What do Martha Stewart, Nicole Richie, Olivia Wilde, and Gwyneth Paltrow all have in common (besides lots of money in the bank)? Why, they all drink fresh pressed juice!
Martha Stewart begins each morning with “Green Juice” and uses fruits and vegetables from her garden. Since most of us do not have the luxury of having as large a variety of fresh produce in our gardens as she does, luckily, there are so many choices available at your local farmer’s market and grocery store! Shopping at the farmer’s market is best because you will get fruits and vegetables that are in their prime of the season.
Not only does pressed juice taste delicious, it also has many benefits. A glass of juice can add essential vitamins and minerals to your diet in one easy gulp! Since the peel contains the majority of the nutrients, pressing whole fruits and vegetables into juice retains them. If you are into the raw food movement, this is a perfect snack for you because there is no cooking required! A morning glass of juice can also replace a cup of coffee and is guaranteed to make you feel refreshed and energized throughout the day with no caffeine crash to worry about.
The other morning, I made juice with a few fruits and vegetables and it turned out great! I used spinach, apples, carrots, oranges, grapes, frozen blueberries, and wheatgrass.
When making juice, make sure to follow the directions of your juicer. This Breville model cannot handle thick skin so I peeled the orange skin off. Bananas cannot be used because they are too soft and will ruin the strainer. It is also important to pay attention to what settings you use. This model has a low setting for softer items and a high setting for harder ones. I used low for the grapes, spinach, blueberries, wheatgrass, and oranges, and high for the apples and carrots. Also, make sure to cover the top of the machine after putting the produce in because the juice can splash out. I accidentally got some blueberry on the ceiling while making this batch!
Once the juice is done, you are left with the pulp of the fruit and vegetables in the side container. Depending on how creative you want to be, you can either use the scraps as compost for the garden or in your next batch of bread! My mother once made a carrot-orange bread with leftover pulp and it was delicious!
I am sure that once you try fresh pressed juice, you will not want to go back to the pre-packaged stuff. It is fun to experiment with different tastes and no two batches will ever be the same!!