Hey! Will here. Do you want a smoothie that will give you real superpowers? A sugar free full fiber vegetable juice that tastes great? In our house, we call it Wake Up Juice. If you like V8 juice and want to make your own version, you’ll love these tips for making your own recipe. If you have diabetes or another body problem that’s really scary, my opinion is that maybe you should develop a taste for this if you want to fix your body.
Here’s my story: I was in my late 20’s, and I was starting to get pretty fat. Well, at least I was heavier than my too skinny self before. Maybe I looked about the right size, but I was on a road to nowhere good. In fact, the doctor said my blood pressure was a little high. I was a champion blender salesman – a professional shouter. “COME ON DOWN! IT’LL WHIP CREAM, IT’LL CHURN FRESH BUTTER, GRINDS MEAT, GRINDS GRAINS, KNEADS DOUGH!” You get as many free, extra sweet smoothies in that job, 10+ hours a day. I started out at 140 pounds, and, a few years later, I was at 165.
It was time for a change – a smoothie for a new time. I needed a sugar-free, full-fiber vegetable juice, so I started throwing vegetables into my drinks as if they were fruit. It was just impossible to drink. I would end up with thick, fibrous, kale pudding that was so bitter, you’d do a little shudder shake after every sip. So I started to really experiment.
Over a period of months, I chopped, tweaked, and improvised. I flipped the switch and squashed those ingredients down into the blade, and gave half to the customers. In fact, what I discovered ended up being very popular at the NY Beauty Expo – a vegetable juice with high fiber, no sugar, and tasted, well, not bad.
This juice is so healthy, it’ll give you a nice little buzz – especially when consumed on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. I like to use extra celery, because for some reason it evens out my mood. It could be the extra magnesium. It will go great with your coffee, and if you’re still feeling hungry, make twice as much next time. This is breakfast – you’ll get so much done today! And after a few days of drinking this, your friends are going to be asking you what new moisturizer you’re using; you’re skin is going to be GLOWING. And you’ll tell your friends, “It’s the JUICE!”
To make your own vegetable juice, you just have to follow a few simple rules. Now, I’m not saying you can’t do it your own way. I’m just saying this took a long time to figure out and it’s probably better than what you’re currently trying, so listen up.
Vegetable Juice Technique
Rule 1: Half of your ingredients in this recipe should have a high water content, and no sugar.
We’re talking about cucumber. And celery, zucchini, tomato. Watermelon pith – the white part of the watermelon. No grapes, no pineapple. That’s for a fruit juice. This is a no-sugar recipe for a reason – your health! Focus.
Rule 2: Your juice should be 1/3 ice. No, not water. No, you can’t leave the ice out. It’s a rule, not a suggestion.
If you don’t have an ice maker, buy ice trays. Here are ones we like the best. I don’t care if you want it undiluted – get a juicer then and throw away your fiber. Dilution is nobody’s enemy (link to future article), so come to terms with the added water – it’s healthy stuff too. This is how you do it full fiber and make it taste good, and this is the right way to do it.
Rule 3: Blend your juice on the top speed until it’s not frozen at all anymore. In the first minute, the blend will start looking like a slushie, but the longer you blend, the more juice-like it will be from the heat created by the blending (don’t worry – the heat isn’t killing any nutrients).
This takes longer to blend than a regular fruit smoothie, maybe even 2-3 minutes, and you have to wait. Times may vary because you have different ice, different ingredients, and your kitchen is a different temperature than mine. Remember to use the top speed – NOT 8 or 9! Check your recipe: take a sip, and see if it’s still a little frozen. If it is, turn the machine back on top speed and wait longer. I like room temperature because I like to chug a quart down in 10 seconds, just to get it over with. You can touch the sides of your container to gauge the temperature. Keep blending until it’s just the temperature you want. Longer blend = less cold.
Those are the rules. Read them 3 times, and then read them again while you make your juice; this is a very valuable skill. Follow the rules.
Extra Tips for Vegetable Juice Making
Suggestion 1: The 1/6 that remains should be leafy greens or fresh herbs. Or it could be another high fiber ingredient like carrot or beet – though I personally wouldn’t bother with those. Roots are better-tasting when roasted, and they have too much sugar for this recipe anyway.
Suggestion 2: Use other flavors to avoid adding salt. Squeeze half of a lemon in, and leave the seeds out – they add a nasty bitter flavor. If you like it spicy, a single peppercorn tastes wonderful blended in, or add a sprinkle of chipotle powder. This will add flavor while keeping your juice sugar free and low sodium.
Suggestion 3: If it’s still hard to handle, start by salting the juice to taste, then reduce your salt each time you make it. Salt in the cup and give it to stir. Use the bare minimum.
Blender Brain’s Wake Up Juice Recipe
If you are too afraid to start experimenting on your own, it’s ok! We have our own recipe that you can start with and go from there.
6 ribs celery
2 roma tomatos
1 garlic clove, unpeeled (for colds)
Juice of one lime
1 1/2 cup ice
2 cups greens
Blend on high speed for 1 minute or until ice is melted