Cold-pressed juice is a huge trend in downtown Toronto, and it’s a rare luxury that I usually don’t partake in because the juices tend to be so expensive. One day while I was craving cold-pressed beet juice, I was shocked to look at the $11 price tag on a bottle in a vegan health foods store in Toronto. I thought, what’s stopping me from making it at home?
Well, first of all, a juicer. I had never tried to make homemade fruit or vegetable juice because we don’t have a ton of fancy, cool kitchen gadgets, much less a juicer. So I took down the Magic Bullet blender from the cupboard, and tried blending the same ingredients as in those expensive bottles of juice. It worked!
Now straining the pulp is probably the most annoying part of the process, but it’s what makes the juice taste like the expensive bottled stuff.
You can decide how much pulp to leave or take out, which is another plus of doing it yourself. Fruit and vegetable pulp are actually really good for you, so I tend to leave a tiny bit in just for expediency’s sake and for the health benefits. That’s what you’re making the juice for in the first place right?!
These DIY Cold-Pressed Juice recipes are perfect because they are easily made in a Magic Bullet as a single serving for drinking on the go. It takes a bit of time to make them (15 minutes) but they are definitely refreshing and a great source of vitamins and nutrients. If you haven’t had your greens or enough vegetables in a day, juices and smoothies can be a great way to get a big dose of healthy all at once.
Lemons are great to ingest in the morning because of their detoxing properties–both the Beet Juice and the Green Juice have a whole lemon in each of them, so they are both a great digestive aid when you drink them in the morning.
On an empty stomach, you will reap the most of the juice’s benefits–though I also like to keep these kinds of juice on hand for after school or work. Sometimes you just need a little refresher after a long day.
Look at the colour in these juices! Will you be trying the Beet Juice or the Green Juice? Sometimes it’s hard for me to choose which one to make!