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My Favorite Green Juice

green juice

OK so I didn’t make grasshopper pie like I had planned, but I made you some green juice! Healthy, fresh, festive, tart, green juice!!!
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simple, healthy ingredients

I’ve actually had some requests for juicing recipes lately. This whole juicing craze is for real. I dig it. If you can get over the color (Look at that color!) I think you’ll enjoy it. It doesn’t taste like vegetables. It tastes like a tart, refreshing drink. I try to drink a green juice every other day or so, but always if I’m tired, need quick energy or feel like I’m getting sick. I swear, it has magical powers.

big batch

I wanted to share a few juicing tips from personal experience. These are all my own opinions. You might disagree with all of them. That’s OK, we can still be friends. We’ll have coffee dates instead (This implies that I have juice dates with friends. That’s never happened, but I want it to). If you’ve got more to add or have a question, please leave a comment.

yum

1. Juicing celery is disgusting. No matter what else you put in the juice, it will only taste like celery. And celery is gross.
2. Juicing cucumbers is critical. They are so refreshing and contain a lot of water so they really juice well.
3. When juicing greens (like spinach and kale), be sure to get big leafy bunches. The pre-washed, pre-packaged stuff won’t really work.
4. Make the biggest batch of juice your juicer can handle. It keeps for about 3 days in the refrigerator. I store mine in a mason jar. It keeps the color, and when I want to drink it I just shake it up and use a straw.
5. Cold juice is WAY better than room temperature juice. Add ice to your juice if your ingredients weren’t chilled.
6.  This isn’t really a tip as much as a confession but I have no idea what to do with all the pulp. I always just throw it out. It feels wasteful but I don’t know what else to do with it. If you do, please share.
7. I always add some lemon or lime to whatever I’m juicing. I love the acidity.
10. Clean your juicer immediately. Seriously, within seconds the pulp starts to dry (you’ve just sucked all the juice out of it) and stick onto the machine and then it’s just a nightmare to get off.
11. I have this juicer and I love it. I got it as a gift from a friend a while back. I have awesome friends.
12. Recipes, including this one, are very forgiving. Just play with it a little. A few more apples make it sweeter. A few more lemons make it a lot more tart.
13. Always peel your citrus (oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes) and core your apples. Otherwise, just wash your produce and throw it in there.
14. The foam is the best part.
bubbles

 

My Favorite Green Juice (makes 2 large juices)

Ingredients:
1 bunch of curly green kale (I’ve tried darker greens and they’re a bit bitter for me)
1 bunch of parsley
1 bunch of mint
2 green apples
3 lemons
2 cucumbers (I had mini ones so I used more)

Directions:
Wash all ingredients, core apples, cut rind off lemons and juice according to manufacturer’s directions.


174 thoughts on “My Favorite Green Juice

  1. Hey there, great recipe, I’ll have to try out! I just wanted to say that I have a problem throwing my pulp away as well, so I usually freeze it in zip lock bags. I usually make a veggie concoction with carrots, celery, cucumber, kale, ginger, Apple and lime. I juice the Apple first, and I usually toss the Apple pulp. The other veggie pulp gets put in things like chili, meatloaf, meatballs, veggie soup, casseroles etc. Most of the time you can’t even tell its there, and I actually like it in my veggie soup because it thickens it. Just don’t use it in anything that has a smooth texture.

    Great post, and keep juicing!

  2. I have the same juicer and you’re right, it’s awesome!

    This recipe seems awesome. Always looking for new juicing combos. I have a book full of them but they mostly contain two ingredients and are rather uninspired. Cucumber with citrus is always great though.

    • Yes, those are probably my two favorite too (cucumber and citrus). Hope you enjoy!

  3. I just got a juicer in Feb and am loving it! Found your site from Foodgawker. I am loving the flavor and COLOR from juicing beets.

    Have you juiced broccoli yet? I found a recipe that says on stalk of broccoli and I’m not sure how big of a stalk that’s referring too…

    • I haven’t juiced broccoli. But I imagine a broccoli stalk wouldn’t be too much different than a thick celery stalk or two. Right? I’m sure it could handle it.

    • I recently juiced some broccoli and used a bunch – whatever was attached to the thicker stalk. I cut it up to fit it the juicer (Breville Juice Fountain). The first sip was a little intense in broccoli flavor but after a few sips I couldn’t taste as strongly. Good luck and happy juicing!!

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  5. Yaaaay can’t wait to try this!! I have almost everything! Looks like a trip to store for kale! Ok so I’ve never cored my apples should I start? I also am going to try to start saving pulp to add in compost for a garden I am putting in eventually!

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  8. I don’t have a juicer, so I just added some yogurt & ice and used lemon juice instead of the lemon sections and it tastes great! :-)

  9. Spread the fiber (pulp) on a cookie sheet and bake it slowly until it is dry. Or use a food dehydrator. After it’s dry, crush it up into a fine powder and put it into a shaker container and use it as a natural, salt-free seasoning. Or use in soups.

    Also, citrus peel should not be juiced. It is great for cleaning many things in the home but not the digestive system.

    Happy Juicing.

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  14. #1. Instant fan/I immediately trust your advice when it comes to juicing. I just ordered a masticating juicer (my first juicer was just terrible and hard to use), and want to start juicing greens. Thanks for this awesome list of tips! I’m so tired of all the recipes including celery- yuck.

  15. Krissy-
    I finally got to this recipe with my vitamix! Love it! I used less of all the things to one fit in the mixer!

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  17. Oh my gosh…juiced celery is disgusting! I’m new to juicing and at first I thought it was the kale, then I removed the kale from the equation and used mixed greens… the horrid smell and taste was still there…I then suspected that it was the celery. I made juice today with mixed greens, no celery, and it was fabulous! I am so bummed that celery is so revolting when juiced. I also had trouble with the ginger burning my mouth..so I had to remove that. Thanks for your great tips!

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