Ever since Sophia got her juicer for Christmas in 2010, we’ve been experimenting with different juice recipes. A friend posted some information on Facebook about, ‘The Big Book of Juices and Smoothies,’ and I had to check it out for myself so I ordered one up for us. We’ve tried a few of the recipes for juices and there is this tea-based drink called ‘Full Spice’ that I love, but today we’re going to share our thoughts on two recipes: Orange Blush & Sharp Citrusberry.
We used our juicer for both of these recipes, but because they are primarily citrus, you could just use a citrus juicer or press and a blender. However, if you are interested in juicing, we recommend getting a juicer. We use a Juiceman Jr. that was given to us after our original juicer broke (due to the mom adding a little too much pressure juicing a carrot). We actually prefer the Juiceman Jr. that we have now to the newer model we had, but do some research before picking one.
You’ll notice in the picture that there are some veggies, too. That’s because the mom here also tried a juice called, ‘Root Tomato’. Although the kiddies wouldn’t even taste it it was super delicious. It would be good to use in sauces and soups, as well, so that might be coming in future recipes…
The Orange Blush we tried was nice because prep was very easy. All you have to do is peel the citrus fruits, clean your raspberries and wash & cut your apple to size. We used frozen raspberries, but if you have fresh, that would work too. Then you just run them all through your juicer. If you don’t have a juicer just use a citrus juicer or press for the citrus. You won’t peel the oranges and grapefruit, just cut it in half appropriately and juice. Also, substitute apple juice for the apple.
Because we used frozen raspberries, we transferred the citrus/apple juice blend to our smoothie blender and finalized the juice there. We just tossed in the raspberries and blended away. You do get the raspberry seeds in the juice, but if you like raspberries, you’re used to that. Otherwise, if you do use frozen raspberries, we recommend making sure they are completely thawed before running through the juicer. Although we’ve never juiced fresh raspberries, our semi-frozen ones resulted in all the good stuff just remaining in the juicer as frozen raspberry smush.
For the Sharp Citrusberry, you could do this one completely without a juicer. It only has a lemon, grapefruit and raspberries. Again, after juicing the citrus, we finished it off in our smoothie blender.
The kids loved both juices. They said the Sharp Citrusberry reminded them of the fresh raspberries they pick with their dad at the cabin. The Orange Blush was my favorite.
When you juice with fresh fruits like that, there is a thickness to the juice that makes them smoothie like. And, the ripeness of the fruit adds enough sweetness that no additional sweetener is necessary. Because of that ‘thickness’ I mention, you can thin the juices out with water–bubbly mineral water, plain water or tonic water. The kids tried both with tonic water as sort of a juice cocktail. Alex preferred them without the water, but Soph liked them both ways. With the Root Tomato juice I tried, I did thin it out with La Croix Lemon Sparkling Water, which was super good.
I know that juicing can seem like a lot of work, but it really isn’t that bad. Plus, the benefits are well worth it…the kids consumed about 4 servings of fruits just trying these recipes. The book, ‘The Big Book of Juices and Smoothies,’ also has sections for creamy smoothies, fruit smoothies, tea-based quenchers and frozen-fruit quenchers–and for none of these do you need a juicer.
Anyway, if you’re interested in trying juicing and need some recipes, we recommend checking out, ‘The Big Book of Juices and Smoothies.’
Happy Family Cooking Everyone!
Kelly, Alex and Sophia
P.S. Please let us know if you have any recommendations for a juice or smoothie recipe or a juicer by sharing a comment!