A Guide to Green Juices

If you ready blog regularly, you will know what I am a big fan of green juice. I have shared recipes before and a few tips and tricks if you are thinking about starting a juice detox. I have shared before that juicing can get a bit of a bad rep, but I think it is misunderstood. When done occasionally as a detox, it can do your body a lot of good. I don’t think it should be used as a weight loss aid but just to carry on being healthy, help my body, my blood sugar levels, and give me a boost.

So what is in a ‘green’ juice?

The term mainly applies to the colour of it. And to get such a colour, you need things like, spinach, kale, broccoli or superfoods like spirulina. They need to be the heaviest part of the juice, as well as things like mint, celery or cucumber. Then you can add some fruits if you would like. It makes it sweeter, but as a result, means it has more sugar. So a green juice doesn’t necessarily mean a low calorie food.

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Why should I have green juice?

There are many benefits, as well as just tasting good. Green juice can:

  • Alkalise the body, meaning that it balances out all of the acids in the stomach and neutralise toxins in the body
  • High in chlorophyll, which is great for our blood, as well as being full of antioxidants
  • They are high in iron and other minerals. This comes from all of the leafy vegetables. So it helps digestion, our energy levels and is important in pregnancy
  • They can help to purify the liver. So if you are a drinker, it is very important
  • Improve blood sugar problems. As someone with PCOS, I have found that this is is a massive help in regulating my blood sugar
  • Help rebuild tissues. This is important when we have an injury or if we are exercising / weight training

How do I have green juice?

The first thing you need is a juicer, funnily enough. The great thing about a juicer is that it sorts the goodness from the waste for you – so you don’t even need to finely chop or peel your food. When you have your recipe, just pop the ingredients in bit by bit in the juicer. That simple! It is a good idea to only make what you will have in 24 hours and store in the fridge. It isn’t much good to drink after that amount of time!

If you only have a blender, you could put all the ingredients in and make a smoothie, rather than a juice. It will have a lot of fibre in smoothie form but doesn’t get to your body’s tissues as quickly in this form. Better than a fizzy drink, though, right?

Are you a green juice fan? I’d love to hear what you think :)

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  1. 28th May 2016 / 7:44 pm

    My friend was getting rid of her juicer so I nabbed it and I’m loving it! Just starting the day by juicing has made such a difference to how I feel, my body just loves all the good stuff it’s getting. I much prefer juicing to smoothies because it’s much easier to drink and feels more refreshing somehow.

  2. 28th May 2016 / 10:31 pm

    Ok I’m going to be honest here and say that I really can’t stomach the thought of drinking that green juice…! That said, I can see that it’s really healthy and I can see why you’re a fan. I wonder if I could convince my veg-shy toddler that it’s the Hulk’s juice?! 😉
    #KCACOLS

  3. The_tale_of_mummyhood
    28th May 2016 / 10:40 pm

    I love to make smoothies! As you say it’s much better than a fizzy drink, and I’m known to drink too many of those! Great post :)

    #KCACOLS

  4. 28th May 2016 / 10:42 pm

    I love the idea of drinking my 5 a day but I can’t imagine that it would taste that nice?Maybe I’m wrong and should try it out? I like that it’s got lots of health benefits and is good for pregnancy xx #KCACOLS

  5. 28th May 2016 / 10:56 pm

    They look so good for you but the colour does make it look like it isn’t going to match on taste. I’ll have to give it a go #KCACOLS

  6. 28th May 2016 / 10:59 pm

    The idea of it sounds good, but I’m a bit fussy with what I eat/drink so I don’t think I would actually drink it. I do love a good smoothie though.
    #KCACOLS

  7. 28th May 2016 / 11:30 pm

    I am impressed at your healthiness! I’m not really one for juices or smoothies, I keep trying to buy them from fancy places but I just can’t get on with them – the juices are always bizarre combinations that I don’t like the taste of and the texture of smoothies does not appeal to me! I am afraid I just eat my fruit and veg, how dull. My ex is a personal trainer and nutritional sciencey person now and is always posting his juices and things on his work page, he’s a big fan! #KCACOLS
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  8. 28th May 2016 / 11:32 pm

    I have enjoyed lots of different juices and smoothies before, but not a totally green one. I hadn’t thought about all the extra sugar by adding fruit! I made a smoothie using mint before, it was very green and refreshing.
    Amanda. #kcacols

  9. 29th May 2016 / 6:31 am

    I enjoy eating greens such as spinach, cabbage and broccoli, but I honestly don’t think I’d enjoy drinking them in liquid form. However, thanks for sharing the advice as I’m sure someone will give the green juices a go. #KCACOLS
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  10. 29th May 2016 / 7:29 am

    I’ve been thinking about getting a juicer and trying some juices for a while – my dad has a nutri bullet and swears by it. Now that I’m over a certain milestone age *cough, cough* I need to try being a little healthier 😉 #KCACOLS

  11. 29th May 2016 / 9:07 am

    I love a green smoothie and used to have one everyday for breakfast. This has reminded me that I need to start making them again #KCACOLS

  12. 29th May 2016 / 3:10 pm

    I love your post and I wish I had the stamina to keep up with any sort of juicing regime. In my head I want to but what I actually end up doing is flicking on the kettle for a coffee and reaching for a biscuit. I’ve kicked a lot of bad habits but haven’t managed to replace them with something good for me….yet!
    Mainy
    #KCACOLS
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  13. 29th May 2016 / 3:33 pm

    I would really love to be this healthy…but I have a real sweet tooth! Maybe I will give it a go though…you never know, eh?! #KCACOLS
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  14. 29th May 2016 / 4:17 pm

    I’ve never tried a totally green juice before. I would love to give it a go.

    #KCACOLS

  15. 29th May 2016 / 4:34 pm

    I’ve not tried it yet but I’ve always fancied to give it a try as it does look delicious and most importantly healthy too… Thanks for sharing all the benefits it gives to ones body! #KCACOLS

  16. 29th May 2016 / 7:35 pm

    Eek! I’m not going to tell you how much someone would have to pay me to drink that hahaha! I’ve got a juicer which was a gift but it sits unloved in it’s packaging, maybe I ought to give it a go. #KCACOLS
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  17. 29th May 2016 / 9:02 pm

    I have a green smoothie most mornings, I think it gives me a boost to take on the day, and as I have previously suffered with anaemia, it helps me keep my iron intake up naturally.

    • 29th May 2016 / 9:06 pm

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  18. 29th May 2016 / 9:31 pm

    After my BH weekend of excess I really need one of these, I also need to get better at eating more green things. You’ve given me food for thought. Claire X #kcacols

  19. 29th May 2016 / 10:10 pm

    My biggest problem with juicing is that it can get kind of pricey buying all those fresh fruits and veggies. I do LOVE juices though, so I try to make a few a week-especially for my 13-month old. It’s such an easy way to get his veggies in (: #KCACOLS

  20. 29th May 2016 / 11:17 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try something like this but have always been put off by the colour!! Lol!!! I think I just need to bite the bullett and try it :)
    #kcacols

  21. 30th May 2016 / 2:38 am

    I’m hopeless at sticking with drinking juices as I find making them such a faff. But I definitely feel better when I do … maybe I’ll do it tomorrow. Thanks for co-hosting #kcacols

  22. 30th May 2016 / 2:51 am

    I’ve always been put of making green drinks. I get that they are good for me and you’ve given me even more reasons to show how much! #kcacols

  23. 30th May 2016 / 10:33 am

    Oh I’d definitely give this a go. I don’t have a juicer but I do have an active blender which I need to start using. Xx #KCACOLS
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  24. 30th May 2016 / 12:48 pm

    My parents have a juicer so maybe I’ll give a green juice a go next time I’m round. I’ve tended to stick to my regular favourites until now, but you’re quite persuasive! #KCACOLS

  25. 30th May 2016 / 1:13 pm

    I’ve seen so many people talking about this stuff! I tried to make a smoothie once in my blender but it didn’t quite blend everything together the right wat. I’ll have to wait until I can invest in a nice one. Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

  26. 30th May 2016 / 8:12 pm

    That’s a really interesting post, I have been having coconut milk based smoothies for a while but really need to work on some more variety. I especially like the sound of these as I do enjoy a glass of wine, so something to balance it out wouldn’t do any harm #KCACOLS xx

  27. 30th May 2016 / 8:26 pm

    Never tried green juice no. I went off smoothies and juice when I suffered terribly with IBS. literally never went back to it :/ #kcacols

  28. 30th May 2016 / 8:39 pm

    I have heard so many great things about green juice, but I can’t imagine they taste all that great with spinach or kale! Maybe I will take the plunge and actually try it… soon.. 😉
    #KCACOLS
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  29. 30th May 2016 / 9:10 pm

    I am a big fan on my green juices. So is Cygnet. How else am I going to get a 20 month old to eat spinach and kale? He loves watching the nutribullet. Pen x #KCACOLS

  30. 30th May 2016 / 9:11 pm

    I am a big fan on my green juices. So is Cygnet. How else am I going to get a 20 month old to eat spinach and kale? He loves watching the nutribullet. Pen x #KCACOLS
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  31. 31st May 2016 / 9:29 am

    I know how good these are for us and we have a nutribullet so I do make healthy drinks. I don’t enjoy them as much as I thought I would so don’t drink them daily, although I probably should do! Interesting post :) #KCACOLS
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  32. 31st May 2016 / 3:28 pm

    In all honestly i have never tasted a green juice. I doesn’t look nice but i have heard people saying how good it is for your body. I guess if i didn’t have to look at it i could perhaps taste it, i never know i might even like it! #KCACOLS

  33. 31st May 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Ooo I think this sounds lovely – I love the idea of getting a good hit of health and part of the five a day in such an easy fashion. I don’t have a juicer…is this the same as the nutribullet, or perhaps that’s a blender? Anyway it’s got me thinking. #KCACOLS

  34. 31st May 2016 / 8:53 pm

    My friend juice detoxes but I never had the stomach for it. Or the taste buds. Respect to everyone that can manage it. #kcacols
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  35. 1st June 2016 / 5:26 am

    I want to do the juicing, but I am a chicken. I do make smoothies but nothing odd goes in there, I do use almond or coconut or cashew milk so that’s partial credit right? #KCACOLS

  36. 1st June 2016 / 12:32 pm

    Does it make me an idiot if I didn’t know juices were better absorbed than smoothies? I make fruit smoothies daily but know they are hight in sugar but have been reluctant to get my kale on, reading this I am totally giving it a go tonight! #KCACOLS

  37. 1st June 2016 / 2:45 pm

    We have been considering buying a nutribullet recently and a green juice sounds like a great healthy thing to start the day with! #KCACOLS
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  38. 1st June 2016 / 9:46 pm

    I have never actually tried green juice so a little unsure. Plus I have no juicer and bearly find the time to wash and dress so juicing might never happen for me! A useful introduction for people hoping to try it though :) #KCACOLS

  39. 2nd June 2016 / 8:48 am

    It does look nice – I like things like that, but I usually opt to eat them rather than drink them :)
    x Alice
    #kcacols

  40. 3rd June 2016 / 9:42 pm

    This is so interesting! I’m a bit weird with thick drinks, just like soups, I cant drink a soup it feels totally wrong in my mind! I am tempted to give it a go though! you may have just persuaded me! #KCACOLS
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  41. 3rd June 2016 / 10:13 pm

    I SHOULD drink more juices, as the vitamins would be good, & I should drink more (that isn’t cherry coke) in general. I have to admit, however, that I don’t. I will sometimes drink single fruit juices, but I tend not to be a fan of mixed flavours, with fruit or vegetables, so I don’t do that well on the super juices & smoothies. I have tried, & I applaud people who do! I do at least eat fruit and veg though, so that’s something, right? #KCACOLS

  42. 3rd June 2016 / 10:27 pm

    I tried green juices when I recently done a detox and I found it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I had spirulina supplements as well #kcacols

  43. Sarah @ Ups & Downs, Smiles & Frowns
    3rd June 2016 / 11:06 pm

    I’ve been adding more greens into smoothies lately. I need to do it more often though. I think I should invest in a juicer to be honest, I’d probably use it more often than I do my smoothie maker! Thanks for sharing. #KCACOL

  44. 4th June 2016 / 3:19 pm

    I like the sound of green juices, but have never tried one with kale or spinach in. I don’t have a juicer, so would probably make it in smoothie form. Here in Mexico, a green juice is usually made with nopal cactus (very high fibre), parsley, celery maybe and pineapple. #KCACOLS
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  45. Kim Styles
    4th June 2016 / 4:39 pm

    I adore Kale and make juices with this as a base always

  46. 8th February 2017 / 8:46 pm

    I love green juice especially when mixed with fruits. It is healthy and my kids love some recipes. You say ” It is a good idea to only make what you will have in 24 hours and store in the fridge”. It is true but there are other ways to keep them as fresh as possible for a longer time. Please check it: How Long Does Juice Last?

  47. 6th September 2017 / 8:55 pm

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