Healthy Vegan Green Juice in a blender!
No juicer? No Problem! I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t juice enough yet to warrant the purchase of a proper juicer. Lately however, I have been wanting to make juice at home. So I did a little Internet research where I located an amazing little nut milk bag on Amazon.com for around $10 (more on that later). Although it requires one extra step from a smoothie, it worked perfectly and still took less time than juicing would have. A fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth would work as well.
New to the juicing world … I had a few questions right off the bat. What exactly are the nutritional benefits/differences between juice and a traditional smoothie? Both are loaded with nutrients, give you an energy boost and taste amazing. But they differ in that juice is the water and most of the nutrients that have been separated from the fibrous pulp in fruits and vegetables. Juices also allow the body to more quickly access those nutrients. Juices bypass your digestive organs, are absorbed into the bloodstream and benefits are more immediate.
A smoothie on the other hand leaves the fiber and pulp of whole fruits and vegetables which allow the body to more slowly process the nutrients. This provides a steady energy release. Smoothies could be considered more of a healthy meal replacement. Done correctly, they are a meal in and of themselves. And remember, fiber is a good thing. It helps the body eliminate toxins.
Each have their benefits and this recipe allow you the option for either version.
The best thing about juices and/or smoothies is that the ingredient list is up to you! Maybe you’d prefer orange juice to pineapple juice, water to coconut water, etc. Today I chose some simple favorites: spinach, parsley, cucumber, banana, apple, coconut water and freshly grated ginger. I also had some leftover pineapple slices with their juice, so they went in as well. It’s a good way to see what you have on hand to use up before your next grocery shopping trip.
A high-speed blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec is always recommended, but since we are straining the mixture….any blender, Nutribullet, Ninja, etc. should work just fine.
I layer with spinach first, then some of the softer fruits and vegetables and ending with apples and cucumber. This just helps the blender get a good head start. Pour the coconut water and juice in and blend away.
In less than 2 minutes, you have a perfectly delicious green smoothie! You can stop here or continue on to the next step…making our green juice.
As I mentioned above, I found this nut milk bag on Amazon.com. It was around $10 and worked perfectly to strain out the pulp. You could use a fine sieve or cheesecloth, but what I loved about this little bag was the addition of a drawstring and the fine texture of the mesh which allowed me to get all of the juice and none of the pulp with very little effort. It took about 2 minutes to do this entire process. In the end, there was less than 1 Tbl of pulp left in the bag. Very little waste. And the bag, which was a little stained from the spinach, washed like a dream. (By the way, I’m not affiliated, nor do I get anything if you buy it from Amazon…just a fan of the product).
The result was a perfectly smooth and delicious Healthy Vegan Green Juice … made from a blender!
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Healthy Vegan Green Juice in a Blender!
- 1 large handful of Spinach
- 1/2 pieces of a large Cucumber cut into 1/2"
- 2 Leaves Tbl of Parsley
- 1 pieces Apple core removed and cut into 1/2"
- 1 slices small Banana cut into
- 1/2 C Coconut Water or just Water is fine
- 1 tsp freshly grated Ginger
- 2 slices Pineapple + 1/4 C of the Juices
- Place the spinach into the bottom of the blender along with the parsley.
- Next add grated ginger and the banana.
- Add the apple and cucumber pieces next.
- Lastly, add the coconut water and pineapple juice.
- Blend until smooth.
- Using a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to squeeze (or kitchen strainer pressed with the back of a spoon), separate the juices from the pulp.
- There should be very little waste, approximately 1-2 Tbl. Discard or you can reserve and use in quick breads.
- Now your juice is ready to enjoy!