Wednesday, January 15, 2014

My Favorite Green Juice


The best part about having a juicer is that you can throw just about anything in and it will be delicious. Since I got my Breville a year ago I have tried just about every combination of fruits and veggies I could think of with great success. The thought was to see how I liked juicing and if it went well take a step up from my $100 Breville Compact Juice Fountain to a big-boy juicer.  It turns out, my little guy does everything I need it to!

There are certain combinations I learned to avoid (I will never again but garlic or radishes in my juicer)  and through trial and error I found my favorites.  Apparently this is unusual, but the first juice I ever tried was all green vegetables.  I loved it from the get-go so I never did the intro, carrot, watermelon, orange combination that intro-juicers are recommended to try - I went straight fro the big guns.

It is true that the greener the vegetables, the more nutritionally valuable they are, and for some - the less palatable.  I have to disagree though, a juice with mainly greens and a bit of fruit is my favorite. Here is how how you make it:

My Favorite Green Juice: 
2 Large Handfuls of Baby Spinach
1/2 English Cucumber
1 Granny Smith Apple
1 Head of Celery
2 Inches of Ginger Root
1 small lemon, to taste

I make this juice by first cutting the cucumber in half and placing it straight into the juicer, many people peel it but I fell like it is just an extra step, and that is the first thing in.  Then I cut the apple into three or four slices just so it will fit in the spout of the juicer - taking out the core is optional but I do it because it less clean up later. As you can see in the third picture, the celery goes in as-is.  Then I add the spinach and top it off with about two inches of ginger.  I have tried actually putting the lemon in the juicer before but I have found I like it much better when I squeeze the lemon in the finished product.  And, of course, it goes without saying that all of the vegetables are washed first.

 The biggest juicing tip I have learned so far? Because friction from the juicer warms up the juice, use frozen produce or toss a couple of ice cubes into the machine to cool things down.



I make this juice more than I should but since it is so healthy, why not!

Do you juice? What is your favorite? 


13 comments :

  1. LOVE green juice! I feel so much better when I drink it!

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  2. I always go back and forth between juicing and smoothies. I love this recipe but I hate that you lose half of the fiber by juicing. But when you have stuff in the fridge thats going to turn brown....JUICE IT! lol

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  3. my FIL juices and the kids love it! i won't let my daughter drink regular juice (from the stores) but i do allow her to have what he makes because it's fresh and not loaded with all kinds of garbage.

    kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  4. I know this is really healthy and all, but I have to admit I don't think I could stomach it!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  5. I have a magic bullet, so I'm looking to try some new green juice recipes. I am pretty picky though, so mine has to be really sweet with a lot of fruit!

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  6. As long as there's apple in my juices, I can handle unlimited greens. yum!

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  8. I need to be better about green drinks. I just like fruit so much better than veggies :)

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  9. I'm doing a juice cleanse right now, so this was perfect to read some juice combinations. I'm pretty much obsessed with juicing. It's so fun coming up with new combinations!

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  10. Mmm, this sounds delicious AND healthy!

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  11. I've been wanting to start up juicing, but I am just not sure what juicer is best. Plus, it's kind of intimidating to me for some reason!

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  12. This one actually sounds good. I totally am bookmarking this page.

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  13. I have been researching juicers. I want one. I have not tried this recipe, but will have to. Thanks.

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