Juice Fasting—Without a Juicer

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Picture it: You’ve mustered up the motivation to embark on a 30-day juice fast ….



What Have You Done?


You’ve:
•    Set a start date.
•    Gone shopping for quality produce.
•    Came home with your goodies, excitedly.
•    Washed, chopped, and prepared said produce for the juicer.
•    Pulled your trusty juicer out.
•    And started feeding it veggies and/or fruit.

Sounds good so far, right?

Per the title, here comes the “no juicer” part….




Bye-Bye Love

A few minutes into the juicing process, your juicer burns out. You’ve got nada, zilch—it’s dead. And there you stand surrounded by newly bought and freshly washed and chopped veggies and fruit and no juicing machine to feed them to—that’s what happened to me.



What Do You Do?

In a situation like this, the easy way out would be to put the clean, prepared produce in containers and store them in the fridge for future salads and snacks; however, if you’re on a mission to finish what you started—and very stubborn like me—you’ll come up with a Plan B.

And that takes us to….



Bringing Out the Blender!

Okay, so you’ve got me: Plan B only works if you just happen to own a blender—or can borrow one quickly. But if you can get your hands on a blender, you’re good to go.

Step One:
Using the combos/recipes you had intended on using, toss your produce into the blender (adding water, if needed—to help the blending process) and blend away!

Step Two:
Once your ingredients are blended nicely you’ll pour the contents into a glass, using an old-fashioned sieve to strain out the pulp. You’ll be left with nice, raw juice to enjoy!

Step Three:
If you’re planning on making extra juice and freezing it, this tip will definitely come in handy: Pour the juice into the freezable containers of your choice, filling them up only halfway. Next, add water until each container is full. Close the lids tightly and store in your freezer.

Note: Each time you thaw a container, you’ll need to apply step two and strain the juice manually (to remove the fibrous pulp) with a sieve.



Why Strain?


Since you’re using a blender, the pulp doesn’t get processed out like it would in a juicing machine. If you aren’t juice fasting, you can absolutely leave the pulp in (eliminating step two) and drink—and chew—your juice with the pulp intact; if you’re wanting to juice fast, though, you’ll need to remove the pulp. It isn’t that the fiber isn’t good for you, because it is, but by chewing the pulp (which is what you’d be doing), you’re not allowing your digestive system to take the rest it would get while consuming the strained juice version.



Where There’s a Will…

There’s a way. You probably heard your parents or grandparents say that phrase a million times—I know I did. The lesson: Don’t let something like a broken juicing machine keep you from a healthy juice fast—or even from just one glass of fresh, raw juice. This method may not be the most convenient, but who said the old-fashioned methods were?!

Remember the other old saying: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade? In this case, we’re making juice!

Until next week… happy juicing!







Copyright 2009 Michele L. Tune All Rights Reserved


These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration.  The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.


References:
Healing with (Raw) Juices, Day 1 of a 30-Day Juice Fast and Juicer Mishaps: http://healingwithjuices.com/category/30-day-juice-fast/

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