Green Juice on a Budget

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I love a good green juice.

BUT…buying it at the grocery store or those cute juice shops can get prettttttty expensive.

And buying a fancy schmancy juicer isn’t always in everyone’s budget.

I used to own a juicer, but quite frankly, I found it to be cumbersome and quite tedious to clean. It took up tons of space on my kitchen counter and started to collect dust after awhile. I sold it on Amazon…

But I didn’t want to miss out on all the health benefits of a freshly pressed juice, such as:

• Quick delivery of essential vitamins, minerals and enzymes to your body
• A boost to your immune system
• Helps to reduce acidity in the body
• Several servings of fruits and veggies in one juice
• Improves your energy level
• Hydrates your body
• Helps to eliminate toxins

So, I decided to figure out how to make it myself at home. What I love about my green juice recipe is that you don’t need a juicer to make it. All you need is a good blender–I use my inexpensive NutriBullet and it comes out just as good. I also use this blender for smoothies, healthy ice cream and even sauces, and they come out great.

Now, while I don’t advise strict juice cleanses (like not eating any whole foods for a week), I DO think everyone would benefit from an occasional juice, in conjunction with whole foods. I especially like to drink green juice when I feel like I might be catching a bug or when my energy is a little low. It gives my immune system and energy level a boost. It’s also a great way to promote detoxification. So without further ado, here’s my recipe:

EASY PEASY GREEN JUICE

Ingredients

– 1 cup of organic kale, rinsed and ripped into small pieces (you can also use collard greens or spinach)
– 1 medium sized carrot, peeled
– 1 organic apple (I use Gala or Pink Lady apples for a tastier juice), sliced with core removed
– juice of half a lemon
– 1-2 slices of ginger root, skin removed (optional, but this really packs a punch and boosts your immune system!)

Instructions

Throw all ingredients in your large NutriBullet cup or blender, add 1-2 cups of filtered water (don’t skip this step!) and blend away for 10-15 seconds. It should be the consistency of juice with some pulp in it. Now, all you have to do is strain it through a mesh strainer and pour it in a glass container.

Some tips:

• I recommend drinking your juice on an empty stomach, preferably an hour or so before eating whole foods.
• Be sure to chew your juice a bit, instead of drinking it quickly like water (this helps with digestion and breaks down enzymes).
• Juice should be stored in a glass jar/container in the refrigerator and consumed within 1-2 days.

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-Claudia xo

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