In addition to my juicing habit, I’ve also picked up a thrifty one as in my juices tend to involve lots of fruits that happen to be on sale when I go to the store for my weekly produce “pickup”. I was shopping recently when I noticed kiwis were 3 for a $1 so I picked up several. I had some asparagus I needed to use up in the fridge as well so that’s how this recipe came about. I can’t get away from using pineapple and asparagus together because the pineapple does such a stellar job at softening the asparagus taste that you can’t even tell that you’re drinking asparagus. It’s more like a citrusy, pineapple-ly refresher.
Don’t use kiwis that are too hard. Using kiwis that just slightly indent to the touch are perfect for juicing. Don’ t worry about peeling the kiwi before juicing as it’s loaded with extra nutrients, plus it gives it a more tangy kick. If you must avoid all bitterness as much as possible then go ahead and peel the kiwi.
Kiwis have more vitamin C than oranges, as much potassium as bananas and four times as much fiber as celery. They are excellent sources of Vitamins A and E, antioxidants, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, folate and the amino acid L-arginine. Consuming raw kiwi juice is also associated with several health benefits, such as reducing high blood pressure, improving eye sight, and boosting our immune system. The L-arginine in kiwi specifically helps to keep the liver, skin, joints and muscles healthy.
Yes, kiwi is the star of this recipe, but the asparagus, pineapple, orange, and lemon also present in the juice have their own set of nutrients and health benefits. They not only make the juice taste great, they also provide an added boost of goodness for your body.
7 or 8 kiwis (You can leave the skin on if you like.)
1 large orange (You definitely need to peel the orange. Keep as much as the pith or soft white part as you can but if you leave the peel it will make your juice bitter and undrinkable.)
1 large lemon (Like the orange, peel and leave as much as the pith as you can or you’ll end up with a bitter, undrinkable juice.)
1 medium pineapple (Include the core but remove the rind. I’ve heard you can juice the rind if you’ve got a power juicer and it’s organic but I don’t and I wouldn’t recommend it either.)
1 bunch of asparagus (about a 1 pound) (Just rinse and juice. No need to cut the ends off or anything. I find that it is easier to juice when you put the pointy, soft side down first and do a handful at a time.)
- Nutrition Facts for Asparagus (brighthub.com)