Adventures in Juicing

For breakfast I made an interesting juice with my Compact Juicer (great little electric juicer, can munch through anything easily, including wheatgrass).

1 large carrot
2 small apples, deseeded
2 sticks celery
1 small-ish tomato
1-2 handfuls red (purple) cabbage
small cucumber (5″-ish), peeled
Stirred into the juice just before drinking:
large pinch psyllium husk
large pinch flaxseed (linseed) meal
large pinch spirulina powder

It was tasty. I expected to pull an ick face, and didn’t! I’m getting used to this whole vegetable juice business. Yum! Next time I’ll chuck a small piece of ginger into this mix to spice it up, and possibly a spinach or kale leaf for green goodness.

I’ve also been enjoying loads of pineapple, lemon, and mint juice lately (just as easily done in the blender if you don’t have a juicer, or if you’d like a bit of extra fibre in the juice). Very OMNOMNOM. Get yourself a juicer if you can – juicing is tasty fun! And nothing that comes in a bottle or carton comes close to matching the goodness of fresh juice, either.

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  • Fiona

    Hello. Any juicer you recommend? Have you read about not mixing fruit and vegetables when you juice or did I just make that up? ;)

    Also, Spirulina is made of win.

  • Renee

    Juicer: Compact Juicer, in burgundy cos it’s pretty. eg.

    It’s amazing for the price. The Compact can also make all kinds of non-juice things, such as hummus, bean dips, non-Sanitarium vegan sausages (whee!), puréed food, soup, and nut butters.

    Although, if you can come by a reasonably priced one, an all-metal hand-crank juicer would be even awesomer. Saw one in a wee organic shoppe in the ‘Bah on the weekend.

    Some fruits, like watermelon & rockmelon, are really quick to digest. Some folks say that the easy to digest stuff will ferment in your guts while the slower to digest stuff is still being processed. I think watermelon and rockmelon and such are better off made into fruit smoothies in a blender. Juicing such things seems like a waste.

    Spirulina is totally win. Everything else, comparatively, is fail.

  • garshleyentertainment

    It sounds great but so much fiber… god, doesn’t that upset your stomach? I admire it. Seems very good but that’d kill me. Any other good gluten free recipes that do not include so many veggies?

  • Renee

    Not at all. It isn’t massively high in fibre. Juicers remove a lot of the fibre, actually. A smoothie is much higher in fibre than juice.

    Most of my recipes contain vegetables, fruit, and grain. That’s what a vegetarian diet is. Um.

    Most people don’t eat enough fibre. A high-fibre is useful for avoiding bowel cancer, and for speeding up digestion. A speedy digestion means that food doesn’t get a chance to rot and release toxins into the body. Hence, vegan health.

  • Ellen

    Hi! I am having gum surgery tomorrow morning and have begun preparing for it by stocking my frig and cupboard with foods I’ll be able to eat. The oral surgeon recommends mostly mushy foods and blended drinks. I have been thinking about juicing – in fact, I’ve posted about it in the past at my gluten free blog – I also love reading about the efforts of others who have juiced successfully.

    What brand/kind of psyllium husk and spirulina powder do you use and is all of it gluten free? If I hear from you today I will run to our local health food store and pick some up so that I can use it in my smoothies over the next week (as I recover). Also, do you know if there is protein in either of these ingredients? Thanks so much in advance.

    best, Ellen

  • Renee

    I got my psyllium out of a bin in an organic supermarket – no branding!

    The spirulina brand is Lifestream International, a New Zealand company. It’s 100% pure spirulina.

    Spirulina is high in protein, and contains almost every vitamin and mineral you can think of – similar composition to human blood. Psyllium also contains some protein, as do all plant foods, but I’m not sure how much…

    No gluten anywhere. :)

  • Fiona

    Golly, that is cheap! Thanks for the tips.

  • Ammaka

    I’ve heard that wheatgrass can be contaminated and therefore not gluten-free. Do you buy yours specially gluten-free? Where do you get it?

  • Renee

    I haven’t heard of wheatgrass being contaminated… I get mine from local certified organic producers, so I doubt there’s any risk of any sort of contamination.