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How To Start Juicing + Beginner Green Juice Recipe

Beginner Green Juice Recipe

Hi Friends! I got the sweetest email from a woman who was so giddy to start juicing and wanted to share her words with you because I know a lot of you experience the same thing.

This is a common scenario: she had watched all of my videos, happily purchased her new juicer and bought tons of fresh produce with excitement. And then….the big taste. Yuck! What the *&^% is this!?

Here’s what she wrote to me:

Hi Elizabeth! I am really enjoying your website/blog/Facebook/YouTube videos. I purchased a juicer this evening (Breville) and purchased all the ingredients to begin juicing. One problem…I hated the tasted!!! I am so disappointed and discouraged, please help. Here were my ingredients 6 Kale Leaves, 4 celery stalks, 2 green apples, 1 cucumber, 1/2 lemon, and small cube of ginger root […] Warm Regards, K Brown

Starting your adventure into juicing is super exciting–and super discouraging at the same time if you don’t like the taste and can barely choke it down.

I normally don’t give advice via email (because I’d be permanently chained to my computer) but I wanted to help her and share this advice with my blog readers too, so I gave her the following beginner green juice recipe to ease into the flavor. She loved it and can’t wait to drink more.

Beginner Green Juice Recipe

Serves 1, can easily be doubled
Use organic ingredients whenever possible & wash all produce.
Peel non-organic ingredients before juicing.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 large handfuls spinach
  • 1 large or 2 small cucumbers
  • 1/2 small lemon (peeled)
  • 1 red apple or 1 pear
  • 1 small carrot

Add:

  • 1 celery rib (leave out if the flavor is too strong)
  • 1 broccoli stem (if you have one)
  • 1 small cube ginger (optional–if you like the flavor)
  • Start adding 1 large kale leaf every 2-3 juices

Juicing is just like tasting any new cuisine with strong flavors for the first time–you have to ease into it. Start off with my beginner green juice recipe and every few times start increasing the amount of dark greens and stronger flavors. After a while, you’ll crave those dark greens and strong flavors, trust me.

If you have any questions about juicing or want to see how I make my juice check out my juicing videos on Youtube. Try to stick with at least a 3:1 ratio of greens/low-sugar veggies to fruit/higher sugar veggies (like beets and carrots) to keep your juice in the low-glycemic range.

Also, here’s a chart of what I personally find to be strong and mild flavors; this might help you work your way up to the stronger stuff, too. This list is by no means all-inclusive, these are just the things I juice most often.

Green Juice Recipe

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  1. Tegan Westra

    February 25th, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    I find upping the amount of lemon cuts off the grassy type taste as well. Great guide!

  2. Elizabeth Rider

    February 26th, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Yes! Adding lemon helps so much.

  3. K Brown

    February 26th, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Thanks so much again the suggestion Elizabeth. I am loving the new juice recipe!! I’ll be incorporating Kale starting in March, wish me luck!!!

  4. GuyGettingHealthy4HisFamily

    May 29th, 2013 at 8:32 am

    Hi there I stumbled across your page looking for a beginners juicing recipe and I must say it actually tastes pretty dang good. I also tossed in a peeled kiwi into mine and a granny smith apple since I had those laying around. I will have to try a few more variations of this over the next week. Thanks again!

  5. Elizabeth Rider

    May 29th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    That’s great! And the kiwi sounds delicous, I’ll have to give it a try.

  6. Enna VanderMescht Turnell

    August 19th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Do you drink this green juice 3 times a day and just have juicy days and eat then healthy on the other days or can you drink it everyday and eat less food.

  7. Teresa Marie Howes

    January 2nd, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Thank you for this great recipe! I’ll be featuring it in my “Juice Yourself Skinny” blog post at http://www.eatdrinkandbeskinny.com tomorrow! Happy New Year!

  8. Sandy

    January 5th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    started this a while back, i find adding kiwi makes is much better but other than that it is delicous!

  9. Julie

    January 7th, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I am starting tomorrow, going shopping tonight to purchase my list of veggies and fruit. Thank you for the help and guidelines

  10. Christy

    January 13th, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I live in the United Arab Emirates. There’s no kale to be found, but I know kale is an integral part of juicing. Any ideas?

  11. Elizabeth Rider

    January 13th, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Any dark leafy greens are great, Kale has become popular, but there are so many varieties of greens that are good for you! Just look for dark leafy greens that are available in your area. 🙂

  12. Jan Fom

    August 27th, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I was searching for article that can help me to improve my
    juicing experience. Thanks for this additional tips.

  13. Jahidur Molla

    November 13th, 2016 at 5:26 am

    Thanks for sharing. @uaejuiceplus

  14. Kaz Gachingu

    October 24th, 2018 at 5:57 am

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful information

  15. Fran F.

    February 13th, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Am trying to improve a couple of digestive issues I’m having and after some research on juicing I bought a Mooka juicer. Found your recipe online and it sounded quite easy so I gave it a try. With alot of trepidation as I lifted the green juice to my lips, I was more than pleasantly surprised at how delicious it was! Since this was my very first taste of fresh-made green juice, it inspired me to add this to my diet on a regular basis. Can’t wait to try some of the other fruits and veggies on your list as my tastebuds adjust to juicing. Thanks for sharing this simple, easy-to-follow recipe!

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