How do you Make a Green Juice drink that tastes good

I woke up today with a strong message from my body. It was telling me to eat clean today – and after some meditating, I realized what it was really asking me to do was fill my day with fruits and vegetables and nuts. No meat. And probably no dairy – it’s a little on the fence about that. This isn’t normal for me. Well, the listening to my body part is. But the no meat, all veggie direction is not. Granted, I eat pretty clean nearly every day. I start my day with a glass of warm lemon water and drink it while I write in my journal. Then I have a green juice. Most nights, I have a huge, sprout laden salad for dinner. Lunch is the meal that is often up for grabs, and pretty consistently has some sort of animal protein as part of it. Overall, a pretty healthy eating pattern. But after a week of company and several days of eating out, I understand why my body is advocating for a fresher, cleaner day.

So, that’s what I’m going to do. I’m not a big fan of fasts or detox days (or weeks like some people are) so this really is not about that. It’s about listening to my body and feeding it what it wants – especially when it’s sending a pretty clear message. So today will be green. I’m thinking green juice for breakfast, baked sweet potato, asparagus, and almonds for lunch, and a nice veggie-filled, sprout-heavy salad for dinner. And maybe another green juice in the afternoon if I get a little hungry. (As I type this I can feel my body shift – it actually feels happier. How crazy is that?)

Most of this menu is pretty easy to make, and pretty tasty, too. The green juice is where things get tricky. One of the most common questions I get when I’m out shopping with a green juice (instead of a coffee in the morning) is how do you make a green juice that actually tastes good?

It seems like every fitness guru is advocating green juice and green smoothies these days. Has Dr. Oz ever been on an episode of Oprah where he hasn’t talked about his green juice breakfast drink? The good news is you don’t need some fancy powders or high tech equipment to make a green juice. All you need is a trip to the produce section, a regular blender or a juicer, and a few minutes. If I can make a green juice that actually tastes good, I know you can to.

Green juice is great because you can squeeze a lot of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals into one glass. The trick is to go heavy on the veggies and light on the fruit. Green juice is also low in calories (again, go easy on the fruit), provides a ton of antioxidants, strengthens your immune system and improves the health of your heart. Not bad for a snack you can mix up in a matter of minutes.

So, how do I make my daily green juice? The recipe doesn’t vary much (though when John makes it he likes to add peppers, and if I’m making for myself, I usually don’t.). We use this juicer – and it is awesome (you can even juice spinach and wheat grass with it, plus it makes nut butter and pasta). But we have used an old Jack LaLane juicer in the past, and even a blender – which does the job just fine.

Simple Green Juice Recipe: 

1 leaf of kale
1 or 2 stalks of celery
2 carrots
1 cup of spinach
1 small handful of wheat grass
1/4 to 1/2 a cucumber
1/4 or 1/3 of an apple – the more apple you add, the sweeter the juice

*Red and Rainbow Chard are also great additions.

Experiment a little to get the taste how you like it. If you want it sweeter, simply add more apple or more carrot.

Some days I’m more in the mood for a smoothie – so we tweaked the recipe a little and got this:

Simple Green Juice Smoothie Recipe: 

1 leaf of kale
1 or 2 stalks of celery
2 carrots
1 cup of spinach
A small handful of wheat grass
1/4 to 1/2 a cucumber
1/2 banana
1/2 cup of blueberries
1/2 cup of Organic Live Yogurt (I like the vanilla)
A splash of Organic Milk or Almond Milk
(You can also add flax seed oil, chia seeds, psyllium seeds (for fiber), and protein powder if you wish).

Play around with your ingredients until you hit on a combo you like best. When you do, please be sure to post your recipe in our comments section. And if you’d like a slightly different green juice recipe, check out the Free Weight Loss Resources page. Scroll down to the Recipes section and you can download a pdf with 2 more (similar) green juice recipes.

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