Cold pressed juicing is an amazing process that extracts liquids from the pulp of fruits and vegetables leaving you with nutrient and vitamin dense juice. Your body benefits because you can easily assimilate the juice right into your bloodstream without having to digest it. During this process, the pulp of the fruits and vegetables becomes dried out from the constant pressing and we have often found that juice shops are throwing it away! So what are you supposed to do with it? Here are our 5 favorite ways to make good use of leftover juice pulp.
At MJF, we are left with a lot of excess pulp so we donate it to local community gardens. The fibrous pulp breaks down quickly and infuses compost with a wide range of valuable nutrients. The compost can then be added to gardens for healthier soil and high-yielding plants. If you don’t have a compost of your own, you can reach out to local community gardens and donate your remaining pulp to them.
Leftover pulp is a great way to bulk up your smoothies with healthy fiber. High-fiber, superfood smoothies are important for optimal overall health. They support the digestive system, satisfy hunger, provide sustainable energy and help balance blood sugar.
Juice pulp is a great ingredient to have handy in your kitchen. It can add fiber, flavor and pizazz to almost any meal. Toss some veggie pulp into an omelet. Add a little to quinoa bowls or veggie burgers. Enhance your soups and sauces with it. Fruit pulp is amazing in pancakes, muffins or other baked goods. You can even make your own slaw with carrot, celery and beet pulp.
4. Pulp Chips
Looking for a satisfying and guilt-free snack? Something crunchy and a little salty maybe? Take your juice pulp, mix in some our your favorite spices, superfood seeds (chia, flax, pumpkin), a little H2O depending on how dry your pulp is and bake them on low heat for about an hour.
5. Face Scrubs
Ever wonder how natural your “all-natural” face mask is? The answer is probably not so much. Forget the department store counter: make your own! Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, antioxidants and minerals that soften, tone, exfoliate your skin and leave you glowing. Pulp scrubs can help with inflammation, acne, puffiness, age spots, dark circles and dry patches. Some fruits and veggies that are particularly good for your skin are carrots, cucumbers, lemons, grapefruit and parsley. Mix any of them together with a little raw honey to or egg yolk for a nourishing and brighten real all-natural mask.
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