Author: Fitlife mom, Heather
If you are anything like me, I really can’t stand to waste food! Here are some ideas on how to use your juicer pulp in healthy everyday recipes!
Teach your kids to never waste food and how much money we can save in doing so!
- Add into any baked good recipe. Throw some carrot pulp into a pound cake recipe or Pancakes work well too (berries and apples are also good for pancakes). It adds some moisture, flavor and a nice texture. Generally, most baking recipes can be modified to add some pulp. I have found that it doesn’t change baked goods at all, the same way adding raisins or nuts would.
- Add any veggie pulp into a dip, soup or sauce. (Kale and spinach work great for this).
- Use fruit pulp, especially berries, in homemade frozen fruit pops. Pick up some of your kids favorite yogurt and add some fruit pulp. I like to use Greek yogurt for the added protein and no sugar added. You can add agave to sweeten if desired. Put in regular ice trays or popsicle makers you can buy at any retail store in the kitchen accessories department.
- Add some pulp into meatballs, meatloaf or burgers patties to give it some moisture. You won’t even notice. Carrot and apple work the best.
- Sneak it into some pasta recipes like lasagna and spaghetti. Mix it right into the tomato sauce for “chunky” lasagna sauce. Kale, spinach, celery and carrots work great!
- Try putting it in savory muffins or biscuits. Add some celery, onion, garlic or spinach pulp in with your muffin or biscuit recipe to give it added flavor!
- Another great breakfast idea is use the greens pulp in an omelet! Kale and spinach are great for this one too!
- Make your own doggie treats, and throw some pulp in! There are tons of recipes online and the kids love this one!
- Mix some extra pulp in a smoothie! Freeze your pulp in ice cube trays and add to your smoothies instead of ice. This works great with veggies AND fruit.
Note: For ease in using pulp, I like to put a bag in your pulp catcher of my juicer and separate the pulp as I juice. Some items like carrots and apples can easily be used together, but best if you keep them separate at the time you juice so you can mix and match veggies and fruits as desired.
Kid Friendly Recipes
Apple Blueberry Juice
-makes about 6 to 8oz-
3 large apples
1/3 cup blueberries
This is a great breakfast juice recipe for the kids to start the day. The kids are used to juices being very sweet, so at first you may want to add Stevia or agave, or raw honey to sweeten until the pallet gets used to the fresh juice.
Now….Take the pulp from this juice and make these wonderful muffins!
Heart Healthy Apple blueberry Oat Bread
1 1/2 cup quick cooking oats, uncooked (gluten free or regular)
1 1/2 cup all purpose white flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoons ground allspice
2/3 cup agave
1/2 cup low fat buttermilk
1/4 cup olive or coconut oil
3 egg whites
1/3 cup blueberry pulp (add extra whole blueberries if desired)
Pulp from 3 large green tart apples (you can use any apple)
Preheat the oven. Spray 8 x 4 inch bread loaf pan with vegetable cooking spray. You can also use a muffin pan.
In large bowl mix oats, white flour, baking soda, and spices. In small bowl beat agave, milk, oil and egg whites until blended; stir into flour mixture just until moistened, batter will be lumpy.
Fold in apple & blueberry pulp. Spoon bread batter evenly into loaf pan or fill muffins about ¾ full. Bake for allotted time or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool.
Bread pan size: 8 x 4 inch loaf pan or muffin pan
Temp: 350°F degrees
Bread baking time: 60 minutes for bread loaf/16-24 minutes for muffins.
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