Did you just read an article online (or maybe watch a documentary) that made some pretty miraculous health claims about the power of green juice? There's some merit to all of those claims. However, buying a juicer and all of the fresh organic fruits and veggies can be really expensive (and time consuming) to do every day. Trust me, my hubby and I did this. For curious minds, we have a Cuisinart CJE-1000 1000-Watt 5-Speed Juice Extractor in our home. Which was one of the lesser expensive juicer (but still works great).
Let me first tell you that I am not and never have been a vegetarian or vegan. I'm not solely "powered by plants". Being a nutritionist, I recognize the benefits of eating plenty of vegetables every day to get a substantial amount of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, etc. That's why I love green juice!
However, there are some more cost effective ways to drink green juice every day without buying an expensive juicer and more organic vegetables than what will even fit in your fridge.
For those of you determined to ONLY make fresh-pressed juice, I have included some juicing recipes at the bottom of this blog post. Notice that if you purchase all of the fruit and vegetables for these juices, it will cost you approximately $4.00-7.00 per juice if it's organic. Think about that as I walk you through 3 of my favorite green juice powders.
Here are my 3 favorite Green Juices:
Left Coast Raw is the most expensive of my three favorites. But it also has the most substantial amount of protein for the price (which is typical seen in meal replacement drinks instead). See the ingredients in the photo below. Left Coast Raw is all non-GMO, mostly organic, no pesticides or herbicides. And they make their product in Sherwood, Oregon (local for me). Left Coast Raw is a small company with a big heart.
They offer a sample pack of 3 individual servings of their juice flavors for $9.99 on sale right now ($3.33 each). If you purchase a bulk tub of green juice powder, you can get it as low at $3.49 a serving. You're getting more nutrients with this mix than with a few cucumbers, celery, and apples juiced fresh. And you're saving at least $1 a serving (if not more). The downside is that they only have 3 flavors and only sell these 3 products, so not much variety.
Aloha is probably my all-time favorite of the 3 juices in this article because of how much care they put into their packaging, ethics, ingredients, and marketing. I fell in love with them after I received my Discovery Kit (which contained 1 of each of their products). They sell 3 different green juice powders, 2 vegan protein powders (these were voluntarily recalled recently… but I'm sure they will have better ones soon!), vitamin supplements, and chocolate bars!
To be honest, I do not enjoy the taste of their green juice as much as Left Coast Raw. But here's what's great about Aloha: free sampler packs, the discovery kit, lots of options of sizes to choose from, and subscriptions so you never run out. Their green juice can run anywhere from $3.17-$2.50 depending on the order size you place. This is very cost effective! The ingredients are crazy good for you… you aren't going to be able to source all of these great superfoods at your grocery store for under $3.00 per drink… no way. If that wasn't enough good news, they offer a $25 credit to your account when you sign up for a free trial or make a purchase through this link: http://bit.ly/greenjoy AWESOME!!!!! Also, if you're already a member with Aloha, you can still save 20% on your order when you use my name as the promo code: NAOMITEETER
Amazing Grass is my favorite company when I need an inexpensive green juice that I can purchase at my local health food store quickly without needing to wait for it to be shipped in the mail. Amazing Grass is also great because they have the biggest variety of products and flavors out of all 3 of these juice companies. Cost per serving usually ranges about $1.25-$3.00 depending on the flavor, container size, and where it's purchased.
But just because it's less expensive doesn't mean it's cheap. It's USDA organic also. I find that their juice powders taste more substantial than Aloha's green juice as well. In the above picture, I have 2 servings of their pomegranate mango green juice meal replacement powder. Once again, there's a lot of protein packed into this green juice from plant-based organic sources.
But, if you want fresh green juice, here are a few of my favorite recipes:
4 green apples
full bunch of mint leaves
1 peeled lime
2 stalks of celery
1/2" piece of ginger root
1/2 of a pineapple
1 peeled lemon
1 stalk of celery
1 small jalapeno pepper
3 cups strawberries
1 cup pomegranate seeds
1 gala apple
1/2 peeled lemon
1 small jalapeno pepper
pinch of salt
1 cup chopped collard greens
1/2 cup chopped kale
1/2 cup chopped dandelion greens
1/2 cup chopped beet greens
3 stalks celery
3 green apples
1 peeled lemon
1" piece of ginger root
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