d be a lie.
I still fight the urge to sleep in every morning – the difference is that I know once I patter off to the kitchen and spend some quiet, meditative time slowly pushing fresh fruits and veggies through my juicer, I get to have that perfect moment where I can gaze out my window at the morning light while sipping one of my favorite breakfast juice recipes.
And there’s something about a great breakfast juice that makes you feel ready to take on whatever may come the rest of the day. So without further ado, here are some of my absolute favorites breakfast juice recipes!
3 Delicious Breakfast Juice Recipes
If you – like me – are prone to sleeping in and groggy mornings…give one of these breakfast juice recipes a whirl in your juicer. They’re best on an empty stomach and to be enjoyed while thinking happy thoughts.
The rest of the day can wait ’til you’re done sipping 🙂
A Minty Green Breakfast Juice Recipe
Here’s the perfect green juice recipe to get your mornings started with that feeling of quiet jubilation, confident in the knowledge that whatever comes you’re way, you’re ready to conquer!
If you think a little juice recipe can’t do that – you’ve got to try this one.
Antioxidant-laden spinach is gentle enough for beginners and breakfasts, as is mineral-rich cucumber.
Delicious apple, mint, and lemon contribute digestion-strengthening benefits as well as flavor and fennel gets your circulation pumping and oxygen flowing through your body to keep you energized well in to the afternoons.
It’s a gentle green juice, this one, but it’s made for warriors 🙂
A Morning Pick Me Up Juice Recipe
This stomach-soothing, energy-giving juice recipe says “GOOD morning!” in a way that your standard glass of orange juice never could, and gives you plenty of energy, vitamins and anti-oxidants to get you started on your busy day.
And did you know that the Vitamin A in carrots serves as a natural sunscreen and moisturizer, protecting your skin from burning rays, keeping it from drying out, and removing blemishes and rough spots as it works from the inside out?
The half lime is chock full of the potent, long-lasting anti-carcinogen limonoid too, which means this breakfast drink can offer you some long-lasting, protection wherever you roam throughout your busy day.
An Oddly Scrumptious Breakfast Juice
Brighten up your morning with this immunity-boosting, anti-aging, anti-cancer breakfast juice recipe.
As the bright colors of these fruits and vegetables meld into one beautiful mix, the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants they contain will join together to make a witch’s brew of goodness – and contain pretty much everything you need to start your morning off right.
Strong eyes, strengthened and protected against the potential ravages of macular degeneration; beautiful skin, moisturized from the inside out; plus a damn strong immune system, boosted by all that ginger.
Kiwi (more recipes here) provides the electrolytes needed to keep your on your feet, and the beet contained in this recipe can increase your stamina even as it lowers your blood pressure.
Honestly, it’s a rather strange combination of ingredients but for some reason – it just works. Try it.
Why Green Juice for Breakfast?
One thing you may have noticed about all of the above best breakfast juice recipes is that they all contain some element of green. And that’s precisely because green juice is absolutely the best juice for breakfast – find out exactly why!
Yup, green juice is great – for your energy levels, your skin, and your overall body. But what’s not so great is juicing the same old spinach and cukes day in and day out.
Routine can get dull, yes? Especially if you’re doing the same old thing every day for breakfast.
The good news is there’s simply no need to stick to the usual suspects when it comes to green juicing – especially when there are so many yummy green vegetables out there waiting for their turn in your juicer.
Here’s a very quick list of some underrated green veggies perfect for breakfast that you can substitute for cucumber or spinach the next time your green juice recipes can use a little shake-up.
Beet greens are the ideal breakfast green. For starters, they’re loaded with vitamins – with just 100g supplying 127% of your daily requirement of vitamin A, 50% of vitamin C, and 500% of vitamin K.
These leaves also contain ample amount of beta cyanin, which help replenish electrolytes in your body, making this an ideal leafy green for when you’re sick or simply hungover.
These greens have also been found to contain typtophan and betaine, which prompt your brain to release happy hormones like serotonin, oxytocin, and endorphin so blend with these when you’re looking for a mood boost.
Watercress is one of the best greens EVER. It has a light, peppery taste and is delicious eaten raw, as a juice, in a smoothie, etc.
The scrumptious vegetable is also a nutrient powerhouse – full of vitamins A, C, E, K, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and heaps more.
Another juicing favorite, Swiss chard is low in fat, high in fiber, with a heap of iron, folic acid, protein, calcium, potassium, and vitamins C and K.
Better-known for its fragrant seeds, fennel can also be eaten raw. The plant is rich in vitamins C and B3, potassium, manganese, folate, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, and copper.
Kale is a green juicing staple of many, and for good reason – convenient to find, wash, and prepare for juicing with a one-of-a-kind flavor that gets addicting.
Oh, and it’s chock full of a medley of nutrients – such as vitamins A, K, and C – which have been linked to decreasing the occurrence of various cancers. Get some delicious kale juice recipes!
When is the Best Time to Drink Breakfast Juice?
Fresh juice is best consumed within 20 minutes of juicing it. That’s ’cause when you juice fresh produce, you are essentially breaking open the cell walls of these nutrient-rich fruits and veggies and activating the nutrients – the vitamins, enzymes, minerals, phytonutrients, chlorophyll, etc. – found in the produce.
And many of these nutrients are time-sensitive. So it follows that you get the most nutrients (and benefits) by drinking fresh juice as soon as you can.
But, alas, most of us don’t have the time to rush back home a few times a day to whip up a fresh glass of juice. If you plan to be juicing in “bulk” and then storing your green juices to drink over the next few days – you’re going to want to make sure you have a juicer that will make this possible.
If you want to juice in advance and keep the nutrients – opt for a masticating juicer or twin gear juicer. These slow, “cold press” juicers don’t disturb the cellular structure of the produce being juiced and thus, do a better job of preserving enzymes and nutrients from oxidation.
These are our best picks for slow juicers:
You can store fresh juice made from these slow juicers for up to 72 hours, whereas with centrifugal juicers (like the popular Breville), the juice should be downed pretty immediately.
As well as drinking fresh juice when it is very, very freshly made – there’s also the matter of when is the best time for you. By now, you already know that breakfast juice is ideal since the best time to drink fresh juice is on an empty stomach, in the morning – but that doesn’t mean you can’t drink these breakfast juice recipes throughout the day.
When you do, though, make sure to drink slowly and swish the juice around your mouth to get your digestive enzymes going.
And of course, if you’re not drinking the above juice recipes at breakfast, wait at least 2 hours after a meal (longer, if its a heavy meal) to drink fresh juice. If you have a lot of undigested food matter in your stomach when you drink fresh juice, it will not help with digestion. At all. It can even result in indigestion and heart burn.
So remember: always drink on an empty stomach and as soon as you can!