Juicing has become all the rage. So what’s the big deal about juicing anyway? I mean, it’s just juice…right?
Well I’ve got to tell you, if you are juicing on a regular basis, it’s more than just juice. It helps clear the body of toxins, helps flush the lymphatic system, provides a dense dose of nutrition, alkalizes the body (balances the blood’s PH), is anti-cancer, and creates a self-healing environment in the body.
Not only that, but juicing improves digestion and elimination and gives a huge energy boost when done regularly.
By using the juice from fresh organic fruits and vegetables, we are eliminating the body’s need to break down food through the digestion process, and instead going straight to the absorption of all the nutrition. In this way the organs get to rest and rejuvenate, and the body can flush toxins effectively.
I often start my day with a fresh organic juice made by me, right in my own kitchen. It wasn’t always this way though. For years I went without juicing, because I didn’t know it was possible without a fancy juicer. Eventually I did get a nice juicer; however before that I was constantly seeking out raw juice, which became very expensive and was often hard to find in the area I was living.
Anywho, the point is I thought to myself, there’s got to be a way to make juice in a good old fashioned blender. And that’s just what I did. I practiced in my own kitchen and came up with a solution on how to make juice with a standard blender. With this method you can still get all the benefits of juicing without the big expensive machinery or complicated cleanup process. And get this: it’s super easy!
Without further ado, here is my favorite juice recipe and how to make it using your regular kitchen blender:
*3 large leafs of kale, center stem removed
*1/3 large cucumber
*small handful parsley
*juice of ½ lemon
*1/2 apple (Granny Smith are the best, but any apple will do)
*1 inch fresh ginger root, peeled
*fine mesh strainer
*large wide mouth measuring cup OR cereal sized bowl
Pour ½ cup of cold filtered water into the blender. Add all items and blend on medium-high speed until it all turns to a liquid consistency (just like making a smoothie!).
Place fine mesh strainer over measuring cup or cereal bowl, pour mixture into strainer and allow all the juice to filter through. You may need to use a spoon to assist in straining out all the juice. (You will know you are done straining when you are left with a very thick pulp in the mesh strainer.)
Now simply pour your juice into a glass and consume immediately. (If you used a cereal bowl for draining, you may need to utilize a funnel to get the juice into your glass.)
Note: For extra sweetness, just add more apple.
This entire process takes approximately 10-15 minutes, including the cleanup. This recipe serves one. For more juice, simply double or triple the recipe including the amount of water.
And that, my friends, is how to make fresh organic juice without a juicer. Enjoy!
P.S.—If you’re feeling frisky, you can save the pulp at the end and use it in your baked goods, like zucchini or banana bread. And if you’re feeling extra frisky, you can just straight up eat it with a spoon. If you added enough apple, sprinkle some cinnamon on it and it could be a green “apple sauce.”