Three Green Juice Recipes

You may have picked up that I started having green juice for breakfast a few months ago. If you’ve already started rolling your eyes, let me explain – I don’t drink green juice to detox or ‘cleanse’ – I have a liver and two kidneys, thankyouverymuch.

I started including fruit & veg juice in my diet because I don’t always cook proper meals for myself and juicing is just a really easy way to get the majority of my 5-a-day in at one go. I can very honestly say that I started feeling generally healthier a couple of weeks in, and I’m convinced the nutrients in here helped me shake a string of antibiotic-resistant sinus-related infections (not even joking – I was four courses of antibiotics and cortisone deep).

Before I share three of my recipes, have a look at the things I’ve been doing to make juicing as quick and easy as possible.

  • Buy seasonal fruits; then wash, chop and freeze them in ziploc bags. They keep well for months this way.
  • I had a lot of wastage initially until I realised that veggies can be frozen as well, so I also freeze kale, broccoli and spinach.
  • Don’t overthink the fruit/veg combos as you won’t taste the individual ingredients.
  • Berries are low in sugar and high in nutrients, which makes them a very good juicing option. Either stockpile when they’re in season or buy them frozen.
  • Adding small amounts of good fats like nut butters, coconut oil, seeds and raw nuts can add substance to your drink and alter the taste, but be careful of loading the calories – it’s best to measure these.
  • If you make a juice that doesn’t taste great, adding half a banana can usually save it.
  • If you enjoy a frozen, slush-like consistency; use mostly frozen ingredients. For a thinner consistency defrost first/opt for fresh.
  • The more frozen ingredients you use, the more liquid you need to add.
  • You can swop the water for herbal tea or coconut water to add some more health/nutritional benefits to your drink.
  • Rinse your juicing tools immediately – they’re a real pain to clean later.

All the recipe quantities below are for two juices, so reduce or increase accordingly. For the life of me I couldn’t think of names, so they’re just very unimaginatively numbered.

Green Juice 1

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1 Cup baby spinach (frozen)

¼ cup mango (frozen)

1 small apple

½ cup orange (frozen)

1 tbsp flaxseeds

1 cm fresh ginger

1 cup water

Green Juice 2

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1 Cup kale (frozen)

½ cup broccoli (frozen)

¼ cup raspberries (frozen)

1 small apple

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tsp xylitol/stevia/honey

1 cup water

Green Juice 3

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1 ½ cup kale (frozen)

½ cup strawberries (frozen)

2 kiwi fruits

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 cm ginger

1 cup water

I put as much veggies in my juice as possible, but not so much that I feel the need to sweeten it – I aim for half veg, half fruit and I’m slowly trying to increase as I get used to the tastes. I am looking for more types of veggies to include so please let me know what works for you!

C x

 

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9 Comments

  1. Feb 22, 2016 / 10:58 AM

    Oooh I love your combos! I’m huge juicing fan, just hate the cleaning up part.

    • Chantelle Bester
      Author
      Feb 22, 2016 / 11:08 AM

      That’s part of the reason I prep and freeze immediately when I come back from the shop – I hardly have any cleaning to do in the mornings then! xx

  2. Hannerie
    Feb 22, 2016 / 1:28 PM

    Another bookmark-worthy post. Going to start stocking up on fruits and vegs and freeze.

    • Chantelle Bester
      Author
      Feb 23, 2016 / 4:50 AM

      So worth spending 20 minutes on prep once every week or two!

  3. Feb 22, 2016 / 1:50 PM

    Chantelle, what do you use to juice? Nutribullet-type / food processor / blender? And do you think the same result can be achieved with all three of those appliances?

    • Chantelle Bester
      Author
      Feb 23, 2016 / 4:49 AM

      Mine is a Nutri Infusion, it’s like a slightly bigger Nutri Bullet. But yes, I think any of those should be able to do the job.

  4. Lize-Marie Pretorius
    Feb 24, 2016 / 8:08 AM

    Butternut is a great veg to add to a smoothie. I boil them until soft and then freeze them. Add some chai seeds, banana, a little cinnamon and a little plain yogurt. It’s divine and give a good texture to a smoothie.

    • Chantelle Bester
      Author
      Feb 25, 2016 / 4:31 AM

      Sounds great thanks, I should try that!

  5. Mar 9, 2016 / 5:43 PM

    I juiced for 6months before my wedding.. It’s a great way to detox.. I was boring and opted for the same drink every morning but it’s delicious.

    I used kale, spinach, celery, an apple and an orange..
    Really good and I found my energy levels increase..
    I just kept all ingredients in the fridge and never had an issue with it going bad I guess Coz I bought enough for the week

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