My foray into whole juice didn't get off to a great start. The first one I made was a recipe for whole carrot juice, and the first sip was... wah, wah, waaaaah – so incredibly disappointing that I didn't bother again for a quite some time. It just tasted like a watered down carrot (uh - because that's basically what it was). Not quite like the luscious – but not whole – fresh juice made with an actual juicer.
Here's the thing... I've always thought it was a bit of a shame that all the leftover fibre and pulp after juicing fruits & veggies didn't actually make it into my body. Sure... you could take all that pulp and bake some sort of loaf with it, but frankly, you could also just eat the fruit/veg whole and save yourself a lot of clean up.
Here's another thing... there is no way in h-e-double hockey sticks I can cram another kitchen gadget in here. So... whole juice it is.
Don't expect this to taste the same as extracted juice, but I promise it's a really delicious WHOLE juice. There's still that thing about adding a lot of water to get the fibre all "juicy", but there are two advantages to whole juice I love:
• Whole juice leaves you feeling more satisfied since the fibre remains in the drink.
• It's a great way to keep hydrated (I'm terrible at drinking water. I know... it's really is a simple task, but it's also a fact I need a little help to get my water intake for the day).
If you're going to give this juice/smoothie a go, (and I really hope you do:), start with less water and add more as you go. Basically, then less water you add, your drink will be thicker and have more flavour, like a smoothie. It's really just a personal preference, so play around and make it your own. The flavour combo of greens with pineapple and ginger is solid, so if you like it sweeter, add more pineapple. If you really love ginger, add another slice for a spicy kick. Drink up!
Gayle McLeod | May 4th, 2016
Makes a lot!
2-3 cups cold water (start with 2 cups, then add more if want less smoothie, more juicy)
1 generous handful spinach leaves
1/2 cup fresh Italian parsley, packed
1" piece of ginger, peeled (add more if you love a spicy kick)
1 apple, cored and quartered
1 orange, peeled
1-1/2 cup frozen pineapple (use more or less depending on how sweet you like it)
1 cup ice cubes
Put all ingredients in a powerful bender in the order they appear and blend on low for a few seconds before increasing to high. My blender has a whole juice setting that runs about 45 seconds total. I cycle through twice to ensure everything is blended well.
Since this recipe makes a lot, you could half it, or better yet store the leftovers in a clean jar and stash in the fridge for later. Just give it a good shake before drinking.