I love having green juice. It just feels like I'm doing something good for my body when I drink it.
However, I don't have a juicer, nor do I want to add another appliance to the mix - I'm short on space as it is.
And ya, you can buy green juice at the store, but spending $5-$10 on one juice was just not something I could fit in the budget.
Being the problem solver that I am, a couple of google searches and a trip to Target later, I was making green juice at home in my blender.
(I will preface this by saying you do need a high powered blender for this to work.)
All you need to do is add your veggies and fruit to the blender with some water. Blend away until everything is chopped nice and tiny - think smooth, but not smooth enough you would want to drink it as a smoothie.
Next take some cheese cloth and lay it over a bowl. Pour that green goodness onto the cheese cloth (making sure not to let the mixture go over the edge of the cloth). Wrap it up and start squeezing - with clean hands of course.
Once you have squeezed as much of the liquid out as possible, dispose of the leftover greens and the cheese cloth (if you have a compost the leftovers are like gold for your garden).
I usually split this recipe into 2 servings, but you could definitely drink the whole thing yourself. I like having my juice first thing in the morning - its a great way to start the day.
Short on time in the mornings? I like to make a day or two of juice ahead of time and store it in the fridge in mason jars.
How To Make Green Juice in a Blender
- 1 cup water
- 2-3 cups chopped kale
- 1 green apple cored and chopped
- 1 large carrot chopped
- ½ lemon juiced
- 1 in. fresh ginger
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high, pausing to scrape down the sides, until everything is thoroughly blended and combined.
- Lay some cheese cloth on top of a bowl and pour blended mixture on top (making sure not to let the mixture go over the edge of the cloth).
- Squeeze the cheese cloth with your (clean) hands until all of the liquid is separated into the bowl.
- Discard the cheese cloth and greens. Split juice between 1 or 2 glasses and serve.*
Define “high powered blender”, please. I want to see if mine is such. Thx!
I sew a bag and squeeze it out. I do not have time to make it everyday; so I make Kale with Cantaloupe - no water at all then freeze in the bottle for 2 weeks. I even did not know Kale prevents / reduce my chronic canker sore. I squeeze and threw out the pulp. Why people keep asking about throwing out the kale pulp.... It's all up to you. everything is edible.
I also would like to know why dispose of the fiber part of the veggies. Are they not a necessary part of our diet?
Of course you need fiber in your diet, but all green juice (whether you use a blender, juicer, or buy it at a store) removes the pulp. That's what makes it different than a green smoothie. This post isn't meant to be a health guide, but just a way to make green juice at home if you don't have a juicer. Whether you want to use the pulp in another way, is entirely up to you. I personally go back and forth between juices and smoothies depending on how my body feels. Hope that helps 🙂
Sounds yummy, I'm going to give it a try I just got the newest ninja intelligence blender set. I think it will be powerful enough to do the job. Definitely want to start juicing though. Thanks for sharing your recipe and how too!
Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed this recipe.
Why do you dispose of the leftover greens ?