About a week and a half ago, Riley surprised me with a new juicer for my birthday. I was really excited because I love different juices, especially green juice. I’d bought juice plenty of times, but never made it myself.
He got me a Hamilton Beach juicer and once I got it set up I immediately went to the store and bought ALL the produce. I was really worried that juicing would be expensive, but if you buy the big bags of stuff you can save a lot of money. All of this cost me $23. I’ve gotten waaaay more juices out of this than if I’d gotten store-bought juice.
I spent several days experimenting, trying different combinations, and researching juicing on the internet. The biggest thing I learned was that you’re supposed to drink the juice right away. At first I thought I could make some ahead of time for a few days. I figured the whole “must drink immediately” thing was some sort of juicing snobbery. It’s apparently true, though (there’s science and everything), so I’ve resigned myself to cleaning a juicer daily.
Another thing I learned was that lemon juice is amazing with just about anything. I won’t make juice now without squeezing in 1/2 a lemon. Seriously, it makes a huge difference.
Finally, I learned that contrary to some popular opinions, you DON’T need to have a $400 juicer. Riley got the Hamilton Beach one at Target for a great price and it works really well. It’s powerful, fast, and only takes me about 3 minutes to clean. The only downside is that it’s super loud and wakes Riley up at 6 AM, but I’m pretty sure any juicer would be just as loud.
Today I want to share my current favorite recipe for green juice. Riley even likes it, so that’s saying something.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 whole cucumber
- 3 celery stalks
- 2 large handfuls of spinach
- 1 green apple (cut and seeds removed)
- 1/2 lemon
I’m too scared to put the lemon in with the peel, so I just squeezed the lemon juice in afterwards. The recipe makes roughly 28-30 ounces if I had to guess, so you can definitely share it with someone.
This combo also works really well with kale instead of spinach. I’ve had it both ways and liked them equally, so I don’t think you could go wrong either way.
So far I’m pretty obsessed with my new juicer. I even entertained the idea of a 3-day juice cleanse, but that only lasted about 3 minutes. I have noticed a great boost of energy when I juice and I love that feeling of starting out the day with something super healthy.
Do you juice? If so, how often?
What’s your favorite juice combination?
What’s your favorite way to get your veggies in?