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Clean & green! 5 healthy juice recipes you can make in a blender

To start (or finish) your day with a healthy juice, you might think you need to invest in an expensive juice extractor.

But a much more common kitchen appliance — the blender — is all you need to make these five juices from "The Ultimate Book of Modern Juicing," by Mimi Kirk, a raw food expert who, glowing at age 77, is a pretty solid poster-person for the health benefits of juicing."Blended drinks take minutes to prepare and the cleanup is quick," notes Kirk, who adds that blended juices tend to be more filling and supply more fiber than juices made with an extractor.

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Mimi Kirk, author of The Ultimate Book of Modern Juicing

If you want to jump-start your day with a fresh juice but don't have much prep time — and, really, who does? — Kirk suggests washing all the ingredients for your juice the night before. Wrap them in paper towels in an airtight container or zip-top bag in the fridge. "In the morning just add water and the washed produce to your blender," says Kirk. "In minutes you will have a delicious, nutritious drink. Don’t have time to clean your blender? Fill with soapy water until you get home."

Juices aren't just for breakfast, though. They're a good "slump time" snack, says Kirk, and also great before and after workouts. A pre-workout juice "can be a quick way to get the energy boosting fuel needed for an efficient workout by helping you maintain stamina and endurance," says Kirk. "Post workout drinks can replenish your energy and curb your appetite and cravings for unhealthy quick-fix foods that might contain sugars. Drinking vegetables with a little fruit can supply you with the necessary vitamins and minerals to help you maintain a healthy body."

5 recipes for healthy blender juices from The Ultimate Book of Modern Juicing

Cleanse Me
Cleanse Me juice from the Ultimate Book of Modern Juicing
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The Happy Berry
The Happy Berry juice from the Ultimate Book of Modern Juicing by Mimi Kirk
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Let It Beet
Let It Beet Juice
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Game on
Game On juice from the Ultimate Book of Modern Juicing
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Metabolism Boost
Metabolism Boost Juice
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