Have you ever thought of combining ingredients to make different and nicer juice while claiming health effects? Is this a good change to your juicing habit? If yes, how to do it properly? My complete article will provide you with reasonable answer. Keep reading!
Should we combine fruit and vegetable?
Yeah, this is a common question when it comes to juicing. There have been also some different ideas around it, of which some people assume that we shouldn’t combine fruits and vegetable. Personally, I think this is a good way to make regular your juice and add more nutrition to your juice. Why? As we know, vegetables and fruits are plant foods which are made and developed thanks to the support from nature, such as sunlight, water, so on. Basically, plant foods can be mixed together with no harm. The only possible issue is that you don’t like or get no familiar with the mixed taste.
Plus, when plants foods haven’t been cooked, they include the same basic nutritional ingredients, namely, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients, bioflavonoids, and so fourth … so in what way can you say they cannot be mixed together? In contrast, mixed juicer of different fruits and vegetables make them a much more synergistic power so that they can work together better!
How to combine fruits and vegetables properly?
As you feel safe and ready to combine fruits and vegetables for a better mixed juice, it’s time to practice. Actually, the combinations are unlimited and it’s up to your knowledge about nutrition and budget condition as well. There have been no hard and fast rule to follow when it comes to making a mixed juice. And all of the suggestions below are to serve about 400-600ml and with the help of a masticating juicer. You can verify the process by using a centrifugal juicer, making less amount. All in all, you can freely modify the amount for your desired juice, but for a nice green juice, your process should be the combination of Juice base, basic ingredient and alternative ingredient. Details about these will be clearly presented below, but remember that the suggested ingredients are all uncooked.
Yeah, let’s make your blend great taste by choosing real juice base, I mean the juice that you want to start with. Green juice doesn’t mean that it has to be sorely made from green vegetables. It can still be green juice when you adding some other colored vegetables and fruits. You can consider some suggestions below:
1. One carrot plus 1-2 green apples. This is my favorite recipe. Although my juice is made from greens, it has a nice sweetness with no overpowering. If you want, you can increase or decrease greens to get your desired juice.
2. 2 green apples and half a lemon, including peel. If you don’t like sweetness of carrot, you can follow this base.
After having food base ready, go for main ingredients. There are various fruits and vegetables which can serve you as main ingredients, including Kale (8-10 kale leaves ), celery (6-8 ribs of celery), cabbage (¼ head of cabbage), broccoli (4-5 branches of broccoli florets), apple (2 green apples) , pumpkin (1/8 of a small pumpkin) grapefruit, tomato (1-2 tomatoes), so fourth…, choose the ingredient you want (with the amount suggested) and mix them with the ready base.
Basically, you are recommended combining food base with two of main ingredients suggested. You can make your juicing more interesting by adding the alternative ingredients below to make the taste more perfect. These items are fairly strong and even sharp-tasting, so add a certain amount or ignore them if you don’t like its smell.
Speaking about qualities of these foods, they are to help to balance your colonic flora, reducing the harmful bacteria and increasing beneficial bacteria population.
Yeah, here is the list of such alternative ingredients: Cilantro (a small bunch), garlic (1-2 cloves), leek (1-2 inches), onion (1 small piece), ginger root (1 inch)
Some other prefers to include some other stuff, such as mint leaves, lime, basil leaves, dandelion… if you like, you can try.
Centrifugal machines are more common around many kitchens, a fact that is attributed to their affordability. They take an upright or vertical design. You simply push the ingredients into a swiftly spinning chamber that has sharp teeth at the base. The teeth shred the ingredients into pulp before the centrifugal motion extracts the liquid out of the pulp. It is then passed through the mesh filter, further pushed out through the sprout. Most models propel the pulp outside through a separate collection chamber once everything has been completely extracted.
Centrifugal machines are ideal for soft and hard fruits and vegetables. They do not work well with leafy greens such as kale and spinach or even wheat grass.
You have to take a few precautionary measures. You need to keep an eye on the spin rate. A high spinning speed increases the chances of foaming, oxidizing and loss of essential enzymes. You need to be keen with the feed tube as well. The larger the feed tube, the higher the chances of losing smaller pieces of ingredients and you may end up with more pulp and less delicious drink.
One distinct difference between masticating and centrifugal extractors is the design. While centrifugal extractors are vertically designed, masticating ones usually take a horizontal design. They have a tube that contains an auger that extends to the motorized base. Just like centrifugal ones, you have to push the ingredients on top of the tube, but this time the ingredients are crushed and squeezed by the auger. The extracted liquid drains out the tube’s underside, and the pulp is pushed out at the end of the tube.
Due to their ability to squeeze and crush the ingredients slowly, masticating machines are ideal for leafy greens and white grass in addition to fruits and vegetables. The drinks produced by masticating ones tends to last longer than the one made by a centrifugal ones.
Actually, with some suggestions above, you can make an endless list of green juicer recipes by mix matching. So let’s try and enjoy. You can adjust the amount of the ingredients for your desired taste.