Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My juice formula

Here is the basic formula I use for my green juice now:

Makes about 1 quart

1 small bunch or 1/2 large bunch celery
1 cucumber
1/4 - 1/2 pound dark leafy greens (kale, collards, swiss chard, spinach)
1 cup of water

1 apple (optional for flavor)
juice of a lemon or lime (optional for flavor)
a small piece of ginger (optional I like the smell and makes me happy)

I use a blender. I put this stuff into the blender with the juicier items on the bottom to help the blades move easier. I mix it and then puree it until it's pretty smooth and blended, no large specks of greens floating around.

Then I'll pour it into a bowl I have lined with a nut milk bag or a paint strainer bag. I gently massage the bag to get the juice out. Then I pour it into a quart jar or glass and drink. :)

SPECIAL NOTES: I make sure and mix up the greens so I don't overdose on just one type - especially the spinach. You don't want to be eating a whole lot of spinach regularly it has oxalates that can be harmful in large amounts.

If I have all organic items, I wash well but don't peel anything. I also will sometimes fill my glass 1/4 of the way with some of the mix with the pulp in it and then strain the rest. This way I get some fiber and something to "chew."

However, if it's not organic stuff, I make sure and peel stuff that has a waxy coating. And I strain the whole thing. I hear pesticides and toxins reside in the fiber - kind of magnetically attracted to it. So I strain it out and get rid of it on non-organic stuff. My budget varies, so I try to get organic when I can.


  1. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I appreciate the feedback.

    I'm wondering why you strain your blended mixture. You have a wonderful green smoothie if you leave it all together. Plus the fiber would slow the impact of the sugar from the fruit. Just a thought...

  2. I like the texture better. Actually, what I do is fill 1/4 of my quart jar with the whole mixture, then I'll strain the rest. So I still end up with a good amount of fiber, about 1/4 fiber. Not sure if I can handle all of the fiber. lol

    Plus sometimes I can't afford organic, and I've read that the toxins reside in the fiber so if I have a lot of non-organic, I'll strain the whole thing.