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How To Make Green Juice Without A Juicer

Nothing beats a cup of freshly squeezed juice, but nobody wants to buy another large piece of kitchen equipment. A juicer, a food processor, a heavy-duty blender — how many different ways can there be to pulverize a piece of food? Plus, you only have so much counter and cabinet space. There’s got to be a way to squeeze the juice from fruit without squeezing your space, and your wallet.

The difference between juice and smoothies is the fibrous pulp that gets filtered out during traditional juicing. Using a Vitamix or similar commercial blender will leave the pulp of the fruit. Neither option is better than the other in terms of your health, but each option does serve a different purpose.

Straight fruit juice helps deliver bioavilable nutrients to the body quickly and efficiently. The body absorbs the nutrients better without the pulp, giving you an instant energy boost, like an all-natural energy drink.

Pulp smoothies offer fiber (obviously) and the ability to easily add a wide array of plants to your diet easily and effectively. Dark, leafy greens don’t make the most delicious juice, so adding other ingredients like fruit and powders help mask the taste. Smoothies are also much more filling than juice, so they can stand in as meal replacements some days, too. However, it IS possible to make green juice in a blender.

How to make green juice in a smoothie blender

Step 1 — Clean your greens thoroughly in a bowl of cool, filtered water. The sediment will fall to the bottom of the bowl, then rinse them again. The last thing you want in your juice is a piece of dirt or sand.

Step 2 — Blend the clean greens with a few tablespoons of water and the juice of a lemon. It’s easier to blend them by adding them slowly. If you’re having trouble pushing the greens down into the blade, some ice can help weight them down.

Step 3 — Add whatever other fruits and vegetables you want to “juice” to the green pulpy mixture. Blend for about one to two minutes.

Step 4 — If you used enough water and blended until smooth, you should have a very watery smoothie at this point. Take your mix and strain it through a fine mesh strainer or nut milk bag.

Step 5 — Drink your juice immediately! This is not cold-pressed juice; the blender causes oxidation and some heat, so you don’t want to save it for a few days. As for the pulp, you can use it for composting, or feed it to an animal as long as everything in it is pet-friendly. Enjoy!

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