I have been rather obsessed with the juicer since we bought it. Neither my hubby nor I were certain how much we would use the juicer but most days it is used at least twice, sometimes three times. It is so nice to have fresh juice with no additives.
Today I made a juice of fresh fruit juice to go with my lunch. This was the combination I had in mind yesterday and I like it. You can add the fruit with the peels and the juicer will handle it, but it grinds things so finely the bitterness of peel and pith tend to overwhelm the juice. I found this out the hard way in the past. ;) When I am using a small amount of citrus relative to the other ingredients I leave the peel on but not when there is so much of it like today. Here is the juice I made.
Clementine, Lime, Pineapple and Ginger Juice
½ cup pineapple chunks
¼ inch fresh ginger, sliced (when it is organic I don't peel it I just clean the exterior with a brush)
Peel the clementine and lime and break into segments. Feed everything through the juicer. Give the juice a quick stir and pour it into a glass.
Amount Per Serving
Calories - 48.16
Calories From Fat (4%) - 1.77
Total Fat - 0.21g
Saturated Fat - 0.03g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 2.08mg
Potassium - 172.21mg
Total Carbohydrates - 12.51g
Fiber - 1.14g
Sugar - 7.34g
Protein - 0.7g
This juice has a complex flavor that is not easy to identify. There is an orange undertone, but the flavors of lime and pineapple take the juice to a new level. Ginger works really well in the juice. Next time I may double the ginger because I like the zip it adds to juice and in this case it is a little more subtle than I prefer.
One thing that I find so interesting is how much produce it takes to make juice. It makes it so obvious why juice contains more calories and nutrients than whole fruit. As long as you are getting plenty of fiber through other sources I think juicing can be a very healthy addition to your diet. For those of you that are curious I have tracked our fiber recently and we always get more than 40 grams per day and some days we have consumed as much as 60 grams. Clearly we aren’t missing the fiber from the fruit and veggies we are juicing.
I spent the morning tearing apart my first closet and I am almost finished. It feels so good to purge myself of excess stuff that I don’t need or use. Which bring me to a question, when you have things to get rid of what do you do with them? Do you toss them or give them to charity? If you donate to charity which one is your favorite?
For now I need to get back to my project so that I have some down time before I need to take care of my regular life administration activities. I hope the weather is nicer where you than it is here and you are enjoying some time outside as the seasons begin to change.