This quick and easy green juice can be made with just your blender and a nut milk bag for straining out the pulp.  It is a great way to cram in lots of nutrients, use up leftover produce and hydrate in the most delicious and refreshing way.

I made this recipe recently on my Instagram stories (it is saved in my highlights under FOOD INSPO if you are interested in watching the demo).  I got so many questions and when I polled my Instagram followers over 90% were interested in the detailed recipe.  So here you go!

 

I’m a smoothie girl through and through.  Because smoothies offer the entire fruit or vegetable you get all the nutrients and fiber which is so important.  But on occasion I crave a cleansing, light and refreshing green juice (green juice = juice made from green vegetables).  So, rather than go to my local juice bar, I love to make this at home to use up leftover cucumber, celery and kale.  I sometimes add herbs too such as parsley, cilantro or mint.  You can use the leaves and stems of the herbs (same with the kale).  You could also add peeled ginger.  I like to sometimes top mine off with sparkling water.  My friend, Laney, from Life is but a Dish reports that it is also good with vodka like a Bloody Mary!

The photo below is what I used when I made it today and what you see in the pictures within this post: English cucumber, celery, parsley, Granny Smith apples and lemons.  I usually add kale but I was all out today.  In the formal recipe below I include more details and variations.  Once you blend it up the first time around it creates more space in your blender so you can always add more after the first blend.

This recipe is very flexible and forgiving.  Once you get the process down you can experiment with the ingredients and ratios that suit you best.  I usually go with whatever I have on hand and I haven’t been disappointed with the result yet.  The key I found is to balance things out with some sweet and tart Granny Smith apples.  I also add in the juice of 1-2 lemons at the end to brighten it all up.  I pour it over a lot of ice and enjoy immediately.  This batch makes enough for 2-3 people.  Lately, I have been making it after my workout and sharing with my husband.  My girls tried it today and the review was a sincere “good!” from both of them as they slurped it down.  I’ll take it!

Here is the overall process:

Throw your green veggies, herbs and apple in your blender (I chop them up first into 2 inch pieces for easy blending).

Add 1/2 cup filtered water and blend for 45 seconds until it is the consistency of a smoothie and no chunks or bits remain.  If your blender is having trouble getting started you may need to add more water or cut your produce into smaller chunks.  At this point you could pour over ice and enjoy if you want to consume the pulp (for more fiber and nutrients).  I prefer a thinner consistency so I strain out the pulp using my nut milk bag.  I have heard you can also use a fine mesh sieve but I have not tried this method myself yet.

Over a large mixing bowl with a pour spout, pour the mixture through a nut milk bag (here is the one I own).  The mixture will be thick.

Use your hands to squeeze the juice through the nut milk bag.

Toward the end of squeezing I like to move all the pulp with my hands in a squeezing motion to the bottom of the nut milk bag and then twist in one direction.  Then, I twist in the other direction to get all the juice out.  This step takes 1-2 minutes.

Note: The mixture will be very warm from blending.

Squeeze in 1-2 juicy lemons using a lemon squeezer (I like to use two lemons).

Give it a stir.  Because the mixture will be very warm, be sure to pour over a large cup filled with lots of ice cubes.

 

Stir your drink with a straw to let everything get well chilled and enjoy immediately.

This recipe is vegan, soy-free, grain-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, raw and nut-free.  If you give it a try, please let me know! Leave a comment below, rate it above, and tag a photo @eatingbyelaine and #eatingbyelaine on InstagramTwitter or Facebook so I can see your green juice.

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