In recent years I’ve come to look at food a lot differently than I used to. Don’t get me wrong… I still snack and indulge but I have a better awareness of what I’m snacking and indulging on. While becoming conscious of our eating habits, the one thing I have tried not to do is be taken in by the allure of fad diets. I understand there are health benefits to proteins diets, vegetarian/vegan diets, Paleo diets, etc but juicing diets have baffled me. One of my biggest takeaways from monitoring our eating habits, aside from portion control, is that you don’t drink your calories. However, many people struggle to take in their recommended amount of vegetables each day. With just about everybody I know on Facebook posting how awesome that green monster juice smoothie thing is, it got me thinking. If juicing is a way to take in more vegetables, how bad can it be?
I’ve seen a lot of recipes for juicing smoothies and they do look pretty good. So when the opportunity arose to review a juice machine I thought to myself “Sure, why not… Maybe I will find some amazing recipes.” I received the Big Boss Power Juicer and started my hunt for recipes that would fit my meal plan. My biggest concern was that I wouldn’t like them. Despite how much I enjoy vegetables I do have a little bit of a sweet tooth. I decided to try a recipe from the recipe book that was included with the juicer; something that was a cross between fruit and vegetable: “Cucumber-Orange Cocktail” It’s extremely simple. All it requires are three oranges and one small cucumber. We decided to add a large one because we knew we could always add more orange if we needed to balance it.
1 Small Cucumber
First you peel oranges…
Then you feed them into the juicer…
Finally, add the cucumber.
That’s it. What we ended up with is an orangish juice with refreshing hints of cucumber. We jokingly asked who wanted to try it first and the kids came running. Both yelling “Me!” Their comments and expressions after tasting it took me completely by surprise. They both sincerely liked it and even later asked what else we could make. I sampled it myself… My first time with this type of beverage… And was shocked at how much I enjoyed it. The cucumber flavor was stronger than I thought it would be but I liked it. Having a subdued orange flavor made me not drink it as quickly.
I decided that since the pulp contains fiber, I would try a spoonful of it. It wasn’t bad right like that! My mind immediate starting thinking of all the vegetable juice combinations I could make as well as ideas for how to repurpose the pulp into recipes. The recipe book that was included with the juicer offers a few ideas for using the pulp such as zucchini bread and carrot cake. Yum.
Is there a downside to juicing? Aside from taking up countertop space, I don’t really see one. Things I read online encouraged people to use their juicer primarily for vegetables and to eat their fruit normally. I wholeheartedly agree.
I have some ideas on how I would like to try juicing vegetables. What is your favorite juicing recipe?