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Many manufacturers of superb juicers fail to add a juicing recipe booklet to the documentation accompanying their product.

In spite of all their design know-how, they fail to grasp the importance of this small, vital detail. A newbie when it comes to juicing, may have no idea how to go about making all these wonderful concoctions, with the seemingly magical properties.

Experimentation is the keyword here. However, if you prefer some sort of nudge in the right direction, there are many comprehensive juicing recipe books available.

A juicing recipe book to start with is Juice!: Over 110 Delicious Recipes by Lindsay Cameron Wilson and Pippa Cuthbert.

If you want to know when to drink what for the best results, this is the book for you. The authors also include recipes for detoxifying juices. The book has some colour photographs, and an indication of nutritional values are given.

Gary Null's The Joy of Juicing with 50 health-building recipes is another juicing recipe book worth looking at. It includes the whole range from drinks to desserts, and will put you firmly on the road to new vitality. He will even tell you how you can utilize the pulpy residue of juicing. The emphasis in this book isn't on the 'why' of juicing. It is written as a cookbook.

Also experiment with 100 tasty recipe ideas in Juiceman's Power of Juicing by Jay Kordich, the master of juicing. With more than 50 years of juicing behind him, he knows his stuff!

Or consider keeping 'Ultimate Juicing: Ultimate Juicing:  Delicious Recipes For Over 125 Of The Best Fruit And Vegetable Juice Combinations by Donna Pliner Rodnitzky, next to your juicer.

The entertaining recipes are easy to prepare. Some of the great-tasting treats are Adam's Apple, Berry the Hatchet, The Beet Goes On, Grin and Carrot, and Heard It Through the Grapefruit.

The book includes information about nutritional values, as well as the selection, preparation, and storage of produce. These factors not only contribute to the juice quality, but your taste-buds will appreciate it if you take good care of the fruit and veggies.

While you are waiting for your juicing recipe books, you need some sustenance! Start with the basics such as carrots, celery, cucumber, beet, parsley, and apples. The green leafy vegetables have a stronger flavor and can be introduced gradually.

If you have access to it, organic produce should always be your first choice. Otherwise, make very sure that you wash the fruit and vegetables well.

A juicing recipe to get you going is:

Newbie Nectar
2 apples
6 carrots
1 rib of celery
4 sprigs parsley

Another combination could be 2 apples, 6 carrots and 1 beet. You can also add a few lettuce leaves, and some spinach. If available, strawberries combine well with carrots.

Use the following as a wonderfully cleansing drink (beet has a fairly strong taste and should be used sparingly):

Free And Clear
5 carrots
1/2 cucumber
1/2 beet
1 rib celery

If you need a pick-me-up, try the following:

3 oz. spinach
half a de-seeded yellow pepper
2 apples
1 large or 2 medium carrots
3 sprigs parsley

Try adding some cranberries to your juicing recipe, if you like the slight tartness. This is a good way to prevent urinary tract infections.

Shredded coconut can be added for a touch of extra flavor, and sweetness. Also experiment with a sprinkle of nutmeg for a piquant new taste.

Wheat grass juice is exceptionally rich in nutrients, but it takes some getting used to. Add only a little at a time to other juices, if you want to incorporate it into your diet.

Always drink the juice as soon as possible. You loose nutritional value with every hour it stands. Drink the juices slowly, in a sense chewing it. Your taste buds will quickly teach you which combinations are agreeable to your palate.

Some vegetables are not tolerated well in concentrated form, or in large quantities. Your body will give you notice of these! Spinach are not always metabolized well, and shouldn't be used on a daily basis.

Remember, if you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, nursing or have any health concern, it is recommended that you first consult a medical practitioner to get the green light for your juicing program. In the case of small children, the same suggestion holds true.

The main idea is that you have fun with the learning process. There is no right or wrong way to do this. You do whatever works for you. Just keep on juicing!

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