Healthy Ways to Use Your Leftover Pulp from Juicing
By Breana Lai, M.P.H., R.D., October 24, 2013 - 3:30pm
Juicing is an easy and quick way to get more healthy fruits and veggies into your diet. But what to do with all the leftover juice pulp when you’re done? While the bulk of the vitamins and minerals are in your juice, the resulting juice pulp contains almost all of the fiber. Sure, you can always compost those shreds. But we came up with some ways to reduce food waste and get that unused fiber into your diet. Research shows that consuming fiber-rich foods is important for helping to prevent chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, and it might boost weight loss by helping you feel full longer after you eat.
To make use of this fiber from the juicing process, I tested two techniques: stirring it into chili and baking it into bread.
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Based on the pulp created during juicing, I chose recipes that the pulp flavors would complement. For example, juices that contain fruit, such as apples or pears, are best in recipes that are enhanced by a touch of sweetness. For recipes that are more savory, such as soups and stews, use juice pulp with a vegetable base. One note: if you do plan to use your pulp in another recipe, remove seeds, stems and inedible or bitter skins from your produce before putting them into the juicer.
In my first test, I used the pulp from the Green Juice, made of pears, parsley, celery and spinach, to make a quick bread. I picked the EatingWell Zucchini Bread recipe, substituting 1 cup of juice pulp (approximately what remains from the recipe) in place of the 2 cups of shredded zucchini. The revamped bread was delicious. The occasional celery string didn’t seem to be an issue and the EatingWell staff devoured the quick bread with their afternoon coffee and tea.
In my second test, I made the Tomato-Vegetable Juice, which consists of romaine lettuce, tomatoes, jalapeño, red bell pepper, celery and carrots. I then stirred all the pulp into Cowboy Beef & Bean Chili when I added the mushrooms, giving the chili an extra vegetable boost. The resulting dish was tasty and the pulp had seemingly melted into the chili.
This healthy tomato-vegetable juice recipe contains all the components of a healthy salad, such as lettuce, tomato, bell pepper, celery and carrot, but with less salt than bottled vegetable-blend juices
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While researching the topic of juice pulp, I found suggestions for using the pulp in pancakes, stirring it into mashed potatoes, adding it to pasta sauce, molding it into burgers and even mixing it into dog food. The uses for juice pulp seem to be endless!
What do you do with your juice pulp? Tell us what you think below.