Don’t own a juicer? Or maybe you just are tired of cleaning it everyday? Well, get excited because in this post I share how to make juice using your blender without the mess and clean up that comes with using juicers. `
I have been juicing using my blender for years now. I have never owned a juicer. I’m not a big fan of kitchen gadgets. My favourite gadget is the NutriBullet which I absolutely love. I use it to make all sorts of things including juices, smoothies, nut butters and pesto.
Lately, I have gotten into a healthy habit of juicing every morning. It’s a great way to start the day. It gives that energy boost we all need first thing in the morning and sets the tone for the rest of the day. It makes me feel juice-fabulous.
Is juicing better for you than blending? I love both juices and smoothies, they are both packed full of nutrients and antioxidants. However, they each have different effects on the body. In juicing, the juice gets extracted from the vegetables and fruits and the fibre (pulp) gets discarded. The best part about juicing is that the fibre is discarded so your body digest the juice easily and absorb nutrients quickly. Juicing is also a great way to get a wider variety of vegetables. Go easy on fruit juices as they are high in sugar and can cause a big spike in your blood sugar levels.
In smoothies, all fruits and vegetables are blended together and you drink it as is with the fibre and all. The body doesn’t digest and absorb nutrients from smoothies as easily and quickly as juicing; the process is much slower. However, you still get all the nutrients and fibre. Other things can also be added to smoothies such as peanut butter, nuts, protein powder, flax seeds, yoghurt etc making it a perfect meal replacement.
So how exactly do you make juice without a juicer? Well, all you need is a high-speed blender and something to seperate the juice from the fibre after blending. The first time I did this, I actually used a thin dish towel and it worked well except that they dish towel turned green. Then one day while I was in a health food store I stumbled across nut milk bags and that’s what I have been using since. You can also use a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer.
- 3 handfuls of spinach
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 1 green apple, cored and chopped
- 1 handful of parsley
- 1 lemon, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup water
- Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender, and blend on high until smooth.
- Place the nut-milk bag over a jar or bowl, and pour the smoothie through it. Use your hands to squeeze all the juice out into the bowl.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy.
I throw away the pulp but I hear it can be added to soups, baking, or smoothies.