One of my favorite morning rituals is my green juice! I love it so much. When I lived in New York I’d buy it (at Pressed in Williamsburg) but now that I live in Charleston and don’t have a good juice spot nearby (well, there is one but it’s so expensive!) I make it myself. I like to make a fresh batch every week. I’ll have a big glass immediately and then put the rest in glass bottles to drink over the next few days. Besides being delicious, it’s an easy way to load up on veggies and nutrients first thing, and I find that it sets the tone for the day. The apple adds a little sweetness, the ginger wakes me up… the veggies just feel really good.
And when you make it yourself, you are able to control how much sugar you put into it (and how you also have the freedom to add whatever fruits and vegetables that you like).
The best green juice recipe!
Here’s my “recipe” – it’s so basic, but delicious!
- one green apple
- one cucumber
- a big bunch of celery
- a lemon (sometimes I’ll add a second lemon if I want more of a kick)
- ginger (usually a piece the size of my thumb, if I am sick I will do more!!)
I was playing around with other veggies (particularly leafy greens) but always felt so wasteful with those (kale, spinach, etc) as they don’t make much juice.
*I will often double it to make more for the week, but this amount of vegetables is perfect as it fills up the juicer pitcher just to the top without any overflow.
Wash your veggies + fruits!
Give them a good washing, especially the celery! Why is celery always so dirty haha.
Peel any citrus.
Some people leave the lemon rind on but I prefer it off.
Cut produce into smaller sizes.
Halve the lemon, cut the cucumber into 3 or 4 pieces (same with the celery). This just makes things a little easier on the juicer.
Insert into juicer!
I love that the Breville has two speeds. I use the lower speed for the citrus and cucumber, and the faster one for the harder items (ginger, apple, celery!).
Drink, or store in jars.
I’ve heard it’s best to drink immediately, but I like to do a mix. A big glass right away and then I put the rest in jars for the week ahead.
PS – This is the juicer I have. I have had it since April (it was one of my first purchases when I moved and finally had the storage space!) I use it at least once a week and absolutely LOVE it. And I will also add that adding a produce bag to the waste area is the move – helps so much with cleanup! Adding to easy clean up, most parts can go in the dishwasher which is a huge bonus to me!
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