About a month ago I was making green juice every morning….for two days. It just took way too long and made a huge mess. I don’t have a juicer so I use the blender, but I was using cheese cloth, and it was leaking all over the place and took forever to strain it. Then, searching the internet for green juice recipes I found a great idea….a fine mesh strainer. I picked mine up at Dollar Tree! It makes the process SO much easier, cleaner and quicker.
UPDATE: I now use a nut milk bag, similar to this. It makes it even easier than the strainer AND there are less “chunks” in the juice!
Now you make ask why go through the trouble of making green juice? Why not just eat the vegetables. Well, I put spinach in our smoothie every morning, and incorporate vegetables with lunch and dinner, but I feel like adding some more won’t hurt. And honestly, this juice is packed with so much good stuff, I don’t think I could eat it all if I tried. However, I feel like I already have so many small kitchen appliances, I really don’t think its necessary to add a juicer into the mix. Making green juice with the blender works just fine!
I have done some research and know that when you juice you’re not getting the en
tire fruit or vegetable. This primarily means you won’t get the fiber that is in the peel of the veggies. I have weighed the risks and benefits and realized getting just a little more vegetables is b
etter than nothing. And, have you ever tried to drink a green smoothie? Something about the texture of vegetables in a blender is not very tasty. In fact, it makes me want to gag. However, everything in moderation. This doesn’t mean you don’t have to eat any vegetables and can get them all by juicing them. And I wouldn’t recommend a juice cleanse or anything of that nature. I have started doing a cup of green juice a day, usually in the afternoon before lunch. My juice is primarily made up of vegetables, but I do add an apple to my juice because well…an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and gives it just a little sweetness to make it palatable.
There are several variations of green juice. It is completely okay to use whatever vegetables you have on hand. And, if you feel like having pink juice, just add a beet! Try to buy everything organic and local if possible. If you have difficulties, at least make sure your greens are organic. Today, I used a mixture of spinach, kale and carrot greens all from my local farmer’s market and other veggies listed below.
Here is my favorite green juice recipe:
Green Juice Ingredients: 1 Large green apple 2 Celery stalks 1/2 Cucumber 1-1 inch piece of ginger 1-1 inch piece turmeric (optional) 3 C greens (kale, spinach, parsley, carrot greens, etc.) 2 C water Place all ingredients in high powered blender. Blend on high until fully blended. Strain using a fine mesh strainer. Store in a jar in the fridge for 2-3 days. ** This recipe last 2 days for James and I, each having approx. 1 Cup per day. I usually make it at night and store it in individual jars so it's easy to grab and go!