I was recently introduced to the energizing wonders of green juices. Being equal parts lazy and busy, I struggle to find food options that are quick to prepare, but also healthy, and tasty (the 21th century struggle is real, clearly). Fortunately, green juices fall under that category. All you need is a blender, a knife, and some fruits and vegetables. Cut it all up, throw it in the blender and you're set. Just drink it straight from the blender jar. Who needs more dishes to wash?
What is my secret for reaching green juice amazingness you ask? Well, there was a lot of throwing every green thing I had in the fridge in the blender together with a ton of lime. I happen to love lime juice, and lime juice tends to overcome the flavor of everything, so no matter what weird bush I put in that blender, it always came out tasting like lime juice. There was also a lot of highly scientific research on the popular, healthy foods of the time: My Instagram feed was nothing but photos of things with kale, so I went out and bought a lot of kale.
Full disclosure, there are two recipes on this list that do not contain lime juice. They were great to illustrate though and I decided to keep them here in the name of color variety, but I’ve never tried them. One line I will not cross is putting carrots in juice. Or putting beetroot in anything (they are supposed to be great digestive drinks though, so good luck with that...).
Recipe 1: Kale, apple, cucumber, lime, lemons and ginger. This is my go to in the mornings. It's energizing, it has a very bright green color (which is very inspiring to me), and it's surprisingly sweet without the need to add sugar. Go slow on the ginger though, unless you like your morning juice cleanse to go down spicy and burning.
Recipe 2: Lime and watermelon. Refreshing and delicious. And since watermelon is basically just sugar, you can regulate how sweet you want your beverage by adding more or less of it.
Recipe 3: Carrots, beetroot, and apples. It's supposed to be great for your digestive system (and all your other systems). But since I consider eating beetroot in any format a torturous slow death, I've never tried it and can neither confirm nor deny that claim.
Recipe 4: Pineapple, kale, and lime. Another classic. This is really good and sweet too. But it's important to remember that the right pineapple can make or break your green juice. The right, ripe pineapple will make it sweet and tropical and transport you to a beach in the Pacific. The wrong pineapple will make you suck your lips in until you look like you're the lost link between humanity and fish. If you're feeling fancy, or really need that beach in the Pacific experience to get through this morning, you can add some coconut water to it too.
Recipe 5: Apple, orange, and carrots. This is supposed to be a very digestive drink. Unfortunately, my taste buds share the opinion that carrots are the worst, so this is still in the 'no, thanks' list for me. But hopefully, someday I'll suddenly wake up all mature and spontaneous (If you take into consideration how mature I am now, the only explanation for this happening will be some "Freaky Friday" type thing, where I'll wake up in the body of someone else who doesn't hate carrots nor have an irrational fear of turning bright orange) and I'll have the courage to try this, and maybe move on to a more regular life style...
Some last observations:
- Remember to add water to the recipes (100ml per glass of juice should be fine). Add coconut water instead if you feel like treating yo self.
- DO NOT ADD SUGAR!!! For me, the natural sugar in the fruits is enough to make a pretty sweet juice. That being said, do whatever you want. It's your taste buds, which are fighting the first battle with green juice, and I've been told that not everyone is that into the taste of "grass with lime".
- Drink right after you make it. The longer you let it sit (even in the fridge), the less benevifits and vitamins it will have!