Don’t have a juicer? No problem! You can have green juice in minutes with this step-by-step tutorial on how to make a simple green juice in your blender.
It’s been 10 days since I’ve posted anything new around here so I am SO thrilled to be back with an epic post for all of you.
My trip to Costa Rica was fabulous and I’ll be recapping everything tomorrow once I’ve mustered the courage to look at the pictures and not want to teleport myself back there. It was truly one of the most spectacular places on earth.
We were totally spoiled by having a private chef cook all of our meals for us and while I love me some rice and beans, my body was dying for some veggie goodness by the end of the trip.
This always happens to me, I go a bit overboard with the treats and decadent eats and find myself needing an IV drip packed-full of vegetable juice. And by IV drip I mean I stop by Fresh Restaurant for one of their amazing green juices.
But juices get seriously expensive, FAST and it also isn’t in my budget to buy myself a juicer. So each time I feel a cold coming on or am needing a detox, I go through the same internal battle of whether or not I should sacrifice my wallet to the juice gods.
Let’s change subjects for a second here (I swear I’m getting to the point!). A few weeks ago, Blendtec offered to send me a Designer 725 Blender with Wildside+ Jar, so I did a little research on the blender and then patiently awaited its arrival.
What excited me most was that the Blendtec has a “juice” option so you can actually make juice in your blender! Now here’s the catch, what actually separates juice from a smoothie is that the fiber (or “pulp”) from the vegetables and fruit has been removed so what you’re getting is the vitamin and mineral packed juice.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with fruit and vegetable pulp. Fiber is great for the body and we all need it in our diet, but sometimes it can get in the way of our body absorbing all of those vitamins and minerals. When you drink juice (versus a smoothie), your body can absorb 100% of the good stuff, without the insoluble fiber getting in the way.
So I set out to recreate my favourite simple green juice using my blender instead of a juicer. The Blendtec made it super easy because the “juice” option knows exactly how long to blend the fruits and veggies for (somewhere around 1 minute). It also has a self clean option which makes cleaning the blender completely hassle-free. Considering the horror stories I’ve heard about trying to clean juicers, this is a godsend!
For the record, it has several other pre-programmed cycles including smoothies, soups, salsa and ice cream! I’ve made smoothies and soups using it and it has been fabulous. I’m looking forward to trying it out on nut butter.
Back to juicing…To get around the whole “juicing without a juicer” deal, you have to take one extra step by straining the juice through some cheesecloth to remove the fiber. If you want to drink this with the pulp, go for it! But if you want real authentic green juice, you’ll need to do the second step. It’s all good though, because I walk you through the entire process.
Besides being totally stoked about my new Blendtec, I am also so excited to kick off a new series on THM! Over the past couple of years, I’ve picked up quite a few food hacks that every healthy foodie should know. Healthy eating doesn’t need to be hard or expensive, so over the course of 2015 I will be bringing you a new “Healthy How-To” series teaching you some of these tips and tricks.
I figured what better way to kick off the series than with this How To Make Green Juice In Your Blender post?
After 10 days on vacation, I’m ready for about 5 of these!
Let’s learn how…
Serving size: 1
- 1 head of kale, stemmed and coarsely chopped
- 2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
- 1/2 cucumber, coarsely chopped
- 2 green apples, stemmed and coarsely chopped
- 1 inch cube of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
- 2 cups water
- supplies: a powerful blender, several pieces of cheesecloth (a nut milk bag works too), a large bowl.
- Place all ingredients in your blender and top with 2 cups of water.
- Press the "juice" button on your Blendtec and blend until done.*
- Place a large piece of cheesecloth over your bowl so that it covers all sides. Cut 3 pieces this size and layer them on top of each other.
- Place layered cheesecloth over bowl and slowly pour juice into bowl from blender.
- Pick up sides of cheesecloth to form a sieve and squeeze out juice. You should be left with about a cups worth of vegetable pulp.**
- Pour juice into a cup and drink immediately.