Feeling Green?

 

 GREEN JUICE MANIA

Have you been feeling tired, low on energy, bloated from indulging in all those fried items available on a stick that are sold at fairs and festivals containing shockingly high levels of fat and calories? Are you looking for a way to boost your health, infuse yourself with energy, or give your body what it needs to repair itself and function properly?

Green Juicing is a wonderfully fantastic addition to any diet, and it provides a fast and convenient way to make vitamins, minerals, live enzymes and more a part of a regular daily diet while helping you achieve optimal health. Juicing at home is quick, easy, and a cost-effective, and you can create your own green juice recipes, boost your energy levels and cleanse your body naturally. One of the best decisions you will ever make will be making green juices, because green leafy vegetables offer the best sources of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. They are very alkalizing, cleansing, healing, hydrating and restorative. If you grow your own organic vegetables in your backyard, green juicing will open the door to making a wide variety delicious,  nutritious green juices that your whole family will absolutely love. Fresh organic means more nutritional value and tastier juices, and organic means healthier drinks because they are not sprayed with toxic chemical pesticides. Check out my 10 favorite green juice recipes below that you can try right now.


Morning Pleaser

2 Cucumbers                                                   Apples can also aid in strengthening the

2 Green Granny Smith Apples                      immune system, lowering cholesterol

1 Lemon                                                            and alleviating conditions such as

1 Orange                                                           arthritis, asthma, and rheumatism.


Beet the Odds

1 Beet                                                               Beets have been found to effectively

1-2 Apples                                                        reduce tumors and cancer cells as well

1 Cucumber                                                     as speeding up the body’s metabolism

3 Swiss Chard Leaves                                     and slowing down the aging process.

10 Parsley Sprigs


Summertime Optimization

3 Large Ripe tomatoes                                 Studies have shown that tomatoes can

1/2 Cucumber                                                lower the odds of getting certain types

1 Celery Stalk                                                 of cancer, including prostate, colon,

1 Handful of Fresh Parsley                           stomach, mouth, esophageal, cervical

1/4 to 1/2 Jalapeno                                        and pancreatic cancer.

1/2 Lemon


Heart Healthy

6 Carrots                                                        Carrots aid in the functioning of the liver,

1/2 apple                                                         and cleansing and strengthening the

1/2 inch fresh ginger                                     digestive tract.


Kalossal

1 Cucumber                                                    Kale aids in weight loss, fighting and

2-3 Celery Stalks                                             preventing  illnesses such as

1-2 Apples                                                       cardiovascular diseases, anemia, cancer.

5 Kale Leaves                                                 Kale strengthens bones, the immune

1/2  Lime                                                         system, and is good for eyesight.

1/2 inch Fresh Ginger


Summertime Brunch

1 Mango                                                           Mangoes aid in cognitive health,

1 Handful Kale Leaves                                   cardiovascular health, healthy eyes,

1 Handful Spinach                                          and maintaining healthy bones and

1 Apple                                                              cartilage. mango also supports a strong

1/2 Cup Coconut Water                                 immune system.


Game Day

1 Cucumber                                                      Pineapple aids in repairing tissue,

1 Cup Pineapple                                              healing wounds, and cell growth.

2 Lemons                                                          It aids the creation of blood vessels,

1/2 inch Fresh Ginger                                     ligaments, skin, tendons, and helps

1 Handful Fresh Parsely                                 to prevent anemia.

1 Apple


Popeye’s Choice

1 Handful Spinach                                           Spinach aids in decreasing cholesterol,                                                                                                                                                              2 Celery Stalks                                                  reduces risk for heart attacks, stroke,

1/2 Cucumber                                                  and heart disease. Is great for

3 Carrots                                                            everything ranging from the heart,

1/2 apple                                                            bones, eyesight, and blood health.


Memory Booster

2 Celery Stalks                                                   Celery is a cancer protective and has

1 Head of Romaine Lettuce                             immune-boosting functions. It is good

1 Cucumber                                                        for maintaining healthy mucus

1 Apple                                                                 membranes, skin, vision, bone mass

1/2 Lemon                                                            and limits neuronal damage.


Let Us Juice

1 Handful of Spinach                                         Lettuce aids in healthy teeth and

3 Kale Leaves                                                      strong bones. Promotes immunity,

2 Celery Stalks                                                     healthy muscle function, heart

3 Romaine Leaves                                              function, cellular respiration, cognitive

1 Cucumber                                                         health, the nervous system, and

1 Green Apple                                                     maintains necessary levels of fluidity

1/2 Lime                                                               of the blood.


Many studies show that the nutrients in fresh juice can enhance your health. Choose organic produce, if at all possible or grow your own. Wash all of your produce to remove any soil or microorganisms that may have contaminated your fruits and vegetables before juicing. I have shared 10 of my favorite juicing recipes so go a head and try some of these combinations. Get creative, if you see something in a recipe that does not sound appealing, omit it, substitute it, or create your own winning recipe that appeals to your taste.  If you are looking for ways to improve your health, juicing fresh fruits and vegetables is a natural choice and  juices is simple, tasty and easy to prepare.

Some Special Considerations

Fruit juice is high in natural sugars and should be used sparingly especially those that have been advised to limit sugar intake. People with (but not limited to) diabetes, or sugar metabolism problems, hypoglycemia, Candidiasis, or gout should restrict their fruit and fruit juices. Additionally; if you are prone to kidney stones, do not make juices containing beet greens, spinach, and chard. Oxalates are naturally-occurring substances found in a wide variety of foods and can become problematic for increase risk of kidney stone formation if they over accumulate inside our body.


What’s The Best Time To Juice?

What better way to start juicing by using fresh nutritious juices for replacing those non-nutritious beverages such as pop, coffee, alcohol, and the sugared frozen drinks we get at drive-thru.

  • After coming from from work instead of grabbing a beer, glass of wine, or a cocktail, try making a refreshing glass of juice filled with nutrients and vitamins.
  • When your working in your yard on the weekends and you go to grab a bottle of pop or a sugared alcohol beverage, try making your favorite juice and add some sparkling mineral water to it.
  • Make an energizing juice when you get up in the morning and you will feel great all day.
  • Break time at work–bring a thermos of juice to replace that cup of coffee you normally drink.
  • Are you a night time snacker, try replacing those calorie packed snacks with a healthy celery and carrot juice, it will not only relax you so you can sleep better, you also won’t be packing on the pounds.

RECIPES USING JUICE PULP

Don’t throw away your juice pulp, I am going to show you ways that you can use the leftover pulp so you can utilize the whole fruit and vegetable so that nothing goes to waste. If you are not going to use it right away, you can freeze it for later use. Just take it out of the freezer and thaw it out the day you want to use it.

Minestrone Soup

2 garlic gloves                                                             2 tbsp olive oil

3 cups of kidney beans                                             1 onion (finely chopped)

3 cups of stewed tomatoes                                      4 cups organic chicken broth

1 1/2 cups vegetable pulp                                        1 1/2 cups uncooked orzo pasta

1 cup diced carrots                                                   1 cup diced celery

2 cup of fresh packed spinach                                 salt and pepper to taste

Add all ingredients except (orzo pasta and spinach) together in large pot, cook slowly until carrots and celery are tender on medium heat (stir occasionally). Bring temperature to a gentle boil and add orzo pasta stirring occasionally until pasta is tender (you can add more broth or water to thin if needed. Lastly, once pasta is tender stir in fresh spinach and cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Serve and garnish with fresh shredded Romano cheese (freshly shredded Parmesan works too).


Cabbage Soup

2 cups of fresh tomato juice                                    1/2 cups green cabbage pulp

2 vegetable bouillon cubes                                      1/2 onion finely chopped

1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian diced tomatoes            Salt & Pepper to taste

Combine ingredients in saucepan and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour into bowl and garnish with whole wheat croutons. Serves 4.


Salsa

1 cup of veggie juice pulp                                        1 garlic clove (finely chopped)

2 chopped tomatoes                                                 3 tbsp olive oil

4 sprigs of parsley (chopped)                                  1 onion chopped

1/4 cup cilantro (chopped)                                      2 tbsp. lemon or lime juice

When using vegetable pulp with salsa try to use tomato, celery, cucumber, carrot based pulp. you can add 1/2 to 1 jalapeno pepper to spice it up. Mix all ingredients together and serve with chips or with a main dish.


Cheesy Carrot Spread

1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese                                 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1/2 cup plain nonfat yogurt                                       1 tsp fresh dill (chopped)

1/2 cup lightly packed carrot pulp

Mix all ingredients and refrigerate 20 minutes. Serve with pita crisps or whole wheat crackers. Makes 1 1/2 cups


Veggie Burgers

3 cups vegetable pulp                                               1 onion (chopped)

3 garlic gloves (chopped)                                          1 can black beans (mashed)

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil                                                      2 eggs

1/2 cup bread crumbs                                               1 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp cumin                                                              1/4 tsp Italian seasoning

3 tbsp fresh parsley                                                    1 tsp smoked paprika

Drain black beans well pour into a large mixing bowl and mash beans using a potato masher then add all ingredients into bowl (except bread crumbs) mix thoroughly. Begin adding the bread crumbs until you can form a ball with the batter and your batter is not liquidy (bread crumbs may vary depending on how wet your pulp is). Make your patties and grill them thoroughly so the center is cooked approximately 4 minutes on each side (depending on how thick they are).


  Juice Pulp Muffins      

4 cups of juice pulp                                                        2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups sugar                                                             2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp baking soda                                                           1 tsp salt

3 eggs                                                                               1 cup oil (vegetable or coconut)

1/2 cup raisins                                                                1/2 walnuts

Use juice pulp made from beets, carrots, apples, cucumber for sweet, delicious muffins. Mix together sugar, oil, eggs. Sift dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon). Fold dry ingredients into wet mixture and blend thoroughly. Add juice pulp, raisins and walnuts and mix well. Grease and flour mini muffin tins and fill to top. Bake at 300 degree in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.


 Tzatziki

1/2 cup cucumber pulp                                                  2 cup Greek yogurt

4 garlic cloves pressed                                                   2 tsp olive oil (optional)

1 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice                                         1/3 cup chopped fresh dill

3 tbsp chopped cucumbers                                           1/2 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

Mix cucumber pulp, garlic, lemon juice, yogurt, dill, and chopped cucumbers in small bowl. Add salt and pepper mix (mix in more salt and pepper if needed). Refrigerate at least 1 hour for flavors to blend. This sauce tastes great served your traditional gyro as well as with pita chips, grilled chicken, grilled vegetables, or as a raw vegetable dip.


  Other Uses For Leftover Juice Pulp

  1. Dips – add juice pulp (pepper or spinach) to cream cheese for a tasty dip. 
  2. Eggs – Add juice pulp to scrambled eggs, omelettes or a quiche.
  3. Broth – If you like to make your own broth, Add your pulp to several quarts of filtered water, add salt and desired seasonings. Simmer for at least 30 minutes and strain.
  4. Baking – can be used in breads, cakes, muffins, cookies while adding some extra fiber.
  5. Breakfast Cereal – add fruit pulp to hot or cold cereals for a sweet delicious boost to your day.
  6. Pets – your furry friends would love some pulp added to their dinner. Please be aware, some fruits and vegetables are toxic to pets so make sure you only give them safe pulp.
  7. Soups – vegetable pulp can be added to thicken your soups and it will add additional flavor too.
  8. Pancakes – add fruit pulp (berries, apples, and pineapple) to your pancake or waffle mixture.
  9. Smoothies – add fruit or veggie pulp to your next healthy smoothie.
  10. Italian Dishes – you can’t go wrong by adding some of your veggie pulp, especially carrot, tomato, onion and herbs such as parsley and cilantro, into your pasta or Italian sauces.
  11. Guacamole – mix green vegetable pulp with your avocados some fresh squeezed lemon or lime, salt and pepper, and mash it up.

Juicing is a great way to get more healthy fruits and veggies into your diet. The left over juice pulp contains a lot of fiber that is needed for healthy eating. So you don’t miss out on the fiber, you can add some of the pulp back into juices or use it in cooking to add an extra step to fortify your health and your meals.

If you have a juice recipe or a recipe that you use your juice pulp in and want to share it, please leave me a message below or if you have anything you would like to share, please leave a comment below I would love to hear from you.

 

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4 comments

    1. Hi DeAnn,
      There is so much you can do with juice pulp and if its not used right away you can freeze it for later use. Do you juice?

      1. Dana, I don’t juice but I know several people who do. I have digestive issues and the fiber scares me. Any ideas?

        1. Hi DeAnn,
          Juicing is a natural way to help digestive problems but I would start off slow and light by use cucumber as a base. Cucumbers provide a smooth and refreshing base and are loaded with essential minerals to help your body replenish. Basil is known for a digestive healing to relieve stomach cramping and gas. Apples and pears will reduce irritations also. I would try Cucumber, apple or pear with basil. It will be refreshing and aid in digestive irritation. I would also try diluting with water then slowly increase the amount of juice consumed with less water. Use vegetables and fruits that you are used to, you can always additional ingredients to your recipes to try them out later. I would also sip your juice to test them out, this way you will not upset your tummy all at once if you used something that caused irritation. I hope this was helpful.

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