In this article, we’re covering the basics of green juice, so naturally including a basic, easy-to-drink green vegetable juice recipe.
Is Vegetable Juice Healthy?
There is a reason for the popularity of green vegetable juice: it’s healthy.
1. Promotes Weight Loss
Unlike soft drinks, green juice doesn’t have a lot of sugar.
One 12-fl oz can of coca-cola has 39 grams of sugar. According to the USDA, this refined sugar amount is about 75% of what’s recommended, in a 2000-calorie diet.
Most of our juices have no more than 15 grams of sugar per serving, less than 30% of what’s recommended. Less sugar means fewer calories, hence less weight gain.
Furthermore, green juice has a tiny amount of soluble fiber. Although insignificant, this can help you feel fuller longer than any can of carbonated sugar-packed drinks.
2. Has Vitamins And Minerals
People who don’t eat a lot of greens and fruits might find it hard to get sufficient amounts of micronutrients.
With green juice, this won’t be a problem. Juicing can preserve almost all of the nutrients, and drinking the juice is convenient and enjoyable too!
3. Contains Soluble Fiber
Not only nutritious and easy to drink, but green juice also contains a small amount of soluble fiber. Although this amount is minimal, green juice is still a healthier alternative than soft drinks.
How Many Calories Does Green Vegetable Juice Have?
Green vegetable juice often has very little calories in comparison to other drinks. Its sweetness is rather mild, as the sugar content of fruits and vegetables is minimal.
Our green vegetable juice recipe, specifically, yields around 81 calories per serving. They come mostly from vegetables and fruits, and from a little bit of sugar we added to balance the taste.
If you prefer less-sweet, fewer-calorie green juice, you can skip the sugar to bring that amount to less than 64. By using green apple instead of ripe, the calorie content would be even less.
Types of Green Vegetable/ Fruits to Juice
Since green juice is made mainly from vegetables, it needs to be done properly, or you’ll have a bad-tasting drink. A good green vegetable juice recipe, or green juice recipes in general, should include the following:
1. A Nutrient Pack
This is the key ingredient that makes green juices nutrient-packed.
The most common greens that add lots of vitamins and minerals are kale and spinach. Most people prefer spinach because its fragrance is milder, but we prefer to mix the two for optimal nutrition.
2. A Fluid Base
Leafy greens have the nutrients, but they have comparatively less juice. By adding vegetables with higher water content, we give an improved texture to the liquid.
Common juicy vegetables we can use are celery (the stalk) and cucumber. They have more subtle flavors and don’t have a strong smell.
3. A Flavor Boost
Since green vegetables don’t have many flavors to give, we add fruits to our juice.
Most of the recipes call for apple, pineapple, berries, or citruses, with apple and pineapple being the more popular. They have a strong fruity aroma and sweetness that can mask the scent of vegetables.
If you balance the three components right, you will get a green vegetable juice recipe that tastes good. You can try our recipe down below for a head start, then adjust to your liking.
Or, if the recipe below doesn’t suit your taste, have a look at our top 10 green juices.
How to Make Homemade Green Vegetable Juice
To make green juice in general, you can either use a blender or a juicer.
Using a juicer is more convenient. All you need to do is place ingredients in and collect the juice.
In case your juicer can’t juice vegetables, it’s possible to use a blender. Place ingredients in a blender, blitz until smooth, and strain the mixture through a sieve to collect the juice.
If the sieve does not collect all of the fibrous parts, you can use a cheesecloth. Line a bowl with cheesecloth, pour the juice in, twist and wring slowly to extract all of the juice.
How Long Does Fresh Green Vegetable Juice Last?
Homemade juice if not used immediately, is best consumed within the first 24 hours in the fridge. We have yet to find a reliable source that claims a longer storing time.
In terms of discoloration, it only takes around 2 hours, refrigerated or not. We recommend you drink it fresh for the best experience, as the juice is rather easy and quick to make.
You can make green juice ice by pouring the juice into ice cube trays and slide that into the freezer. Whenever you make green juice, use these instead of regular ice to prevent watering down your drink.
Healthy Green Vegetable Juice Recipe
- 4 oz cucumber
- 4 oz celery
- 4 oz kale
- 1 1/2 cup apple juice (16 oz apple)
- 1/4 cup mint leaves
- 4 tsp lemon juice
- 4 tsp honey
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- Place ingredients in a juicer and collect the juice.
- Pour the juice in a pitcher and serve. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving if desired. (best drank within 24 hours)
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