Not used your juicer for a while? Juices are a fantastic way to ensure you and your family are all getting your five a day, but if you think it’s all about carrot and orange juice, then think again. With everything from nut butters to ice-cream, there’s no excuse!
1. Tropical pumpkin juice
Contrary to what you might think, pumpkins are somewhat born to be juiced! That’s because of their natural sweetness and texture. They contain both beta-carotene and vitamin A too, which makes them terrific for healthy eyes, skin and bones and bolstering the immune system. Remove all the seeds, cut your pumpkin into small chunks and then juice with pear and pineapple to produce a tasty tropical juice drink. It makes a tasty breakfast or brunch.
2. Berry goodness
Jam-packed full of antioxidants, kids will love this juice too. Blend a handful of blueberries, strawberries and around a quarter of a mango and top with a slice of orange. Add a teaspoon of wheatgerm once juiced for added nutrients.
3. Healthy banana ice cream
Juicers can make excellent banana ice-cream with no added sugar and a deliciously natural creamy texture. Simply unpeel 4 or 5 bananas and freeze them for at least 12 hours, then put them through the homogenizing function (a feature commonly found on most mid to top of the range juicer). Scoop the ice cream into bowls and freeze again till ready to serve.
4. Nut butters
Juicers can actually work better than blenders or food processors for making natural nut butters. Again, use the homogenizing function and add a cup of nuts (a half at a time), along with a glug or two of olive oil. The faster you push the nuts through, the chunkier your butter will be. Why not experiment with cashews, almonds or pistachios?
5. Citrus and ginger zing
This is a zesty, tangy juice that is just the trick for battling colds and boosting the immune system. Take 1 orange, 3 strawberries, 1 lemon, 3 large carrots and half an inch of fresh ginger and pop them all through the juicer. It’s as easy as that.
Of course, there are plenty more recipes for healthy juices available on line, or why not get your creative juices flowing and have fun experimenting with your own combinations? Get your juicer down from that top shelf and get whizzing.
Originally posted July 2015