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Meatless Monday: Budget- and Blender-Friendly Green Juice

Meatless Monday: Budget- and Blender-Friendly Green Juice

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 10:40am
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This simple juice has a ton of nutrients from kale, celery, apple, and more

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Ginger and lemon bring zesty flavor to the herby vegetables and sweet fruits in this green juice.

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The juicing craze hit DC not too long ago -- and although those store-bought (or better yet, to-your-door-delivered) fresh-pressed, nutrition-packed drinks are delicious, healthy, and super convenient, they’re unfortunately not budget-friendly. After watching my wallet size dwindle with each healthy slurp of a veggie-based smoothie or juice, I’ve finally decided to start making my own -- and am shocked to see how cheap and easy it is!

My recipe is based on the millions of green juice recipes from around the web. It’s always changing (depending on what I have on hand, what’s on sale at the store, and what I feel like), but always hosts the following basics: a big portion of leafy greens (such as kale or spinach), a fair amount of watery greens (like celery, beets, or cucumbers), a fruit (like an apple, pear, kiwi, or pineapple), and some flavor (herbs and flavors like basil, parsley, lemon juice, ginger, cinnamon, and/or mint).

Since I don’t have a real juicer (I use a Vitamix -- a super-strong blender), I’ll add additional juice, almond milk, ice, and/or water to make my “juice” as juice-like as possible.

Here’s a simple recipe that you can tweak to your tastes. Enjoy the flavor, nutrition, and savings!

Basic Budget- and Blender-Friendly Green Juice

  • 1 big handful kale
  • 3 stalks celery, broken into halves
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 very ripe apple or pear, cut into small pieces
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cube of fresh ginger, peeled
  • ½ cup almond milk, water, and/or juice of choice
  • 2 ice cubes

Add all ingredients to blender and blend away. Add more milk, water, or juice as necessary.


About the Author

Mary Lambkin is a distance runner, writer, and fitness enthusiast in Washington, DC. She has run five marathons and is the Membership Director of the DC Road Runners, a local running club with more than 700 members. You can follow her on Twitter and her blog, Minutes Per Mile.