Green Juice in a Blender

How to Make Green Juice In a Blender

Temperatures are rising and summer is in full swing in Manhattan, which means I can no longer walk around in a turtleneck and fleece vest and pretend such attire is totally normal and absolutely appropriate … and that it’s definitely not the type of weather in which one would wear, say, a bikini.

Denial, party of 1, your table is now ready.

There’s no use in sugar-coating it. It’s time for a brief caloric break from all the mozzarella-stuffed, guacamole-toppedchocolate-dipped goodness around these parts. And so I’m going green with a lean, mean glass of green juice loaded with kale, apples, parsley, cucumbers, celery, ginger and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Sound refreshing?

How to Make Green Juice in a Blender

I’m new to the whole green juice scene. A few months ago, I signed up for one of those trendy 3-day juice cleanses. But $150 and a small cheese pizza later (I caved after 22 hours), I decided I’m a juice enthusiast, just as long as it’s part of a solid food diet. So I started treating myself to a weekly green juice from a local café. “Treating” being the key word there. Who knew a few pounds of liquified vegetables in a plastic cup could cost $6.85? 

How to Make Green Juice in a Blender

The sticker shock — in addition to your requests for a recipe after I posted a photo of the juice on Facebook — led to a DIY take on green juice that doesn’t require a fancy juicer or special attachment. This quick and easy recipe is made in a blender, giving you the option to strain the juice for a thinner consistency, or, just start slurping, hearty pulp and all. Here’s a quick video rundown of the process:

I will warn you that this caloric cleanse could be relatively short-lived. There may or may not be a recipe coming your way on Wednesday that involves cheesecake … and tortillas … and cinnamon and sugar. And did I mention a KitchenAid stand mixer giveaway? Drink up and check back on Wednesday to enter for your chance to win!

How to Make Green Juice in a Blender

How to Make Green Juice in a Blender

How to Make Green Juice in a Blender

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Green Juice

Yield: About 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 min

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups water
2 cups kale
2 green apples, cored
1/2 cup parsley leaves
1 medium cucumber, quartered
2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
1 (1-inch) piece of ginger, peeled
2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Equipment: blender; fine mesh sieve (optional)

Directions:

Add all of the ingredients into the blender jug in the order in which they are listed. Blend the ingredients on the highest level setting, such as "liquefy," until the juice is well-blended. (It will be the consistency of a smoothie.)

If you want to enjoy the pulp with your juice, pour the mixture into glasses and serve. If you prefer a thinner consistency, pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, and using a spatula, press the pulp into the sieve to extract as much liquid as possible. Pour the strained juice into glasses and serve.

Kelly's Notes:

I prefer my juice to be pulp-free, so to take it one step further, I like to strain the mixture through cheesecloth and wring out as much liquid as possible. Opt for whatever consistency you prefer, but of course there are additional hearty nutrients in all that pulp.

Recipe by Kelly Senyei of Just a Taste.

      

68 Responses to “Green Juice in a Blender”

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 2, 2013 at 8:23 am

    i love juicing, hate juicer cleanup. I should really make juice in my Vita, and strain it. Because yea, juices are like $7 or so if you buy them. My hubs and I did a 3 day juice cleanse about 2 mos ago. I blogged all about it. It was hardddd for me. I had a rice cake on day 2. And that helped me get thru day 3. My husband loved it and I was pretty shocked but it seemed easier for him than me! I give you credit for your 22 hours :)

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — June 4th, 2013 @ 11:35 am

      Haha thank you, Averie! I admire your willpower :)

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    Tieghan — June 2, 2013 at 8:30 am

    This is such a great idea! I do not have a juicer but have always wanted to make my own juice. I never thought to just strain it! Brillant! LOL! Thanks for the recipe and idea!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — June 2nd, 2013 @ 11:55 am

      Thanks, TIeghan! I much prefer the strained variety and am a huge fan of the cheesecloth technique because it yields the thinnest consistency. Enjoy!

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    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — June 2, 2013 at 9:42 am

    My hubby and I got into juicing a couple months ago. We also embarked on a juice fast. Hubby did 10 days of total juice fast, and me…who wasn’t even going to attempt it took it one day at a time and ended up with 5 full days!! Wow….I was shocked. I love food and chewing too much so I doubt I’ll do it again, but a juice is now part of our daily diet. It gives us so much energy! ;)

    Denise

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — June 2nd, 2013 @ 10:15 am

      I’m right there with you on the chewing, Denise! I was craving something crunchy (and apparently also cheesy … and meaty … and bread-like) :)

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — June 2, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Life it tooootally about balance – guacamole topped everything one day and juice the next “) LOVE this! Looks great Kelly!

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    Happy Valley Chow — June 2, 2013 at 11:35 am

    That sounds awesome, I definitely want to try to start making some interesting juices like this. Great job and cannot wait to see your cheesecake post :P

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — June 2, 2013 at 11:39 am

    This looks so delicious and nutritious, Kelly! I love that you just used a blender and sieve too, instead of a fancy juicing machine. Excellent recipe!

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    Julia @ hungryandconfused — June 2, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I LOVE green smoothies! Every time I have a housesitting assignment or I slow my travels down and have a more permanent base for a while, I try and make one every day. Although, I’m not sure I could do one of the 3-day cleanses. You’re definitely made of stronger stuff than me!

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    Jennifer Brown — June 2, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I can’t stand seeds in my smoothies, so I blend the fresh berries I get at the Farmer’s Market, strain the seeds out, then put the juice in silicone ice cube trays to freeze, so they’re ready to go.

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — June 2, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    You have my favorite ingredient in green juice – apples! I love me some granny smith apples and spinach – it’s my favorite juice! I am always amazed by how healthy it is because of how darn good it is.

    Lovely pictures!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — June 4th, 2013 @ 11:36 am

      Thanks, Pamela! Love the tangy sweetness green apples add to juice.

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — June 2, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I love the sound of this and can’t believe that juicing with a blender is as easy as just straining. I love it!

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    Mary Beth Elderton — June 2, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Thank You! I have been toying with the idea of juicing but don’t have a juicer. Great to use a blender!

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    Rebecca — June 2, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I would be the only one drinking this yummy juice – would the extras keep in the refrigerator?

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — June 3rd, 2013 @ 7:55 am

      Absolutely, Rebecca! I make a big batch at the beginning of the week and just keep it in a thermos in the fridge. Enjoy!

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    Kathleen Richardson — June 3, 2013 at 7:02 am

    The green juice looks appetizing to me. As for cheesecake, etc., bring it on!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — June 3, 2013 at 11:43 am

    i’m hoping to buy a juicer soon, but in the meantime…what a great way to get your juice fix at home in the blender! delish!

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    Bev @ Bev Cooks — June 3, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Yyyyyyyyyyyyyes.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — June 3, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    Brilliant to make this in the blender!

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — June 4th, 2013 @ 11:28 am

      Thanks so much, Julie! Will you be at BlogHer Food? Hope to see you there!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — June 4, 2013 at 12:19 am

    I love that you used a blender for this! I really don’t have room for a juicer, so this is a great alternative!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — June 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Green Juice without the blender? Finally! I have been looking for this recipe for months. Now my body can get the nurtrients it needs without a pricy juicer.

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — June 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    This is a great idea for people who don’t have a juicer (like me!) Sounds so easy and I love green juice!

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    The Duo Dishes — June 4, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Pulp-free juice for sure! Buying juices can be super expensive, so it pays to either learn how to make them at home or just eat raw fruits & veggies. :) We’re both big juice fans though, so they are a great treat.

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    BusyWorkingMama — June 9, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I can’t do juicing because I hate how you lose so much of the fiber and pulp. We make a fruit/veggie smoothie every morning and it has really increased our produce consumption.

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — June 10, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I’ve thought about doing a juice cleanse at least five times…..but, I just don’t think I have that kind of willpower, and for price tag I can’t relaly justify it. This recipe is totally up my alley!

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    Todd @ HonestlyYUM — June 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    My juicer is currently sitting in a dark cabinet somewhere. I think your blender method may be the way to go. It’s the cleaning that usually discourages me in the end. The blend would be much easier to clean than my whole juicer setup.It’s amazing how much better my body feels when I go on a juicing kick. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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    Sarah — July 5, 2013 at 12:39 am

    What can you add instead of the ginger if you don’t have it?

    Can you drink it without straining and still get the benefits the green juice has?

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    Ann — July 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Thanks for this lovely recipe. Having recently bought a blender for smoothies I was happy to expand my horizons with green juice. Your recipe delivers a fresh and appealing result. I used your cheese cloth suggestion — brilliant. I’ll be making green juice from now on! I feel healthier already.

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    sharon — July 16, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I am a juicer and I also blend. I have doing this for over a year now. I have a suggestion that has worked for me. Along with all your greens try adding either Coconut Water or just some pure water and try not to use celery (very stringy) replacing it with 1/2 peeled cucumber. The water will thin it down. Also pull the stems off the Kale because they are very tough, just use the leaves…
    Not as pulpy and more of a smoothie consistency. Hope this helps.

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    Jessica — August 11, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    I stumbled across your blog while searching Google for green juice using a blender! Thanks for the recipe! It will be featured on my blog (lifeislikehoney.blogspot.com) this week. I may have to purchase your book, too! Sounds interesting. :)

    Sincerely,
    Jessica

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    Jeffy — August 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Of course!
    Blender + Sieve = Juicer
    I’ve been wanting to try juicing but didn’t want another appliance.
    I bet the pulp will make me feel fuller though.
    I’ll try both ways.
    Thank you!

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    Nick — August 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    I’ve been juicing at home for the past week. I generally have it for breakfast and lunch with a healthy dinner. I love the energy boost you get from the juice. There is no need for morning coffee. I can’t wait to try this recipe tomorrow morning.

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    Hannah — October 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I saw that someone asked about making the juice and then storing it for later. Although it is possible, it is actually suggested that one drinks the juice within about 15 minutes of it being made, as the nutrients begin to diminish pretty quickly as time passes. Just putting that out there. Thanks for sharing!

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    BILL — October 29, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I made this video for my friends that were starting the Gerson Therapy. This video is the exact recipe Dr. Max Gerson prescribed his patients do make during their cancer therapy. It’s a great recipe because it is so rigid in terms of the therapy. It’s so well researched and refined and tested over fifty years. I just had to make a video about it. Hope you all like it and please feel free to share it.
    http://youtu.be/ONIIRMplLjo

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    Janaya — October 30, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    What kind of blender are you using?

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    Rachel @thedessertchronicles — January 3, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    This is awesome! I make a green smoothie every morning, but I don’t know why I have never thought to pour it through a strainer. SO much cheaper than buying a juicer haha. Thanks for this!

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    Melanie — January 3, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I just made this recipe and it’s SUPER good but I ended up blending so well that I didn’t need to strain it so now I have A LOT of juice. I was wondering if anybody knew how long it will keep in the fridge?

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — January 3rd, 2014 @ 8:32 pm

      Thanks so much, Melanie! When I’ve made double batches, I’ve kept it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. I can’t say for certainty if yours will stay fresh for that long, but that was my experience. Hope that helps!

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    jeannette — January 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Hi Kelly I am going to try the green juice…for I need this right away…. thanks for ALL the tips….

    Your fan….
    Jeannette

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — January 13th, 2014 @ 12:43 pm

      You’re so welcome, Jeannette!

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    Will — January 13, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Good recipe I didn’t have a siev but I tell you what, been on the toilet all night def recommend but don’t do this in the morning; do it at night otherwise you’ll be running to the bath room; only could do about 3/4 of a glass; saving the rest for
    the next couple days but I’m not fasting yet not disciplined enough thanks for the recipe

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    Julia — January 28, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Love this recipe. I have made it three times and each time I am picking up new tips. MY blender still leaves it pretty chunky and I find when I strain and press, some solids still get into the juice. Therefore, I pass it through the strainer about 3 times and each time I clean the strainer. It get more liquidy and jucier each time! Thanks for sharing this idea. I love it.

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    Stephanie — February 6, 2014 at 1:27 am

    Hi,

    This juice looks really good! I want to start and try juicing and clearly have no idea where to start :0 lol
    Hows the routine like?
    How many times a day?
    I work so i do not have access to a blender during the day so do you have any ideas as to how i can have my juices during the day ??

    sorry for the many questions, hope you can help
    Thank you !!!!!! :)

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — February 6th, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

      Hi Stephanie! I don’t juice on a regular basis, so unfortunately I can’t weigh in on how often and to what degree you should consume juices :)

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    Julieta Tavarez — February 12, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    so awesome i ran into this! ive been trying different ways to use kale and i am going to try this with a little twist tomorrow! ive been juicing for 3 days now and ive been so good so far! check my blog out! julietatavarez.blogspot.com

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    Le — February 23, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    Do you know about how many calories are in this?

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — February 24th, 2014 @ 2:22 am

      Hi Le! I don’t provide the calorie count or nutritional info for any of my recipes, so unfortunately I can’t share that info.

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    Chandra — March 2, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Thank you for this recipe. Tried it today and turned out quite tasty and healthy :)

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — March 3rd, 2014 @ 6:10 pm

      So glad you enjoyed the recipe, Chandra!

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    ann — April 11, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    After killing two juicers, have started using blender also. I bought some large straws marketed to kids! So I don’t have to strain. Thanks for tips and recipe because I hadn’t tried using an apple; but I will tomorrow.

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