I LOVE this healthy green juice, and lucky for us so do the kids.
In general I’m more of a smoothie person; and there’s some health benefits to blending versus juicing too. We don’t juice to detox, because spoiler alert – that’s not a thing; we actually have livers that do that work for us….but I digress. For us, juicing has actually really helped us with the waste factor in our house. We don’t juice on a regular basis, we do it mostly to use up any fruit and veggies that are about to become compost.
Is juicing really worth it?
It is harder than you think to get all the fruits and veggies we need into our bodies – juicing is a great way to get a concentrated amount of vitamins and minerals that are easily absorbed. That being said, it is NOT a meal replacement, but a great addition to the middle of your day. If you are looking for a meal replacement, smoothies are definitely the way to go.
So is it worth it? I think so. The amount of produce we no longer throw out alone is worth the cost of the juicer we bought. Plus having a healthy afternoon pick me up feels good, better than the ‘ol afternoon coffee crash.
Do you have to spend a ton of money on a juicer?
Speaking of juicers, we bought ours from HomeSense a few years ago; it was this Jamba Juicer and it was $79.99. It’s nothing fancy, but it works great! I don’t believe you need to spend a ton of money on a juicer. It’s just not necessary. There are some REALLY good, but still reasonable juicers out there. The one that we purchased isn’t available right now that I can find, but here are a couple others I’ve heard great things about:
Hamilton Beach Juicer
Omega Chute High Juicer
Breville Juice Fountain
What are the best ingredients for a healthy green juice?
I love to start with the greens and I personally LOVE spinach and swiss chard – but kale, dandelion greens, or arugula all make great additions. If I happen to have any herbs on hand, I’ll throw them in too – mint and parsley are the ones I go for.
Next up I like to add things like celery or cucumbers – we almost always have cucumbers on hand so that’s an easy one, plus with so much water content they are great for hydration.
Then my two favourite fruits to add for a little sweetness are apples or pears, but pineapple is yummy too.
Other little additions I like to make are: citrus fruit (lemon is my favourite) and ginger.
Now for my favourite juice recipe, one that we go back to regularly.
My Favourite Green Juice
- 1 Juicer
- 4-6 handfuls spinach swiss chard, kale or beet greens are all great options too
- 1 handful mint
- 1 stalk celery a stalk is an entire head, not one piece
- 2 inch ginger you do NOT have to peel it
- 1 lemon, peeled
- Rinse your veggies really well
- Juice a bit at a time, starting with the spinach and mint. Then add the celery, apples and pears; and finally the ginger and lemon.
- Give the juice a good stir. If you don't like pulp, you can strain it. I don't bother.
- Juice is best enjoyed within 24 hours, however will stay ok for up to 72 hours maximum in the fridge in an airtight container.
This healthy green juice is a great non-alcoholic beverage to get your day started or as an afternoon pick me up. If you enjoy this juice you might also enjoy this Green Zinger Smoothie.
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Till the next recipe,