Juicing Paint By Numbers Guide

Juicing Paint By Numbers GuideIt’s January, and you know what that means? Resolutions! I have always been a fan of a good resolution. In fact, this time, two years ago, I made a resolution to start juicing! As you can tell, I haven’t looked back since. For many the art of juicing can be a little bit confusing… what can be juiced, what flavor combinations, etc. So I figured a great way to start the New Year off right would be a breakdown of how to create the tastiest juice ever — a paint by numbers juice guide, if you will.

There are four steps to creating your own custom juice blend.

Step #1
Pick one sweet item to put into your juice. Sweet components can be fruits and vegetables such as apples, beets, carrots, grapes and melons. Sweet ingredients are sweetest when ripe, which helps to balance the bolder flavors of strong vegetables.

Step #2
Pick one bold item. This can be broccoli rabe, radishes, cranberries, rutabaga and grapefruit. From tart and bitter  to strong and spicy, these fruits and vegetables pack a punch and should always be tempered by other ingredients.

Step #3
Pick a neutral item. Neutral juice components are fennel, cucumber, peppers, chard and celery. The mellow flavors of these ingredients are neither bitter not spicy, so they find themselves well placed in a variety of combinations.

Step #4
Juice all the ingredients in your juicer.

Now it’s important to remember that fresh juice should be consumed, ideally, right as you juice it. A good rule of thumb is to drink your fresh juice the day that you juice, as most juices lose their nutritional power after about 10 hours of sitting.

Since it’s winter, it’s vital to know what is in season, in order to keep our produce budgets in check. So here is a list of produce that is in season now!

  • Apples
  • Artichokes
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Cranberries
  • Fennel
  • Grapefruit
  • Kale
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Pears
  • Persimmons
  • Pomegranates
  • Quinces
  • Tangerines and Mandarins
  • Winter Squash

Happy Juicing, and Happy New Year!!

Photo credit: By Sigurdas (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

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