Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My new weekend pastime: Juicing!

If anyone follows me on Instagram (@raes_16), you will have noticed that for the last two weekends I have been juicing! Oh what fun it's been! And I don't even have a fancy, expensive juicer!

I will admit to being spurred on by reading this blog post from a lovely Ottawa-gal, who I happened to meet in Toronto last fall while attending some classes with Meghan Telpner. I've known how to juice without a juicer for a while now, but sometimes you just need a little push or a little inspiration, and that's what Alexa's post did for me.

And in I dove, and now I'm hooked. Don't be scared, minimal equipment is required:
  • blender
  • nut milking sac
  • bowl (I use a large 4+ cup liquid measuring cup – it's just easier to pour that way!) 

And very easy process (photos of step by step found here):
  • Put veggies in blender
  • Add 1 cup of water
  • Blend, blend, blend, until everything is liquified (and then for a few more seconds)
  • Pour into nut milk sac over bowl
  • Milk it for all it's worth, and squeeze the juice out into the bowl (don't be scared of milking  beets... your hand may be red for a bit, but it goes away quickly after a couple washes)
  • Pour into a glass and drink with glass straw (it tastes better that way... for real!)

I've made three different concoctions so far, depending on what I had around. And to be honest, the first time I did it on whim, I was pretty pleased at what I did happen to have on hand. It might have helped that my delivery from Ottawa Organics came the day before. Side note: love them, check them out. I now receive the medium-sized veggie/fruit box every second week. Delivered groceries... you can't beat it!

Spinach, swiss chard, cucumber, cilantro, lemon, ginger, apple, pear:


Kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, parsley, lemon, ginger, apple, pear:


Kale, spinach, beets, celery, parsley, lemon, ginger, pear:

Yummy in my tummy! Now run off, and get juicing!


  1. Sounds like fun!
    Do you end up with much wastage from the fruits and veggies that couldn't be juiced? I have a juicer, but I don't use it often because it leaves behind way too much good fruit/pulp. So I usually just make smoothies instead.

  2. There's a bit, not that much though. If you can separate out the veggie stuff from the fruit (or you don't use that much fruit) you can freeze the pulp and use it for veggie stock, or I came across this recipe recently: