If you have a juicer tucked away in a cupboard somewhere and have never really got to grips with what it can do, dig it out, give it a clean and get juicing! An easy way to get your five per day, juicing is delicious and fun. If you’re not sure what flavours you like or which fruits and vegetables work well in a juicer, start with apples. They’re healthy, plentiful and combine well with loads of other fruits and vegetables. Of course you could also enjoy the apple juice on its own, but the following recipes show you how to make apple juice in a variety of flavours.
As a general rule, core your apples before using as their pips can contain tiny amounts of cyanide and it’s not a great idea to eat too many, and, if you’re looking for how to make apple juice at its healthiest, try to buy organic – apples can be heavily sprayed and some of the chemicals remain on the skin. You want to leave the skin on to access all its nutritional benefits and organically grown fruit means you won’t have to eat so many chemicals with it.
Apple juice comes out clear or cloudy, depending which variety of fruit you use and what kind of juicer you have. Everyone knows that apples are full of health benefits, and juices are a great way to access their anti-oxidant properties.
Carrot, celery and apple juice
- 1 carrot
- 1 apple, cored
- 1 celery stalk
Wash all your ingredients and chop to the right size for your juicer. Pass through the juicer, adding a little ginger if you want some extra kick.
Grapefruit and apple juice recipe
- 2 apples, cored and sliced
- 1 grapefruit, peeled and sliced
Pass the fruits through your juicer and drink immediately.
Spinach, broccoli and apple juice recipe
- 3 apples, cored
- 3 handfuls fresh baby spinach
- Handful broccoli stems
Wash all the ingredients and chop the apples and broccoli stems to the right size for your juicer. Serve immediately.
Apple juice with nettles, celery and lemon
You’ll be surprised how sweet and tasty this juice is if you’re brave enough to go and forage for nettles!
- 3 apples, cored
- 3 nettle stems, with leaves
- 2 celery stems
- Half a lemon
Wash all the ingredients and peel the lemon. Chop everything so that it fits your machine then juice away and, as usual, serve immediately.