If you follow along on Instagram you’ve probably seen me making this green juice on my insta stories quite a bit over the past few months. Sorry it has taken me this long to finally get it up on the blog, but here it is!
One of the things I love so much about my Vitamix is that you can throw fruits and veggies in, skin and all (of course peeling anything with a super thick skin like citrus, pineapple or bananas) so that you’re not missing out on all the goodness of that extra fiber, antioxidants and prebiotics (food for the probiotic, healthy bacteria living in our gut!) that you do when you juice fruits and veggies. Any high powered blender will work to get this result!
I am getting so excited about our trip to Portugal! We’ve booked our accommodations for Lisbon and Porto but have left the middle of the trip more open. We like having the flexibility to jump on any adventures that come up as we go, so fingers crossed we won’t be kicking ourselves if everything is booked up when we get there. Haha. As we get ready to go, I’ve been trying to use up what’s in the fridge, so my juice have been a bit more “creative” this week. Haha. But that’s the beauty of juices, you really can throw together pretty much any combo of fruits and veggies and end up with something pretty dang delish. Ok…maybe not anything – I still haven’t worked up the courage to try broccoli in a juice. BUT this recipe was my go to when I was new to the whole green juice thing. I promise you, it will convert you!
I usually make a double batch and store the extra portions in glass jars for quick snacks throughout the week (last about 3-4 days). Yes, ideally you would get the maximum benefit of the freshness of these nutrients by blending it up fresh each time you want to drink it, but if pulling out your cutting board and blender each time you want one is a bit of a deterrent for you as it is for me, you will still be getting a ton of nutrients and benefits from these batch prepped little refreshers.
One other thing I should note- I don’t drink these to replace a meal! Without any decent source of protein or any healthy fats in there these just aren’t quite enough to pass as a 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. Alternatively you could drink this as a side to your eggs or toast and peanut butter for a quick and fueling brekky.
Are you new to green juices and smoothies? Leave a comment and let us know if you have any other great tips for making them taste good! And If you try this one out, I’d love to see it!! Follow me on Instagram @lindsaypleskot and use #makefoodfeelgood so I can see what you’re up to!
This was my gateway recipe to loving green juice. Rich in Iron, Vitamin C and hydrating veg this is skin food, gut food and energy in a bottle!
- 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