When my doctor told me that she wanted me to start drinking a freshly-made green juice every morning to aid the detoxification process, I looked at her like she was crazy.
“Can I just buy it in the bottles at the store?” I asked.
“I really wouldn’t recommend it. Vegetables start to lose their nutrients almost as soon as you juice them, so bottled juices have far fewer nutrients than those that are freshly pressed. Plus, bottled juices have so much sugar.”
Now, I am not saying that I 100% agree with either of those statements. I am sure there are companies that have found ways to preserve nutrients in their bottled juices and I know there are some juices without much fruit added. But the reality is that most bottled juices are really high in sugar and really expensive. So I scrapped the bottled juice idea. And since I also knew I wouldn’t spend the time or money to go to a juicery every morning, I resigned myself to making my own juices.
My family has a juicer, but honestly I have never used it. Juicing is a time-consuming and labor-intensive task that is not for the faint of heart (and apparently I am the faint of heart in this situation). Instead of taking the time to juice my veggies and clean the juicer every morning, I decided to see what I could do with my Nutribullet (though now I use my Vitamix).
Turns out you can make a pretty damn good green “juice” with a blender! I seriously crave it every morning now. This drink has a slightly thicker consistency than a juice, but I certainly would not qualify it as a smoothie. I’ve included two variations on this recipe – one super low-sugar option (my preference) and one option that is a tad sweeter (my mom’s favorite). Drink either one before or alongside your breakfast for a great dose of veggies!
Note: it is EXTREMELY important to use organic fruits and vegetables in this recipe if at all possible because you are eating the peels, which store the most toxins.
Also, pro tip: you can pre-make bags with all the fruits and veggies for one serving and
throw them in the freezer to make this process even easier!
- 1/4 organic cucumber
- 1 stalk organic celery
- 1 very large handful organic spinach, kale, chard, or other leafy greens
- 1 very small handful organic fresh herbs (parsley, cilantro, or mint are my favorites)
- 8 oz water
- Option 1: – 1/2 organic lemon (including peel – if not organic, use the juice of one whole lemon) OR -Option 2: 1/2 cup pineapple
- Put all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend on high for about 1 minute. If your vegetables and fruits were not frozen, you may want to blend in a few ice cubes in the last ten seconds.