Green Blender Juice – No juicer? No problem! Get the healthy nutrients of green juice along with beneficial fiber all with the ease of your blender.
Sometimes I just don’t feel like getting out my juicer. Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE my juicer and it’s incredibly easy to clean – but it still doesn’t compare with the ease of a blender.
There are less components to clean on the blender and it takes a lot less produce to make a decent size serving. That’s where blender juice comes in. It’s thin like juice (not as thin as from a juicer though), contains no added sweeteners and has the added benefit of healthy fiber (something you don’t get with a juicer).
🧃How to make juice in a blender
Making juice in a blender is as easy as throwing in the ingredients and turning on the blender.
You could take it one step further and pour the juice through a fine mesh strainer or nut milk bag discarding the pulp left behind. Be sure you have a bowl or large glass under the strainer before you pour! If you’ve got a good blender, though, it won’t taste pulpy, not with this particular juice recipe, so straining is an optional step.
What is the best blender for juicing?
First and foremost, you need a high-speed blender.
I love my Vitamix blender. It’s super powerful and blends ingredients completely smooth.
I also have a high-powered Kitchen Aid blender that works wonderful as well.
Although, I don’t personally own one, I have heard great things about Blendtec and feel confident recommending that brand as well.
🥬Is it better to juice or blend?
I don’t think one is better than the other. They are different and both healthy options. I think it should be noted that you should never solely rely on juicing or blending to get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. While it can definitely be part of a healthy diet, it’s important to also eat produce in their whole form.
Juicing removes all the fiber from the produce. This makes it easier for our bodies to absorb and digest the nutrients. It also allows us to consume a large amount of produce at once, increasing the amount of nutrients introduced.
In contrast, blending purées entire fruits and vegetables, including the fiber. This means the resulting drink will be more filling and won’t spike your blood sugar like juice potentially could. [source]
With only 3 ingredients in this recipe, it doesn’t get much easier.
Green apple ~ There isn’t much nutritional different between green and red apples. Both are low in calories and high in vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants.
Green grapes ~ Grapes are high in many nutrients, including vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, B vitamins, fiber, and more.
Kale ~ Kale is considered a superfood for good reason. This green cruciferous vegetable boasts incredibly high amounts of vitamins A, K, and C. It’s also high in fiber, potassium, calcium, iron and B vitamins.
- Core the apple
- De-stem the grapes
- Remove the tough woody stems from the kale and give it a rough chop
- Place the produce and water into a high-speed blender and blend until completely smooth.
- Optional: strain the juice through a fine mesh sieve or nut milk bag
Following the original recipe ingredients and instructions will give you the best results, but here are some adaptations that will work if need be.
Red apple can be used in place of the green apple, but be sure to peel it first so the red skin doesn’t muddle the vibrant green color.
I would not suggest using a different color of grapes as it would affect the color of the finished juice. The taste would be good, but it might not look as appealing.
The kale can be subbed with another mild leafy green, like spinach or chard.
To make this juice a little thicker and milder in flavor, use non-dairy milk in place of the water.
To make this green drink into a smoothie, use non-dairy milk and add a banana to the blender with the rest of the ingredients. Do not strain.
More healthy blender drinks
- Matcha Mint Smoothie (like a healthy Shamrock Shake!)
- Beet Strawberry Smoothie
- Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
- Secret Ingredient Pineapple Smoothie (great for post-workout!)
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie (a kid favorite!)
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- 1 green apple (cored and chopped)
- 15 green seedless grapes (de-stemmed)
- 4 kale leaves (woody stems removed)
- 1/2 cup water
- 2-3 ice cubes (optional)
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until completely smooth.
- Optional: strain the juice through a fine mesh sieve or a nut milk bag to ensure no pulp remains.
Want something thicker? Use plant milk, like almond or soy milk, instead of water.
Turn it into a smoothie by adding a banana and using plant milk instead of water.
Serving Size:2 people
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Sodium: 61mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 8gSugar: 11gProtein: 10g