14 January 2015

JUICE YOURSELF TO GOOD HEALTH // GREEN JUICE RECIPE

Fresh oranges, blueberries, celery and banana for juicing
So we've all see those pictures on Instagram of glasses filled to the brim with green, and I'd always wondered what on earth was in it. I knew it was healthy and full of goodness but I'd never really tried one, preferring a fruit smoothie instead with its inviting berry hue.

So when I was asked whether I would like to try a VonShef 990W Max Fruit Juicer it seemed to slot right into my get fit health kick for 2015 and I readily went and bought a box full of fruit and veg to fill myself with goodness. On first impressions the VonShelf juicer looks great and it's not big like most juicing machines, which is handy as storage space in our kitchen is limited, plus it's a great price.

close up of VonShef 900w max fruit juicerpiles of fresh oranges

So after looking on Pinterest for different green juice recipes for inspiration I decided to wing it and create my own, something full of goodness but also naturally sweet tasting so F would enjoy it too. We set the juicer up on the kitchen counter and got started. I made sure that I cut any larger pieces of fruit into smaller pieces and cut of any stalks, and couldn't believe how simple it was to use. You put fruit in and juice comes out into the jug, et viola. Health in a glass.

It does take quite a lot of fruit and veg to get a decent glass of goodness, so I can see this being a slightly pricey option, however by shopping at our local independent grocer I can pick up a crate of fruit and veg for £15 which is about half the price of a supermarket chain, making this a more affordable health choice.

Once you've juiced the machine comes to pieces easily for cleaning, with some parts dishwasher safe making it that much more convenient, and the remaining pulp is easy to dispose of. I even used a small disposable bag tucked into the fruit pulp holder, which you can then just lift out with everything inside and throw away. I found this juicer so easy to use, easy to clean with no real faff and it makes quick great health drinks.

So there it is, another small change I've made this year in my bid to get fit I'm starting my day with a healthy juice which F also enjoys, and I'm secretly smug as he happily drinks spinach and other leafy goodness all before 8am.

To make your super green juice you'll need:

100g of baby spinach
2 red apples
3 pears
one stick of celery
half a punnet of blueberries

Juice each one remembering to cut off the stalks and half the apples, pears and celery before adding. If you're going to use lemons, oranges or limes remember to cut off all the zest and pith as this will make your juice taste bitter. Now all you need to do is pour it into a glass and enjoy. I've had helpful comments since on Instagram suggesting I try and add coconut milk or almond milk, which I can't wait to try.


I'm officially hooked on the green stuff and the best thing is there are so many great combinations to try and once you become accustomed to the taste you can reduce the amount of fruit in your juice, which in turn reduces the amount of sugar. Now I just need a great juicing recipe book, have you got any you would recommend?


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27 comments

  1. My go-to is: 1/2 mango, 1 apple, 1 frozen banana, big handful of spinach and a glug of coconut milk. Yummy. Even my 20 month old daughter loves it.

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  2. Oh wow that looks so good and that machine sounds fab...I got into smoothie making before the festive period but mostly just made it up as I go along! My husband is quite good at making juices- he uses bananas, soya milk, honey, peanut butter and this protein powder that turns it all green! x

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  3. I've never tried juicing before but your post makes it sound likes something I should try.

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  4. This looks great and I would love to make my own juices, especially in the summer.

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  5. I do love making my own smoothies/juices, but am always a bit worried about the green ones, unless they are full of apples and limes! Great thing to try out though - such fun!

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  6. I'd love a juicer! They always look so yummy and the super green recipe you have shared sound so refreshing.

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  7. Lovely way to start the day with a nutritious smoothie, we have been juicing for two weeks now and feel so much better!

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  8. I am not sure about the benefits of juices yet. I worry that I would just be upping my intake of sugar in proportion to the fruit!

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  9. We love smoothies here! I've never tried spinach in one before though (not to my knowledge, anyway!).

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  10. I've been wanting to try making a smoothie too. But I find it so intimidating. Yours looks yummy!

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  11. I am so envious of that juicer, have been ummming and ahh-ing about getting one. This has helped sway me!

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  12. I have a juicer that I love but its a pain to clean!

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  13. Looks amazing! We've been planning to buy a juicer for the last month but can't even decide what one to get, this looks great x

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  14. Our biggest reason for stopping juicing was the cleaning - so good to hear it is easy clean.

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  15. I love smoothies but not a fan of fruit and veg together x

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  16. I've always quite fancied a juicer and this one sounds great!

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  17. I keep going round in circles about the juicing idea.... not sure I need more sugar in my life, but not sure where I'd cut back from! Sounds like fun though :)

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  18. Oooh I have always wanted to try making juices. Such an easy way to make sure you get enough vitamins. I really need to sort that out... x

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  19. I also love the green juices. Need to restock the fruit and veg and start again

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  20. No recommendation on the book, I am sorry... I am still on picking my perfect juicer stage

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  21. I love a fresh juice but it is so easy to get out of the habit of making them.

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  22. I want a juicer, but I don't want one I have to faff about taking to bits to clean it, I have enough with my food processor, which I can also use as a juicer if I buy the part for it x

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  23. I love a bit of juicing, definitely makes you feel better knowing so much goodness is going in!

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  24. I need to get back into the juicing/smoothie making but the last couple of weeks have been so hard and wintry I've just been reaching for the caffeine and carbs in a morning. Will make an effort this weekend!

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  25. This green juice sounds divine and the perfect morning pick me up!! I have been asking for two years in a row for the other half to buy me a juicer for xmas - alas don't have one yet but going to treat myself after the baby arrives

    Laura x

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  26. This sounds so good...Fruits and vegetables offer an amazing long list of health benefits due to their amazing phytonutrient content so I always think of what juice recipes would be good for what health ailments.You will make this easy for me too..Surely gonna try this with my best muscle building supplements from xtreme no .Its amazing :-)

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