Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Crispy Juice Pulp Cracker Recipe

So you are juicing and have a ton of pulp left over.  What do you do with it?  Why not make some Crispy Juice Pulp Crackers?  You can dip them in Hummus, add them to your favorite soup, or use them as a healthy snack. 

This Juice Pulp Recipe is really easy to make and baking them in the oven allows you to set a timer and finish a few other tasks while they are baking. 

What you will need:

1 Cup of Pulp (You can easily double this recipe is you have more than 1 cup to use)
1/2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1//2 cup Flaxseed Finely Ground
1 C. Whole Grain Oats Finely Ground (plus a little extra for dusting)
1-2 Tbsp your seasoning of choice (Sea Salt is a Healthy Choice, you may want to add some Black Pepper, we used Garlic and Herb Old Bay)

Preheat Oven to 325 degrees F

Add 1 cup of Juice Pulp to your bowl and mix in the Olive oil using a fork.  Add the remaining ingredients and stir (or mash with a fork) 

Next you are going to need a flat baking sheet, a rolling pin, and your extra oats for dusting.

You want to put the pulp mixture onto the baking sheet, no need to grease, and lightly dust with finely ground oats.  Roll as thin as you would like, the thinner the better.  You want them to be crispy, remember.  

 If pulp starts to stick to your rolling pin lightly dust more oats as needed.

If you have a pizza cutter you can easily cut the pulp into squares or triangles, however you would like them cut. 

Now it's time to add some Sea Salt to the top, go ahead and give it a little sprinkle all over and you are ready to bake.  Bake for 25-30 Mins.  The outside crackers will get crispy the quickest.  If they seem done go ahead and pull them off.  You want to flip the remaining crackers over at this time and bake for another 10-15 minutes.  Depending on how thick or thin they are rolled the times may change and because oven temps vary you will need to pay attention the first time making this recipe.

Also whatever you juice that day will determine the flavor of your cracker.  We juiced Celery, Apple, Spinach, Cucumber, and Kale for these crackers and the Kale was the strongest flavor.  You might even say these are Kale Crackers :)  SO depending on your tastes maybe a heavy carrot base or even Spinach would be better.  There is plenty of room to play around with this recipe.  Be creative and have fun with it.

Once the crackers are dry they are ready to eat.  Add them to your favorite soup or enjoy them with a healthy dip. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy New Year!! ~2013~

I hope everyone had a wonderful New Year!!  I know I sure had a blast in 2012 and cannot wait for all that 2013 has to bring :)  As usual I have been juicing up to 2 times a day because I just can't get away from all of the health benefits.  I have had so much more energy and that is exactly what I need for my New Year's Goal for 2013. 

I really tried hard to stay away from making resolutions like "Losing weight" and really want to focus on staying active this year.  Whether going to the gym, running on the beach, taking a hike, or paddle boarding, I am making a goal to do something active everyday in this new year.  Now some may say that isn't realistic but I love pushing myself and proving that I "CAN" do it.  I am not expecting myself to run 2 miles everday.  That would be unrealistic.  However I am going to be thinking about what I can do Active tomorrow before going to bed the night before.  If the day gets crazy I plan to do a workout in my bedroom.  You know some crunches, lifting some weights, and using my bands to strengthen and tone my legs. 

So far this year my husband and I have been hitting the gym during the week while our kids are in school.  We even tried Raquetball the one day.  That was so much fun and something completely out of the norm for us.  We can't wait for Monday so we can play again.  We even took the kids on a hike at one of our local state parks.  My youngest is 5 years old and kept up the whole time on the 4 mile hike. 

We made smart choices and packed a healthy lunch full of fruit choices and Avocado Turkey Wraps.  Things are really going smooth and I couldn't be happier about that.  We have also recently watched the documentary "Hungry For Change" which is made by the same producers of "Food Matters" two very powerful documentaries about food and our health.  I highly reccomend them and of course if you are just finding this blog and starting on your journey and you haven't watched "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead"  that is also a must watch documentary. 

I am going to be posting alot of recipes this year so stay tuned :)  Don't forget to "Like" Skinny Jeans Amy on Facebook too.  I would love to hear about your journey too!