You’ve heard how good apples, pineapples and cucumbers are for your health, so you want them all in one drink. Not a problem!
We are going to show you how to make a cucumber, apple and pineapple juice that is tasty, colorful and extremely nutritious.
Let’s get to it!
Why Drink Cucumber, Apple & Pineapple Juice?
A juice with cucumber, apple and pineapple is full of vitamins and minerals not to mention packed with delicious sweet flavor.
Cucumbers believe it or not are a fruit even though they are commonly thought of as a vegetable. They contain high amounts of vitamin K, in fact a cup of cucumber slices provides up to 19% of your daily recommended amount.
They also have vitamin B, vitamin C, as well as copper, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.
Everyone knows that old saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’. Well like most adages this one has a foundation in truth. Apples are a very nutritious fruit that offer many health benefits.
On top of all the vitamins and minerals that apples provide they are also a rich source of polyphenols which are antioxidants. These protect you from free radicals and help to repair cells in your body.
Pineapple is rich in vitamin C and so is a natural immune booster. It is also a great source of manganese which helps form connective tissue, bone and aids blood clotting.
This fruit also gives you vitamin B6, copper, folate, potassium, thiamine, magnesium, riboflavin, niacin, and iron.
Combining all these amazing benefits into one juice gives you an incredibly healthy, nutritious and tasty drink.
Recipe For Cucumber, Apple & Pineapple Juice
Let’s get on with the recipe, so you can start benefiting from this amazing cucumber, apple and pineapple juice as soon as possible (Also check out How To Make Apple And Beetroot Juice).
There are not a lot of ingredients in this recipe and that is kind of the point. You only want the cucumber, apple and pineapple without any additives or anything that could diminish the taste or nutritional value.
All you need is:
- ½ pineapple
- ¼ cucumber
- 4 apples
- You should make sure that the fruit is all fresh and organic if possible.
- Wash the cucumber and apples as you will be leaving them unpeeled then chop into chunks that will fit in your juicer.
- Peel the pineapple and cut in half, removing the inner hard core. Reserve the other half for another batch of juice or as a snack.
- Cut the pineapple into pieces that will fit in your juicer.
- Now juice all the ingredients, one at a time.
Serve your juice in a glass with ice for a pleasant chilled drink or at room temperature, whichever you prefer.
This makes a wonderful breakfast drink to perk you up first thing in the morning. Or you could have it in the afternoon as a cleansing boost to the rest of your day.
This cucumber, apple and pineapple juice also makes a fantastic post workout refreshment.
How To Choose A Pineapple
To ensure that your cucumber, apple and pineapple juice tastes great and gives you all the nutrients that you are looking for, it’s important to choose the freshest fruit.
And while it can be quick easy to tell if apples or cucumbers are fresh and ready to eat, the same cannot be said for picking the right pineapple.
Unless you have grown up eating this fruit or live somewhere that they are grown, chances are you don’t know how to spot a ripe pineapple.
So, what do you need to know?
First take a look at the outside of the pineapple and make sure there are no breaks in the skin. Then carefully feel it to see if there are any parts that are squishy, which may indicate it’s rotten.
Next, examine the color. Pineapples ripen from the base up to the crown as the sugars from the stem travel through the fruit.
In general, a pineapple will turn from a green to a yellow color from bottom to top. However, some pineapples may be ripe and green so take all of the evidence together and don’t just rely on the color of the fruit.
Now you have your beautifully ripe pineapple you need equally tasty and fresh apples for your fruit juice. But how do you pick the best apples?
Some of the juiciest apples are Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Gala and Fuji. Of the four the Red Delicious is the one that is recommended for juicing as it is high in antioxidants.
But knowing which variety of apple isn’t enough, you need to be able to choose the freshest apples in the grocery store. There are a few things you need to do to make sure your apples are the best.
First, check them out visually. Make sure there are no nicks or bug holes in the apple and that the skin looks healthy with no blemishes. Then feel for firmness, there should be no squishy bits as this may indicate bruising.
Finally, smell the apple. A fresh apple should have a nice aroma. This will vary according to the different varieties, some apples like Gala have a slightly stronger fragrance than others.
Choosing A Cucumber For Juicing
Making sure your cucumber is fresh is important for the nutrition as well as the taste of this juice. So how do you know if a cucumber is fresh and good for juicing?
A good fresh cucumber should be firm with no squishy bits, and it should have a skin that is smooth and not wrinkled or puckered.
Pick a nice chunky good looking cucumber to deliver maximum hydration to your juice.
Fruit juices are a great way to get your daily amount of vitamins and minerals and this cucumber, apple and pineapple juice is packed full of goodness.
Remember to choose the freshest fruit and go organic whenever possible. We hope you enjoyed making this juice with us.