Happy Fruit & Veggie Friday! Today’s juice was made using my Hurom Slow Juicer. I LOVE my juicer! Drinking fresh juice, yes fresh – not from a bottle from the grocery store – makes my life deliciously nutritious. I’ve been sharing naturally gluten-free and dairy-free juice recipes on Fridays on Facebook for a while now. I thought I would start sharing them here regularly as well. Perhaps you’ve seen some of my creations. If so, I hope you liked them. I have so much fun making different concoctions and tasting them to see if they’re delicious – so I can share them with you – or if I’ve gone over the top – and they’re better forgotten. 😀 My first juicing experience was definitely one to be forgotten. You know the phrase, “Everything but the kitchen sink”? Well, more isn’t always better. Let’s just leave it at that, shall we? I’ve learned to dial it back and incorporate fruits and veggies that complement each other in flavor and nutrition. For example, I include spinach in the citrus, especially orange, juice recipes. This way more of the iron naturally occurring in the spinach can be better absorbed when consumed with the vitamin C from the citrus. I’m still learning … and I’m savoring the journey!
This week’s juice is a very simple combination and similar to one I’ve done in the past, but I’ve changed the quantities of each fruit, and the final flavor profile is quite different … Get ready for tropical paradise. This juice has a very fresh “island” flavor of sweet pineapple. The juice reminds me of sipping cocktails in Hawaii on my honeymoon – but that’s a different story. If you want to turn this juice into an amazing smoothie, try blending up the juice with a ripe banana and some frozen mango juice ice cubes. A tropical paradise right in your kitchen.
A Taste of the Tropics
Yields about 1 cup
1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, cored and rind removed
2 tangerines, peeled and extra strings removed
1 small carrot, cut into chunks
Process fresh fruit and veggies, alternating types and finishing with some carrot pieces (the carrot is delicious and adds a sweetness to the juice, but it also helps push the softer ingredients through the juicer). OR process according to your juicer’s instructions.
Enjoy immediately! Juice can also be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 24 hours (the benefits of fresh juice are optimal when consumed right away, since there are no preservatives). Shake or stir to mix well when ready to enjoy.
If you have a bit extra, make ice cubes and use them in smoothies or other juice drinks for added flavor and vitamins (ice cubes made with water can dissolve and dilute your smoothie or juice drinks).
Are you a juicer? Do you have flavor combinations you love? Have you noticed health benefits from juicing?
Safe food is a journey … Thrive!™