Green Juice – Without a Juicer

I’m totally jumping on the “let’s make up for all the Christmas cookies and glasses of champagne we consumed in December and drink liquified greens in January!” train. But, to my credit, I’ve been drinking green smoothies for years. Typically, half a frozen banana, a few frozen berries, some kale, yogurt, etc. This isn’t new territory for me, but I thought I’d mix it up with a little “juice” this time.

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The problem? I don’t own a juicer, and I don’t really want to. I have enough dang appliances. The solution: blend and strain my friends, blend and strain. Simply blend your assortment of produce with water as long as you can stand the buzz saw noise, then pass the green gold throw a fine mesh strainer to remove the larger pieces of pulp. Huzzah! Green juice, sorta.

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After drinking my juice one morning, I felt as though I could tackle the world. See this tweet for evidence:

juice tweetSo, do it my friends! Pulverize your greens; feel like a super hero! You’re not perfect, but this juice sort of is, so you’ll feel like a good and righteous person after consuming it. Happy January!

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Green Juice – Without a Juicer
*serves one

Ingredients
1 heaping cup of kale leaves (packed)
1 heaping cup of baby spinach (or regular spinach) leaves (packed)
1 orange, peeled and segmented
1.5 cups of water
minced fresh ginger to taste, I use about one teaspoon because I’m a big fan
1-2 stevia packets, or honey to taste
optional: 1/8 teaspoon xantham gum (a natural thickener and emulsifier, this keeps the juice together)

1.) Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until totally combined. With my blender, it takes a minute or two.

2.) Place a fine mesh strainer over a small mixing bowl. Pour small amounts of the juice through the strainer. Use a spatula to work the juice through, mashing the the pulp a bit to extract the juice. Scrape off the pulp between each batch.

3.) Serve your juice super cold, I like mine with lots of ice and a straw.

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Salt = sodium = bad. Sweet = calories = bad. Well, isn't that just a bleak outlook. I firmly believe that without salt and without sweet we all just live in a world of lettuce. Plain lettuce. Fun? No. This blog is about life. Namely, my life. But, not that specific. I myself am simply not that interesting. I live an ordinary life, work an ordinary job and do ordinary things. But... life is all about experiencing that feeling you get when you really, really like something. If you don't feel a little warm in your heart when you walk into a farmer's market or try on a piece of beautiful clothing that fits you perfectly (that just so happens to be a great deal!) then you should probably keep on a' movin' from my little plot of internet. Sweeter salt is my metaphor for the good things in life, sprinkled over everything in moderation. Banana? Kinda boring. Banana smoothie - yum! White tank top? Yawn. Statement necklace layered over said tank - now we're talking! I live in Portland, Maine. I love cooking, eating out, riding my bike and approachable fashion. This blog does not chronicle my every waking moment. This is because you will probably not be entertained by the 10th day in a row that I eat the exact same salad for lunch. It does chronicle a healthy, active, fun-filled, colorful lifestyle, in Portland and beyond. It also covers dogs. Cute ones mostly.
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2 Responses to Green Juice – Without a Juicer

  1. my favorite is 1 banana, 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, two chopped up dates, flaxseed and fill the blender the rest of the way full with spinach. SO DELICIOUS!

  2. Sues says:

    Yum! Is it bad that I would blend this and not strain it?? I love the pulpy-ness :)

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