Green Juice in a Blender

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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 in a Blender

This refreshing juice is loaded with kale, apples, parsley, cucumbers, celery, ginger and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Best of all, it doesn’t require a fancy juicer or special attachment.
Author: Kelly Senyei
5 from 10 votes
How to Make Blender Green Juice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 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


  • blender; fine mesh sieve (optional)


  • 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.
  • ★ Did you make this recipe? Don't forget to give it a star rating below!


Calories: 81kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Protein: 2g, Sodium: 40mg, Potassium: 457mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 4170IU, Vitamin C: 60.3mg, Calcium: 87mg, Iron: 1.2mg


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  1. Love this recipe. If you chose to remove the pulp and strain it, don’t throw it away, never throw it away. Its full of so many vitamins. Instead put it in a jar and freeze it(not a plastic bag, they are wasteful and unnecessary) then you can put it in muffins, pancakes, oatmeal really anything, or add it to a smoothie. If you making an carrot apple orange juice then make carrot cake with the pulp. It it prevents food waste. If you really can’t do anything with it compost it. I know some people live in apartments but there are tons of ways to compost in an apartment.

  2. Just tried making this for my family and it’s amazing! Thrilled to not need a juicer to make healthy juice at home. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe!

    I used spinach instead of kale and it tasted just lovely (pulp included).

    I actually left half in the blender and put it in the fridge overnight. In the morning I put a few ice cubes, berries, half a banana and vegan protein powder in it and reblended. Was amazing! Next time I might actually freeze 1/4 of in an ice cube tray and use in my smoothies!

  4. I’m a newbie to juicing and alkaline diet. I did omit one apple and one celery. It came out like a smoothie and not a yucky taste. I also kept it the thick consistency and plup. I need all the extra vitamins I can get.
    Thank you for this simple recipe.

  5. Can you store green juice right after blending it on Mason jars if so for long can it be refrigerated before having to dispose it?

  6. Kelly,
    I have been drinking this concoction for a week now. Love it! I have been drinking it strained through my mesh colander, which gives me a bit of pulp, not full on pulp. Do yo you have any information on a caloric intake # for a 12 oz. glass, which is what I have been drinking daily.

    1. Hi Debra! Unfortunately I don’t have specific nutritional information for a 12-ounce glass, however, you can find the estimated nutritional info for one serving by clicking on the purple button below the recipe that says ESTIMATED NUTRITION INFORMATION.

  7. Can you have this juice along with your morning breakfast or is that too many calories. I have half bowl of oatmeal w/ blueberries, walnuts, cinnamon and two scrambled eggs (1 with no yolk) diced tomatoes.

  8. 5 stars
    Got my Mouth Watering! Looked up green juice smoothie ideas for my grocery list.
    Adding celery from this recipe!
    One note is I add baby spinach either Kale and the rest of the ingredients!

    1. Yes! You can find the estimated nutritional info for one serving by clicking on the purple button below the recipe that says ESTIMATED NUTRITION INFORMATION.

  9. 5 stars
    What a masterpiece! Loved It…
    “Green Juice Cleanse” has become an increasingly popular morning health-enhancing drink for modern-day lifestyle over the past several decades.

  10. 5 stars
    What do i do with all this wonderful pulp? Make a similar “zucchini” bread of course. My husband says its better than zucchini bread! I did add 1/2 cup applesauce since the pup has been drained of liquid.

  11. HI! thank you so much for this post! I am a diabetic and am trying to think of healthier alternatives for breakfast. I noticed that you said this is better the “day of” however, it serves 4. Do you have a recipe for 1-2 servings?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi! You can adjust the ingredient measurements by hovering your cursor over the SERVINGS above and sliding the bar right or left.

    1. Hi Sarah! Just click on the purple button below the recipe that says ESTIMATED NUTRITION INFORMATION. This will give you estimated nutritional information for one serving.

  12. I personally do not appreciate green smoothies at all. I have only recently added them to my diet since I have put on so much weight that I need to get rid off. But this sounds like a nice recipe which could develop some interest in me towards these nutritious drinks.

  13. Love this recipe! I just made a big amount so I had enough to freeze a few bottles. How long does it last in the refrigerator? Thanks!!!

    1. Hi Bailey! It’s definitely best if enjoyed the day of, but you could store it in the fridge overnight. Hope that helps!

  14. 5 stars
    Thank you for this! I’ve been craving green juice but didn’t want to spend $10 on a glass or buy a juicer. This is so helpful and valuable – really appreciate it.

  15. I love the no nonsense super easy to read simplicity & pic’s of your web site and was glad to subscribe THANK YOU!!

  16. Very nice article, love the recipes, thanks a lot for sharing!!
    I´ve been juicing for a while now and I gave up my juicer (centrifugal juicer) simply because the blades of those machines are so powerful that they heat the fruit or veggie you are juicing and so kill the enzymes and nutrients you were suppose to get!!
    I think that the best way to juice is by using a cold press, but they are so expensive that not everyone can afford it! So I came up with a method that act like the cold press but way cheapper… I use a grater and a piece of fabric or a nutmilk bag, it will take a few more minutes to make a juice, but you know that what you´ll be drinking is the good stuff!!!
    One love ;)

  17. This is such a great post Kelly! Hopefully more people will start juicing after they read it and realize that they don’t have to go out to buy a juicer. I find it much easier to clean my blender than my juicer too. That said I love my juicer (Omega VRT350) despite the longer cleanup time!

  18. This was incredible till grandma recomendented and ate maize peas with it .marvel staff for bigner from kenya like it @dhedenyce
    @homeblend juice cell protection.

    1. Hi Brian! It’s definitely best if enjoyed the day of, but you could store it in the fridge overnight. Hope that helps!

    1. Hi Grace! You can whip it into cream cheese to make veggie cream cheese or fold it into quickbread recipes to make a veggie-packed quickbread (i.e. zucchini bread)!

  19. I wan’t to do a juice fast, but I want to know if the extra pulp would cause me to lose less weight? I’m fine with straining it, but I would rather keep it all in one drink if that’s possible because the added fiber would help me stay less hungry and save any extra nutrients that I would other not throw away.

    1. Hi Joseph! I am not a nutritionist, so I cannot say whether the extra pulp would be beneficial for weight loss. Best of luck to you!

  20. I just tried this to use some of my CSA kale. I agree it must be strained or it tastes like grass clippings (despite a healthy shot of agave). Once strained it is rather tasty! Next I will try to use the pulp in a bread of some sort.

  21. Hi! I just tried this recipe myself and even used the parsley from my garden. Came out delicious! Do you have any suggestions on what I might do with the pulp that is left over after straining the juice? I would rather not waste all those nutrients. Thank you!

  22. 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.

    1. 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 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 !!!!!! :)

    1. 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 :)

  25. 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.

  26. 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

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

    Your fan….

  28. 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?

    1. 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!

  29. 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!

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

  33. 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!

  34. 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 ( this week. I may have to purchase your book, too! Sounds interesting. :)


  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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?

  38. 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!!

  39. 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!

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

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

  43. 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.

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

  45. 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!

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

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

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

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

  49. 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!

  50. 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.

  51. 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!

  52. 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!

  53. 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

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

  55. 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! ;)


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

  56. 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!

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

  57. 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 :)