Juicing is here to stay. It’s a good way to get beaucoup fruits and veggies into your diet in a tasty way, especially when the sweet fruits cover up the more bitter (but healthy!) veggies. The juicing-as-detox myth may have been busted, but we can all agree that extra produce in your diet is beneficial to your overall health.
Homemade juice is cheaper than commercially processed juice, and it also means one less plastic bottle out there. You’re also able to customize your beverage when you make it yourself and make sure that it’s fresh-fresh-fresh, and you don’t have to worry about any sneaky sugars.
That’s Cool, But I Don’t Have a Juicer…
Contrary to what juicing fans may tell you, you don’t need a juicer. That’s good news for budget-conscious vegans, or green-earth lovers trying to embrace a minimal lifestyle. If you already have a blender or a food processor, you’re in luck. All you need now is a flour-sack-cloth towel.
- Lay the flour sack cloth over a big kitchen bowl and set it aside.
- Throw all your juicing ingredients in a blender. You can use a little water to get the blades moving if the motor seems stuck.
- In place of water, you may use high-moisture produce as a sub for water: summer peaches, watermelon, blueberries, pineapple, oranges, grapefruit, et al. Pair these with any other produce you have on hand: beets, kale, strawberries, papaya … anything. Empty out your crisper and see what you find.
- Once everything is blended up, carefully pour the purée over the flour sack cloth covered bowl.
- Gingerly gather up the four corners of the cloth and hold them in one hand.
- Start squeezing with your other hand, until you have a big bowl of fresh juice and a fistful of pulp.
- Always give the pulp a few extra squeezes — there’s more juice in there to be sure.
Transfer the juice to a clean mason jar, and a few ice cubes, and take a huge sip. Another good thing about this method … you don’t have to clean out a juicer.
Recommended Recipes and Resources to Get You Started!
- Benefits of Consuming Green Juice: Starting off juicing can be a bit confusing if you don’t know what kinds of juices do what. This is a great guide to green juices and why you need them in your life!
- Basics/Benefits to Juice Fasting: This is the perfect juicing 101 guide for those who are just dipping their toes into juice fasting and want to do it right.
- Quick Guide for the Newbie Juicer: This is a quick, helpful newbie guide for what to have on hand, produce and machine wise.
- Juicing or Smoothies?: Need help deciding what to have and why? This guide will help you learn how best to juice certain produce and use other things for smoothies!
Then, here are some recipe ideas to get you started:
- Pink Lady: Pear, beet, ginger, and pineapple. A sweet, fruity juice inspired by Cafe Blossom on New York’s Upper West Side.
- Glowing Green: Cucumber, kale, celery, bell pepper, apple, and mint. This bright tasty juice was created by rockin’ veg-blogger Emily Von Ew.
- Summer’s Day: Watermelon, beets, mangoes, strawberries, and cucumber. This is a cool mix of summer produce delivers a sweet-tart taste.
- Salad Through a Straw: Carrots, beet, celery, spinach, parsley, broccoli florets, cucumber, and ginger. This is a must have for anyone who craves the fresh green flavor of a crisp salad.
You can use the pulp as to bulk up any baked good with extra fiber. Think Mini Chocolate Fudge Cakes, Regular Size Cakes, Muffins, even Brownies. Not feeling the sweets? No problem. You can always try Juice Pulp Veggie Burgers, Juice Pulp Energy Balls, and Crispy Juice Pulp Crackers. And best of all: Juice Pulp Pizza Crust. Yes, ma’am/sir/gender-neutral honorific.
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