The 5 & 2 Juice – Combo #1 (5 vegetables & 2 fruits)

The The 5 & 2 Juice is made from 5 vegetables (carrot, beetroot, celery, kale and baby spinach) and 2 fruits (oranges and apples). DELICIOUS!

I’ve been making juices for a little while now (but please don’t mistake me for some juicing guru, as that couldn’t be further from the truth… I love cake and chocolate far too much to be a true jucie!). We bought a juicer because it’s just so expensive buying fresh juice! How juice bars can charge $8 for a juice is beyond me. Anyway, even though buying a juicer isn’t the cheapest thing either, I think it probably paid for itself after a couple of months.

 

Some of the juices I have made have been delish little creations, however, others have been pretty ordinary…it’s been a bit of trial and error! And if I’m being totally honest, my juicing journey got off to a pretty shaky start when I put whole oranges into the machine when making my very first juice (yep… skin included). Oh it was by far the worst juice I have ever made! I felt like my throat was burning! Note to self – always, ALWAYS peel your oranges before juicing them. Gotta love hindsight!

The 5 & 2 Juice

But, for the most part, it’s been fun chucking different fruits and vegetables in and seeing what it ends up tasting like. And it’s a great reason to hit the local farmers markets to get fresh produce (or even better if it comes from your own vegie garden).

 

The only downside of juicing is having to clean the juicer. I am not a fan! I don’t care that the instructions say quick and easy cleaning… they are clearly delusional. I have started to do the whole ‘well if I make the juice, then surely I don’t have to clean the machine too’ thing to my husband. Turns out it doesn’t really work that well… a girl can only try!

 

But back to the actual juicing! I have been making a conscious effort lately to include more vegetables in my juices. Yeah, yeah I know the really fruity ones taste so deliciously sweet, but I’ve been aiming for 5 different vegetables and 2 fruits into each juice. That, I tell you, is the making for some kick ass juices!

 

So the first 5 & 2 juice combo I’d like to share is one of my favourites. It has kale in it which is soooo good for you (and considering our vegie garden is looking more like an overflowing kale jungle at the moment, all of the juices I’m making are pretty chock full of kale for the time being!). It’s also got lots of other yummy, nutritious vegetables in it too, but I won’t bore you with why they are so good for you, because a) you already know that vegetables are good for you, and b) I have very super-duper important things to do now, like watch old episodes of Keeping Up With The Kardashians….

 

And here it is… The 5 & 2 Juice Combo #1

 

Vegetables:

1 small bag of carrots

2/3 beetroot

1/2 a celery

4 big leaves of kale

1 packet of baby spinach

 

Fruits:

3 oranges (PEELED!!!!)

4 green apples

*I also added a little chunk of peeled fresh ginger so give it a little zing!

The 5 & 2 Juice

Be warned that this makes a HUUUUGE batch of juice (which is great if you hate cleaning the machine and don’t want to do it everyday!). Just pour it into a big airtight jug and store in the fridge for a couple of days. If you don’t have a jug then just make a smaller batch… but don’t come grumbling to me when you have to clean the machine over and over again!

The 5 & 2 Juice

Happy juicing!

🙂

15 thoughts on “The 5 & 2 Juice – Combo #1 (5 vegetables & 2 fruits)”

  1. Cassandra says:

    I am in two minds on purchasing a juicer! I would love love love fresh juice (addicted to having ginger in a veggie/fruit combo like yours) but I’m worried the cleaning will put me off! Maybe if you do batches like you said its not as bad. How long do you think it would last in the fridge?

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Hi Cassandra, I was exactly the same and ummed and ahhed for ages! But finally I decided that if I wanted to drink fresh juice (but not pay the huge price tag of juice bars) then a juicer was the way to go. I would check out eBay as I’m sure there are a lot of people who have bought juicers with great intentions and then just never used them… bit like my treadmill lol! The juices I make last a good 3 days in the fridge in an airtight jug.Hope that helps!

  2. I love my juicer so much, it is the best thing I have ever bought!

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Absolutely! They really are great little machines!!
      🙂

  3. Janine says:

    I wish I’d seen this post a few days ago before the 1st bunch of kale I bought turned…doh!

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Oh no!! And it’s so expensive to buy too!! What a shame! 🙁

  4. Cassandra says:

    Ok you have all convinced me to get be now! Better work some overtime to afford one haha.

    1. Cassandra says:

      I meant get one! Doh, apple predictive text….

    2. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      I’d love to hear how you get on with it! Let me know of any good combos you come up with!

  5. Oh I hear you about the juicer being a pain in the butt to clean, it drives me insane. Some days I wish my son would be naughty just so I could make him clean the damn thing as a punishment! But you feel so clean and energised after a fresh juice don’t you that all that cleaning is actually worth it. I love the idea of putting kale your juice and a ‘5 and 2’ juice is a brilliant idea. You put whole oranges in the juicer?! That’s gold, love it 🙂

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Hahaha yes I did put whole oranges in… my reasoning was that you put in apples, cucumbers, pears, carrots etc with the skin on!!! Clearly not good reasoning! Yeah if only there was something that makes the whole cleaning process easier! It probably takes less than 5 minutes to clean, but it’s not a fun five minutes. I like the idea of having your son clean your machine – very clever! 🙂

  6. As someone who does not have a juicer this made for an interesting read. I should drink more juice but I am a sweet girl and don’t find vegetables in juice very appealing – not a very good role model, am I?

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Hi Kirsty,
      I know the feeling! I much prefer the sweet fruit juices, but I’m slowly learning to like vegetable juice! I love carrot and beetroot especially! They still have a bit of sweetness! 🙂

  7. We have a juicer and I’m ashamed to say, no I’m too ashamed, okay I’ll say it, I haven’t used it in about FIVE YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s a flash one, sucks to clean but this recipe looks quite tempting – tell me off, tell me I should be using it WAY MORE! Thanks for sharing lovely 🙂

    1. Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Hi Emily,
      Hey I totally get it! It’s one of those things that you know is going to take a bit of time and effort, but I suppose it is well worth it in the end. I’d love you to whip yours out, make a few juices and let me know some of your goodies! I’m struggling with new juice flavours a bit at the moment! 🙂

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