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Juicing Substitution List

Juicing Substitution List

Juicing Substitution List

This juicing substitution list will show you what to use for fruit and vegetable replacements regardless whether you just don’t like certain produce, are allergic to some of the ingredients, or simply do not have access to them. Some ingredients can be hard to stomach for certain people and I’m here to tell you and show you that you can easily substitute those ingredients for something more desirable. Even if you have allergies you can and should check the juicing substitution list to see what alternatives you have.

Substituting Fruits

You’ll see that in the juicing substitution list I have many fruits and most of them can be replaced with just about any other fruit of your choice. It’s very easy to go overboard with your fruits so you will want to ensure your juices don’t contain more than 20% fruit.  You can also replace a fruit with a vegetable such as a carrot or a beet as both of those have a sweet taste when juiced.

Substituting Veggies

One major thing to keep in mind when using the juicing substitution list to pick out veggies is that you must have a protein veggie in your drink. A good source of protein in your juice will be from spinach or kale. When looking for spinach or a kale replacements I’ve only included other protein rich veggies to make sure you get your still get your protein. Most veggies are easily replaceable but for the sake of flavor I’ve included what I feel are the best possible substitutions while keeping close to the original flavor.

Juicing Substitution List

Main Ingredient Substitution List
Apples Beets, Blackberries, Carrots, Grapes, Oranges, Pears, Watermelon
Banana Avocado
Basil Cilantro, Parsley, Spinach
Beets Apples, Carrots, Oranges, Red Cabbage, Radish, Tomatoes
Blueberries Apricots, Blackberries, Cherries
Broccoli Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Celery, Kale, Spinach
Butternut Squash Carrots, Mango, Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Other types of Squash
Carrots Apples, Beets, Oranges, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes
Celery Cabbage, Romaine Lettuce, Zucchini
Cilantro Basil, Parsley, Spinach
Cucumber Cabbage, Romaine Lettuce, Zucchini
Ginger Lemon, Radish
Grapefruit Blood Oranges, Tangelo Oranges, Lemons, Raspberries, Pineapple
Green Peppers Carrots, Red or Yellow Peppers, Red Cabbage, Romaine Lettuce
Kale Broccoli, Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, Swiss Chard
Lemon Ginger, Grapefruit, Lime, Raspberries, Strawberries
Lime Ginger, Grapefruit, Lemon, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangerine
Mango Butternut Squash, Carrot, Kiwi, Papaya
Oranges Apples, Carrots, Grapefruit, Mango, Watermelon
Parsley Basil, Cilantro, Spinach
Peaches Apples, Nectarines, Oranges, Plums
Pineapple Apples, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Oranges
Pomegranate Lemon, Lime, Pineapple, Raspberries, Strawberries
Red Cabbage Beet, Cabbage, Radish, Romaine Lettuce
Romaine Lettuce Cabbage, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Peppers, Spinach, Zucchini
Spinach Broccoli, Kale, Romaine Lettuce, Swiss Chard
Strawberries Apples, Blackberries, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Oranges, Pomegranate, Raspberries
Swiss Chard Arugula, Cabbage, Green Peppers, Kale, Romaine Lettuce, Spinach
Tomato Beet, Carrot, Red Pepper, Yellow Pepper
Watermelon Apples, Cantaloupe, Ornage

With these substitutions you will not only have an idea of what can be substituted but an idea of the different tastes that can be used to modify your juices. I use this guide not just as a substitution list but also as a guide to come up with new ideas for recipes. A fun idea is to take an existing recipe that you already enjoy and substitute one, two, or three ingredients. You’ll be surprised at how different but delicious just a few minor substitutions can have with a juice.

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  1. I want to substitute spinach for kale but am uncertain about how many leaves to add.

  2. Thanks for publishing this list. It’s a great help!

  3. If I am substituting grapes or blackberries for apples how many would I use

    • Amanda, use enough to make the juice 16 – 20 ounces. I would be against that substitution though due to the amount of sugar in the grapes and blackberries. Be careful not to use too much sugar.

  4. Awesome list! It will be very handy to me. Just one question. What do you substitute pears with? Is it pineapple or kiwi good sources? I can’t eat apples unfortunately. . Thanks for the help!

  5. Started juicing yesterday, and although last night was a little rough it wasn”t as rough as I thought it was going to be. Today I feel good and even when making breakfast for my children I wasnt tempted.

    My question is how often would someone juice? If I do a 7 day program, then return to eating, how long would I wait to do it again. Or would this be something you could do every week for one or two days and then eat a diet with lots of fruits and veggies the rest of the time? Or would one wait a month or two then do another 7 days?

    Good advice would be appreciated. Thanks

    • I personally find that once a month is very good for your digestive system and body in general. Also if you don’t want to do seven days, you could do three.

  6. can you drink green tea in addition to the water requirements?

  7. I’m new to juicing and have just tried a few recipes, but it always tastes really salty, is there any way around it?

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  10. Hello Donnie.. Thank you so much for this. I have a question for you though. I normally use detox tea once a day to remove any toxins and unwanted foods from my body. Is it okay to use the tea as I’m on the 7 day juice plan or should i just be on juice without the detox tea?

    Please help assist as i am planning to start the just on juice plan and may even prolong it to upto 14 days.

  11. I’m having trouble getting 6 juices in throughout the day. Is it an issue if some days I miss a juice?

    • Josh, don’t focus on having 6 juices. Focus on having a juice when you feel hungry and you’ll always have exactly what your body requires, no less or no more. I find there are times when 3 juices will get me through the day and other days I’ll need 5 or 6. Just focus on listening to your body and juice only when you are hungry. Keep me posted on your progress and know that I’m here if you have questions. Cheers Josh!

  12. emma78

    I will starting the 7 day juice fast this next Sunday. I am wondering for my morning juice if i could sub papaya for one of the fruits, as i have an abundance of papayas growing on the farm I live on.Thanks!

    • Emma, welcome to JOJ and congrats on starting your juice fast! You sure can sub papaya for one of the fruits. Enjoy them, especially if you have them growing! Let me know how they turn out. Cheers!

  13. My husband and I started juicing and I have a few questions before I carry this out over the next six days: Is this ok to do while I breastfeed my 3 month old child? Can I continue to workout? I currently workout 6 days a week. I want to have a clean diet and cleanse my system but I am not sure if the 7 day cleanse is right for me at this time? I do wish to keep working out everyday and breastfeeding.

    • Bethanie, I would suggest bringing this up with your doctor when it comes to your baby. While juicing is great it does release toxins into your blood stream that will get into your milk. So, it’s best to check up with your doctor. Working out is fine if you keep it lite. It’s best to not workout during the first few days of your juice fast as your body will need to rest and recover during the detox phase. Let me know if you have any questions.

  14. Hi donnie! I’m rod from the philippines and i’m on the planning stage of this 7 day juice fast. I do workout like 3 times a week, is it advisable to do it while on juice fast? Thank you so much!

    • Rod, working out is fine while on the juice fast if you keep it very lite at the start. It’s best to let your body rest and adjust during the first 3-5 days. The best thing you can do is to just listen to your body. When it’s had enough it will let you know when it’s time to stop. I’m always here if you have questions Rod.

  15. Will adding a protein powder supplement hurt my fast?

    • Matt, are you lifting weight, trying to build muscle, or doing some extreme activities throughout your day? If not then there’s no need for adding anything to your juices. If you are doing one of those then it’s okay to add some unflavored protein isolate to your juices.

      If you’re main goal is to lose a good amount of weight (20 or more pounds) then I would urge you to focus first on your weight loss as you can always build muscle afterwards. Let me know if you have any questions.

  16. Hi Donnie, just starting a 7 day plan today, I had the lemon and juice and hot water and it was really hard for me to drink, can I add a teaspoon of honey to it or is that no good. Thanks

    • Sorry Sam, no honey while on the fast. Just plain ol’ fruits and veggies. The water is a little hard to get down but it’s very beneficial first thing. Try just having an 8oz glass of warm water with a few squeezes of lemon. That should be much easier and still serve it’s purpose in the mornings. Let me know if that’s workable Sam.

  17. Hey Donnie how are you. question. I am just about to start the 7day juicing. if i get hungry can i use my Nutribullet to make a smoothie. because the smoothie have the fiber to fill you up.

    • I’m doing great Richard, thanks for asking! I hope all is well with you. You can’t use the nutribullet or any other blender while on the fast. It defeats the purpose of the fast and is no different than eating solids. Fiber is something we avoid while on the fast. It’s important to let your digestive system rest while you fast. If you are feeding it solids you aren’t fasting and will not get the benefits of the fast. Just keep on the juice and you’ll do fine Richard. The juice will fill you up.

  18. Thanks for this comprehensive list. I am on day 6 of a planned 40 day juice fast, and this is going to come in really handy! It would be nice to have an info-graphic of it to put up on pinterest. Very helpful. Thank you.

    • I might just have to make a nice info-graphic to do that. Thanks for the idea and congrats on day 6 of your juice fast! Let me know if you have any questions.

      • Hello,
        I’m just halfway through day 1 of 14,for starters. I feel nauseated and gassy. Do you have any suggestions?

        • Jo, you’re going through detox, that’s going to happen. Just do your best to keep drinking your juices along with plenty of water. Get as much rest as you can. Years of bad eating habits will do a number on a body. It gets better Jo. I’m here if you have any questions.

  19. I’m gonna try and make juice a 3/4th part of my daily diet.
    I am working and a single guy and need to go to my office daily hence can’t afford to be on juice for this long.
    I am originally from India and am a food lover.

    I am looking at the following:
    Breakfast : Juice
    Lunch: A portion of Cooked vegetable/ lentil / curry Indian style with less or no oil (basically doing this for protein requirement) under 300 calories
    Dinner: Juice
    And go for 8 glasses of water daily.

    Would you recommend this? Or still want some modification or give any suggestions.

    • Amit, while you’ll get the nutritional benefits of adding juice to your diet, you won’t get the full effects it by doing what you plan. I think it’s great that you are adding juices to your daily diet. It really depends on what your goals are and what you expect out of it. I’m a single guy with two kids and worked at the office 8-12 hours a day when I did my first fast. I went for 15 days with just juice and never felt better. But my goals were to get off my medications, lose weight, avoid a surgery, and become a healthier person. I think you will do fine with your plan but again, it really depends on what your expectations are. I wish you the best of luck Amit, keep me posted on your status. I’m here if you have any questions.

  20. When you substitute veggies and fruits do you try to do approx. the same amount? For instance 4 kale leaves with broccoli, would you do kind of one bunch of broccoli? Or handful of Basil – handful of Spinach? I’m going to start my first juicing fast tomorrow morning so wish me luck.

    • When substituting I always try to use an equivalent amount. Use what you think is appropriate. I never really measure hen using substitutes. Just grab a good amount and juice it. It will turn out and be fine.

      • Ok last question, I think lol. Is it ok to not use all the ingredients in a recipe? For instance I don’t have any pomegranate juice but I want to try the stackberry recipe. Does that matter?

  21. Hello Donnie T, I just bought an ultra magic bullet machine for my juicing. I will be starting my juicing tomorrow for sure. I tried one recipe today but my own. this is what i used in it, spinach, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, mangoes, banana, carrot, pear. was that enough fruit and vegetable please let me know. Thanks Nadege

    • Nadege, I’m sorry to tell you this but a magic bullet is a blender and will not work for a juice fast. You’ll need to get a juicer if you want to be able to juice fast.

      When you use a blender, you are just blending and mixing things together. It’s really no different than eating the fruits and vegetables raw. A juicer will extract the juice and separate the pulp and fiber. A juicer will also damage the cell walls where most of the enzymes and nutrients are stored. This allows the juice to be quickly absorbed into your system without having to pass through the digestive process. A blender does not do this, even if you strain the juice out of what you blend.

      The most important part of a juice fast is not eating any solids. Even if your blender liquifies what you put in it, it’s still a solid as it will still get passed through your digestive system. Blenders are great for smoothies but to get the full benefits of a juice fast, you’ll need to get yourself a juicer Nadege. You can see the ones I’ve used along with their reviews here:

      Also, if you want a more in depth read on why you must use a juicer for juicing, then read this article here and you’ll get a better understanding:

      I’m here if you have any questions Nadege. I wish you all the best!

  22. Hi,
    Can you juice frozen fruit such as berries/mango if you defrost them overnight if fresh is not in season/available?

  23. I usually get to change the other juices if I haven’t veggies or fruits I needed. But, thanks to you donnie, I will have the alternative ones from now on … 😀

  24. This list is great its really helped me as I tried the sunset passion and couldn’t stomach it as I don’t like beetroot tried substituting with tomatoe and found the same. I have also replaced the bruchetta tang with stackberry juice! I am now on day 4 today and weighed myself this morning and after 3 full days I have lost 9lb! I was feeling weak in day 2 on the evening and didn’t think I would be able to do till day 7 but the weight loss is spurring me on! I am worried about starting to eat solids on day 8. I attend weightwatchers so have a low calorie diet anyway! just hope the weight stays off!

  25. Have you heard anything about rotating your greens? When I started making smoothies I was told not to use the same greens day after day. I don’t know if there’s a health benefit to that or if it’s just about having variety???

    • Patti, the reasoning behind the rotating is to ensure you get the variety of nutrition that your body needs. On the juice fast, most drinks contain atleast 4 or more ingredients so you’ll get plenty of variety. Also, on a juice fast you are getting a high concentration of nutrients, much more than you get with any normal meal or smoothie. You’ll be fine as long as you keep a variety in your juices.

  26. Thank you for this list! Since we’ll be fasting for a minimum of 60 days, this will be a lifesaver for me.

  27. Great list! Thanks for posting.