Eat your fruit, don’t drink it

…Unless you add vegetables to it.

orange juice with carrots and ginger

I’ve experimented with mixing different juices and vegetables together. Sometimes it was a gross combination which didn’t taste good, and often times I made good judgments with the selection of fruits and veggies I chose to blend. As an example, the mixture of grape juice and romaine lettuce did not turn out good. I wouldn’t have done it if my thinking was a bit more clear that day, but trial and error is part of learning how to cook well. As I would have imagined, carrots and orange juice tasted better than orange juice and its also a guilt free drink to have because a lot of that sugar is diluted and there is more nutritional benefits than straight orange juice.

I should point out the difference between a juicer and a blender. Its useful to have both of these at once, to give you a lot more options. A juicer extracts juice from fruits which are high in water content such as apples, citrus fruits, parsley, and pineapples. It is specifically good at separating chunks and residue from the fruits/veggies, while blenders are good for liquefying or shredding anything inside of the blender into one.

So its good to stay away from fruit drinks which are high in sugar, but you must not forget that tasty, healthy smoothies can be drank on a regular basis to help you get all of the nutrition you need and more.


  • Marckysom

    A food processor would aculltay work as well as a juicer and there are some very inexpensive, though small, processors out there. Anyway, working w/a blender, for your veggies: beets, cucumber, tomatoes, spinach are my first choices and all will do well in your blender. Avoid celery and any stringy, super tough veggies as they don’t pulp well. For fruits: pineapple, pears, apples, oranges, banana’s, peaches, strawberries, lemons, limes. Peel everything then cut your veggies/fruits throw in the blender, add ice and put some liquid in the blender before you pulp your fruits/veggies, and while you’re learning just blend a bit, stop, move the food around, pulp again. Add liquid if needed. Now you won’t extract as much juice this way, the end result will be thick. Add lots of ice and you’ll have to add either water or some other liquid to have a juice consistency.Enjoy.