Even though it’s crazy healthy, sometimes it feels a little bit self-indulgent to spend a whole hour prepping and making my favorite green juice—especially since the strong kick of my beloved ginger and turmeric is not for everyone. My kids are always game to try it, but then they say, “It’s too spicy!”
So, I always add an extra (sneaky) step in the process to make sure everyone in the house gets some green goodness from my efforts. I make one batch mild green juice (without ginger, turmeric or cilantro), reserve half of it to make my “spicy” green juice afterwards, and mix the other half of the mild juice with frozen fruit to make a smoothie for the kids. Step by step instructions below.
MAKING THE MILD MIX + SMOOTHIE
Here’s how I do it. In the first batch, I put the following* in my juicer:
- 1 container spinach or baby spinach
- 1 container kale or baby kale
- 10-12 baby carrots
- 3-5 broccoli stems
- 2 large cucumbers
- 2 lemons (skin off)
- 2-3 apples (Braeburn apples are my favorite!)
I pour about a cup of the mild mix into the blender, and then I add in frozen fruit: cherries, pineapple, peaches, strawberries, raspberries (and sometimes a little plain yogurt or orange juice) to blend into a smoothie for the kids. Depending on the season, you can also add pears, plums, blueberries—just whatever your kids like.** (I used to try to sneak in the green juice when they weren’t looking, but now they know I do it. I never get any complaints, as long as the smoothie is berry delicious!)
If I’m making a big batch of juice, I also pour some of the mild mix into an ice tray. Later, I put the green cubes in a container and keep them in the freezer to use in future smoothies.
MIXING MY SPICY GREEN JUICE
To finish my ‘spicy’ green juice, I put the following into my juicer:
- 1 bunch cilantro
- 1 lemon (peeled)
- 2-3 thumbs of fresh ginger root (peeled)
- 2-3 fingers of fresh turmeric root (peeled)
I add this spicy mix to the mild mix reserved from above, and voila: the BEST, most refreshing green juice you’ll ever taste! Enjoy!***
* I choose organic produce over conventional whenever possible.
**Two ingredients I always avoid when making juice and smoothies: bananas and celery! Although I like to eat bananas and celery each on their own, I find that when I put them in a smoothie or juice, the taste is so strong/dominant that it masks all of the other delicious flavors/ingredients I use.
***It’s best to drink green juice directly after juicing, but you can also keep some in the fridge, as long as you drink it within 24 hours.