How To Juice Without A Juicer
So this post has been a long time coming, because I know I promised it to you guys a while ago. But it's here now, and you read the title correctly...you can indeed make delicious juices at home without owning a juicer. As long as you have a blender, and one or two other simple tools, you're well on your way to juice-shop quality beverages in the comfort of your home. Which your wallet will also thank you for.
But first, let's talk a little bit about why you would want to juice in the first place. Don't juices have too much sugar? Not necessarily. Many store-bought juices are in fact high in added processed sugars (i.e. cane sugar, HFCS, even agave). But juicing at home allows you to fully control the ingredients in your glass. Plus, certain fruits and vegetables release beneficial phytonutrients and enzymes that can support your health in many different ways.
My favorite example is celery juice, which I drink every morning on an empty stomach. Pure celery juice is one of the best things you can do to support your digestive system by increasing the hydrochloric acid in your stomach. (To learn more about this I highly suggest reading the Medical Medium books by Anthony William). Cucumber juice is another great green option that supports hydration on a cellular level, contributing to everything from improving skin health to detoxing your liver to increasing your energy.
I don't let vegetables steal all of the spotlight though. Some of my favorite fruits to juice include oranges, watermelon, apples, pineapples and pears. And I might even throw in some healing herbs like cilantro or parsley for an extra boost of vitality.
Okay so now to the good stuff: how to actually juice without investing in a juicer. It is actually much simpler than you might imagine, and I am willing to bet it just might become a part of your daily routine.
What you'll need:
1. A high-speed blender (I use a Vitamin pro series)
2. A fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth or a nut-milk bag (you can buy these on Amazon or at Whole Foods)
3. A medium sized mixing bowl
How to do it:
1. Roughly chop your fruits and vegetables and add them to your blender. Depending on the power of your blender, and the water content of your produce (i.e. watermelon which is high vs. carrots which are lower in water), you may need to add a little water to your blender to support the blades in blending smoothly.
2. Blend produce on high until well combined and no large chunks remain
3. Hold your strainer or nut-milk bag over your mixing bowl and slowly pour the blended liquid in. If you use the strainer you will need to do it in small batches, slowly sift the liquid into your bowl and discard the pulp. I prefer using the nut-milk bag because I can pour the entire mixture in, squeeze the liquid into the bowl, and then discard the pulp all in one go.
4. Pour your fresh juice into a glass and enjoy! Or store in a sealed mason jar in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
That's it! Way less intimidating than you might have imagined. So now it's your turn. Go ahead and give it a try and let me know what you think! Make sure to post your juice pictures to Instagram and tag me @megansherer, as well as using the hashtag #HolisticHabitsGuide.