Recently I have lost my appetite for food, with a bit of extra stress and feeling under the weather I have not been managing to stay on top of eating the correct number of calories per day. This is something I am very aware of and making sure to stay healthy and eat enough but it’s always nice to find a way to get the right nutrition’s and not have to force myself to eat when my belly doesn’t feel good. A wonderful way to do this is by making my own juice and smoothies.
I remember as a child I would pick apples from the trees in our garden and get some carrots from the market and put them together in a juicer, it was very delicious and I would drink way too much. But it has been many years since I have done that so today Adi surprised me with a Juicer (adopted from his parent’s cupboard) and a bag of organic apples, carrots and lemons. After whizzing them all together, we enjoyed slightly sour but still yummy juice.
After tidying everything away, I looked at how much pulp we threw into the bin. The bit of the fruit with the most fibers just gets discarded and I decided that we can’t keep doing that, not only is it a waste but it’s also so healthy that it would be a shame to waste it. After lots of searching I found a great website that gave a list of different things you can do with fruit pulp. (I got this list from www.vegetariantimes.com)1. Blend pulp into a smoothie to add fiber.
2. Add to a soup to thicken and boost fiber and nutrient density.
3. Use fruit pulp to make frozen “pulpsicles” or fruit pulp ice.
4. Make a veggie broth by boiling pulp with water, herbs, and spices, then straining.
5. Make a "fruit tea" by boiling fruit pulp with water, adding spices such as cinnamon or ginger, cooling, and then straining.
6. Use veggie pulp to add nutrient density to mac n’ cheese or pasta sauce, or layer into a lasagne.
7. Make fabulous fruit leathers.
9. Use in homemade veggie burgers or fritters. Pulp adds moisture, flavor, and nutrition.
10. Mix pulp into baked goods like muffins, cakes, bread, dehydrated or baked cookies, and granola bars. Celery, onion, carrot, sweet potato, spinach, apple, and berry all work beautifully.
11. Use fruit or veggie pulp to add flavor, texture, and moisture to pancakes.
12. Make dehydrated pulp crackers.
13. Use pulp for raw pizza crust.
14. Make pulp marmalade.
15. Make a pulp crumble by mixing pulp with fruit and juice, reducing, and then topping with oats, spices, nuts, or seeds.
16. Dehydrate and make trail mix with raw nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.
17. Dehydrate and use like bread crumbs.
18. Use in DIY skincare recipes like scrubs, masks, and soap.
19. Mix pulp into your dog's food or make dog treats.
If all else fails:
20. Feed it to your chickens, freeze it in ice cube trays to use later, or compost it.
I will absolutely be taking many ideas from this list so I can enjoy healthy juices and feel good about not wasting anything! I hope you liked the different ideas, when I trial out a few myself I will share with you how I did it xx