We received a Breville Juicer as an engagement gift from my parents in 2006. I was interested in juicing because at 21 I was still a pretty picky eater and beyond iceberg lettuce salads drowned in ranch dressing, I hardly touched vegetables. I figured juicing would help me knock the vegetables back without actually having to eat them. Genius.
I still remember making my first green juice. It had lots of spinach, celery, and cucumber. These were the days before kale became king. I ran everything through my juicer and admired how quickly it worked and how dry the pulp was. I raised the glass to my lips, proud of how grown up and healthy I was becoming. “Cheers to good health. I am a green juice goddess. This is exactly what my body needs,” I thought.
The juice tasted akin to lawn clippings, not that I had ever tasted those. But it’s what you would imagine grass tastes like, very, green. Not wanting to waste $10 worth of organic produce, I drank the rest of the juice and chased it with a Diet Coke. Green juice goddess my foot.
It’s been almost 10 years since my first grassy encounter with the juicer and I feel like I have a handle on the game now. There weren’t countless blogs, websites, books, documentaries, and juice cleanses back in the day to guide me through the induction process. I am going to take my 10 years of juicing experience and distill it down into one simple thought for all of you juicing newbies out there.
Start with fruit.
If you begin with sweet, juicy fruits, you’ll then be able to start adding those all-important dark, leafy greens that we all should be consuming. This little nugget of wisdom will help even the most anti-green kids (and adults) eventually learn to love more hard-core green juices. Apples, oranges, pineapples, pears, and watermelons are all fantastic sweet and juicy fruits that will cover some of that grassy taste of the greens. Peeled lemons are also imperative to cut that earthy flavor of green veggies.
When you first start juicing, you may want to add one or 2 more fruits than a recipe calls for until your taste buds get used to the flavor of dark greens. High water content fruits and veggies will also extend the greens across a great volume of liquid, making it more palatable to begin.
This juice recipe is great for beginners because the sweetness of the apples and pineapple help cover the kale while the peeled lemon cuts right through any grassiness. Again, make sure to taste the juice after you make it and feel free to add another apple if you think it still needs some more sweetness. Over time, you’ll find you need less fruit and more greens in your juices. I promise 🙂
It’s Easy Being Green Juice
- 1 bunch dinosaur kale
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 large cucumber
- 1 lemon, peeled
- ½ of a whole pineapple (peeled)
- 2 green apples
- Run all the ingredients through your juicer in the order listed. I always run apple through last to help “clean off” the blade. Serves 2
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