I started drinking green smoothies about a month ago but after recently watching Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead, I’ve been interested in juicing. Plus, I think a detox once in a while would be good (but I would never go that extreme!)
A juicer is pretty expensive and as a first timer, I didn’t feel the need to go buy one since we have a blender; I searched online to see if I can make this work and I found a solution(!): a nut milk bag - or as my mom called it, a cheese cloth.
So if you’re in a similar situation as me where you want to juice, but don’t have a juicer and only have a blender, have no fear! You can participate in juicing as well :) If you’re not doing a juice fast, but just replacing it with a meal, I’d say it’s still beneficial for your body to take a break by not needing the digestive system to work as hard and get a little cleaned up.
The only extra thing you’ll need is a nut milk bag which is really cheap. (I don’t know about other places but we got our at an Asian market for only 89 cents!)
So here’s how to juice with a blender!
(I used apples, cantaloupe, carrots, kale, a little zucchini, a little cucumber & water.
I don’t like the bitterness of the zucchini skin so I peeled it off but I think it’s okay if you leave that in. I left in the apple skin.)
(I put the hardest items in the blender first (eg. carrots + water) and blended those until smooth.)
(This actually took a little bit of time… not a lot, but maybe a few minutes. Be patient!)
Although it smelled extremely fresh, green and clean, I was hesitant to have my first sip because I didn’t know if the flavors mixed well or not but it wasn’t bad at all! Before straining the smoothie, I taste tested it to see if I needed to add more of something but I was too distracted by all the pulp and I couldn’t really tell what I needed. I just went ahead and strained it and I think the cantaloupe overpowered everything else so it tasted just fine :) I was so surprised at how smooth the drink was too - it’s so much more better than the green smoothie texture, in my opinion. It’s just like juice but without the sugar and excess items :) I like!
Everyone in my house tried some! I’m trying to get them to eat healthier and ever since I stopped eating meat, I’d say they’ve picked up a little bit of my eating habits too! Slowly but surely.
I’m still new to all this so if anyone has a favorite juicing recipe, I’d love to know :)