In the last post we looked at what it’s really like to use a juicer. Juicers are a great way to make your own healthy and natural fruit juice but you do need to be prepared for the clean up involved – and – you should always clean your juicer immediately after making your juice.
Even in spite of the clean up involved, I’ve used my Jack LaLane Juicer on a pretty regular basis. You don’t have to do anything fancy or exotic and in fact my two favorite juice blends are very simple. They are:
Two Apples + A Couple Handfuls of Baby Carrots
I use apples all the time in my juicer. They make a great base for so many fruit blends, they are always available at the grocery store, and are usually reasonably priced. Apple Carrot juice is my standard juice blend that I make most often. I like the taste and usually have the ingredients on hand. I cut the apples at least into quarters before putting them in the juicer but I don’t peel them.
Fresh Pineapple Chunks + Several Strawberries
I love the combination of pineapples and strawberries which is quite sweet. Just like apples, pineapples make a great base for juice blends, however it’s a little pricier.
You don’t necessarily have to make a blend either. I often use only apples and just make straight apple juice. I sometimes use just watermelon too, usually when I’ve bought a whole watermelon and can’t use it up fast enough. Watermelon is a fruit with high water content and it goes through the juicer lickety split!
So is there anything that hasn’t turned out so great in the juicer? Well, I’ve tried my best to incorporate some green veggies into my blends but just don’t find them that appealing. I’ve tried adding some celery to my apple juice and it was OK, but not great. I tried using cucumber and once again, it was OK but kind of bland. It’s healthy but just doesn’t have the same appeal as the fruity blends.
I don’t use oranges very often either because you really get a better orange juice using an old fashioned juice squeezer. And some fruits, like a fresh juicy pear, I would rather just eat and it almost seems like a waste to run them through the juicer.
My Favorite Juice Book
When I first had my juicer I checked several juicer recipe books out of the library. They all had some good ideas but there was one I really liked and finally purchased so I could have it as a reference. The Big Book of Juices and Smoothies has 365 different blends. What I really liked was it used the concept of a base fruit which is so often how it really does work out. The pages have little pictures of apples on them for the apple based blends, pineapples for the pineapple blends and so forth. Each recipe also lists the nutrients in the fruits you are using (things like beta-carotene or vitamin C). It also has five categories (Energy, Detox, Immunity, Digestion, and Skin) and for each blend it tells you which of these area are given a boost by the fruit you are using.
Are you new to juicing? Or maybe you’ve just fallen into a juicing rut? This book has lots of recipes and pictures and might just be the inspiration you’re looking for!