Juicing is a great way to lose weight, get healthy and reduce your energy use. If you replace one of your daily meals with a hearty juice, you'll save the energy it takes to cook a real meal and simply need enough power to run the juicer or blender for a few moments. But if you've ever juiced, you probably noticed the great deal of pulp left over post-extraction. While pulp holds little nutrients compared to the juice itself, it's a great source of fiber and is worth saving.
Throwing pulp away isn't exactly awful for the environment. Being pulp, it will biodegrade faster than most things in the landfill. But if you're like me and want to reduce waste and get the most out of the fruits and veggies you throw in that juicer, you'll probably feel guilty anyway. The good news is, there are plenty of uses for leftover pulp and most of them require little effort. All you have to do is refrigerate or freeze the pulp so it doesn't spoil in the meantime. Here are some choice ways you can utilize your juice pulp.
- Mix it into everyday meals. Pulp can be a fiber supplement if you mix it into some of your meals. It's also a great way to hide nutrients in foods that aren't exactly great for you. For example, make some macaroni and cheese and blend in a little bit of that pulp. As long as you don't overload it, you won't even notice the difference.
- Make pulp pops. Although pulp can be bitter, if you add a little sugar to it and freeze it into ice pop, it's a great healthy treat, especially during the warmer months!
- Bake dog treats. As long as you're juicing dog-friendly fruits and veggies, you can take the leftover pulp, mix it with a mushed banana or peanut butter and some oil then bake treats at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes. The end result will be a fiber-rich treat for your furry
- Make vegan meatballs. Similar to the dog treat recipe, you can make pulp "meatballs" in your oven. While they won't exactly have the consistency or flavor of a traditional meatball, you can add spices to taste and feel good about consuming fiber rather than fat.
- Fry veggie pulp burgers. With some black beans, oatmeal and spices, you can form veggie patties and fry them for a healthier alternative to a beef burger!
- Compost it. Although it is not the first choice, if you must dispose of the leftover pulp, it's best to compost it.