Top 10 favourite juice recipes

top 10 favourite juice recipes juice retreat

Freshly made juice is quick, easy and nutritious. We’ve been juicing here for 10 years now and shared many juice recipes over the years. To celebrate our tenth anniversary, I chatted to our chefs, breakfast team and guests and we came up with this list of our top ten favourite juice recipes. They cover the whole range, from the light and fruity, through to the green and powerful. Read on for our favourite juice recipes – we include links to the full article if you wish to read more, as many articles contain information about the nutritional and health benefits.

We like to use standard ingredients that the majority of guests will have available in their kitchen – no fancy supplement powders etc.

All our measurements are a guide, so use medium / average sized carrots, apples etc. If your juicer is not so good, you might need to add more ingredients than listed below. Simply add more of what you like or have available. The instructions for every juice is written towards the end of the article.

green lights juice recipes

1. Green lights juice

An evening favourite for many years, Green lights juice still features on our evening menu as guests love the combination of apple, broccoli, lemon and spinach (or kale). Adding apple to greens (like spinach or kale) not only makes the juice easier on the palate to drink, the apple contains vitamin C, which helps the body to absorb the calcium better.

Handful of spinach (or kale)
2 apples
3 cm broccoli – stem best, florets okay
2 cm lemon (unwaxed)

Juice recipe - Kick start!

2. Kick start juice

Get your day off to a flying start with our kick start juice. Ginger adds a warmth to a juice. If you’ve not juiced ginger before, start small and add more later!

2 apples
3 carrots
2 cm slice lemon
2 cm ginger (leave skin on)
BLEND: 1/2 avocado

Minty pear juice recipe juice detox retreat Spain

3. Minty-pear juice

The name of this delicious Minty-pear juice gives away the main ingredients: pear and mint. We use fresh mint to bring a light freshness. Our top tip for juicing fresh herbs, like mint, is to make a “sandwich”: two pears halves with the mint in between (or you can use a lettuce leaf and wrap the mint inside the lettuce). This helps it to generate some juice (otherwise many centrifugal juicers will simply throw the small mint leaves off and produce little juice).

2 pears
1 courgette
2cm unwaxed lemon
Handful fresh mint (lettuce leaf to make a “mint parcel”)
BLEND: 1/3 avocado

Detox juice recipe berry beat juice

4. Berry-beat juice

Our berry-beat juice is a delicious combination of berries and beetroot, which create this vibrant red juice. You can make this juice all year round, fresh berries are great. However, in the winter months you can use frozen. If you do decide to use frozen, then remember to allow them to defrost for a little time first before blending.

1 apple
1 pear
½ beetroot
½ courgette
2cm unwaxed lemon
BLEND: Handful berries – frozen or fresh

fruit delight juice recipe juice retreat

5. Fruit delight juice

The name of this juice gives it away: fruit delight juice – it´s light and fruity. Sometimes we just want to enjoy a boost of natural fruits and this is the juice to have. Fruits are a great source of vitamin C, which can really help to boost our immune system. Melon and pineapple are more abundant in the warmer summer months, so we do enjoy this more commonly in the summer, but if you can find all the ingredients at a good price in the winter, it certainly can give your immunity a lift.

1 apple
1 pear
1 slice melon
1 slice pineapple
2 cm unwaxed lemon
Optional BLEND: ½ avocado

Menopause support juice recipe juicing retreat Spain

6. Menopause support

All the ingredients in our Menopause support juice combine to boost the nutrients needed to support women and they progress through peri-menopause and menopause. Flaxseed is a good source of omega-3 – grinding the seeds first makes the nutrients more easily digested and absorbed by our body.

3 medium carrots
1 red apple
3 cm of broccoli stem
2 cm unwaxed lemon

½ small cup frozen mixed berries
½ small cup fresh blueberries
1 handful fresh watercress or lamb’s lettuce (or other leafy green)
1/3 avocado
1 tbsp ground flaxseed

turmeric twist carrot juice recipe juice retreat

7. Turmeric twist carrot juice

We delve into the kitchen store-cupboard with this one to add a subtle different flavour in our Turmeric Twist carrot juice.  Turmeric has been used in ayurvedic medicine for centuries (read more about this in the article) – to help with absorption we add a touch of black pepper into the juice – only a touch as pepper can be quite hot and spicy!

3 carrots
1 apple
2 cm broccoli
2 cm chunk unwaxed lemon
Touch of turmeric (1/2 tsp)
Touch of black pepper (1/2 tsp)
BLEND: 1/3 avocado

Try our brain-boosting broccoli juice recipe, Broccoli Power

8. Brain boosting Broccoli Power juice

Boost your brain with our Broccoli Power juice.  When using broccoli in a juice, we recommend that you use the stem, rather than the florets. The stem is actually a little sweet, plus it gives more juice than florets – this is a bonus as many people often cut off the stem and throw it away! Cauliflower can also be juiced and we include some in this juice, to boost those brain-powering nutrients!

3 cm broccoli stem
2 florets of cauliflower
1 apple
½ large courgette
2 cm unwaxed lemon

beetroot juice detox retreat juice retreat

9. Detox lunch juice

Beetroot makes a good ingredient for a juice and contains lots of nutrients needed for overall health and wellbeing. It´s the first ingredient in our Detox lunch juice (we tend to serve this juice at lunch time).  We use fresh beetroot for juicing – if you only have the vacuum packed version available, cut it into smaller pieces and blend it into your juice instead.

½ beetroot
3 carrots
2 cm broccoli stem
1 apple
2 cm lemon

green clean green juice recipe juice retreat10. Green clean: kale juice

This pure vegetable juice packs a mighty nutritional punch! Our Green Clean juice can be quite strong tasting for people new to juicing, but we had to include it in our list due to the amazing benefits it has for our overall health and our microbiome.  

Handful of kale
Handful of spinach
2 cm broccoli stem
1 courgette
2 cm unwaxed lemon
Optional BLEND: 1/3 avocado

Method for all juices

Simple – wash everything beneath cold running water, making sure to clean out any possible dirt from those green leafy vegetables. If you have a strong juicer and are using an unwaxed lemon, leave the skin on, otherwise trim off the outer skin of the lemon, leaving the pith. If you are using avocado in your juice, remove the skin and stone.

Put each item through your juicer (except the items listed below), allowing the juice to run into a jug.  

Add the avocado, frozen berries, banana, watercress or flaxseed into the jug with the juice and blend using a hand-blender for 30 – 60 seconds, until smooth.

To maintain your equipment, we recommend that you wash your juicer and blender soon after use.

New to juicing? How to choose a juicer

If you are considering buying a juicer, but are not sure which is the best option for you, our article how to choose the best juicer for you contains tips and suggestions on what to think about and look for, before making a purchase. 

La Crisalida detox juice retreats 

La Crisalida Retreats offers all our guests the option to juice during their stay – for one meal, one day or their whole stay. The choice is yours! Fresh vegetable and fruit juices can form part of a detox retreat (link to detox retreat) – combined with rest, exercise and the change of environment. Juices also are an effective way to make available vitamins and minerals, boosting your overall health, supporting the microbiome, whilst being easy to digest. If you wish to learn more about juicing we have a page on our website you can read: juicing at La Crisalida Retreats. Most of the juice recipes also contain information about the nutrient content, and how this can support our health and wellbeing.

Drink juice – more juice recipes on the blog

Well, that’s our top ten favourite juices from the many that we have served here at the retreat over the years.

We have lots more juice recipes on our health and wellbeing blog, feel free to explore. Do let us know which is your favourite!

About the author

Lisa is one of the founders of La Crisalida Retreats. She is an Epidemiologist, therapeutic hatha and yin yoga teacher and also teaches mindfulness meditation. Lisa has studied NLP and hypnosis, as well as nutrition (she designs the menus).