Sunday, November 11, 2012

Recipe Review: Juicing

Awhile ago my boyfriend and I watched an amazing documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. It was eye opening to say the least. It chronicled several people and their fight with obesity and illnesses. The main character, Joe was 100 pounds overweight, suffering an autoimmune disease and taking lots of steroids to combat his disease. With no hope in sight, he took on a 60 day challenge to only have fruits and vegetables in juice form. He takes a road trip while he is doing this and shares his challenge with many people who are suffering obesity and illnesses. The video inspired us to start juicing. My brother was kind enough to let us borrow his juicer to try it out. I made a few sweeter juices and we were surprised at how good they were! The only down side to juicing is the expense. You use a lot of fruits and vegetables just to make one glass! We experimented a bit but then kinda forgot about it. Now that we are trying to eat healthier and more raw foods, I realized, I need to get that thing out again! Below I will show a few recipes I have tried. I encourage you all to watch this documentary, you won’t regret it. Here is a link to watch it for free on hulu! Here is a little preview.

Video source: YouTube

Strawberry-Pineapple-Mint Juice
½ large pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into cubes
1 cup strawberries
1 pear
30 mint leaves
Press all ingredients in juicer and whisk to combine.
Please read your manual as all juicers are different, and a bit complex. The most helpful tip I found  was to put a bag in the pulp container. This makes for very easy cleanup! When done, just tie the bag and throw out!
Apple Green Grape
3 granny smith apples, quartered and cored
1 cup seedless green grapes
1 thin wedge lemon peeled
Press apples, grapes and lemons. Whisk to combine. Lots of foam likes to form on the top of this.
I can’t seem to find a photo of the above recipe, but I’m sure you can image it’s tasty!

Both recipes found on Zesty Cook. Photos by Kristen Peterson.

Have you guys had any yummy juice or smoothie recipes? I have also tried a few green smoothies lately too! Tasty and nutritious!