Premade juices are often full of sugar and preservatives while containing very little fruit juice. Making your own natural juices is a healthy alternative. It allows you to enjoy a sweet drink, control sugar intake and still gain nutritional benefits from vitamins and minerals in the fresh fruit. Natural juices are easy to make, and the variety of fruit and vegetable combinations is almost limitless.
Choose a fruit and vegetable combination for your juice. Some good choices include apples and carrots, pineapple and oranges, cucumbers with pineapple and ginger, oranges and tangerines, apples and pears, and watermelon with strawberries. Plan for about three or four pieces of fruit to result in roughly 8 oz. of juice.
Prepare your fruit by removing the skin of citrus fruits and pineapples. Wash fruits and vegetables that will be juiced with the skin on such as cucumbers, carrots, apples and berries. If you are using a fruit with large or hard seeds such as papaya, remove the seeds. However, you can easily send small seeds like those found in watermelon or apples through most juicers.
Cut any large fruit into smaller pieces. For example, cut apples and pears into halves or quarters and cut melon into similarly sized pieces.
Be sure your juicer is set up according to its instruction manual. Plug the juicer in and place the drinking glass under the spout where the juice will come out.
Turn on the juicer and feed the pieces of fruit into the mouth of the machine using the plunger to push the fruit down toward the shredding plate. Add more fruit after each piece has been pushed through and juice has come out of the spout and into the glass.
Turn the juicer off once you have processed all the fruit. Allow it to drip for a minute to make sure all of the juice is collected in the glass.
- Lori Rice