Getting enough fruits and veggies into your diet can be a challenge, even as a vegetarian. Cheese quesadillas have no vegetables! Starting your day with a nice green juice is an excellent way to get a jump start on nutrition. You can buy green juices in the grocery store, but they are really expensive. Some bottles run $8! And you don't know if you can tolerate the taste until you've already forked out the money. It is really easy to make your own at home, and you can make them so they taste good.
A high speed blender works best. It makes juice really easily without leaving strands of fiber. Vitamix and Blendtec are the two most common options. They are expensive but completely worth it. You can use them to make soup, smoothies, hummus, nut butters…...
I have tried a few versions of this juice and this one works best for me. I like to start with a little bit of orange juice but you can use water or apple juice. It just adds a good flavor and balances the greens. (To be completely honest, if the drink tastes like grass I am not going to drink it!) Apple and pear add a nice sweetness, lemon helps you absorb the iron from the greens and gives it a little sour edge. The cucumber is not even noticeable. You can add any variety of ingredients to your taste...carrot is great, ginger adds spice, parsley, watercress add more greens. Be forewarned, add a carrot and you end up with more of an army green than this nice bright green color. I don't like the taste of celery but you can try it. You could add a whole peeled orange instead of the juice. You can add fruit like pineapple, grapefruit, or berries. Berries will make the juice brown (red + green = brown). Be careful adding a lot of fruit as you may end up with a lot of unintended sugar. I also add ice cubes to keep it cold. Sometimes the friction of the blender makes it a little warm so the ice is nice. It makes me feel great....proud of myself for starting the day right, but also light and full of energy. I've done this for a couple of weeks and my skin is clear and nails are growing like crazy. Give it a try and see what you think!
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Daily Green Juice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: none
Ingredients (2 servings)
- Use organic ingredients if possible!
- 1/2 ripe pear, core and seeds removed but skin on
- 1/2 apple, core and seeds removed but skin on (i like golden delicious but use Granny Smith if you like tart things)
- Juice from 1/2 lemon
- 3 inch piece of English cucumber (the long hydroponic kind that have thin skin and small seeds)
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 2 huge handfuls of greens (power greens, spinach, etc, not salad greens)
- 3-4 cubes of ice
Using a high speed blender, put ingredients into the container in the order listed:
Depending on your blender, mix on low then high speed until all ingredients are liquified. It will take a few minutes and you may need to stop part way through and push the greens down. A vitamix makes quick work of this and I am sure a blendtec will also.
This will keep covered in the fridge for a day. I drink half the day I make it and the rest the next day. It will separate the longer it sits so the next day you will need to either stir it well or put it back in the blender. Your choice! Add other ingredients as you desire. A bit of ginger would be nice. You can add other greens like parsley or watercress, and even some carrot. Just remember your color wheel....red plus green makes brown. If you add red berries you will get brown juice. Tastes great, looks terrible!