By Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist
We’ve all done it at some point. Juiced up a bunch of vibrant, healthy and delicious vegetables and fruits only to taste it and think – ick!
My first botched batch of juice had way too much ginger. I love ginger and know how good it is for immunity and digestion so I figured, the more the better! When my beautiful green juice, made with local, organic veggies from my CSA/farm share box, like kale, swiss chard (silverbeet), dandelion greens and collards (cabbage leaves), celery, cucumber tasted awful, I was determined to rescue it and turn my juice into something palatable. No way was I wasting all that green goodness!
Here are some tips for how to turn any juice disaster into a delicious drink. Start by adding more ingredients to boost nutrients and tweak the flavor. If this doesn’t do the trick, then try diluting and pouring your juice over ice. If all else fails blend in some smooth and creamy fruits.
Step 1: Don’t throw it away!
With a bit of creativity and determination you can transform your juice from icky to yummy, strong to subtle or bitter to sweet.
Step 2: Add more ingredients
• Sweet- apple, pear, strawberries, peach, watermelon, butternut squash (baby pumpkin), celery root/celeriac
• Tart – pineapple, mango, orange, clementine, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, blackberries, raspberries, lemon, lime (remove citrus peels for less zest/bitter flavor)
• Heat- jalapeno, serrano, habanero or other hot pepper (capsicum), sprinkle some cracked red pepper, chipotle, cumin or other spice on top
• Flavor- fresh is best but dried works too sprinkled and mixed in. Thyme, cilantro (coriander), basil, mint, fennel, cinnamon, parsley, ginger, scallion, red onion, garlic, etc…
• Neutral- zucchini (courgette), summer squash (yellow squash) cucumber, jicama (yam bean,) grapes, romaine lettuce (cos lettuce)
Step 3: Dilute with
• Coconut water
• Juice of just one fruit/veggie (like 100% carrot, apple or orange)
• Your favorite juice
• Pour over ice
Step 4: Blend in more flavors
Here are more good ideas to try http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/jamins-juicing-tips/
Have fun with your new creation. We’d love to hear about your juice adventures!