Go Green! 4 Juice Recipes to Get More Leafy Greens into Your Diet

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The health benefits of a smoothie containing fresh fruits and vegetables are extensive, but often times juices and smoothies only contain fruit and can be very high in calories. Leafy green vegetables are helpful for weight management because they are low in calories and contain essential nutrients like dietary fiber, folic acid, vitamin c, potassium and magnesium along with phytochemicals like lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene that also help protect cells from free radical damage. Studies have shown the numerous health benefits of a diet righ in leafy green vegetables. One study showed that even one daily serving of green leafy vegetables may help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by 11 percent. (1)

Start your day with this great SkinnyMs. Smoothie, or some of the juices below. There’s nothing better for your body than nutrients from fresh, whole foods. Try one of these great recipes today, they’re great for a breakfast, a short juice fast or just for the taste.

If you are completing the Three Day Cleanse & Detox click here for the recipes.

Mean Green Juice 1 – Ingredients: 6-8 leaves kale, 2 green apples, 1 cucumber, peeled, 2-3 stalks celery, 1/2 lemon (no peel), 2 inches fresh ginger, 1 cup water

Mean Green Juice 2 – Ingredients: 1/2 pear, 1/2 green apple, 1 handful spinach, 1 handful parsley, 2 celery stalks, 1/2 cucumber, 1 small piece ginger, 1 slice of papaya

Mean Green Juice 3 – Ingredients: 2 stalks celery, 1/2 cucumber, 1/2 apple, 1/2 lemon, 1 small piece ginger, 1/2 green chard leaf (*optional, 1 additional kale leaf can be used instead), 1 bunch cilantro leaves, chopped, 5 kale leaves, 1 handful spinach

Mean Green Juice 4 – Ingredients: 1 handful of spinach, 3 stalks of celery, 1 small handful of parsley, 1 small bunch of dandelion greens, 1 small bunch of watercress leaves, 3 leaves of green kale, 2 bartlett pears, seeded ¼ lemon, peeled ½ cucumber, peeled

Check out more great drink recipes on the SkinnyMs. Pinterest Page!  We’ve also got great SkinnyMs. Smoothies, that easily adjust with a handful of your favorite greens. Share your favorite green smoothie recipe, by leaving us a comment below.

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  1. http://www.vegetarian-nutrition.info/updates/benefits-of-green-leafy-vegetables.php


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40 Comments on "Go Green! 4 Juice Recipes to Get More Leafy Greens into Your Diet"

  1. Kim  May 4, 2013

    Should I peel the apples before mixing all the ingredients together?

  2. Meredith  July 28, 2013

    Are this recipes just to use with a juicer? or Can these just be blended?

    • Skinny Ms.  July 29, 2013

      Meredith, Both. I use a blender most of time but add more water to thin it out a little.

  3. Cathie  July 29, 2013

    I should rephrase — do these make 1 serving?

  4. Skinny Ms.  August 27, 2013

    Taylor, We haven’t done the calorie count but should have it added soon. 🙂

  5. Miranda  September 26, 2013

    I made the first one and I'm sorry, but it tastes terrible! I don't know how I will drink this for 3 days!

  6. Vivienne Mahon  March 1, 2014

    Hi, is there anything you can subsitute for cucumber? I hate the taste of it, it makes me feel sick! :/

    • SkinnyMs  March 3, 2014

      You can omit the cucumber from the drink and add water.

  7. mel  March 27, 2014

    Are these specific I really like my strawberry, banana, spinach smoothie that I have in the morning

    • SkinnyMs  April 2, 2014

      That's great too!

  8. nikki  June 13, 2014

    I live in Thailand and we dont have lemons can i use a lime instead

    • SkinnyMs  June 13, 2014

      Nikki, Limes work just as well as lemons in this. Enjoy.

  9. Tegi  July 11, 2014

    Instead of papaya can I use pineapple

    • SkinnyMs  July 11, 2014

      Tegi, Yes, you can use pineapple in place of the papaya.

  10. andrea  April 12, 2015

    is bloating to be expected

    • SkinnyMs  April 13, 2015

      Andrea, There can be bloating initially, yes, but it's just water. It depends on the person.

  11. Barbara  September 21, 2015

    I find that this makes an enormous drink – two large glassfuls. Is that correct? I didn't put in as much celery, cucumber or spinach and it is still a huge drink. Don't know how I will get through it all!

    • SkinnyMs  September 21, 2015

      Feel free to cut down on the ingredients if it's too much for you to comfortably drink.

  12. Sydn3y  January 4, 2016

    How many servings are these shakes? They seem huge.

    • Melissa Florero  January 5, 2016

      Sydn3y, If put through the juicer, they are about 1 serving. If blending in a high power blender, they will make about 2 to 3 servings.

  13. Rita  January 9, 2016

    Was wondering about the lemon in the smoothie. Do you need to include the peel?

    • Gale Compton  January 9, 2016

      Rita, You don’t need to include the peeling.

  14. Michelle  May 16, 2016

    Can I substitute kale for spinach?

  15. Andrea  March 9, 2017

    Mean Green Juice 4 as a smoothie: definitely 3 servings.

    Also, add an orange, some fresh pineapple, or maybe even a banana. I find that citrus like pineapple really helps to cut the green flavor. As is as a smoothie, it needs something to make it palatable.

    I’m powering through it like a beast, though.

    • Gale Compton  March 9, 2017

      Andrea, Good for you. Love your positive attitude!!! 🙂

  16. Linda  May 23, 2017

    Can I add an avocado in any of these drinks

    • Nichole Furlong  May 24, 2017

      Yes, Linda, you can add avocado to any of these drink! The avocado may make the juice a little more thick. You can thin out the drink by adding additional pear, apple, or lemon!

  17. ralphie  July 14, 2017

    Lemons give me cold sores. Is there something I can substitute? I currently have a cold and I’m hoping this will help kick it.

    • Emilia Horn  July 15, 2017

      You can just leave out the lemon, Ralphie.

      • Lisa  March 25, 2019

        Can you strain the juice before drinking it? I don’t like the texture at all!

        • Chef Sallie  March 30, 2019

          Yes, of course! However, straining the juice will remove some of the fiber content. Use a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to smooth out the texture of the juice. Hope this helps!

  18. Kellie  January 18, 2019

    On the Mean Green Juice 1, it says 1/2 lemon (no peel). Does that mean don’t peel it? or peel it (so there is no peel on it)? Thanks in advance!

  19. Sharon Wright  April 8, 2019

    I live in the U.K. so we have English cucumbers. I never peel them, but do we have to peel them for the drink?

  20. Laura moya  January 5, 2020

    Hello just made the Green juice number 1, a little thick added ice and it’s good. I also added a chunk of pineapple and half a cup of cactus ( peeled and diced). First day to detox my system so far so good. Made the soup last night, haven’t taste it yet, but I’m sure it’s good. I’m always meal prepping and trying new foods. I’m hoping that after the holidays I can clean my system inside out. Thank you for sharing!


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