Sometimes I really get a hankering for a delicious and refreshing green juice. I’d say 75 percent of the time, when I want a juice I buy one from a juice bar/cafe; but sometimes I like making and enjoying one in the comfort of my home. I don’t drink juices very often, and I don’t have a juicer at home. Personally, I don’t think the hassle is worth owning one for the amount of times I actually drink juices.
So whats a girl to do when she wants some green goodness but doesn’t have a juicer? Answer: Use your high powered blender! Yes, you can use your blender to make green juices! It just takes some veggies and fruits, a blender, some filtered water, a fine strainer and some patience.
The recipe below is a my favorite combination for green juice. I’ve had this exact combo at so many juice bars and I find it to be the perfect combination of tart, sweet and green. That being said, you could certainly adjust and add or subtract as many different things as you’d like, keeping in mind that not all fruits or vegetables will “juice” well in a blender.
Let me take a quick moment to side note here and say a juice should never be a meal replacement. While they are a great way to get a little vitamin boost, they are not meant to replace food and will simply not give you the energy you need to function. I never have nor ever will do a juice cleanse. Instead juices should be enjoyed along with other food or as a refreshing treat!
If you give this a try, let me know how it goes! Do you have a juicer at home? Leave a comment below and let me know what your favorite juice combination is!
What You Need:
- high powered blender
- fine strainer
- batter bowl
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/2 bunch of parsley
- 20 mint leaves
- 1/2 green or yellow apple
- 1/2 lemon, peeled
- 2 inch section of ginger, peeled
- 4 inch section of cucumber, peeled
- In the blender, combine spinach and 2 cups of filtered water. Blend for 1 minute.
- Add parsley and mint, blend for 2-3 minutes.
- Add apple, lemon, ginger, and cucumber; blend for 3+ minutes.
- Place the strainer over a batter bowl and slowly (a little bit at a time) pour the mixture into the strainer.
- The liquid will separate into the bowl fairly quickly.
- Gently press down and move pulp with a spoon to help ease the liquid through.
- Optional: Add a small spoonful of pulp to the liquid and mix it in (I personally like a little pulp in my juice).
- Serve immediately or chill and serve within 24 hours.