This delicious green juice recipe is made of all vegetables and a little lemon for a low-calorie, nutritious juice!
Let’s be honest, most people don’t like eating their veggies. We can snack on fruits all day long but when it comes down to eating broccoli or kale, we struggle. Thank goodness for juicing!
Drinking veggie juice actually helps your body absorb nutrients better and more easily than eating cooked vegetables. Plus, you don’t have to struggle to enjoy it.
Today we're sharing our favorite vegetable juice recipe for you to try. But first, let's examine the benefits.
Why Should We Drink Our Vegetables?
Did you know that the average person should consume two cups of fresh vegetable juice every day? I know what you’re thinking: that sounds like a lot, but it's a ton easier than trying to EAT the recommended servings of vegetables in a day. Plus this way you're getting your veggies fresh and raw, without all the indigestible fiber taxing your digestive system. Some of the health benefits of drinking green vegetable juice include:
Lowers Risk of Chronic Disease
Vegetable juice is high in antioxidants including vitamin A, beta-carotene, lycopene, phenolic compounds, and phytonutrients. These antioxidants can help your body fight off the risk of healthy cells turning into cancerous cells. It can also lower your risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even some autoimmune diseases.
Improves Heart Health
Potassium, iron, and vitamin C can help stimulate proper circulation, improve the amount of collagen in your body, lower your blood pressure, and reduce the risk of damaged blood vessels and arteries.
Improve Skin & Hair
Drinking vegetable juice regularly can help reduce the look of blemishes, acne, wrinkles, age spots, eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. The nutrients also help prevent hair loss and will give you lush long healthy hair!
Whether you went out and binged for a weekend or you’re just looking to jump-start a new diet to help with weight loss, vegetable juice supports the detox process within your body. This is especially true for your liver.
What Green Vegetables Can You Juice?
When picking which vegetables to juice, whether it be for a fruit juice or a vegetable juice, you want a mix of what is going to give you the most flavor, the most juice, and the most nutrients. Water-based veggies like cucumber make your base juice while vegetables like kale and spinach provide the nutrients. Some of the best green vegetables to juice include:
- Swiss Chard
- Bok Choy
- Herbs like cilantro and parsley
If you’re unsure about which juicer to use, look at our guide to juicers here!
Equipment note: We used the M-1 commercial juice press to make this juice recipe, but you can use pretty much any type of juicer. Just keep in mind that the quality will always be higher when using a juice press.
Learn more about the industry-leading commercial juicers we use to make our recipes.
- strengthens hair
- promotes healthy skin
- cardiovascular support
- reduces inflammation
- cancer preventative
- lowers blood pressure
- supports immune system
cucumber5.11 oz2/3 medium cucumber
romaine4.05 oz2 1/2 cups chopped romaine
spinach4.05 oz4 cups spinach
zucchini3.2 oz1/2 medium zucchini
celery2.83 oz2 medium stalks
lemon1.41 oz1/2 medium lemon
watercress0.3 oz1/4 cups chopped watercress
salt (optional)0.03 oza pinch of salt
Wash and weigh the produce.
Juice all of the ingredients together.
Juice the cucumber with the peel on (remove if not organic), the peel contains beta-carotene, an important antioxidant that the body converts to Vitamin A. Clean with antimicrobial wash to remove any wax.
Peel the lemon if you prefer a lighter flavor. For stronger flavored or full bodied juices, grind these with the peel on. Experiment with using peeled lemons and with leaving the peels on, notice the difference in flavor.
Leave the stems on the leafy greens – they typically contain a lot of flavor and juice. Coming from the farm, leafy greens usually have the most dirt on the leaves and need to be thoroughly washed.