If you’ve been anywhere near a Lululemon or on Instagram, you might have noticed that green juices are a “thing.” And I’ll admit that I LOVE a good green juice in the morning. But when I walked by a juice bar recently, I nearly had a heart attack at the prices.

$9 for a green juice!? Call me crazy, but I think there is something seriously wrong when a juice costs more than a cocktail – and I’ll choose the latter. So what’s a green juice loving, fiscally responsible girl to do? Make it herself.IMG_4798

The good news is, juices are really easy to make at home, for a small fraction of what they’d cost to buy. I generally make a big batch at the beginning of the week, and then have one to enjoy every morning without any effort.

Depending on the ingredients I use (and I will admit I don’t use organic), I can make 5 days’ worth of green juice for around $5-7. In contrast, 5 days would cost me $45 at the juice bar.

All right, technically I make smoothies – since I use a blender and not a juicer – but it tastes the same. And making the juices in the blender actually makes them more filling, since you keep the pulp and fiber in there. Not to mention, a blender is a heck of a lot easier to clean up.

I’ve been doing a lot of experimenting with juice ingredients, and thought I’d share one of my new favorite combinations. This way the next time you’re aghast at juice prices, you know you have a delicious at-home alternative.

Green Juice

Summer Green Juice

Makes 5 servings


  • 1 bag fresh spinach
  • ~¼ watermelon, chopped
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 cup pineapple (I use Trader Joe’s frozen tidbits)
  • 1 cup cold water


  1. Place all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Add water as needed until the smoothie reaches your preferred consistency.

Note: I use a Ninja blender, which is pretty powerful. If yours isn’t as strong you may need to chop up your ingredients more or blend longer.



1 Comment on Cheap & Delicious Summer Green Juice

  1. Jess
    August 31, 2015 at 6:05 am (2 years ago)

    I will try this! Love green juice but I hate cleaning the juicer and I find my juicer wastes so much of the fruit and ends up costly with all the fruit it requires. I need a better blender though.


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