My Favorite Green Juice Recipe

Green Juice in Pint GlassLast year, I lost 35 pounds over 5 months. My secret? Hard work. Mainly: calorie counting (Lose It app for Android), working out twice per week (running 30 minutes before every workout) and replacing 5 breakfasts per week with about 1.25 liters of fresh veggie/fruit juice.

Juicing is awesome. There are a lot of people, including me, that swear by the benefits of fresh juice. I felt amazing every morning I had my juice. So much so, that some mornings I skipped coffee altogether (I am 4-cup-per-day coffee drinker). Not only did I have more energy, but I could think clearer. Plus, my body wanted to go to sleep at a decent hour. My dental checkup was better. My blood pressure went down. All this, before I ever step foot in a gym.

Now, when you think of juice, you probably think of sugary sweet fruit juice. What I call juice is a special concoction, mostly made from green veggies. Here’s my favorite juice recipe:

Ivan’s Version of the “Lemon Ginger Blast”

  • 1 large green apple
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 cucumber (keep in the fridge)
  • 1 stalk of celery (cut the top leaves and bottom, keep in the fridge)
  • 1 bunch of kale (I like a lot of kale, but don’t use bagged stuff)
  • Optional: 2 cups of spinach

I like to juice the ginger and lemon first. Then, I do all the leafy greens, then the rest. It is good to do the leafies in the middle to help them blend in better.

Does the above list sound to hardcore for you?  Here’sa modified recipe:

Ivan’s Lite “Lemon Ginger Blast”

  • 1 large green apple
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1/2 inch of fresh ginger
  • 1/2 bunch of cilantro
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 stalk of celery hearts
  • 1/2 bunch of kale
  • Optional: 1 cup of spinach

So, do you want to start juicing? Good. You will need a good juicer (I have a Breville now, but I started with a cheaper GE one). Buying a good juicer will help you get more juice from your produce. While cleanup can be a pain, it is worth it.

I also recommend getting some Mason jars, in case you want to store some of the juice for later consumption. However, fresh juice is best consumed within 20 minutes of making it. After that, crucial enzymes start to denature and it loses some of its punch. But as long as you store in a dark, cold, air-tight environment, you save juice for a later time. Some people make juice for the day. Others for 2 or 3 days. I like to make it fresh every morning and drink it on the spot.

Hope this helps someone out there!

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