A nutrient-packed, delicious green juice recipe that's packed full of vitamins and minerals to kick start your day with a healthy boost!
PREP TIME 7 mins
SERVINGS 4 servings
COOK TIME 0 mins
CALORIES 107 kcal
Our simplistic mean green juice recipe is another healthy vegetable juice from our recipes. You can make it in just 7 minutes, enjoy it with friends, and store it for quick drinking later.
Juicing your veggies is a quick, fun way to get a blend of essential nutrients. However, don’t neglect your whole vegetables (and fruits).
You still need fiber in your diet, which you lose when you juice your greens. But you can use this delicious mean green juice recipe as a quick, healthy addition to your diet, saving you time and promoting better choices.
Our only disclaimer is that you don’t hold us responsible if you can’t get enough of it!
What Is Green Juice?
Green juice is a beverage made from green vegetables such as kale and spinach. It’s the ultimate healthy drink that boasts many vitamins and minerals.
People anecdotally refer to green juices as detox drinks. Their high nutrient content and antioxidant activity imply that they can clean out your system.
But scientists aren’t as eager to jump aboard the detox train. That’s because the liver does an excellent job of detoxifying your bloodstream; green juices may only play a partial role.
You can enjoy straight green juice if you like. Or you could add apple, lemon, or orange juices to the drink for those who prefer a sweeter, palate-friendly taste.
Whichever produce you choose to add, try to keep your ingredients natural and unrefined. That means less added sugar and using fresh instead of bottled juices.
Also, limit added fruit juice to reduce overall sugar content. This ensures a go-to beverage you can count on for adequate nourishment.
Is Mean Green Juice Healthy?
Mean green juice is an unequivocally healthy drink; at least ours is. Though you can’t use it to replace your dietary vegetables, you can benefit from its “quick” nutrients.
1. Fights High Blood Pressure
If you have a juicer, you can juice cucumber, kale, and celery to provide you with plant compounds. Consuming cucumber juice or kale juice has been shown to lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension.
This is beneficial mainly since over one out of every three adults in the US has a higher than normal blood pressure. Hypertension is often termed the “silent killer” because it manifests with no symptoms.
One way to help prevent high blood pressure is to limit sodium and increase potassium in your diet. That, exercising, and including healthy drinks like this one could help fight against high blood pressure.
Implementing it in your routine can significantly contribute to promoting a healthier diet and lifestyle.
2. Less Sugar
Though this recipe includes added sugar in this recipe, we’ve ensured that you have it in moderate amounts. At only one and a half teaspoons per serving, you’re well within the recommended daily sugar limit.
Mean Green Juice Ingredients
Our mean green juice recipe employs cucumber, kale, and celery juices as a base. Other ingredients you can use for your own green juice are swiss chard and mint to add greater variety of flavor.
The taste of green vegetable juices is usually mild, sometimes bitter. So we’ve included lemon and apple juices for a zesty punch and sweet essence.
They tie the flavors together wonderfully to make this drink more enjoyable.
Similarly, ginger (in this recipe) brings a bang of flavor and fragrance. If you’re not a ginger fan, you can omit it and still relish the taste of a less peppy drink.
Also, added sugar has an impressive way of balancing the flavors in almost any drink. For that reason, we couldn’t help but sneak it in (though in small amounts).
You will taste the difference if you leave the sugar out. Yet you can omit it and still enjoy mean green juice with apple juice’s natural sweetness.
How to Make Mean Green Juice
Start with some fresh produce for a crisp, refreshing finish. Wash all the fruits and vegetables thoroughly.
Separately run kale, cucumber, and ginger through the juicer and collect all the juices in one large pitcher.
Add lemon, apple, and celery juices together with sugar into the pitcher.
Stir to dissolve.
Pour into glasses and serve.
The full ingredient list, measurements, and detailed instructions are available in the recipe section below.
How Long Does Mean Green Juice Last?
This drink is best enjoyed immediately. But it can last for up to three days in the refrigerator.
If you decide to store it, avoid keeping it at room temperature for longer than two hours.
Homemade green, vegetable, and fruit juices have a shorter shelf life than store-bought varieties. That’s because they have no preservatives, so their nutrient content quickly decreases.
For best storage conditions, keep the juice in an airtight jar and limit its exposure to air.
Calories in Mean Green Juice
This mean green juice recipe contains 107 calories per serving. That’s an impressively low amount, considering store-bought brands have 120 to 140 calories per serving.
Its low calories are owing to less sugar; thus, you can enjoy it in low-carb diets too.
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