Green juice is an awesome way to start the day, and it’s the main part of any serious juice cleanse. The emphasis on the color green is not just trendy, but a reflection of the chlorophyll-rich and alkalizing properties of juice that is physically green, as opposed to red, yellow, purple, etc.
Here is my green juice recipe inspired by BluePrint Green. I also make this every morning when I’m not cleansing.
Daily Detox Green Juice Recipe
1 large cucumber (or 2 small cucumbers)
6-8 celery stalks (~1 lb)
1/2 head of romaine lettuce (~12 oz)
2 fistfuls of baby spinach (~3 oz)
2-3 stalks of kale, including stems
a few stalks of parsley (not too much or it could be toxic)
3 green apples (cut out the seeds which contain trace amounts of cyanide)
1 lemon, unpeeled
1-2 inches of ginger, peeled
Optional: 1-2 stalks green Swiss chard or bok choy
This recipe yields three 16-oz servings if you use a slow masticating or gear press juicer. The yield will be 20-30 percent less if you use a centrifugal juicer.
I include weight measurements for those who have a food scale, because I have found it to be the most reliable way of yielding the same juice volume time after time and because veggies like celery and romaine lettuce can vary greatly in size.
The apples add enough sweetness to make the juice palatable. I like to use one apple per 16 ounces of juice.
If you are doing the juice cleanse by yourself, you can juice either once or twice per day. Juice is the best when consumed immediately, because it starts to lose nutrients and enzymes. Store any extra juice in an airtight container in the fridge. I would not recommend saving juice for more than 12 hours, unless you have a way to vacuum seal it.
If you juice once, you could increase this recipe to make four 16-oz servings. That will last you a whole day, for juices #1, 2, 3, and 5. If you juice twice, you’ll have extra juice that you can give to a family member or roommate. Or, you can drink it in addition to your cleanse if you get hungry.
Ginger, My New Best Friend
I used to hate the taste of ginger, having bitten into small pieces accidentally too many times as a kid. After finding out how healthy it is, I now include it with every juice. It adds a nice kick and eases any potential stomach upset from raw juice.
Why you should put ginger in your juice:
G = gastrointestinal
Relieves gas and bloating, aids digestion and absorption/assimilation of nutrients
I = immunity
Boosts the immune system, prevents colds/flu, clears sinuses and common respiratory problems, relieves nasal congestion, reduces inflammation and joint pain, helps prevent colon cancer
N = nausea (anti-)
Reduces motion sickness, soothes upset stomach
G = gynecologic
Reduces menstrual cramps, helps prevent ovarian cancer
E = energy
Increases microcirculation, stimulates blood circulation
R = relaxation
Reduces cortisol (stress hormone) levels, warms the body
What’s your flavor?
I want to hear from you! How do you like your green juice? What is your favorite use for ginger? Share your recipes and comments below.