If you are someone like me, you probably do not own a juicer. Not that I have anything against a juicer, I think they are practical, time efficient, and do not necessarily have to cost a lot of money. In fact, you can order an inexpensive version of a juicer just about anywhere. It is important to note, that juicing without a juicer is indeed possible. And I sort of stumbled on this new ritual of mine by accident.
A couple of months back, I was looking up health concoctions to help in the morning when I had a few too many glasses of wine the night before. Now, when I was in college mind you (or once in a while now if I meet friends for brunch), the solution to this was ALWAYS simple: a bloody Mary, duh! But now, I am really on this mission, more than ever, to put the highest quality ingredients into my body, because when I do, I feel better, I perform better at whatever my day entails, and I look better with a healthy glow! Seriously, it is sooooo true. I started hearing a lot about celery juice, and decided to try it on my own. I wanted to be sure I liked it before I invested in a juicer, so I discovered just how to juice anything without a juicer!
What you will need:
- Blender. I use the Ninja Professional Blender 1000W model, which is actually their most basic model. It is not cheap, but it is also not as expensive as some of their other products. And honestly, for this purpose, it does exactly what I need it to do, and literally blends an entire pack of celery in under one minute. Definitely worth the investment.
- Any fruits or vegetables that you want to juice (preferably organic when you can).
- 1/4-1/2 cup of filtered water
- A cheesecloth/nut milk bag
Follow These Steps To Juice Without A Juicer:
First and foremost, you want to wash thoroughly what you plan on blending and juicing. Next, fill up your blender with what you plan on using, and add a quarter cup to half a cup of filtered water. I add the water because it helps the blades catch the food. I put the blender on high and let it do its trick for about 30 seconds, depending on what I am blending.
After the ingredients are blended together, I will pulse them a few times for good measure and now I am ready to juice!
When you are done blending, it will look like a chunky, unappetizing mess in the blender. Don’t panic, this is exactly what it is supposed to look like. What I do next is place the bowl in the sink, hold the nut milk bag (or cheesecloth) over the bowl, and pour the blended contents into the nut milk bag/cheesecloth. You will notice that right away juice starts to come out of the bottom of the bag into the bowl, magic! But you will want to work the bag, and really squeeze all the juice out of the bag into the bowl until most of it is drained from the bag.
It truly felt like magic the first time I did this with just celery. What you will be left with is a bag full of the “guts” of the vegetables or fruits of what you blended. I dump these leftovers into the garbage, rinse my nut milk bag/cheesecloth (usually turning it inside out and running under warm water), and then let it air dry. Then I pour my juice into air tight mason jars and store in the refrigerator. Repeat as necessary, depending on how many juices you want to make.
Why Do I Juice Without A Blender?
Simple. I think it is very enjoyable. It takes a few more minutes than just using a juicer because it adds a second step by having to chop and blend first, but I really do like the process. It feels rewarding to me when I am in the final step of the process and get to actually squeeze the juice out of the bag and feel all the nutrient dense liquid coming out of what was once just a bunch of solid fruits and/or vegetables. I feel a sense of connection to my food, and being able to partake in the process feel fabulous.
The extra steps may not be for everyone, but it is worth looking into for those people who may be on a budget and already have a blender, but aren’t ready to invest in a juicer yet.
I picked up my nut milk bag from Ellie’s Best and it has been a complete game changer. It’s super affordable at $13.97 a pop, and it lasts forever!
Continue reading below to see my absolute favorite recipe for juicing without a juicer!
My Delicious Daily Drink:
- One whole organic cucumber. After washing the cucumber, I cut it into slices before blending and I leave the peel on. The peel and seeds are the most nutrient-dense parts of the cucumber because they are full of fiber and beta-carotene. Beta carotene is an antioxidant that helps with immunity, the skin, the eyes and studies have shown it can aid in the prevention of cancer.
- A whole pack of organic celery. I first cut off the base and then wash all the stalks. I cut them into smaller pieces, and leave on the leaves on the end as they are very nutrient dense as well.
- Two to three beets cut into smaller pieces after washing.
- Ginger. I buy a piece of ginger root from the grocery store and will cut off a small piece, about the size of a quarter, and blend it.
- Lemon. I peel the skin off of a whole lemon and toss it into the blender.
- Turmeric. I use a good amount of this odorless and tasteless super food into the blender! I am pretty positive that you have heard of turmeric and it’s amazing health properties by now if you are reading this post!
- Cayenne pepper. This may sounds strange, but it adds an interesting, ever so subtle kick at the end of your sip. I personally LOVE spicy food, so I may add a bit more cayenne than most (remember from the beginning I mentioned I love a bloody Mary now and then…?) but you can easily adjust this to your liking. The active ingredient in Cayenne pepper is called capsaicin and can help boost your metabolism, may lower blood pressure and also help to reduce hunger. What have you got to lose?
**This post is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your healthcare provider for recommendations related to your individual situation.**
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