Learn how to make a nutritious and refreshing green juice in your blender. No fancy juicing equipment needed!
Green juice used to be all the rage about a decade ago. Does anyone else remember when juicers were SO popular?! I was a big fan of juicing in my early days as a nutritionist. Even before then I got pretty swept up in the raw food movement. It was during that time that I bought myself a juicer, although I’ve since gotten rid of it because I just wasn’t using it often enough.
But all that aside, today I want to share a really easy green juice recipe that you can make without a juicer. Yep — you can do it with just your blender! You will also need a cheese cloth or nut milk bag for straining, but I promise it’s so very easy.
What is Green Juice?
Green juice is simply the juice of various veggies and fruits combined, giving it a bright green colour and offering plenty of nutrients. Way back when, green juice was touted as being a great way to obtain lots of nutrition quickly, as the lack of fibre helped increase the absorption rate.
Now, I would absolutely NOT say that green juice is any better than eating vegetables in other ways: whole, chopped, in a salad, in a smoothie, etc. For some people, the removal of the fibrous components of veggies in a juice can be a little easier on digestion, but fibre is definitely vital to good gut health and to help slow down the rate at which sugars are absorbed into the bloodstream.
That being said, green juice is still a fun and refreshing way to get some veggies into your diet. Is it a cure-all? Nope! Is it a magic weight loss potion? Nope! It’s just simply juice, but homemade, and a mixture of different plants instead of just, say, apple or orange juice alone.
Store-bought green juices are expensive and usually pasteurized, so this way you’re getting the freshest and most nutrient-dense option, for way less money!
Don’t We Need Fibre?
As mentioned above, yes, absolutely! Fibre is essential to our health, especially with regards to supporting digestion. But juice can still be enjoyed from time to time. This recipe is nutritious and delightful in the spring or summer over ice.
If you’re concerned about the fibre content of a green juice, I’d opt for a smoothie instead.
How to Make Green Juice in a Blender
Green juice can easily be made in your blender. No special juicing equipment needed! To make green juice, you’ll need your choice of water-rich fruits and veggies. Here is my favourite combination:
- green apple
- kale or spinach
- fresh mint
- fresh ginger
Other great options include romaine lettuce, pineapple, citrus like orange, lemon or grapefruit, carrots, and coconut water.
Blender Green Juice
A refreshing green juice recipe made in a blender!
- 1/2 cucumber
- 2 stalks celery
- 2 green apples
- handful baby spinach or 1-2 kale leaves
- 1-inch chunk fresh ginger, peeled
- a few fresh mint leaves
- 2 cups water or coconut water
- 1 cup pineapple (optional but a great addition)
Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth, about 1 minute or so.
Place your nut milk bag or cheesecloth over a large bowl and pour blender contents through the mesh.
Gather the bag and squeeze tightly until all juice has come out and only pulp remains in the bag.
Transfer juice to glasses and enjoy as-is or over ice!
*Pulp can be saved and added to smoothies, soups, or composted.
Store juice in jars with tight-fitting lids for up to 3 days, or freeze for a few months and simply thaw when ready to consume.
If you make this recipe leave me a comment and rating below, and tag me in your photos on Instagram @meghanlivingstone!