Monday, 27 October 2014

How to make juice without a juicer...

I remember those days in my youth when a pick-me-up was a full fat, sugar loaded Coke, salt & vinegar crisps and as many Haribo sweets as I could get my hands on.

These days the pick me ups are needed more following a stressful week at work than a night dancing weirdly to Faithless, but the craving for a treat remains the same. Sadly the "lowered metabolism" ...ahem... and the obscene value of the metal work holding my dentist-designed smile in place, means sugar loaded drinks and snacks are a no-no in my sensible grown up life.

As an aside, on our first date we spent the first round of drinks discussing how many brands of toothpaste Sion had in his bathroom (six I seem to remember) alongside the merits of a manual toothbrush versus an electric one. It got to the stage of the bar man butting in to plead with us to talk about something more fitting for a first date! Dental care is obviously high on our household list of priorities!

I love the idea of drinking virtuous vegetable based juices, but without a juicer I always thought it was a bit of a faff...and so many recipes seem to add high sugar fruits or even honey to them that they seem just as sugary as my favourite can of Rio. 

But the juicing Gods seem to have worked their magic by giving me an horrendously stressful week at work (auditors...urghh) exactly the same time as sending me a link to Simply Health's helpful infographic highlighting teeth friendly foods and a free afternoon to experiment.

By using the oracle that is Google, I found that by grating my ingredients then blending with a little water I could get a thick mixture ready for straining. I put a large bowl under a normal sieve, emptied my mix into it and left for 5 minutes, before helping pass the juice goodness through with a spatula. Using the ingredients below I got 400mls of juice...enough for a glass each.

I used 1 carrot, 1 small apple, 1 small pear, 1cm cube of fresh ginger and 100mls filtered water.

It tasted blinking yummy, surprisingly filling, but above all fresh. I'd definitely make juices again, especially if I had a proper juicer...Christmas present maybe?!

This is an entry to the Simply Health #SHHhealthysmile juice competition running until 31st October 2014.

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