Hey guys! I have a simple green juice recipe for you today. Have you heard of fresh pressed juice?
A lot of people mix up juicing with making smoothies. Juicing is extracting the juice from fruits and vegetables, not blending them (that's making a smoothie). I'm all for the smoothies - they're delicious, versatile, filling and nutritious but I've been dying to try juicing and recently, I finally did!
It was a lot easier than I thought it would be and a super simple recipe yielded the most delicious end-product!
I should mention that watching Hungry for Change is what prompted me to finally try juicing. The documentary opened my eyes to the benefits of fresh pressed juice -- a punch of powerful nutrients, an energy and immune booster, and nature's beauty enhancer! The infographic below that highlights some of these benefits:
Below the jump is the recipe I tried, which made one large cup of fresh green juice.
- 3 small bunches of kale
- 1/2 cucumber
- 2 stalks of celery
- 2 green apples
- 1 orange
- 1/2 lemon
Get to know your juicer! Read the user manual. Juicers aren't as simple as blenders. Most of them have to be dissembled to be cleaned and you'll need to read the user manual to see how to do safely do so. Keep in mind the motor should not get wet. I used YouTube and watched a few how-to videos before getting started.
Taste as you go! If your juice is bitter, add some fruit! Taste as you go to gauge what ingredients to add next. Oranges are very juicy, apples are super sweet, which are great for balancing out the pungent taste of the kale and celery.
Prep your vegetables first. Wash all the vegetables and peel them if necessary (you'll definitely want to peel the orange and lemon, but I left the skin on the cucumber). You won't have hands to wash and peel while you're juicing!
Have paper towels handy. Juicing can be messy -- some of the juices spew out from the juicer and got my shirt!! Don't try juicing after getting dressed for work!
Be prepared to clean up immediately afterward. To prevent the pulp from hardening and sticking to your juicer, you'll want to immediately rinse/wash all the parts of the juicer after you make your juice. This is a little annoying, yet, but if you do it immediately it goes pretty fast!
Oh and of course, drink your juice from a mason jar! It's cutest that way! Duh! :)
Have you ever juiced before?
What's your go-to green juice recipe?