Many wonderful recipes call for fruit juice for a tangy, sweet kick. But substituting guava juice can amp up the dish’s taste even more, while also adding a significant health boost. Here are a few recipes that you can add guava juice to:
1. Orange Juice Chicken
Orange juice chicken is a popular baked chicken dish where the chicken is marinated with orange juice, mustard, brown sugar, and onion. In some instances, butter and flour are used for better texture.
Guava juice has the same sweet, sour, and tangy flavor as orange juice, except with an added strawberry-esque side. Switching orange juice with guava juice makes this chicken dish healthier because it has 500 percent more vitamin C and 200 percent more vitamin E, but only about half the calories.
2. Juicy Apple Juice Steak
Kansas City is known for its steaks and barbecue meats. One of their famous recipes involves steak marinated in apple juice. A marinade of apple juice, vinegar, molasses, basil, lemon juice, black pepper, garlic, and other ingredients is prepared and blended with a strip or ribeye raw steak. The steak is then grilled or baked and served juicy.
Apple juice and guava juice share a similar sweet flavor, but guava juice also has the tangy sour properties of lemon juice. Since the marinade calls for both apple and lemon juice, you can switch out both for guava juice. Guava juice has multiple times more vitamins than apple juice, including 300 percent more vitamins A, C, B3, and B6. It also has a bit more important minerals, like magnesium, iron, and potassium.
3. Coconut Green Juice
Green juices are a mainstay for health buffs – but it’s not exactly easy to gulp down a straight drink of blended cruciferous vegetables and water. That’s why green juices are mixed with a sweet, but healthy ingredient – and fruits or their juices are popular choices. Kale and coconut juice is one such combination.
Organic kale is blended with some choice ingredients and coconut juice for flavor. Coconut juice itself has antioxidants and nutrients, which adds more to the already antioxidant-rich green juice.
Using guava juice instead of coconut juice makes this green juice a lot more flavorful and easier to drink. Guava juice shares the sweetness of coconut juice, and may be even sweeter. It also adds a rich tangy flavor to the mix.
Doing so also boosts the drink’s health benefits many fold. Guava juice has only a fifth of coconut juice’s calories, but is far more rich in antioxidants. Guava juice also has multiple times more vitamins C, A, E, B3, B6, K and others. It also has more minerals.
If one of the recipes you frequently use involves some kind of fruit or fruit juice, use guava juice instead. Chances are good that guava juice is far healthier than your usual ingredient. It’s just that guava juice isn’t as popular, so most recipe makers aren’t aware of its powerful flavor and health benefits. Guava juice is also weight loss-friendly since it usually has half or less of the calories of your usual fruit juice – so that’s something to consider if you’re trying to shed some pounds!