Updated Sep 27, 2020
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Green juice is a refreshing and healthy way to enjoy all sorts of nutrients from fruits and vegetables year round. And it’s easy to make at home!
While I enjoy heading over to my local juice bar to enjoy a freshly made green juice, the price is sometimes hard to justify. Especially when I know I can make the same exact recipe right at home.
Juice bars also typically toss in extra fruit to make their green juices sweeter. But when you make green juice at home, you can control the amount of sugar.
Today’s recipe delivers a balance between vibrant vegetable flavors and a hint of natural sweetness. It’s one of my favorite juice combinations and if you love Pressed Juicery, it’s a copycat of one of their most popular juices.
Green Juice Recipe Video
Want to see how easy this juice is to make? Watch the video below!
Green Juice Ingredients
While the ingredient list is really flexible, this combination is simple, satisfying, and not too sweet:
- Kale – adds a complex grassy flavor and a gorgeous emerald color
- Spinach – use tender baby spinach leaves
- Celery – contributes both fiber and a subtle saltiness to the juice
- Cucumber – mild in flavor, it serves as this juice blend’s major source of liquid
- Fresh Ginger – adds a spicy zing and brightness
- Lime Juice – provides a bright and tart note
- Apples – the sweetness balances the vegetable flavors
Find the complete recipe with measurements below
How to Make the Best Green Juice
The most important tip for great juice is to buy the freshest and most fragrant ingredients you can find. Hit up your local farmer’s market or high-quality grocery store and choose your produce carefully. Once you bring everything home, here’s how to juice your fruits and vegetables:
- Wash your ingredients really well (no need to dry) and chop them, skin and all, into 2-inch chunks.
- Toss your cucumber and celery into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
- Add your remaining ingredients and blend until smooth, about 3 minutes.
- Strain the liquid through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing on the solids with the back of a spoon to extract as much juice as possible. You can also use a nut milk bag.
- Chill until nice and cold, pour into a glass and enjoy!
The main difference between a green smoothie and green juice is that you strain the latter. Some people don’t digest fruit and vegetable fiber easily, so if that’s you, then enjoy this green juice!
Tips To Keep In Mind
- This juice is best enjoyed right after you blend and strain it, though you can keep it in the fridge overnight.
- As the juice sits, you’ll notice that it will start to separate. But don’t worry, just give it a good stir before you drink it.
- You may notice your juice turning a bit brown – that’s because the apples oxidize. But it’s totally fine to still drink.
Customize Your Juice
Use my recipe as a starting point and experiment with different ingredients based on what looks good at the grocery along with your own preferences:
- Add lots of greens. Look for high-quality fresh greens that are firm and bright in color, not wilted or spotted. I used dino kale here, but other kale varieties or chard work well for blending. If you like romaine lettuce or collards, try those too! A blend of a few greens will give your juice a more complex flavor.
- Stick with a healthy liquid base. Use vegetables like celery and cucumber to provide moisture in your juice blend. Or if you prefer, use coconut water. It’s best not to add lots of fruit or fruit juice so you can keep the amount of sugar down.
- Add some herbs. Parsley and cilantro add an interesting herbal note to your green juice. If you like a stronger parsley flavor, use flat-leaf parsley. Curly parsley is much milder.
- Boost with superfoods. Try adding ground turmeric, cinnamon, maca powder, or bee pollen to amp up nutrition.
More Healthy Drink Recipes
Need some more healthy smoothies and drinks to alternate throughout the week? Here’s a few of my favorites that I always have in rotation.
BEST Green Juice Recipe
- 1 cucumber, sliced
- 3 stalks celery, sliced
- 3 leaves kale, removed from stem
- 1 cup spinach, baby leaves, loosely packed
- 1 piece fresh ginger, approx 1-2 inch chunk
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 apples, cored and sliced
- Place all of the ingredients into a high-powered blender.
- Blend until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. If you need to, use your tamper to push the ingredients into the blades of your blender.
- Pour the green juice through a fine-mesh strainer or nut-milk bag into a storage container. Press on the solids with the back of a spoon to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the solids.
- Chill the juice before serving, then enjoy.
- Wash all of your vegetables and fruits thoroughly before using.
- As the juice sits, it will separate. Stir well before serving.
- For straining, this is my favorite nut-milk bag! It's durable and lasts forever.
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