February 13, 2013

Juice your way to daily fruit-and-veggie quota

By SUSAN M. SELASKY/McClatchy Newspapers

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An employee creates a green juice at Drought in Plymouth, Mich., where juices are made to order in small batches.

Kathleen Galligan/McClatchy Newspapers

"Our intention was more of a healthy, lower glycemic juice," Poupore says. "So instead of the carrot, we have cucumber- and celery-based juices."

Poupore says the benefit of wheatgrass (made in a special juicer) is that 1 ounce is comparable to consuming 2½ pounds of dark leafy greens.

And if juicing is a way of getting more greens in your diet, Pierce believes it is worth a try.

"It's morning, and you've already had a cup of greens," Pierce says. "How great is that?"


Servings: Three to four

Total time: 15 minutes

1 bunch of kale

1 bunch of spinach

3 to 4 ribs of celery and leaves

1 green apple, pear or spear of fresh pineapple

1 whole peeled lemon (save the peel for its zest )

1 piece (about 2 inches) of ginger

Half a hothouse cucumber (unpeeled)

Clean and wash vegetables and fruit. Process in a juice extractor.


Juice extractors are kitchen appliances that extract the juice from whole fruits and vegetables. The pulp and skin are left behind, which, health experts say, is something people should keep in mind when juicing. That pulp and skin can contain key nutrients as well as fiber.

For home use, there are two kinds of juice extractors that work differently: Centrifugal and masticating juicers. Both look about the same.

• Centrifugal: This is the most common type of juicer sold at kitchen stores and big box retailers. It's the most affordable. Once you feed in the vegetables or fruit, it shreds and spins very fast so that the pulp and bits of fruit and vegetables are caught by a strainer or filter and the juice spins out. Centrifugal juicers can be loud. And, because they are fast, they heat up, which can affect the nutritional value of the juice.

Masticating: These juicers have an auger that crushes or grinds the fruit and vegetables. The crushed fruit and vegetables are pressed against a filter or strainer. Masticating juicers run slower so they don't heat up and destroy the nutrients in the juice. These are known to create pulp that's drier than that left by centrifugal models.

WANT TO BUY ONE? In "America's Test Kitchen: The TV Companion Cookbook 2013" (America's Test Kitchen, $34.95), editors rated four centrifugal and two masticating juicers. The Breville Juice Fountain Plus centrifugal machine, $149.99, came out on top as the highly recommended juicer.


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