Well, folks...I've taken the plunge into juicing. After watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, rating juicers and considering our options, I knew that juicing would be an excellent addition to our healthy habits.
I have to say, I am really impressed with my first juice. My son loved his taste of mine so much that he asked for his own! It's such a great way to get extra nutrients into a picky eater, so here's my recipe for a nice, light juice. I wanted to start with something fruity and light, not knowing what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised.
handful of strawberries (the ones I had were HUGE!)
1 cup fresh blueberries
(ahem...that's 4 servings of fruit right there!)
There is very little prep needed for this juice recipe. I rinsed everything, cored my apple, and cut around the core of my pear (not necessary according to Joe Cross' prep guide
, but I wasn't sure if my juicer could handle the core, so to be on the safe side I cut the flesh away from the core)
I wasn't sure just how much juice to expect, but this recipe made about 6oz. of fresh juice. The texture was smooth, and the taste was nice and light; the perfect way to start the day.
The juicer that we have is the Cuisinart CJE-500 Compact Juice Extractor
It bit through the fruit with ease and I never felt as though I was really forcing anything through. In terms of cleanup, I had the entire machine taken apart, scrubbed and sitting to dry within 5 minutes.
The aftermath in the pulp basket?
For two 6oz juices, there was about 2 and a half cups of pump and skins.
I am really excited to be adding in a juice every morning, knowing that I do not get near enough fruits and vegetables in my diet.
Stay tuned for more recipes!