Juicing is a fantastic way to get a healthy dose of fruit and veggies into your diet. So many of us have been juicing for years, and more recently have begun to appreciate the benefits of slow juicers. However, some of us continue to be plagued by one issue. What can we do with all of that insoluble fiber that is left over after juicing? There are some great ways to incorporate that it into everyday recipes.
After making a vegetable-dense juice, use the remaining pulp to produce a flavor enhancing vegetable stock. Just add your pulp to a pot of water with any herbs that you have on hand, bring to a boil, and simmer for an hour or more. A longer simmer produces more intense flavor. After simmering, strain the stock, you may want to use a strainer lined with cheesecloth, and freeze in easy to use portions. You can use this stock as a replacement for water when making rice, grains, legumes, sauces, and soups.
Veggie Burgers and Meatballs
If you are a vegetarian, or just planning to start your family on meatless Mondays, juice pulp can be used to make delicious high-fiber meatballs and veggie burgers. The pulp leftover from things like beets, carrots, and cucumbers will add exciting flavors to your no-meat creations. With a little creativity, after making a ginger infused juice, you can create an Asian-inspired veggie burger, garnished with jicama slaw.
Like juice, smoothies are a great way to introduce more fruit and vegetables into your diet. Adding the juice pulp to your smoothie is a great way to enhance the texture, intensify flavor, and increase your fiber intake. Saving a little money on produce won’t hurt either!
High Fiber Baked Goods
Now as much as we all love baked goods, knowing that we are indulging in something that is also, at least a little good for us would be a huge bonus. Depending on what went into your juice, and it’s resulting pulp, replacing the shredded fruit or vegetables in any baked good with pulp should result in something moist and delicious. Carrot and pineapple pulp would make a satisfying, and healthful carrot cake or these amazing muffins.
A wonderful and refreshing way to incorporate juice pulp into a healthy dinner is to get inventive with pasta sauce. Mix green juice pulp with olive oil, crushed almonds, lemon zest and garlic for a zesty money saving pesto. If traditional marinara is on the menu, you can always toss in some of your juice pulp to add interesting and unexpected layers of flavor.
Let’s face it, we are all looking for as many ways as possible to get the nutrition that we need, while avoiding the fat that we don’t. Juicing is a big part of that and it’s a win/win if we use the pulp to save a few pennies and increase our fiber!