Making juice without a juicer?

Hello my lovelies! I have some fun stuff for you! Have you been curious about juicing? Been wanting to try it because you’ve heard it’s good for you, but had no idea where to start? Or, did you start to look into juicers but then become overwhelmed by the vast number of choices out there? Or are you hesitant to fork out the money for a juicer? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then this is your lucky day! Never fear! I have a solution for you here!

 

Now for the Juicy Juicing News…

When I first started studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in the health coaching program, I was overwhelmed by all of the things that my classmates knew about that I had yet to explore. For instance, I had never heard of a Vitamix Blender. (For those of you not in the know, the Vitamix is a super-good high-speed blender used by all the chefs in the famous restaurants- apparently. You can make pretty much anything with a Vitamix). Of course, once I learned about the Vitamix, that was all I could think about… and thanks to my wonderful husband, Jamie, I am now a proud owner.

Another example was juicing. There was much discussion on which juicers were the best- and many people had very strong opinions. I knew of juicing, and I had enjoyed fresh juices from juice bars, but after hearing the discussions on choosing a juicer, I was completely overwhelmed. There are so many pros and cons to all of them.

So over the last year, I have experimented on my own. And, I still haven’t bought a juicer. I have to admit that upgrading my blender was probably the best thing I have ever done. My little $49 Ninja blender was ok- but it took about 10 minutes to blend up my smoothies so that they were drinkable. The Vitamix has revolutionized my life. It blends things into a creamy goodness in just 45 seconds!

In order to make juice in a blender, I don’t think you need a Vitamix. Any good high-speed blender should work, and then you can make your own juice too! Then your device becomes a 2-in-1, who doesn’t like that? Less space taken up in your kitchen, less money you have to spend, less cleaning. Hurray for less cleaning!
Here is what you do, and here is my recent “go-to” recipe to boot!

Ingredients: 
4 carrots (peeled)
1 cucumber (peeled)
1 green apple (peeled if not organic)
8-9 leaves of kale or half a head (washed and de-stemmed)
1 thumb-sized knob of ginger (peeled)
1 lemon (juiced)
2 cups filtered water
5-10 drops of stevia (Sweet Leaf brand) Optional

Chop into quarters:
carrots (peeled)
cucumber (peeled)
green apple (peeled if not organic)

Place all ingredients into blender, and blend until smooth.

Here is where we transform the mixture from a weird fibrous smoothie to yummy refreshing juice.

Here is what you need: 

A fine mesh strainer
A pouring cup or container large enough to fit the fine mesh strainer so that all the contents in the strainer would be contained. See picture below.

Place the strainer over the pouring container. Once the mixture is blended, pour the liquid into the strainer. Stop when the strainer is near full. Let the liquid drain through, and then repeat again until you have emptied the blender. Depending on how large your pouring container is, you may need to do this in shifts. The first time I did this I used a smaller container. When it was nearly full I poured the contents into my glass, and then replaced the container under the strainer so that I could strain more juice.

And voila’! You have juice! Yes it is more diluted than it would be if you used a juicer, but that is ok. You just have more of the yumminess to drink! Your strainer will be full of the juice pulp, which is great for your compost bin, or you can go ahead and throw it away.

You might ask, but why juice? Why not just blend? The truth is that both are really beneficial, and they each have their pros and cons (of course!). The reason you juice is to get the benefits from all of the wonderful veggies and fruits in an easy to digest form. Some people have trouble digesting all of the fiber in fruits and veggies, especially when they are raw. If you were just eating a few, it wouldn’t be as problematic, but to get the full amount that we really should eat every day, this can cause some people problems. So the best thing to do is to juice and then eat fruits and veggies with your meals as well. Blending is great for people who need the fiber. And of course, the great thing about smoothies is that you can make them into meals and throw in all sorts of things like ground flax seeds, protein powder, avocados, etc.

I suggest doing both, and changing up your routine.

Here’s to your happy juicing!

Love,

Julie

 

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