Green Juice with a Boost: Hacks and Recipe

January 30, 2016

I don’t own a juicer. I haven’t decided which train I wanna ride:

1. Juicing gets micronutrients right to your bloodstream for instant absorption.

2.  Don’t juice. You’ll lose all the good-for-you and filling fiber. Just blend and drink.

I do own a Nutribullet Pro.  I think it has 800 watts and it does a good job crushing my fruits and veggies. It will never be the level of a Vitamix or a Blendtec, but it takes up minimal counter space and I hate counter clutter.

 

Fruits and veggies ready for slaughter.

 

Most of the time I just blend my juices, but recently I decided to dust off my Chemex coffee brewer and see if it would give me pure juice. It worked really well!

I use any fruits I have in the fridge. We always have bagged kale on hand and on a good day there’s a seedless cucumber around. I love the freshness that comes from adding a few inches of cucumber to my drink.

Only citrus gets peeled.  Unless it’s an easy-peel tangerine, I use a knife to skin my citrus fast.



Pack your mix fairly tightly into your blender.  The next ingredient–my secret ingredient–will help get the blending started. I like adding 1/2 to 1 cup of green tea.  Green tea is full of antioxidants, gives a slight caffeine boost, and it’s good-for-you properties are only enhanced by citrus. If I’m making this in the afternoon, I’ll use water or decaf green tea.  I start a tea bag in hot water while prepping my veggies..it only needs to steep for 2 minutes.

Blend, Baby, blend.

The only bummer with straining blended juice is the amount of pulp from the fruits and veggies. I imagine a legit juicing machine would have a lot of waste in exchange for a little bit of juice, it just hides it better.


Side note: I took a couple shot glasses of the blended juice before starting it through my Chemex. I wasn’t confident this would work.

I know everyone doesn’t own a Chemex, but if you aren’t always in a rush in the mornings and want to have some really good coffee, consider getting one. It’s such a simple device and I throw it in the dishwasher to clean. I store it away when I don’t need it (for me, Chemex is for weekends). And with this juice hack, its dual purpose adds value to it. You can find Chemex and the paper filters from several retailers through a quick Google search.  I think I’ve even seen them for sale at Einstein Bros. bagel shops.

 

Pretty green Chemex juice

My husband preferred the juice to the blended drink.  He said it tasted pure and fresh. We noticed there was no sediment. Just pretty green shooters of juice. If you want your juice to be colder, put a few ice cubes in your Chemex before straining.

The combination of fruits and veggies I used today is my favorite. Here’s a rundown:

GREEN JUICE WITH A BOOST

1 small apple

1 small pear

1 orange or tangerine

3 inches of seedless cucumber

1 c. kale, chopped

1/2 to 1 c. green tea, brewed

1. Heat water and steep green tea bag for 2-3 minutes.

2.  While tea steeps, remove skin from orange. Roughly chop orange.

3.  Leave skin on remaining fruit and cucumber. Roughly chop. Cut around the seeds. (Apparently apple seeds contain trace amounts of Arsenic, which is poison.)

4. Toss all of the ingredients into a blender and blend till smooth. You can add some ice at this point for a cooler blended juice.

5. Drink up. If you want a pulp-free juice, drain this mix through a paper strainer set into a Chemex or a large bowl and sieve.  Clean up while you wait for the straining to finish. This step takes an extra 5-10 minutes.

Yields 2 generous blended portions or enough strained juice for one thirsty person.

What ideas do you have for fruit pulp? I’ve read about adding it to cakes or cookies. Does that really work? Let me know in the comments below!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Juliane Hong February 6, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    You can put the pulp into soil for your plants, it makes good fertilizer, my mom does this. You know what food has the most arsenic? Brown rice! Be careful not to eat too much of it! Rice grown in California, India and Thailand tested to have the least aresenic so buy rice grown in these places if eating brown rice.

    • Reply marikafrady@gmail.com February 7, 2016 at 9:50 pm

      I had no idea about brown rice, wow! Thanks for the tips and for stopping by. 🙂 We hope to see you soon!

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