Pineapple Cucumber Mint Juice

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Happy Friday, friends! We are nearing the end of the month (can you believe it?!) which means it’s also time for another Recipe Redux post.

May’s Recipe Redux theme is all about DIY: Kitchen Essentials edition. From spice blends and condiments, to homemade broth and nut butters, we are sharing the kitchen staples we choose to make at home.

Homemade frozen waffles are totally the way to go rather than buying them and this recipe from 100 Days of Real Food has been my favorite over the years. I’ve never felt the need to change it in any way, which says a lot because I’m always making changes to recipes! Salad dressing is another item that I always make at home because it’s just sooooo easy. Plus the taste is far superior and generally contains less sugar and sodium than any similar store-bought dressings.

But today I’m sharing something that until this year, I would have previously purchased. JUICE! Earlier this week, I shared my thoughts on juicing and whether or not a juicer is worth the investment, and now I have a simple homemade juice recipe to share!

Pineapple Cucumber Mint Juice

As I demonstrated in my previous post using the Juicer_Payback_Calculator_v1.0, making fresh juice at home has saved me money and now it’s something I prefer making at home because I can create new concoctions all the time! This Pineapple Cucumber Mint Juice is loaded with vitamin C and is good for inflammation, digestion, and immune system health.

Pineapple Cucumber Mint Juice 

Pineapple Cucumber Mint Juice


Ingredients
2 1/2 cups fresh pineapple chunks
1 cucumber, unpeeled
1 lime, skin removed
10 fresh mint leaves
2 inch piece of ginger, skin removed

1. Process ingredients in juicer according to instructions. Drink juice immediately or store in an air tight jar in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

Have you thought about making juice at home? Any juice recipes you would like to see on The Nutrition Adventure with a certain focus (like digestive health, skin health)? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Juicing: Is it Worth It?

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The juicing trend is as strong as ever in 2015 and new juiceries continue to pop up in markets where other juice shops already exist as people are looking for an easy way to supplement their fruit-and-veggie-poor diets. But is drinking your vegetables and fruits really the best thing to do? Just like most nutrition-related topics, it isn’t a simple yes or no answer.

Juicing: Is It Worth It?

Fresh juices can provide a variety of vitamins and minerals, which for people who do not consume adequate amounts of plant foods on a regular basis, it will certainly have them feeling better (no surprise). Fruit and vegetable based juices can be a healthy addition to any diet, but let’s consider some juicy facts first.

1. Juicing shall not replace meals.
I would never, ever, ever recommend a juice “cleanse” (i.e. only drinking juices for several days in a row) or tell you that juice should replace eating whole fruits and vegetables. Rather, juicing should be a supplement to your daily diet–a way to squeeze in additional vitamins and minerals. Juice is lacking in fiber, protein, and fat, which are all essential for a healthy diet so don’t think that juice will provide your body with everything it needs. But if you plan on replacing that afternoon candy bar snack with a fresh pressed juice, well then that’s an upgrade!

2. Vegetables should take center stage.
Juice, even though made with nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables, still contributes calories to your diet. How many calories it contributes depends on what you decide to juice. Fruits naturally contain fructose, a form of sugar, so as they are juiced and stripped of any fiber, the amount of fructose per serving becomes more concentrated (i.e. more calories in a smaller amount). Consider how much sugar is in a 4 ounce serving of 100% orange juice and you’ll have a better understanding of how quickly those calories can add up. Juicing primarily vegetables–think leafy greens, celery, cucumber–and adding a small amount of fruit for sweetness is the better way to go.

3. Juicing can be costly.
Let’s be honest, juicing is not the most affordable way to get your fruits and vegetables in for the day. Whether you decide to buy pre-bottled juice from the grocery, fresh made juice from a local juicery, or make your own at home, be ready to spend some extra cash. But if you really enjoy fresh juice and you have the extra dough to spend, then maybe it’s time to consider investing in a household juicer. Worried about whether or not it’s really worth owning your own juicer? Let’s crunch some numbers….

A quality, household juicer can cost anywhere from $100-$400 while the cost of produce used for juicing will vary based on what you decide to juice and how often you juice. I spend about $20 a month on ingredients–carrots, kale, green apples, ginger root, pineapple, cucumber, and celery are typically what I juice–and make juice once or twice a week (16 ounce portion).

Using the Juicer Payback Calculator (a Nutrition Adventure original!), I was able to calculate my monthly and annual cost-savings based on the juicer I own, how often I make juice each month, and how much I spend on ingredients.

Is Juicing Cost Effective? Juicer Payback Calculator

Thank you to Champion Juicer for the Household Champion Juicer + Homogenizing Accessory that has kick-started my love for juicing at home!

You can see that my payback period is just over 12 months and I’ll have an annual savings of $252.00 with my current at-home juicing pattern. I’d say that’s pretty darn good!

Want to see if it’s time to take the plunge and buy a home juicer? Download the Juicer Payback Calculator and enter your own values! I hope that this tool will be helpful to you and please let me know if you have any questions or comments!

On Friday, I’ll be sharing one of my juice recipes so stay tuned!

And don’t forget to download the Juicer_Payback_Calculator_v1.0

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