DIY Juicing Without A Juicer

Updated: May 30

To juice or not to juice?

There can be debate around juicing. Some say it's not beneficial because you lose the fiber and some essential nutrients and others believe in juice fasts to give the body a rest from everyday metabolism (it requires energy to digest food and byproducts are created from digestion). Personally, I enjoy juice from whole vegetables like kale, lemon, ginger, carrots, beets and celery and treat it as a "supplement" to what I'm already eating. After juicing, I add all of the pulp to a big pot of water and simmer it for an hour, strain it then save it as vegetable broth. As long as you're getting enough whole foods and fiber, I think juicing can be a healthy addition to your diet. And, now, more than ever, we can benefit from supplemental nutrition to keep our immune systems strong. See below on how to make a DIY juice using Ellie's Nut Milk Bag.

Guest blog post: Destiny Gresham, Georgia State Dietetic Intern

You can find a new fresh juice bar just about on every corner in any big city now, selling fresh juiced juices that are great, but can be a pricey. And buying a decent juicer like Hurom can be expensive. But why let your pockets suffer at these juice bars or through expensive equipment? I have an easy, nutritious solution for you! Below is a "how-to" on creating your own fresh pressed juice by using ONLY a blender and a nut milk bag. Say what?! Yes, exactly, that's what I said!

Also, here is a link to a less expensive juicer, if you'd prefer to go that route.

Step 1: Wash & Chop Fruits and Veggies

Once you decide what type of juice you would like to make, rinse all of your fruits and veggies with water and scrub off any dirt. Once clean, roughly chop your produce.

Step 2: Blend

Once everything is chopped, add all of the ingredients into your blender (I used Hamilton Beach) add a little bit of water, if necessary, to help blend. Depending on your blender you may need to add the ingredients in sections, so everything can blend smoothly. *If you own a juicer you can skip the next step and individually juice each ingredient.