I’m really excited to post this recipe because, while I’ve had my juicer for awhile, it lives at my parents house and I don’t get to use it as often as I’d like. Juicing is a really fun way to experiment in the kitchen and enjoy fresh, seasonal produce in a new way. Juicing at home is also way, way better than buying juices from grocery store shelves (especially since they’re often super pricey!) My favorite juices to make at home are green juices, because I tend to prefer slightly less sweet juices. This juice contains three different green veggies, cilantro, lemon, and lime. It’s packed with nutrients and antioxidants, and is very cleansing and refreshing. It is on the less-sweet-side, so if you prefer your juices sweeter, you could throw in a handful of pineapple in place of some of the veggies. It’s important that you wash your produce before beginning, especially if it’s not organic. I also like to buy things like greens, celery, and apples organic whenever I can, since they tend to be the most sprayed with pesticides and other chemicals that you don’t really want in your body. But if organic produce is on the pricier side where you live (I know it is where I am), then normal produce is your next best option and still a super healthy alternative to not eating your fruits and veggies at all! If you’re taking your juice on the go, make sure you store it in one of these awesome containers by Cool Gear Inc! This helps preserve the freshness of the juice during your day.
In terms of juicers, you have lots of options. I got mine on Amazon and it’s the BELLA 13695 NutriPro Cold Press Juicer, Stainless Steel. Depending on your budget, you can choose the one that suits you best. Mine is good, but it does tend to leave some fiber-y bits at the bottom of the juice. I don’t really mind this, and you can also add the juice back into the juicer to re-juice the mixture and remove some of the pulp. Another option, if you don’t have a juicer, is to blend up the ingredients and then sieve them through a fine strainer or a cheesecloth/nut milk bag. This is a great alternative if you don’t want to purchase a juicer but still want the benefits of a juice. It just takes a bit longer! But anyway, onto the recipe:
Ingredients (for 1 liter of juice, serves 4-5)
- 1 head of romaine lettuce
- 4 large kale leaves
- 1 green apple
- 1 inch piece of peeled ginger
- juice and flesh of 1 lemon
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 cup of filtered water
- 4 stalks of celery
- 1/2 cup of fresh cilantro (optional)
- Wash and chop up your lettuce, kale, apple, ginger, and celery. Wash and peel your lemon.
- Add all ingredients slowly to your juicer, alternating with small amounts of water to keep things moving along.
- As an option, if you prefer a more fluid juice, pass the mixture through the juicer again.
- Add the lime juice and stir well.
- Drink up!