I love juicing and green juice is one of my favourite ways to boost my intake of vegetables. Whilst the taste of a green juice may take some getting used to, the nutritional benefits of a daily vegetable juice is well worth it.
I use a masticating juicer, which chews the fruit and veggies to cold press the produce and retain as many nutrients as possible. A centrifugal juicer is a cheaper alternative, which is a great place to start if you’re new to juicing.
I try to use low sugar vegetables and fruit, with more emphasis on green leaves when I juice, but it can create a bitter, hard to drink juice if you’re not used to it. A base of carrots or apples will sweeten your juice, if you want something a little more palatable but again, these have quite a high sugar content.
My usual green juice recipe:
1 whole cucumber
1 lemon or lime (if you have a masticating juicer, you can juice with the skin on, but the taste will be more pungent so only half may be needed)
2 sticks of celery
1 handful of lettuce, or a whole baby lettuce
2 handfuls of spinach
1 small handful of kale or broccoli.
1 small piece of ginger.
The lemon or lime neutralises the bitter greens a little and tones down the taste of broccoli or kale. I like to use raw kale and broccoli in my juices as they’re so nutritious, however you only need a small amount if using raw as they can interfere with your thyroid if consumed raw in high quantities. With the more neutral leaves like spinach and lettuce, you can really add as much as you like as it doesn’t really interfere with the taste too much. Ginger adds a nice kick and is a great anti-inflammatory.
With a masticating juicer like mine, you can get about 2 big glasses of green juice out of this recipe. I also like to add a shot of wheatgrass to each glass of green juice for added nutritional benfits. I get frozen wheatgrass shots from LiveWheatgrass – theirs is fresh, organic and frozen straight away to lock in the nutrients…plus they’re local and I love to support my local businesses. You can order LiveWheatgrass (along with their other frozen shots, such as kale and beetroot) from their website here. I also use Wheatgrass Powder from Organic Burst too, which is great for mixing into other juices for a nutrition boost.