Did you know that you can pair juices with food? Just like the perfect wine can highlight the flavors and nuances in a dish, fresh juice can do the same.
Thank you to Naked Juice for sponsoring this post! As always, all opinions are my own.
If you’re like me, you may struggle at times to get all of the recommended servings of fruits and veggies into your diet every day. In fact, according to the USDA website, the average American adult consumes only 1.1 cups of fruit and 1.6 cups of vegetables per day. This falls way short of the current Dietary Guidelines, which recommend at least 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables for those needing 2,000 calories per day.
Consuming whole fruits and vegetables is always the best option because they retain the greatest amount of important nutrients, including fiber. But sometimes we need a little help upping our intake and one of the easiest ways to do this is with juices. Living in South Florida, I’m fortunate to have warm weather all year round and an abundance of local juice bars, so I drink a lot of fresh juice. I enjoy fresh juice first thing in the morning, to hydrate after working out or as an afternoon pick-me-up when I’m at work or out running errands.
Did you know that you can pair juices with food just like you can pair wines with food? Just like the perfect wine can highlight the flavors and nuances in a dish, fresh juice can do the same. In fact, juice pairings are even popping up on restaurant menus as alternatives to wine pairings. With such interesting combinations of ingredients in pressed juices nowadays, it makes food and juice pairing really fun. Plus, pairing juice with a dish with some protein and healthy fat can turn a light snack into a more substantial meal to keep you filled up and give you long-lasting energy.
I was excited to experiment with juice and food pairings with the new line of cold pressed botanical juices I received from Naked Juice. These juices are made by cold-pressing the highest quality fruits and vegetables right into the bottle with botanical ingredients like lavender and lemongrass to provide an all-natural zing to awaken the senses. Naked Pressed Botanical Juices have no added sugar, no preservatives and are non-GMO. I tried the Naked Juice Cold-Pressed Botanical Citrus Lemongrass and Botanical Apples to Lavender.Check out @foodiephysician's practical guide to pairing your favorite dishes w/ fresh juice @NakedJuice #sponsored Click To Tweet
When I tasted the juices, I tried to pick the notable flavors in each one and find a dish with ingredients that would either balance or contrast those flavors. With a good pairing, the flavors of both the food and the juice will be enhanced and neither should overpower the other.
Botanical Citrus Lemongrass is a delicious blend of seven juices – orange, apple, cucumber, pineapple, spinach, lemon, passionfruit – along with lemongrass oil. Each bottle is an excellent source of vitamin K and a good source of potassium and magnesium. It has a bright, clean, refreshing flavor and mouth feel that would pair well with salty or spicy dishes and cut through the richness of ingredients like avocado or pasta dishes with creamy sauces. With the hint of lemongrass, it would also pair well with Asian flavors. Here are a few of my dishes that you can enjoy with this juice:
Botanical Apples to Lavender is a lovely blend of six juices – apple, cucumber, beet, cranberry, lemon, and passionfruit- along with lavender oil. Each bottle is a good source of potassium. It has a refreshing, earthy, complex flavor. Sometimes great pairing combinations happen when foods and juices echo one another so I would pair this juice with earthy, fall spices and root vegetables. Here are a few suggested dishes to enjoy with this juice:
What are your favorite juice combinations? Do you enjoy juice alone or as part of a meal? Do you ever pair your juice with your food?