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.
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.
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
- Place all ingredients in a blender until smooth.
- 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.