I bought a juicer at the start of the summer and a high powered blender to go with it. To go with these two lovely pieces of kit I ordered a stack of books on juice recipes from Amazon. I love my two toys but here is a little tip I wish I knew before – books about juicing are a waste of money. This is true for two major reasons
1) there are hundreds of free juicing recipes online (I’ll share one in a minute to prove it)
2) you just put in things that either taste good together or that you won’t taste because of the other things.
Now point one is fairly simple but the second one takes a little more explaining. Take beetroot as an example. Beetroot is really good for you as it is packed with nutrients. You can buy tiny bottles of beet juice in health food shops, or at least you could if you remortgaged the house. So throw a couple of beets in the juicer. Now you could carefully think about flavours that go well with beetroot or you could realise that beetroot has such a strong flavour that almost anything could go in there and you won’t notice it. If in doubt add some lime and ginger and it will taste great.
Spinach is another odd one. Packed full of goodness, tastes of nothing much but a slight green flavour when it has been through your juicer. Add it to everything as a matter of course.
Another thing I have learnt is the importance of ice. This is where your high powered blender come in. Add a handful of ice to the juice and transfer to the blender. Keep it going until the ice is blended in. This also thickens the juice and gives it a smoothie like texture. Enough ice and any old vegetables are going to taste good.
There is a little controversy around juicing. Some people swear by it. They replace meals with a juice and claim to feel great because of it. Other people say that you shouldn’t drink your calories and point out that juicing removes the fibre from the food and also that it is an expensive way to get your 5-a-day. I fall between both camps. I think that juice (especially vegetable juice) can be a great way of getting more nutrients into your diet however I recognise that it can’t replace them in a balanced diet. As to the cost I look for discounted fruit and veg and tend to stick to cheaper produce. I drink a lot of carrots.
A simple juice
3 tart apples
4 huge handfuls of spinach
1 lime (peeled)
1 thumb sized piece of ginger
6 ice cubes
Place the fruit and veg through the juicer. Transfer to a blender and blend with the ice. Drink immediately.
Am I missing the point of juicing books? Are you a juicing fanatic or a doubter? Let me know in the comments below.
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