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Juicing Across The U.S.A.

No matter where you live, juice is always in season. Here are suggestions for juicing throughout the year using local and seasonal produce.

juicing an orange

Photo: clemmac (Flickr)

There's nothing like a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice. Add some sweet potatoes and celery for a change of pace.

I hate vegetables.

Even so, I try to center my diet on plant-based foods for my health’s sake. Through my journey, I’ve discovered the magic of juicing — a painless way to get the good stuff your body needs.

There are plenty of juice recipes that use in-season and local produce. They taste delicious and are easy to whip up in a few minutes.

Northeast

Did you know Hammonton, New Jersey is the blueberry capital of the world? In celebration of this seasonal fruit, my summer juice recipe features a healthy dose of blueberries.

  • Summer — 1 beet + 2 carrots + 1 pint blueberries + 1 apple
  • Fall — 1 bunch of grapes + 1 large cucumber + 2 pears
  • Winter —  1 handful of cranberries + 1 pear + 1 apple + 2 carrots
  • Spring —  1 apple + 2 large carrots + 1 sweet potato (stored and on shelves all year)

Southeast

Southerners have a lot of good stuff — sweet potatoes, okra, spinach, peanuts, greens and oranges! Tons of produce can be enjoyed all year in the south.

  • Summer — 2 oranges + 1 large cucumber + 3-4 stalks of celery
  • Fall —  1 mango + 6 carrots + 1 large strip of orange peel + 1/2 a navel orange
  • Winter —  2 cucumbers + 1 lime + 1 avocado (Blend the avocado in instead of juicing it. It will produce a purée.)
  • Spring — 2 grapefruits + 4 carrots + 1 lime

Southwest

There’s always something delicious and local to munch on in this region. Some of the southwest’s produce highlights include avocados, blackberries, apricots and key limes.

  • Summer — 1/2 cantaloupe + 2 apples + 1 handful of kale
  • Fall — 2 peaches + 2 sprigs of mint + 1 cucumber + 1 lemon
  • Winter — 2 large carrots + 1 lemon + 2 stalks of celery + 1 orange
  • Spring — 4 oranges + 1 sweet potato + 3 stalks of celery

Midwest

When in season, this region has plenty to offer — watermelon, radishes, strawberries and cherries. Even in winter, there are always a few go-to items that are great for juicing.

  • Summer – 5 carrots + 2 apples + 2 cups of spinach
  • Fall – 1 bunch of grapes + 1/2 large cucumber + 1 pear
  • Winter – 4 large carrots + 2 apples
  • Spring – 1 beet + 5 carrots + 1 apple + 1 handful of mint (Grow it inside all winter long!)

Pacific Northwest

Some of the country’s neatest produce comes from the Pacific Northwest. Did you know kiwi grows on the west coast? Some other stand-outs include kale, mint and boysenberries.

  • Summer – 5 carrots + 1 bunch of arugula + 2 apples
  • Fall – 1 bunch of kale + 4 parsnips + 4 green apples + 2 bunches mint + 1 kiwi
  • Winter – 1 bunch of spinach + 1 small bunch of mint + 2 apples
  • Spring – 1 handful of asparagus + 2 apples + 1 small bunch of mint

More: Read more from Amanda Schoonover on her website, a thrifty hippie.

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