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Our Go-To Green Juice Recipe, No Juicer Required

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Hi guys! I loved hearing from so many of you following my last post (ICYMI: Easy Garlicky White Beans + Couscous) and figured that, in case more of you were actually into the Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese recipe that I teased than let on, I’d follow things up with a little detoxifying green “juice.” Maybe you made the mac and cheese, maybe you didn’t. I’ll never know. 😉

A few months ago, my husband and I did a 21-day detoxifying cleanse (the Clean Program, if any of you are familiar — I documented the whole thing here) and we learned real quick which smoothies we burned out on quickly and which ones we still looked forward to after three long weeks of a 60% liquid diet. This green blender “juice,” for lack of a better word, stood the test of time. It’s zesty and refreshing, just sweet enough to take the edge off of any cravings, and perhaps best of all, beloved by the whole family, including Lana. (Just to be clear, she didn’t participate in the cleanse with us, but she did sample everything that we consumed as part of it.)

Need to clease? More fruits & veggies in your life? Us too. THIS: our go-to green juice detox recipe for the WIN. Blender, yes. Juicer, no. On it.

The Best Green Juice Detox Recipe

I love making “juice” in the blender for a number of reasons. Using whole fruits and veggies means more fiber, so the resulting juice is more filling and nutritious. It also means you can use frozen fruit, which is convenient, cost-effective and refreshing (I will always, always prefer my juice to be cold, no matter how the trendy juice bars serve it). And most obviously, there’s no need for a clunky, hard-to-clean juicer. For the smoothest, most satisfying juices and smoothies, I do highly recommend a high-speed blender — it’s an investment, to be sure, but we use ours for everything from smoothies and soups (like our favorite summer gazpacho andaluz!) to cashew milk, pancakes, and nut butter. We are currently using this blender from Wolf Gourmet, and we love it, but I consider the most powerful and effective blender on the market for the price to be this guy from Vitamix. Still a big purchase, mind you, but it’s such a multitasker in an active kitchen.

We like to whirl up a blender of this stuff for breakfast (supplemented with a poached egg and half a piece of sourdough toast, for the little one) — and in the summer, when I’m too lazy to fire up the kitchen, we’ll have tall glasses of green blender juice alongside a simple cheese board (hi, snack dinner wins every time) or a couple of our favorite freezer-friendly Corn + Scallion Pancakes, reheated in the toaster.

And of course, if you’re looking for this guy to stand completely alone as a meal replacement, you can bulk up the nutrition even more with a scoop of collagen peptides, a couple tablespoons of hemp seeds (it’ll become a little more creamy in texture) or a teaspoon of spirulina. If I’m making this for myself in the morning, I’ve even been known to blend in a heaping teaspoon or two of matcha powder. (Encha is my absolute favorite brand, and the latte grade is more than adequate for how it’s used in this recipe.)

Need to clease? More fruits & veggies in your life? Us too. THIS: our go-to green juice detox recipe for the WIN. Blender, yes. Juicer, no. On it.Need to clease? More fruits & veggies in your life? Us too. THIS: our go-to green juice detox recipe for the WIN. Blender, yes. Juicer, no. On it. Need to clease? More fruits & veggies in your life? Us too. THIS: our go-to green juice detox recipe for the WIN. Blender, yes. Juicer, no. On it.

Yield: Serves 2-3

Our Go-To Green Juice Recipe, No Juicer Required

Our Go-To Green Juice Recipe, No Juicer Required

Our go-to green juice recipe, no juicer required. Just a refreshing green "juice" that's good for your gut and kid-friendly, too.

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut water
  • 2 large handfuls baby spinach or other neutral green (we accented ours with pea shoots because I had some on hand!)
  • 1 handful mint, optional (see note)
  • 1/3 English cucumber, sliced
  • 1/4 large apple
  • 1 heaping cup frozen mango
  • 1-2” grated ginger (see note)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Combine everything in a high-powered blender in the order listed.
  2. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute, using the tamper, if needed to push ingredients down into the blade. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

On ginger and mint: We always keep ginger in our freezer to have on hand for recipes both sweet and savory. Frozen ginger can be easily grated with a microplane right into the blender (or whichever dish you’re preparing!). In this recipe, I lean toward 1 inch of grated ginger or so if Lana (4 years old) is drinking it, double that if it’s just for adults. Same goes for mint. I love the refreshing herbal notes, but we scale it back for the kido version.

Regarding the blender: We are currently using this blender from Wolf Gourmet, and we love it, but I consider the most powerful and effective blender on the market for the price to be this guy from Vitamix. Still an investment, mind you, but it’s such a multitasker in an active kitchen.


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After my birthday date night and hitting up a couple of parties on the ol’ preschool birthday circuit this past weekend, I’ll be offsetting the copious amounts of cake with this green juice. 

xo!
Em

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8 Comments

  1. Leila Johnson on

    I always wanted to try green juice this sounds good. Do you think I could use coconut milk instead of water?

    • Emily Stoffel on

      Hi Leila! So, you technically could, but coconut milk (assuming you mean the canned kind?) has a higher fat content (coconut water has none), so it’ll definitely be more of a creamy smoothie — not to mention coconut milk tastes like coconut whereas coconut water does not. But if you love the taste of coconut and you’re ok with something that’s more like a rich smoothie and less like a juice, feel free! I would start with a light coconut milk, if you have it, or the coconut milk that comes in the refrigerated section in a carton to avoid the coconut flavor being too overwhelmingly rich.

  2. Thank you so much for this much needed recipe! And I have to say I anxiously scanned for celery and did a little dance when I didn’t see it. So many green juices have celery and I can’t stand it (I know, but I just can’t, and can detect even a hint of it). I’ve been in a long slump, nutrition-wise, and will also check out your Clean experience. Keep the recipes coming!

    • Emily Stoffel on

      Hahaha, a green juice with celery would never fly with my husband. (I blame a bad experience with V8 as a kiddo.) Hope you love it!

  3. I’m the same way with my smoothie/juices. I like my smoothies to have more of a juice-like texture, but my husband likes more of a shake-like texture. I also appreciate that this doesn’t sound too sweet or have bananas. Have you every tried swapping the mango for pineapple and cutting back on the lime? Just wondering.

    • Emily Stoffel on

      Heya Christy – YES! We do this exact smoothie with frozen pineapple, too, in which case I don’t add the lime. Frozen pineapple has a way of getting super frothy in blended drinks, so it’s definitely a different texture (not a bad thing…kind of like an Orange Julius — do you remember those!?). I’ve also swapped out the mint for cilantro when using pineapple, too — super refreshing, if you’re into cilantro. 🙂

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