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24th, July 2014

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Juicing is all the rage right now, and although i’m not a fan of “juice cleanses”, I am a huge fan of juice – in addition to a diet centered on whole (unprocessed) foods.

 

>>>Read more about why  the concept of a “juice cleanse” isn’t always a good idea, here>>>

 

Once I tried a fresh- pressed juice, I was immediately hooked. I was spending $6 at the farmer’s market near our house for a tiny 12 oz juice and it was getting ridiculous. Then I realized that juices (and other beverages, kombucha *ahem*) were burning a whole in my pocket, and I had to figure out a different way.

 

One day at work, I had a revelation! A little while back, I had purchased a “nut milk” bag to make home-ade coconut milk. I hadn’t used it in a while and  since it was just sitting in the pantry I thought i’d attempt a home-ade juice by blending up my favorite ingredients and straining the mixture through the nut milk bag.

 

It turned out waaaay better than I expected, and although it takes a few minutes and a little bit of muscle to squeeze all the juice out- it tastes exactly like the juice I bought at the farmers market (for a fraction of the price!)

 

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Here is the recipe I used:

 

 

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Directions:

 

  1. Wash all ingredients
  2. Take rind of off beet, lemon and ginger (I left rind on cucumber and cut only the ends off carrots)
  3. Chop into smaller pieces

 

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4. Add water to Vitamix

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5. Add fruit/veggies

6. Blend on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute

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7. Strain the mixture into a large cup

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8. Add a cool straw, and enjoy icon smile No Juicer? No Problem!

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This will make quite a bit of juice, mine usually range from about 16 to 20 oz depending on the size of the ingredients. 

Also, besides just being super delish, the specific combo I used (carrot, beet, lemon, ginger, cucumber) is great for detoxifying, digestion, and hormone regulation.

 

Read more about the benefits by clicking on one of the links below-

 

Raw carrots are great for balancing hormones 

Beets and lemons are great for detoxifying and supporting the liver

Ginger has a variety of health benefits, including digestive support

 

Tell me in the comments…

 

What is your favorite juice combo?

Any creative ideas of what to do with leftover pulp?

 

As always, thanks for reading! xoxo,

Amie

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