(30 Days of Juicing Day #2 – Green Genie Juice)
Unlike Martha, I have been juicing on-and-off now for most of my adult life, but I now intend to have more “on” days than “off”. (She may not remember, but it was she who bought me my first juicer a very long time ago as a gift).
One thing that I love about juicing is that you are free to use whatever fruits and vegetables you like best and can easily modify the amounts used.
And I can honestly say that I do enjoy the taste of green juices, even shots of wheatgrass – which is an acquired taste for most 🙂
The Skinny on Green Genie Juice
For Day #2 of our 30 Days of Juicing: Juice Fest – I wanted to try a tasteful, yet mild green juice.
I came across this recipe for Green Genie Juice, which consists only of celery, cucumbers and kale and felt it would be perfect.
From my own experience, I think you can easily go overboard with too many ingredients in your juice and wind up with something that is rather hard to identify (taste-wise) and may not look that appealing either 😉
If you’re just starting out juicing, you may want to use only a few ingredients, taste as you go, and adjust accordingly (this is how I ended up modifying this recipe for Green Genie Juice). After all, you don’t want to buy a ton of fresh produce and turn it into something that is undrinkable.
The original recipe calls for 1 stalk of celery, 3 cucumbers and 4 kale leaves. I ended up juicing 2 stalks/ribs of celery, 3 cucumbers, 4 kale leaves, and as well as 1/2 lemon and 1/2 lime. For me, the original recipe tasted ok, but it was mostly just cucumber and I was wanting a little more flavor. So, I ended up adding in 1/2 lemon and 1/2 lime which gave it a nice, fresh citrus flavor.
You’ll get a lot of juice from this recipe – I ended up with about 32 ounces (or 4 cups), mainly because the celery and cucumber are mostly water, so feel free to cut in half if necessary. And keep in mind there lots of variables including size of fruits/vegetables used and type of juicer used, so yields will vary.
According to our calculations, each 1 cup serving of this green genie juice has about 32 calories and 1* Weight Watchers Points Plus. The 3 cucumbers gave me a little more than 28 ounces of juice, which is all that was counted. We’re not really concerned with the negligible calories from juicing the kale, celery, lemon and lime.
- 2 celery stalks
- 3 cucumbers
- 4 kale leaves
- 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 lime
Wash all produce well. Peel lemon and lime before juicing if desired, but not necessary. Juice all ingredients, serve and enjoy.
** We only counted calories in the cucumber juice. As a WW member, I'm not concerned about the negligible calories and associated Points Plus from the celery, kale, lemon and lime.
*PointsPlus® for Green Genie Juice calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
Here’s a nice comparison video of the Omega VRT 350 Juicer and the Omega 8006 Juicer (the one I am currently using – and love it!):
The Juicers We’re Using For Our 30 Days of Juicing…
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