Making green juice in a blender is easier than you might think – no juicer required! This healthy green juice recipe is made with whole fruits and vegetables like kale, cucumbers, fresh mint or parsley, ginger, lemon, and apples. So nutrient dense, easy, and delicious. Vegan, gluten free, Whole30 compatible, and paleo.
A quick note on this recipe! The original version of this post was published back in 2017. Since then I’ve re-tested the recipe, updated the photographs, and the content. I’m republishing it for you today to enjoy! I hope you continue to make and love this delicious green juice. xo
For YEARS I thought that since I didn’t have a juicer at home the only healthy green juice I would be enjoying was the expensive juice bar option. Which, I admit, I do love. But unfortunately my budget does not.
Can you relate?
So I got to thinking…
Could I make a delicious green juice without a juicer?
And the answer, obviously, is YES! Otherwise we wouldn’t be here now would we? 😉
Why you’ll love this green juice made in a blender
This healthy green juice is:
- Easy to make
- Packed with nutrient dense fruits and veggies
- SO yummy!
Ingredients to make green juice in a blender
This recipe is versatile and the ingredient list can be adjusted based on what you have on hand. This particular combination is our favorite – fresh tasting and not too sweet.
- Kale – Kale adds a gorgeous green hue to this juice, and a healthy dose of essential minerals, antioxidants, and Vitamins (source).
- Fresh mint or parsley – Both fresh mint and fresh parsley add a delicious herbaceous quality to the juice!
- Cucumber – Cucumber is hydrating and full of vitamins and minerals. It also adds a slightly sweet and refreshing flavor!
- Celery – Celery is also highly nutritious. In a green juice it tastes slightly salty and characteristically “green”.
- Lemon – Fresh lemon brightens everything up with a distinctive citrusy vibe. It also contributes Vitamin C and other antioxidants (source).
- Ginger – Ginger is prized for its anti-inflammatory and digestive system benefits. It adds a zingy, slightly spicy flavor (source).
- Apples – You could use either green or red apples for this juice. Green apples equal a more tart juice, and red apples a sweeter version.
- Water – Water is is added to the blender along with all the other ingredients so that everything will blend together easily.
How to make green juice in a blender
The basic formula for making this super easy and vibrant green juice is to add all of the veggies and fruit (organic is best!) to your blender along with water and blend until the mixture is smooth and resembles a smoothie!
Here’s the step-by-step
- Wash and cut all ingredients into medium sized pieces. If you don’t have a high speed blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec cut everything a bit smaller so it will blend more easily.
- Fill the blender with water – about 4 cups worth, but only if it fits in your blender container.
- Blend on high for 1-2 minutes until no large pieces remain and the mixture is as smooth as a smoothie.
- Set up fine mesh strainer over a large bowl and slowly stir pour the blended green juice through the strainer.
- Stir with a spatula or spoon to press liquid out of the solids into the bowl. Depending on the size of your bowl you may have to do this in a few batches.
- Alternatively, you can pass the mixture through a nut milk bag, pressing the liquid out and leaving the solids behind.
- When you’ve finished straining out the pulp from the mixture transfer the liquid into a container and store in the refrigerator.
Health benefits of green juice
Is green juice really good for you?
While I don’t see green juice as a good choice for a meal replacement, it is a healthy addition to your day!
Because of the wide variety of whole fruits and vegetables it contains a wide variety of essential minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants, and anti-inflammatory ingredients.
It can help promote healthy glowy skin, improve digestion, and boosted immunity (source).
Green juice can be a great accompaniment to a healthy meal, or a nice tonic to jumpstart your day alongside your favorite breakfast.
Here’s a little pro tip for you: To reduce the glycemic impact of a green juice pair it with a little protein or healthy fat to keep your blood sugar levels stable.
Green juice vs green smoothie
The main difference between a green juice and a green smoothie is that in a green juice the fiber from the ingredients is separated from the liquid, and in a smoothie the fiber is kept intact.
Both have their benefits, and if you wanted to retain the fiber in this recipe you could drink it without first straining it.
If you want to make this recipe more of a smoothie style drink I would recommend add a banana to help emulsify everything. Otherwise the fiber will naturally start to separate from the “juice” and it may be too thick to enjoy.
How long will green juice keep in the refrigerator?
This green drink will keep in the refrigerator for up to about 5 days. Although it’s thought that the nutrients diminish the longer it sits, so if you are making this just for yourself you may want to make a half batch.
Looking for some more healthy juice recipes?
- Blended Citrus Juice with Ginger and Turmeric
- Carrot Apple Orange Juice with Ginger
- Immune Boosting Wellness Shots
- Anti Inflammatory Turmeric Slushy
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