If you haven't tried making your own green detox juice, what are you waiting for? Here's why we love it!
Our homemade green detox juice is a light, refreshing, and nutritious way to introduce a vitamin-packed boost into your overall diet.
Juice cleanses and detox juices have been all the rage recently, but it can be expensive buying pre-made juices, which is why I prefer to make my own.
Short-term detoxes are often thought to be a great way to boost your body’s natural immunity, balance out some not-so-hot choices you may have been making, and give your system a bit of a reset.
I know when I’ve been hitting the pizza and candy a bit too hard, I can feel it, and my body practically begs me for a break. Cue all the green things!
Why Drink Green Juice?
When you're feeling sluggish or stressed, green detox juice can be a great source of vitamins and minerals that can help give your body a boost.
While green juice can't provide a magical fix for poor nutrition or specific ailments, it is believed to help support your digestive and immune systems along with your overall wellness when you drink it regularly.
Green juice is also both delicious and refreshing! It is bursting with fresh flavor and can help give you a burst of extra hydration that can make you feel great.
Green Detox Juice Ingredients
To make your own homemade green detox juice, you will need the following ingredients:
- Dark leafy greens - Spinach, kale or a combination of both is my preferred base when making green detox juice.
- Cucumber - Not only light and refreshing, cucumber adds a big dose of hydration when sipping green juice.
- Celery - Often lauded for it's anti-inflammatory properties, celery gives great freshness to homemade green juice.
- Ginger - Fresh ginger can aid digestion, soothe nausea and help bolster your immune system.
- Fresh herbs - I like to add herbs to my green juice as well, typically cilantro or parlsey, which add a lot of brightness.
- Apples - Crisp, tart, green apples add sweetness and help cut through the earthier flavors of the kale or spinach in your green detox juice.
- Citrus fruit - Lemons, limes, or both, or even oranges or clementines
By making your own green detox juice from home, you can guarantee the freshest ingredients without any pasteurization, sugars, or fillers.
While green juice is typically made using a variety of green vegetables, you can add any fruit to balance out the flavors and add a touch of sweetness.
Try apples, berries, kiwi, lemons, oranges, or one of my favorites, grapefruit, to mix things up! In the summer, melon also makes a delicious addition.
How to Make Green Detox Juice
Detox juice is reported anecdotally to have many benefits from reduced inflammation to improved immunity and digestion. And it's easy to make!
To make green detox juice at home, it takes just a few simple steps:
- If you're adding kale, you'll want to first remove the fibrous stems and discard or compost.
- Roughly chop the apples and cucumber to make it easier to blend.
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender or juicer. Blend until smooth.
- Optionatlly, strain through cheesecloth or a sieve to remove the pulp.
- Pour over ice or chill and serve immediately.
Do You Need a Juicer to Make Green Detox Juice?
If you want you to get started making your own green juice, you may be wondering if you need a juicer to make juice. The short answer? Nope!
There are many benefits to using a juicer to make juice, and a lot of hype about cold pressed juice in particularly as of late, but you do not need a juicer.
If you find that you're making a lot of juice pretty regularly, you may find investing in a juicer to be a good idea so it may be something to consider.
Juicers can juice fruit and vegetables very efficiently and often the pulp is removed in one process, versus having to strain the juice after blending.
That said, it's totally possible to make juice in your blender! A high-powered blender, specfically, will have no trouble quickly juicing your fruits and veggies.
If you're using a blender to make your green detox juice, it's a good idea to add a big splash of water along with your ingredients before blending.
This will help speed up the juicing process a bit. If you find it's still tough to get things blending, add another splash of water and you should be set.
When using a juicer, keep in mind that the fiber you’d find in your fruits and veggies won’t transfer in full to the finished product since the pulp is removed.
To help ensure you have an adqueate fiber intake, using a blender or food processor to create your juice is a great option and very nutritious.
You can either keep the pulp or, as mentioned above, strain it using a sieve or cheesecloth for a smoother juice consistency.
How to Store Green Detox Juice
If you make more of our green detox juice than you plan to drink at the time, adding a few drops of lemon juice will keep it fresh and ready to drink.
It is recommended that you properly seal fresh juices and consume them within 48 hours. After that timeframe, it is your best bet to discard any leftovers.
Use an airtight container with a lid to store green juice, or wrap tightly with plastic wrap, and always refrigerate whatever you’re not immediately using.
Try Our Favorite Detox Recipes
In addition to knowing how to make green detox juice and enjoying our favorite green detox juice recipe, playing with other so-called detox recipes is a great way to introduce more nutrient-dense meals into your week.
For example, this delicious, fresh detox kale salad feels more like a treat than torture, I promise! It's nutrient-dense, flavorful and a real favorite of mine.
Our detox salad recipe is actually an immensely delicious salad made from a base of spinach and cauliflower. It's hearty enough to be dinner alone!
Likewise, this recipe for our cauliflower and mushroom detox bowls really just tastes like a tasty, plant-forward meal you'll want to make on repeat.
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Nicole is a self-published author of fiction novels, and a lover of food and spending time in the kitchen with her six children. She lives in coastal Maine where she loves exploring new recipes especially those that can save time, money and wow a crowd.Tags: Juice, Healthy Eating, Healthy, Drinks