I've been enjoying making fresh juice in my Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juicer for some time now. I've shared some of those recipes on the blog, as well as ways I use up the leftover pulp. Waste not, want not. If I had a Vitamix blender this wouldn't be an issue, it can turn all of the fruit and veggies into juice...with no leftover pulp at all. But, since I don't have one, I decided to see if I could reincorporate the pulp back into the juice by using my blender after juicing. Happy to report ~ it works!!
It might not be quite as smooth as a Vitamix created glass of juice, but for me it works out just fine...and there's no $400-$500 hit to my budget. :) The juice can be as thick or thin as you like, just add as much water or apple juice as you want. This is how I created the deep green beauty shown above...
Deep Green 'Full-of-Fiber' Fruit & Veggie Juice
~ made without a Vitamix blender
- 1 small apple, seeds removed
- 1 medium carrot
- 1 celery stick
- 1 handful washed spinach
- 2 kale leaves with stems
- 1/4 Meyer lemon, cut into slices, seeds removed
- 1 'coin' slice of fresh ginger (or more, to taste)
- 1 cup (or more) of cold water (or bottled apple juice)
- stevia, maple syrup, or you favorite sweetener ~ optional
- ice cubes
Process all fruit/veggies through the juicer. Pour juice into the blender. Take all (or less, your call) of the leftover fiber out of the juicer and add to the blender. Add a cup of water (or apple juice) and blend on 'puree' (or highest setting) for a minute or until as smooth as it can get. Add additional water/juice, if desired, to get the juice to a consistency you like. Taste and add a little sweetener if needed/desired. Serve fiber blended juice over ice. Enjoy!