Packed with 3 types of leafy greens—kale, romaine lettuce and spinach—this green juice recipe takes less than 10 minutes to make at home in a high-powered blender. In addition to the greens, it’s made with good-for-you ingredients like cucumber, apple, banana and ginger. It’s the best beginner green juice recipe for those looking for an easy gateway into the drinkable benefits of green juice!
This blender green juice has been in my snack rotation for years! I love how quick and easy it is to make (you can whip it up in 10 minutes or less). Plus it doesn’t use the traditional juicing method, instead it uses a vitamix or high-powered blender.
As a Registered Dietitian, I think this recipe is the ultimate green juice for beginners because it uses my beloved vitamix (or other high-powered blender). No need for a lot of prep. Just throw the fruits and veggies in, skin and all (not including thick skin fruits like citrus, pineapple or bananas) and get a delicious juice that has all the goodness of that extra fiber, antioxidants, and prebiotics.
What You Need For This Morning Green Juice Recipe & Substitutions
Curly Kale, Romaine & Spinach: This recipe uses a combo of three greens that we commonly have in our fridge. I always recommend using greens that are about to go, to help prevent food waste. I love this combo because they’re all milder flavored greens and each bring a different nutrition profile to the juice (more on that here).
Don’t have this combo? I used curly kale because that’s usually what we have in our fridge but you can use any type of kale like baby kale, dino, or red/Russian kale. You can also sub in or add swiss chard or beet greens (a great option for using all of the beetroot), and other types of lettuce like butter lettuce, iceberg, or leaf lettuce
Cucumber, Banana, & Apple: I love this combo of fruits and veggies in this green juice. They are a balanced and flavorful combo of hydration, natural sweetness, and nutrients. Each ingredient enhances the taste, texture, and nutritional profile of the juice.
If you’re looking for some substitutions, I would try the following:
Cucumber: Try adding zucchini, celery or more lettuce. All three have a milder flavor like cucumber and are water-rich ingredients.
Banana: I used frozen banana in this recipe. Anytime I have a banana that’s about to go bad, I peel it and put it in a sealable freezer bag for smoothies and juices. Bananas add creaminess and sweetness to this recipe. You can substitute for avocado (but you will need to add a little more fruit to make up for the lack of sweetness) or mango which will substitute both the creamy texture and tropical flavor of the juice.
Apple: I usually use gala apples but you can use your fave type of apple. For substitutions try pears, pineapple, or kiwis instead.
Ginger & Mint: I love the combo of ginger and mint. They add a depth of flavor and a refreshing kick to this juice. If you don’t have ginger, you can try this with turmeric (although the color will change quite a bit) or cinnamon. Instead of mint, try this with basil, cilantro, or parsley.
Milk: I typically use 2% milk in my smoothies but you can use any dairy or non-dairy milk. I have tried this with almost every type of milk – almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, unsweetened, sweetened, vanilla, original… you name it, I’ve tried it and the best one? I can’t say – it honestly depends on the day so use the milk that feels best to you!
How to Make This Blended Green Juice
Add all ingredients to your Vitamix or high-powered blender. Blend on high until smooth, approximately 1-2 minutes. Pour into your glass and enjoy!
NOTE: If using a regular blender you may need to blend for longer and add some water to get the desired consistency.
Mistakes and Fixes
Making blended green juice can be a great way to get in your daily dose of nutrients, but there are some common mistakes that people can make. Here are these mistakes and how to fix them:
Using Too Many Ingredients: Overloading your blender with too many ingredients (and not enough liquid) can lead to an overly thick or unappetizing mixture. The fix? Blend in batches and add more liquid if it starts to get too thick. I usually thin mine out with either more milk, coconut water or water.
Not Balancing Flavors: If you’re using this recipe as a template or substituting ingredients, you may notice you can taste other ingredients more. The fix? Start by blending the milder ingredients like your greens, fruits, and veggies. Add the stronger flavored ingredients like ginger and mint in smaller increments until it’s your desired flavor.
This is packed with a variety of nutrient-dense ingredients. Here are some of the benefits of the main ingredients:
Kale: I am a kale lover. I put it in everything – my Famous Kale Caesar Salad, my Green Smoothie, my One Pan Turmeric Lemon Rice and Chicken with Kale, I seriously can’t get enough. I love that it’s rich in Vitamins A, C, & K plus it contains antioxidants and dietary fiber that helps with gut health.
Spinach: Spinach is also high in Vitamins A, C & K. Plus it’s rich in iron, which helps support oxygen transport in the body.
Romaine: I love how this leafy green is hydrating (aka has high water content) plus it also serves us with fiber and Vitamins A and C.
Cucumber: Cucumber is also hydrating thanks to its water content. Plus 1 unpeeled cucumber contains approximately 15% of our Vitamin C daily requirement and 60% of our Vitamin K daily requirement.
Banana: Bananas are packed full of potassium and vitamins B6. In fact 1 banana can have up to 35% of your daily B6 requirement. They’re also a good source of Vitamin C and can help with your digestive health.
Apple: Apples are rich in fiber providing us with approximately 15% of our daily requirements. They’re also full of Vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants.
How to Meal Prep This Juice
Meal prepping green juice is the perfect way to make sure you have a nutritious and refreshing snack ready to enjoy throughout the week.
I like to double or triple the recipe and batch prep it and store the extra portions in glass jars in the fridge for quick snacks throughout the week (it lasts about 3-4 days) or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
If storing in the fridge, make sure to shake the juice before drinking. Sometimes the ingredients settle and giving it a good shake makes sure all the flavors are blended together.
If storing in the freezer, remove the night before and place in the fridge. Again, the ingredients will settle so give it a good shake and enjoy!
If you’re a meal prep lover, you should try meal prepping smoothies as well. Here are 15 of my Favorite Meal Prep Smoothies.
How to Elevate This Juice
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, recipes are meant to be templates. I’m sharing the OG recipe but this is a perfect example of a recipe that can be adapted and changed each time you try it!
In fact, when we went to Portugal 5 years ago, I made this on repeat every day with a different mix of ingredients so that I could use up all the produce in our fridge.
Here are a few ways to add an extra boost of nutrition to this green juice recipe for the blender:
Top with some chia seeds or hemp hearts: For an added boost of Omega-3’s or protein (and crunch) add a teaspoon of the nutrient dense chia seeds or hemp hearts.
Add more fruit and veggies: If you have any fruits that are starting to look a little sad, add them into this juice. I’ve tried it with celery, carrots, oranges, lemons, limes, and berries. While the color may not always be the same, it’s always DELISH!
Add some protein: If you’re looking for a post-workout snack, add in some protein. I would recommend protein powder or Greek yogurt.
Make It A Meal
If you have been following me for a while you’ll know that I don’t subscribe to juice cleanses (more on that and why juice cleanses don’t work here). I also don’t drink these to replace a meal! This juice doesn’t have a decent source of protein or any healthy fats and can’t pass as a balanced meal.
For a meal-worthy smoothie, try adding some greek yogurt or protein powder and/or a scoop of your favorite nut butter, or ⅓-½ of an avocado. More on how to create a well-balanced smoothie here.
Alternatively this is the perfect morning green juice recipe – add it as a side to your fluffy scrambled eggs or cottage cheese toast for a quick brekky that will make you feel full and energized.Print
Packed with 3 types of leafy greens—kale, romaine lettuce and spinach—this green juice take just 10 minutes to make at home in a high-powered blender. In addition to the greens, it’s made with good-for-you ingredients like cucumber, apple, banana and ginger. It’s the best beginner green juice recipe for those looking for an easy gateway into the drinkable benefits of green juice!
- 3 leaves of kale, thick middle stem removed
- 3 large leaves of Romaine
- 3 cups fresh spinach, or a handful of frozen spinach
- ½ of a large cucumber, cut in half
- 1 large banana, peeled then cut in half and frozen (preferable but fresh works too. I batch prep these so that I always have them on hand)
- 1 medium apple (any variety will work, but some will be sweeter than others. I usually use gala), cut into 4 pieces, core and seeds removed
- A thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled
- Large handful of fresh mint, ½- 1 cup, adjust to taste but I find this is key for adding a fresh, sweet flavor!
- 2–3 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other preferred nut milk), adjusting for desired thickness
- Add all ingredients to your Vitamix or high-powered blender (Might work in a regular blender, I haven’t tried it but expect it would just be a bit thicker/chunkier). Blend on high until smooth, approximately 1-2 minutes. If ingredients are getting stuck and not blending, use your tamper to push the ingredients down and get them moving.
- Prep Time: 10
- Category: Beverages
- Method: Blended
- Cuisine: North American
Keywords: greens, green juice, antioxidants