Making Mixed Berry and Apricot Juice (without a Juicer)
I officially don’t own a juicer. There was a time when I thought I couldn’t live without one, but those days are definitely gone. It’s a lot to clean, put away, put together, another appliance to maintain. You get it. I like to think of myself as sort naturally minimalistic. I just don’t like having a lot of stuff around that’s not getting used. I’m not perfect about this, but if something isn’t being used around here, I figure someone else might like to have it. So went the way of my old juicer. It now belongs at a friend’s house who doesn’t have half as many grievances with it. That said, I’m going to have to do something with all of this farmer’s market fruit. It’s that time of year where I feel like they’re basically giving away all of the sweet stuff. It’s like $2 for a giant basket of pluots (or in this case blueberries). I mean, am I supposed to turn them down? Enter juicing, with nut bags, because why not? To me, it’s a lot simpler to do it this way. Plus I wash my Vitamix everyday anyways. So, really nothing’s changed.
So, at one point in my life, I ate a lot of refined sugar, and I could never quite figure out why. It was usually at night. If you’ve ever had a problem with sugar you know it’s one of those things, no amount of it is ever enough. A friend of mine, a personal trainer, swears you crave sugar just because you’re hungry. I would argue that even more than that, it has to do with nutrients that are come alongside the [naturally] sweeter things in life. Plus seasonal eating, getting what you need when you need it, when it’s naturally in season. Eating natural sources of sugar does the trick for me. There’s a lot of talk about starches and sugars found in natural sources like bananas and mangos, but personally, this has been my best route for avoiding processed sugar, candy, and anything like that. I like the idea of intuitive eating. I kinda just eat whatever my body tells me to. I’m not perfect at this, but I sure like thinking about it.
So when I’m juicing in the blender I like to add a little more fluid, makes life easier. Preferably something that will add flavor, lemon or lime juice, coconut water, or coconut and nut milks, when appropriate. Even a little ice will do the trick. Although your hands might get cold if you’re using a nut bag.
Prep Cook Total
5mins 5mins 10mins
Here’s what you’ll need:
Mixed Berry and Apricot Juice
Makes one large serving
1 cup blueberries
1 cup blackberries
1 Apricot or Nectarine - Mine is a white apricot
Squeeze of lemon
1 cup coconut water
Nut Bag or Chessecloth if you’re not using a juicer
Blend or juice ingredients well
Strain any pulp through a sieve, cheesecloth or Nut Bag
Add ice - if needed