The Ultimate Guide to Fresh Juicing

I love fresh juice.  It tastes good and makes me feel amazing.  When I reviewed the BELLA NutriPro juicer, I instantly became hooked.  Itz easy.  You throw in a bunch of fruits and vegetables and, in my opinion, itz all delicious.  Itz fun to play around with a variety of combinations and see what’s best.

green juice

The people at BELLA NutriPro have come up with a brand new and interesting infographic titled “The Ultimate Guide to Fresh Juicing”. This infographic unveils surprising facts about the health benefits of fresh juice, the differences between fresh juice and pasteurized juice, as well as other additional insights that may surprise you.

The Ultimate Guide to Fresh Juicing

The Ultimate Guide to Fresh Juicing
by BELLA NutriPro

Itz interesting, eh?  I love how they suggest all the colors of fruits and vegetables and explain the benefits of each.  I can definitely attest to the fact that the NutriPro is super easy to clean. Ah, there’s just so much information regarding juicing!  Am I a dork if it makes me so excited to continue to read and learn more?!  (Please say no.)

I know that juicing is all the craze right now, but I really feel like once you start you just can’t stop.  You can’t really blame everyone though because of all the benefits juicing provides.  And I love what NutriPro says: Now is a better time than ever to start juicing!

What new information did you learn?  Do you own a juicer?  What’s your favorite fresh juice? 

Memorial Day Weekend

Itz Memorial Day weekend, so hopefully you’ve got the day off work and are able to get outside and enjoy the nice weather!  My summer has officially begun as Thursday was my last day with my students.  Check out the cutest homemade gift I received as an end of the year present:

Itz

Seriously, so cute!  It will be the first decorative item that goes up in my new classroom as I’m looping up to fourth grade with my same class.  Looping has many benefits and I’m excited I get to stay with these kiddos for another year.

Today I’m linking up with Katie’s Marvelous in my Monday while I share about my marvelous weekend.  Lots of marvelous in the blogosphere today!

MiMM

On Friday I received a totally awesome package from Under Armour for working on their What’s Beautiful campaign with FitFluential.  The shoes are baller and so lightweight, I love the neon mesh tank, and the headbands all have inspirational messages on them.  Can’t wait to rock the UA gear!

Under Armour Swag

Have you signed up to be part of the What’s Beautiful campaign yet?  What are you waiting for?!  Join Team Fabulously Fit NOW! (More gear made especially for this challenge can be found here.)

Saturday was my dear grandmother’s 80th birthday, so my mom and aunt hosted a lovely luncheon for her at the Ritz.

Mama

Isn’t my Mama beautiful?  No one ever believes she just turned 80!  She’s definitely the most amazing woman I know.

Stephanie and I took really classy pictures during the luncheon…

seester

Actually there are about a million other pictures (including handstands with my mom!), but they’re on Steph’s camera, so I’ll have to wait on those.  This darling picture is taken while we hid behind curtains.  Why?  Because itz just so darn fun to pop out, yell, and scare my mom and grandma.  Yes, we’re kind of eight years old.

Saturday night included a night out on the town!  Kait, my co-worker, teammate, and friend is sadly moving to Texas.  She had a going away party and we had to take an obligatory hold-her-up picture one last time.

school friends

She better come back and visit.  We’ll miss her, that’s for sure.

The weather on Sunday in St. Louis was gorgeous.  I couldn’t bear to stay indoors, so instead of heading to the gym I went to a local park to walk with a friend.  We covered about four miles and I sported one of the Under Armour headbands.

UA headband

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. <– LOVE!  I took this to mean that even on your rest days, you should still be active.  I can’t sit still for long, especially when the weather is nice, I just have to MOVE!

As an afternoon pick-me-up, I decided to make a fresh juice with my NutriPro juicer.

green juice

Cucumber, grapefruit, apple, and lemon made quite a refreshing juice!

I had no plans for the evening, but the weather was still gorgeous, so I called my good friend, Jessica, and we went to Forest Park to walk another four miles before eating dinner at the Boathouse.

boathouse

Yeah, the glass of wine (in a plastic cup) sounded better than it turned out to be.  The warm weather coupled with the fact we just got done walking did not make the red wine appealing.  Stupid choice for ordering it and a waste of money.  Oh well.  My black bean and corn veggie burger was AWESOME as were the beer-battered fries that accompanied it.  I rarely eat fries, but these were good!

Then I went home and snuggled with this little pooch for the remainder of the evening.  We were both tired from all the walking (Zoey got two mini-walks yesterday, too!).

zoey yawn

What’d you do over the weekend?  Any plans for today?

Cottage Pulp

Cottage Pulp – that’s an appealing title, eh?  Hehe, I promise the final product is much better than the name.  You see, I’ve been juicing (well, only on the weekends) with my awesome NutriPro, and itz been amazingly delicious.  However, it produces so.much.pulp, and I’ve needed more ways than one to use the pulp, so it doesn’t go to waste.  Pulp bread is especially awesome with carrot pulp and green pulp.  The other day I made a juice that contained grapefruit, orange, and lemon and I thought that may taste funky going into bread.  Instead, I took a couple scoops and plopped it on top of cottage cheese and sprinkled it with chia seeds.  Cottage Pulp.

cottage pulp

Itz much prettier than the name suggests, too, right?  You’ve got a great deal of fiber from the pulp, protein and calcium from the cottage cheese, and healthy fats from the chia seeds.  Awesome snack!  Add that to the list of how to use juice pulp!

Can you believe itz the last Wednesday in February?  That means itz the last WIAW for Love Your Veggies month with Peas and Crayons.

So I made sure to jam-pack this post with veggies at each meal!  First up: breakfast.  I made a post workout smoothie with Designer Whey French Vanilla protein powder.

smoothie

Usually I use milk, but we were out, so I had to suffice with water only.  The banana did a good job of making it a bit creamy.  The above recipe made about two large glasses.  A spoonful of sunflower seed butter was also consumed for breakfast.

Lunch was my last Diet-to-Go meal: beef short ribs with bordelaise sauce.

beef short rib

Very tasty like all their meals.  Dinner was an easy crockpot dish.  Into the crockpot went chicken, onions, vegetable broth, salsa, black beans, diced tomatoes, quinoa, and corn.  I served it over shredded cabbage and topped it with plain greek yogurt, avocado, and red pepper.

dinner

For the past couple of days my car has shown that one of my tires was low on air.  My tires have nitrogen in them, so I can’t just go anywhere to get air.  Long story short, I had to drive 15 minutes away to find out there was a nail in my tire.  An hour and a half later I was on my way home, cranky and hungry.  After eating dinner, I decided this definitely warranted fro yo (like I really need an excuse, ha!).  So I helped myself to a lovely bowl of cake batter and cookie dough frozen yogurt topped with a couple of cookie dough pieces and a brownie bite.

froyo

Yes, I did find it necessary to show you exactly where those bites of goodness were located in my fro yo bowl.  🙂  They, of course, got eaten last since the best always gets saved for last.

Do you save the best for last or eat the best first?

Pulp Bread

So yesterday I promised you a post about what to do with all the pulp leftover after juicing, and I’ve got a great recipe to share with ya!  When I juiced on Sunday, I had a ton of pulp – like almost eight cups worth, I believe.  That’s a lot of produce and nutrients and fiber to waste, so I began reading different ideas for how to use it.  Then, I decided to get creative myself and add some of it to my smoothie yesterday morning.

Mind you, I add fruits and vegetables to my smoothies all the time, no big deal.  However, yesterday I intended on making a post-workout smoothie including all the fruit and veggie pulp.  Every post-workout meal must include protein, so I decided to add protein powder.  I didn’t think vanilla would taste very good and figured chocolate would be better.  Well, my only chocolate protein powder is my Plant Fusion Chocolate Raspberry.  So, I added.  I blended.  I poured.  I photographed.

pulp smoothie

You can only do so much to make it look appetizing. I tasted it.  OMG IT TASTES AS GROSS AS IT LOOKS!  Seriously, major kitchen fail!  I figured I’d just choke it down because I hate wasting food.  Nope.  Couldn’t do it.  Not happening.  I’ll find other ways to use this pulp, my friends, smoothies with chocolate raspberry protein powder will not be one of them!  So instead I made protein fudge with my Designer Whey White Chocolate protein powder and topped it with fresh raspberries.  Ahhh, much better! 🙂

protein breakfast

And much prettier, agree?  Lunch was simple and consisted of baked chicken breast with a super spicy blend of spices, roasted asparagus, and carrot juice on the side.

lunch

I don’t have a dinner to show you, but last night we went to my in-laws for a tasty chili dinner.  Instead, let’s talk about what else we can do with leftover pulp.  Here’s a great article on 10 Ways to Use Juicer Pulp.  There are many I’d like to do, especially add it to pasta or combine it with cream cheese (or yogurt) for a dip or spread.

Clare recently posted Veggie Juice Pulp Bread where she used her pulp in a zucchini bread recipe and made a bunch of other healthy substitutions.  I loved this idea, so I looked up carrot cake recipes since I had so much pulp leftover from my carrot juice.  After browsing several, I decided to try, and I actually really like the way it came out!  It totally worked (unlike the pulp smoothie!).  The ingredient list is on the longer side, but don’t be scared.  Itz all stuff you have on hand, and all you do is combine it together and mix.  Not difficult at all!

Itz perfect for today’s What I Ate Wednesday with Peas and Crayons since this month’s theme is Love Your Veggies Month!

Pulp Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana, smashed
  • 1 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons agave nectar (or honey)
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 cups veggie pulp
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped dates

Directions:

  1. Combine ingredients in the order they’re listed.
  2. Pour batter into a 13 x 9 greased pan.
  3. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.

Pulp Bread

There ya have it!  Pulp Bread.  Tastes good, loaded with fiber, can be eaten for breakfast, snack, or dessert, and minimizes waste from juicer.  Perfecto!

What other ideas do you have for using the pulp?

BELLA NutriPro Juicer

Itz official.  I’m obsessed with my BELLA NutriPro Juicer.

Nutripro Juicer

Honestly, before I received the juicer, I didn’t know much about juicing.  Sure, I’d thrown a bunch of fruits and vegetables in the blender before and called it “juice.”  And, yes,I visited Nadoz Cafe and drank a delicious real juice.  Let me tell you: there is a dramatic difference between blended fruit and vegetables smoothies and juices.

There is also a significant difference between most juicers and the NutriPro.  The NutriPro is bladeless and uses cold-press technology to get more nutrients out of produce.  It uses a single pressing auger to press out every bit of goodness with high quality precision. Traditional juicers and blenders with spinning blades create heat and break open the cell walls of the produce, exposing it to oxygen and reducing nutrients. (source)  Read more:

  • Cold Press Juicers vs. Centrifugal Juicers: Cold Press Juicers (like the NutriPro) extract the juice out of fruits and vegetables and yields more fresh juice with more nutrients than centrifugal juicers which use heat-generating blades to pulverize produce into juice.
  • Juicers vs. Blenders: Juicers (like the NutriPro) extract only the nutrient-dense liquid where blenders contain the fiber from the pulp in addition to the liquid.  With a juicer, your body doesn’t have to work as hard to separate the nutrients from the fiber, so you get a bigger jolt of energy.

Most interesting fact: The advantage of cold press juicing is that ounce for ounce it yields more concentrated nutrients and enzymes—the fragile proteins that support nearly every body function—that your body can quickly absorb. Fiber can block the absorption of those healthy compounds, slowing digestion.

nutripro juicer

The NutriPro separates the pulp from the juice.  I’ve been saving mine since I didn’t want to let it go to waste.  There’s a whole post tomorrow dedicated to just the pulp, so stay tuned.  I don’t have any other juicers to compare this juicer to, but I love it.  Honestly, I learned so much just from their website.  There are tons of recipes listed, and even more come in a booklet with the NutriPro.  Plus, they send a handy Easy Juicing Wheel which separates fruits and vegetables by color and lists the nutrients they provide, as well as which are sweet, bold, or neutral in taste.

juicing wheel

I had so much fun juicing yesterday that I actually had to go back to the grocery store to buy more fruits and veggies!  First, I made carrot juice with a pound of carrots, one apple, and half a lemon.  SO GOOD!  Then I made some type of green concoction.  I added an apple to it to provide a little bit of sweetness and it was awesome.  Later in the evening (after I’d gone back to the store!), I made two huge batches of green and orange juice to last me the next couple of days.  Juicing is definitely time consuming, but itz worth it!  Check out these beauties:

green & orange juice

Yes, I love my juice and I love my NutriPro!

Are you a juicer? Itz only the beginning of juicing for me, and I’d love to know your favorite juice combinations!

Note: I received the NutriPro for review purposes.  All thoughts & opinions are my own.