Green Juice Recipes:
The Form Underneath Every Green Juice
Today, let’s master the fine art of crafting the best green juice imaginable.
Making a green juice really isn’t hard. It does take time, and we can set things up so that you can efficiently make a fresh green juice in the minimum amount of time necessary.
For starters, the most important thing you need to have in order to make a great green juice is the right juicer.
Green juice is about the toughest juice you could try to make (other than wheatgrass juice). This means that you need a powerhouse of a juicer to handle all the dark green leafy greens you throw at it.
Of all the options available on the market, your best bets are the Green Star Juicer, the Breville Juice Fountain, the Omega 8006 and the Champion Commercial Model juicer.
Out of those four juicers, I personally prefer the Green Star, though it is admittedly tough to keep clean. The Juice Fountain is the only centrifugal juicer in that bunch. It is the easiest to use and clean, and it can juice leafy greens, but I find it doesn’t do quite as well a job as the Green Star or Omega when it comes to greens.
The Champion is a solid juicer, but it is the worse of that bunch at juicing leafy greens. It is probably the most versatile of that bunch, though, because of the various attachments available for it. You can use it to process frozen fruits into delicious sorbets, and you can also make nut butters with it. But for making green juices, it definitely comes in last place out of this group.
The Green Juice Form
Green juice is basically a combination of dark leafy greens plus milder tasting vegetables that cut that strong green flavor and make the juice a little thinner and more palatable.
The best dark leafy greens you can use are: romaine, kale, parsley and spinach. These are easily the most common leafy greens used in green juice.
Romaine is the lightest tasting of this bunch. Juiced romaine is actually quite sweet and delicious.
Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on earth. It is absolutely packed with minerals, iron and vitamins. As a consequence of all that nutrition, however, it has a very strong taste. Most people don’t particularly like juices that have too much kale in them. Use with caution. Also, I prefer the dark green heirloom variety called “Lacinato” or “Dinosaur” Kale.
Parsley is a fantastic green that detoxes the liver and blood. It is surprisingly nutritious given its usual identity as a nondescript garnish on restaurant plates. Nevertheless, parsley is a powerful green and a fantastic component of green juice. Like kale, though, parsley’s flavor can be a bit strong for some people.
Spinach is a milder tasting green that juices reasonably well. Thanks to Popeye, we all know the nutritional power contained within spinach. I consider spinach to be a midpoint between the smooth light flavor of romaine and the super dark green intensity of kale or parsley.
Alongside these dark leafy greens, I most commonly use celery and cucumber.
Celery is extremely easy to juice and tastes neutral. It has a bit of a salty flavor, really. It is my favorite go-to juice base.
Cucumber also makes a lot of juice and its juice is very cooling and mild. Some people don’t digest cucumber well, however, in which case you can rely on celery alone.
To make a green juice, combine one-half to two-thirds of celery and/or cucumber by volume with about half to one-third of dark leafy greens.
One thing to know as you make green juice is that most juicers do better if you start with the dark leafy greens and then use the celery and cucumber to come behind and help push all the kale, spinach, etc. through the juicer mechanism.
An Example Green Juice Recipe
Making green juices is quite easy. The tough part is cleaning up!
Here’s a solid green juice recipe to get you going. Experiment using this as a starting point.
- 3-4 stalks of celery
- 1 medium cucumber
- 7 to 8 leaves of romaine lettuce
- 1/4 bunch of flat leaf parsley
- 4 stalks of dinosaur kale
Feel free to adjust the quantities here to your liking. I intend for this green juice to be reasonably tame. It’s a good introduction to the world of green juice, but if you’re already a seasoned green juice veteran, then you can up the quantities of parsley and kale for a stronger green juice.
How to Fall in Love with Green Juice Forever
With the rest of this article, I’m going to share a little with you about how you can go from being a total green juice newbie into a transformed green juice slinging health powerhouse. Yes, this is totally possible for you.
So, here’s the deal. At first, green juice tastes pretty nasty. Let’s just speak like we’re among friends here: the taste of a properly made green juice takes a little getting used to. There’s a reason “Lettuce Juice” isn’t served in restaurants everywhere. That’s apple juice’s job.
In the beginning, the best thing you can do is commit to sticking with green juice regularly for a period of time. 21 days is as good a number as any. Can you push through your innate resistance to the following three challenging aspects of green juice? 1) the taste (it’s a little gross, and gets grosser if you add more kale), 2) the way it looks (like green mud) and 3) the annoyance factor (making green juice takes time and cleaning up the kind of juicers that can successfully make green juice is basically a bummer).
Well, there had better be a pot of gold waiting at the end of this green juice rainbow. So, is there?
Why, yes. Yes there is. It turns out that green juice is one of the things that can absolutely save this planet and the plight of sick humans living on it.
Green juice is one of the most amazing things you can possibly consume. Instead of spending a bunch of money on fancy supplements, let dark leafy greens be your supplements. In a single green juice, you’ll get more readily assimilable nutrition than most people eat in a week (I’m totally making that figure up, but it may be a gross underestimate).
Green juice is the best substitute for coffee ever. It’ll clean you out and leave you flying in the best possible way.
Green juice grows on you. The taste isn’t so bad after a while. It starts to be something you crave.
Trust me: push through whatever resistance you have to green juice initially. Make it to Day 22 and tell me you don’t feel better.
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