Super Yummy Green Juice

It doesn’t have to be summer to get the benefits of juicing. Juicing at our house is a favorite of my oldest two kids, Harper (7) and Meredith (5). Putting the veggies into the juicing machine, pushing the smasher down (so they say) and then watching it come out. To their surprise this green juice was very tasty and since my kids were small I made it a point to explain what healthy means, what are good nutritious foods and good choices, and they are now are telling me what is what; just when I thought all was lost, they surprise me.

Green juice / drinks aren’t just for adults or even growing kids, my nine month old son Ivan loves them too! Juicing is simple, easy and fun. In our house we don’t juice everyday but when we do, it’s a healthy activity from start to finish.

Don’t have a juicer, no problem use your Vitamix, and just mix on high and strain (if you want juice).

Many comment when it comes to juicing that you miss out on all the fiber and good stuff when you juice, and while some of that is true, you could also say that about cooking your food, eating leftovers or microwaving. And when it comes to my kids I would rather juice for them then hand them a can of soda or a pouch of HI-C juice any day. And as for you, having a bottle of fresh juice in the frig to take a drink from during the day, gets your veggies in and you know you’re doing good for your body with a sweet treat like this.

Ivan drinking his green drink!

Ivan drinking his green drink!

Three Kids Green Juice:

  • 2 large Granny Smith apples halved
  • 2-4 leaves of kale with stems (if using the Vitamix, omit stems)
  • 4 stalks of celery, leaves removed
  • ½ large lemon, peeled
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root
  • 1 cucumber
  • Optional: 1 tsp turmeric mixed in after the above is juiced

Pulverize half of your veggies and fruits in your juicer.

After you have run your veggies and fruits through the juicer, take the fiber that was pulled apart from the green juice and re pulverize it with a few more whole veggies or fruit.

Do that one or two more times until all your veggies and fruit have been pushed through. Check the extracted fibers and if they still seem wet, push them through one more time.

I will run my extracted fiber through several times until it’s dry to make sure I don’t waste an ounce.

Once your green juice is ready, drink up or store in an air tight glass container in the refrigerator for later.

Not sure what to do with the excess fiber? I feed it to my chickens; you could add it to your compost pile, for a no waste green juice drink!

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