FeaturesJune/July 2014 Issue

The Big Squeeze: 8 Great Juicer-Ready Recipes

Make juice, not war...

Juicing is a convenient, efficient and delicious way to nail your daily quota of vegetables and fruit. In just one glass, you instantly get a concentrated shot of potent, disease-fighting vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

When you drink your vegetables and fruit, your body has an easier time digesting them, so juicing can give your gastrointestinal system a rest. This is particularly beneficial for those with compromised digestive health due to food sensitivities.

There’s something oh-so refreshing about just-made juice that makes every glassful taste like a treat. Bonus: Juices are an ideal way to use up a glut of items in your crisper before they go bad. The possible combinations of ingredients are virtually endless.

Follow these tips to get the most out of your gluten-free juicing experience.

• Play the Field: Half the fun of juicing is experimenting with different food combos to find the ones that please your taste buds most. Known as nutritional synergy, nutrients and antioxidants in foods work better when consumed together—and juicing encourages precisely this.

• Veg Out: Most people need to bolster their daily vegetable intake. Strive for juice concoctions with as many veggies (or more) as fruit.

• Buy Direct: Juicing calls upon the use of large amounts of fruit, vegetables and herbs. For this reason, try shopping for them at your local farmers’ market where you’re more likely to find fresher produce at better prices.

• Squeeze: Firm produce generally gives you better juicing results. You’ll get more juice out of carrots and celery than bananas or avocados.

• A-Peeling: Most fruit and vegetables don’t need to be peeled or cored prior to juicing, as these parts are simply turned into pulp in the machine. Large stones (pits) of fruit, such as peaches and mangoes, should be discarded before juicing. Also, the peel of citrus is best removed but the white pith can remain. Be sure to thoroughly scrub and wash unpeeled items prior to juicing. Consider buying organic to limit any potential exposure to chemical residues.

• In Order: Push a hard ingredient through your juicer, such as a carrot, after processing the softer items, such as kale. This keeps the juice flowing freely and helps prevent blockages.

• Juice Again: Depending on how wet your pulp is after juicing, you can “re-juice” the pulp to squeeze out even more liquid. Re-juicing works better with centrifugal juicers than masticating ones.

• Kid’s Play: Homemade juices can be a healthy addition to a child’s diet. Encourage your tykes to invent concoctions and get them involved in preparation.

• Taste Test: If the flavor of one ingredient is overwhelming, try increasing the quantity of another ingredient or two. For example, the sweetness of an apple can counteract the bitterness of kale.

• Load Up: If time constraints keep your juicer buried in the cabinet, try making large batches at once. To help preserve potency, store homemade juice in an airtight container (preferably glass) in the refrigerator. Adding lemon or lime to juice delays oxidation and helps maintain color.

• Frozen Assets: Looking for ways to beat the summer heat? Freeze extra juice in popsicle molds for an icy treat. Juice can also be frozen in ice cube trays. Drop the cubes in a tall glass to add flavor to water or seltzer.


Photo by Matthew Kadey

Gluten-Free Red Riot Juice

SERVES 2

This ruby red juice has a nice balance of sweetness and tang. Beet juice is loaded with antioxidants and nitrates, which help open up blood vessels—a benefit that’s been shown to lower blood pressure.

2 medium beets
1 red or pink grapefruit, peeled
1 cup raspberries
2 cups spinach or beet greens
2 celery stalks
¼ cup fresh mint
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger

1. Slice beets and grapefruit in pieces to fit through the feed tube of your juicer. Run all the ingredients through the juicer.

Each serving contains 141 calories, 1g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 141mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate, 10g fiber, 18g sugars, 4g protein, 9 Est GL.

Tropical Twister, Gluten-Free

SERVES 2

Pineapple and mango give this juice a tropical flair while jalapeno infuses each
sip with a slight fiery kick.

2 cups fresh pineapple
1 cup mango, peeled
1 yellow bell pepper
½ English cucumber
½ lime, peeled
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger
½ jalapeno, seeds removed

1. Slice the ingredients to the size needed to fit through the feed tube of your juicer. Run all of the ingredients through the juicer.

Each serving contains 181 calories, 1g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 6mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, 29g sugars, 3g protein, 15 Est GL.

Orange slices photo by natalya bidyukova/istock/thinkstock

Orange Crush Juice, Gluten-Free

SERVES 2

Here’s a juice that would make Bugs Bunny jump for joy. Its orange hue is a tip-off that each sip is loaded with vitamin A to help bolster bone, immune and eye health. If the juice is a bit tart for you, try adding the juice of 1 apple.

3 medium carrots
2 oranges, peeled
1 medium sweet potato, peeled
1 orange bell pepper
1 (1-inch) piece fresh ginger

1. Slice ingredients to the size needed to fit through the feed tube of your juicer. Run all the ingredients through the juicer.

Each serving contains 200 calories, 1g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 102mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate, 10g fiber, 47g sugars, 5g protein, 16 Est GL.

Photo by Matthew Kadey

Gluten-Free Kale Apple Juice

SERVES 2

This surprisingly tasty juice is a nutritional overachiever. To extract the maximum juice from leafy greens, alternate putting leaves through the machine with harder items, allowing the machine to work more efficiently.

2 green apples
½ fennel bulb
½ lime, peeled
1 cup green grapes
6 kale leaves
2 celery stalks
1 cup flat-leaf parsley

1. Slice apples, fennel and lime to the size needed to fit through the feed tube of your juicer. Run all the ingredients through the juicer.

Each serving contains 236 calories, 1g total fat, 0mg saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 187mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate, 11g fiber, 35g sugars, 9g protein, 31 Est GL.

Photo by Matthew Kadey

Just Peachy Lemonade, Gluten-Free

SERVES 6

You can use your juicer to add all sorts of new twists to lemonade. Sun-splashed peaches give this summertime classic drink a pleasant fruity flavor. For a grown-up beverage, stir in bourbon or white rum.

4 peaches
2 lemons, peeled
½ cup sugar
-Lemon slices, for garnish, optional
- Fresh mint, for garnish, optional

1. Slice peaches and lemons to the size needed to fit through the feed tube of your juicer. Run peaches and lemons through the juicer.

2.
Place sugar and 5 cups water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

3.
Pour peach-lemon juice and sugar water into a large pitcher. Add lemon slices and mint, if desired. Let chill at least 2 hours before serving. Best served over ice.

Each serving contains 128 calories, 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 30g sugars, 2g protein, 17 Est GL.

Photo by Matthew Kadey

Gluten-Free Blueberry Mojito

SERVES 4

Blueberry juice provides an antioxidant-packed twist to this classic Cuban cocktail. Of course, you can also enjoy this drink without rum.

1 lime, peeled
3 cups fresh blueberries, more for garnish
¼ cup fresh mint, more for garnish
1/3 cup sugar
4 ounces white rum
2 cups club soda

1. Slice lime into the size needed to fit through the feed tube of your juicer. Run lime, blueberries and mint through the juicer.

2. Combine sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and then stir until sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool. When cool, stir into blueberry juice. Place in the refrigerator to chill.

3. Place crushed ice in serving glasses and add 1 ounce of rum to each glass. Top with an equal amount of blueberry juice and club soda. Garnish with mint and whole blueberries.

Each serving contains 216 calories, 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 27mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 28g sugars, g1 protein, 16 Est GL.

Gluten-Free Gazpacho Juice

SERVES 2

Inspired by the classic Spanish cold soup, this juice is refreshing and nutritious all in one. The sweetness of the strawberries offsets the earthy elements of the vegetables.

2 medium tomatoes
3 medium radishes
1 red bell pepper
½ English cucumber
½ lemon, peeled
2 cups strawberries
1/3 cup fresh basil
-Pinch of salt, optional
-Hot sauce, optional

1. Slice tomatoes, radishes, bell pepper, cucumber and lemon to the size needed to fit through the feed tube of your juicer. Run all the ingredients through the juicer. Stir a pinch of salt and a few dashes of hot sauce into the juice, if desired.

Each serving contains 112 calories, 1g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 17mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, 144g sugars, 9g protein, 8 Est GL.

Photo by Matthew Kadey

Gluten-Free Green Monster Juice

SERVES 2

Green drinks are all the rage in health circles and this version won’t disappoint. Each sip is sure to revitalize your body. If desired, replace the pears with green apples.

2 pears
2 kiwi
½ English cucumber
2 cups broccoli florets
½ lemon, peeled
4 large Swiss chard leaves

1. Slice pears, kiwi, cucumber, broccoli and lemon to the size needed to fit through the feed tube of your juicer. Run all of the ingredients through the juicer.

Each serving contains 244 calories, 1g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 14mg cholesterol, 230mg sodium, 60g carbohydrate, 14g fiber, 32g sugars, 7g protein, 19 Est GL.

 

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