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Juice, From Scratch!

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Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Any fun plans? Staying in to watch the Bachelor? Going out for a romantic dinner? Nick and I found a local place that is doing a 6 course Valentine’s dinner, for a GREAT price! The menu sounded amazing, so I’m actually very excited.Juice, From Scratch! 1

In honor of my heart, I chose the salmon for tonight’s dinner. Nick chose the steak…

Do you like juice? I’ve never been a fan of juice. Even when I was a child I really wasn’t into juice. As I’ve learned more about nutrition and health, I have decided that my dislike for juice is actually quite a good thing, as I’ve counseled many individuals who seem to have a slight addiction to it’s sweet and tangy taste. I prefer eating the actual fruit, personally, and that’s also what I suggest to my clients.

About a month ago Nick mentioned he would love a juicer. Of course the first thing that came to my mind was, “yuck, no thanks!”. But then I realized that in this day and age a “juicer” isn’t just a large piece of equipment that extracts juice, but in fact today’s modern juicer can turn the entire edible fruit/vegetable into juice! So really, buying a juicer wouldn’t be such a bad idea. I convinced myself that we had enough room in our tiny kitchen for one more large piece of equipment. On Nick’s birthday I presented him with this;Juice, From Scratch! 2

Three days later we purchased oranges….Juice, From Scratch! 3

read the simple instructions, peeled three oranges…..Juice, From Scratch! 4

and made America’s favorite juice, orange juice!Juice, From Scratch! 5

I was expecting all of the pulp to be nicely mixed into the juice, however, to my horror, it was all saved in another compartment on the juicer.Juice, From Scratch! 6

Nick said, “perfect! No pulp!”. I about cried. Do you know how many health benefits are in that pulp?! TONS! I insisted that he add at least half the pulp, so he did  In total, the 3 oranges made about 1.75 cups of OJ.Juice, From Scratch! 7

I even saved some of the pulp and put it in the freezer. After about an hour it was slightly frozen and I added some Truvia for a sweet treat. Sound strange? Well, it was delicious!Juice, From Scratch! 8

The juice was also delicious and I can’t wait to make other juice creations. In fact, I’m starting to think of creative ideas for summer popsicles!Juice, From Scratch! 9

Benefits of Juicing

– Depending on the produce, you may be able to eat the entire fruit/vegetable, even the fibrous core

– Minimal nutrient loss due to traveling, sitting on the shelf, and heat from pasteurization (it’s basically a raw food)

– Amazing taste

-Ability to create your own juice mixes and to be creative with your juice

Question: Have you ever juiced? Give me some new ideas please!

I almost forgot, I also made tangelo + red grapefruit juice.Juice, From Scratch! 10

I added all of the pulp to this one, and once it was chilled, it was amazing.

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