This healthy green juice recipe is simple to make and is packed with nutrients. It's refreshing and delicious, too! The perfect addition to any meal, or great as a snack.
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This recipe requires a home juicer. But, with a little creativity, water, and a cheese cloth, it can also be made with a blender. However this post will not cover how to make green juice with a blender.
I feel like I have loved green juice since long before cleanses were trendy and groceries stores started selling them for $7+ for a tiny bottle (I mean, I get the price cause it isn't always a cheap hobby, but I always feel a little guilty when I get suckered into buying one.)
This particular recipe is one of my favorites. In fact, it is my go-to when I am needing a bit of a pick-me-up, whether from a poor diet or being sick. It's a great base or starter recipe for seasoned juicers or beginners alike.
What is green juice?
Technically speaking, green juice isn't any particular concoction of fruits and vegetables. It isn't any singular recipe. Instead it's a type of juice, in that it contains green vegetables.
Leafy greens are at the core of any good green juice recipe. Kale, spinach, and chard are common, often coupled with fresh herbs, celery, and cucumber.
Is green juice healthy?
Yes. Of course it is! It's jam-packed with loads of amazing nutrients. The only downside is that it is lacking in fiber since we are removing all of the liquid and disposing of the pulp.
Green Juice Benefits
So, what are the benefits of green juice? They're aplenty – though you shouldn't lean on homemade juice as a dietary supplement or meal alternative. Instead, you should drink it with a small meal or as a snack. The produce is, of course, low in calories, so it's important to consider the rest of your diet when juicing regularly.
It's loaded in nutrients. Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants galore!
It'll make you feel good. Like a good smoothie, there is something about homemade green juice that just makes you feel great. I truly think it's a combination of both a mental and physical thing. Kind of like when you have a good workout: you naturally lean toward healthier food choices that day.
It's helpful when you're sick. Green juice is by no means a cure-all, and shouldn't be counted on for any miracle. However, the nutrients are beneficial when you are sick. Particularly recipes that use ginger (like this one!).
Keeps you hydrated. This is particularly so if you are using water dense produce like cucumbers.
Makes it easier to consume more vegetables (minus the fiber). Green juice may be especially great for those who aren't keen on or great at reaching their daily vegetable servings.
How to Make Green Juice
It's really quite simple!
Step 1: Wash and prep your produce.
Step 2: Run your fruits and vegetables through your juicer.
Step 3: Chill and enjoy!
How to store green juice
I always store my juices in glass pitchers or mason jars rather than plastic. Here are my favorite storage supplies:
- 32-Ounce Mason Jars. Glass keeps juices for longer, and the size is great for both refrigerator storage, or bringing a serving of juice on the go.
- Plastic mason jar lids. After some time, all of my mason jar lids started to get rusty. I didn't want to toss my jars, so I bought these plastic covers that fit wide and regular mouths. These work BALL, KERR and many other mason jar brands. They are leak-proof, dishwasher safe which is great if you will be juicing frequently.
- Glass Pitcher. If you want to store larger quantities, a pitcher with a lid is the way to go!
Homemade juice is best consumed within 24-48 hours, but if kept in a sealed glass container, I have gotten away with three days. Just give it a stir before pouring, as the liquid and inevitable pulp will naturally separate.
What to do with green juice pulp
I personally throw away my pulp. Not for any reason other than laziness, if I am honest. In the perfect world, I'd utilize every last bit of the fruits and veggies! If you want to use yours, you can:
- Compost it.
- Bake with it.
- Use it in smoothies.
Final juicing tips
- If your juicer doesn't come with a sieve, I suggest running it through a strainer to get rid of excess pulp and the natural frothiness that occurs when juicing.
- Depending. on your juicer, celery can jam your exit. Cut it into small pieces, and consider alternating it with another veggie or fruit to help it through your processor.
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- 1 large bag spinach (about 1 lb)
- 1 large cucumber, chopped into 2 to 3-inch pieces
- 2 apples, cored and sliced into quarters
- 1 bunch celery (about 1 lb), chopped into 3-inch pieces
- 1 lemon, peeled
- 1 finger ginger
- Wash and prepare your vegetables by cutting them according to your juicer's capacity.
- Juice fruit and vegetables in order listed.
- If your juicer doesn't includer a strainger or sieve attachment, pour the juice from your receiving container through a sieve into a jar or pitcher. This will remove pulp, leaving the juice as smooth as possible.
- Drink or store immediately.