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Juicing has become incredibly popular in recent years, with people swearing by the benefits of drinking fresh, nutrient-rich juice. However, if you don’t have a juicer, juicing can seem like an insurmountable challenge. But what if I told you that you could make green juice without a juicer? In this post, I’ll show you how to make delicious green juice in your blender without any special equipment. Let’s get started!
Can you use a blender for juicing?
Although a blender and a juicer may appear to serve similar purposes, they are actually quite different. A juicer extract the juice from fruits and vegetables, leaving behind the pulp. This results in a smooth, creamy liquid that is rich in vitamins and minerals, however, it’s lower in fiber.
A blender, on the other hand, pulverizes the whole fruit or vegetable, including the skin, seeds, and pulp. As a result, blended juices tend to be thicker and and higher in fiber than their juiced counterparts. That said, it is possible to use a blender to make green juice.
To do so, simply add your desired fruits and vegetables to the blender, along with some water, and blend until smooth. You may need to strain the mixture to remove any large pieces of pulp. Overall, juicing is a more efficient way to get a smooth, nutrient-rich drink, but if you’re in a pinch, a blender will do the trick.
Green juice benefits
Although there’s no official recipe, common ingredients in green juice include celery, kale, Swiss chard, spinach, wheatgrass, cucumber, parsley, and mint. Thus, the main benefit of drinking green juice is that you’re getting more fruits and vegetables into your diet.
In fact, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025 recommend at least 1½ cup equivalent per week of dark green vegetables. The recommended intake of vegetables is 2½ cup equivalents per day, and for fruits, 2 cup equivalents per day. If you don’t like eating your produce, drinking it is the next best option.
We know that a diet high in fruits and vegetables is key for optimal health and for chronic disease prevention. Green veggies and their juices are excellent sources of several essential vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds. Some common nutrients in greens are:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin K
There’s also evidence that certain compounds in fresh juice can function as prebiotics (1), which feed and support the growth of beneficial bacteria living in your digestive tract
Green juice is also a great way to use up produce and help reduce food waste (2). That spinach in the fridge is starting to wilt? Toss it in the blender with a few simple ingredients and you have a quick, healthy refreshing green juice that’s easy on your wallet.
Can I drink green juice everyday?
Green juice can be safely enjoyed daily if you like it. However, remember that green juice is not a substitute for a balanced and healthy diet. You still need to eat whole fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, protein sources and healthy fats. You can’t depend on juice to meet all of your body’s nutritional needs. Oh, and a green juice can’t replace a meal, no matter how much diet culture marketing may try to convince you otherwise.
Also bear in mind if you’re on a particular medication that can cause food-drug interactions. For example, green vegetables are usually high in vitamin K, which can interfere with the anticoagulant medication Warfarin (3).
Is blending better than juicing?
I personally prefer to make green juice in a blender since juicers remove the pulp, which contains beneficial fiber in addition to nutrients found in the skin. By blending, you are essentially leaving all plant tissues intact.
In my case, making green juice in a blender also makes better use of the appliances I do have, and makes better use of my counter space (I’m allergic to clutter!).
Should I strain my green juice?
If you don’t like pulp in your juice, you can always strain it and still get many great nutrients from the juice you can really benefit from.
Just use cheesecloth or a nut milk bag to gently strain your blender green juice. You can use the leftover pulp in other recipes (such as in a smoothie), or compost it.
Does blending greens destroy nutrients?
Quite the opposite. It can actually help release some nutrients. In fact, this recent research paper (4) compared lutein bioavailability (a powerful antioxidant found in greens) with different methods of preparing spinach.
The authors found that liquefying spinach (as in smoothies and blended juice) increased liberation of lutein. Chopping spinach up, or blending it in a high speed blender, also improved the amount of lutein released from its leaves.
What is the best blender for juicing?
First of all, a high speed blender is best for green juice recipes for blenders. Traditional blenders aren’t strong enough to combine fiber rich foods like fruits and vegetables into a smooth, lump-free consistency.
While there are many great high speed blenders great for juicing on the market, here are my top 3 picks based on efficiency and price:
- NutriBullet Pro: My personal favorite, this is the blender I’ve had for awhile and it has never let me down. It’s a great bang for your buck, plus it includes 2 cups with to-go lids for green juice on the go.
- Ninja BL770 Mega Kitchen System: This blender has a 1,500-watt motor that can handle juicing any fruit or vegetable you throw at it. The package includes a 72-ounce plastic pitcher, a 64-ounce food processing bowl, and two 16-ounces cups with travel lids.
- Oster BLSTMB-CBG-000 Blender: This inexpensive and lightweight blender works especially well on greens and seeds. It comes with a 48-ounce glass blending container and a 24-ounce blend-in smoothie cup. And you can’t beat the price!
Which greens are best for juicing?
Here are some examples of greens that are great for juicing. Although it’s not a final list, the nutrient content of these vegetables are good for your health, while their texture lend well to being blended into a smooth consistency:
- Romaine lettuce
- Swiss chard
- Collard greens
How do you make green juice taste better?
Green juice usually tastes, well green. However, you can definitely make it more palatable by adding fruit, herbs and spices. Adding fruit can also help you improve your fruit intake, and if you leave the peels on, your fiber intake as well. Here are some fruits that lend well to juicing in a blender:
- Dragon fruit
Herbs and spices can also add another layer of flavor, without having to resort to sugar or other sweeteners. This isn’t a final list, and you can feel free to use your imagination:
- Lemon balm
- Star anise
- Lemon basil
- Vanilla bean
How to make easy green juice in a blender
- Red Russian kale
- Green apple
- Lime juice
- Mint sprigs
This particular green juice recipe for blenders is made with Red Russian kale, which I have growing in my pallet garden. Out of all the types of kale, Red Russian kale is the sweetest, and the best one to eat raw, since its leaves are tender. Which makes it perfect for juicing and blending into smoothies.
I also added green apples for a touch of tart sweetness (I also left the peel on), lime juice for a citrus-y kick, and some fresh mint leaves that I also have growing in my herb garden. I also added a little bit of water in order to make the consistency “juicier”, but you can omit it. The resulting consistency will then resemble a more of a smoothie. And, as I discussed above, you can also strain it if you don’t like pulp in your juice.
Making a green juice recipe with a blender couldn’t be easier. Just add all the ingredients into the canister, blend until smooth, pour and enjoy! You can add more or less liquid to suit your taste. I used plain water, but you can use coconut water as well.
Easy Green Juice in a Blender
- 2 cups Red Russian Kale, chopped
- 1 medium green apple, chopped
- ½ lime, juiced
- 4 sprigs of mint
- ½ cup water
- Add all the ingredients into a high speed blender.
- Blend until consistency is smooth and without any lumps.
- Serve immediately. Garnish with additional mint sprigs if desired.
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Hi! I’m Melissa, Registered Dietitian and mother of two dragons. When I’m not talking nutrition you can find me rolling around the floor with my kids, sewing, crafting, cooking or missing the 90s (seriously, music just isn’t the same). Read More…