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.
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.
After drinking my juice one morning, I felt as though I could tackle the world. See this tweet for evidence:
Green Juice – Without a Juicer
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.