I used my 10-year old KitchenAid blender. I do not own a juicer nor do I have a fancy $500 high speed blender. When I found this tutorial on how to make juice with a blender and then strain it, I had to try it!
Since I have a regular blender, I diced all my fruits and veggies. I snipped the kale and spinach with kitchen scissors as small as I could. I wasn't sure if my blender was powerful enough to pulverize and liquify the kale and spinach. A high speed blender would not require the extra step of chopping the fruits and veggies this small.
I wanted to pack as much "green", nutrient dense fruits and veggies as possible. Most recipes call for a handful of this and that, which mean that they are forgiving recipes. As this is my first juice/smoothie recipe, I decided to write down exact measurements so I can repeat the same drink if my results were fabulous. I am so glad I am writing it down now!
I made this as a juice. I blended everything to a smoothie and passed the contents through a jelly bag and squeezed the pulp dry (I had about 2 Tbsp of dry pulp). If you do have a regular blender, put the coconut water first, then the leafy greens and diced fruit/vegetables afterwards. The leafy greens get blended better. After the first sip, I was amazed how delicious, fresh and sweet a combination of kale, spinach, celery, cucumber and apple turned out. Almost too sweet.
Green Juice or Smoothie: Kale Spinach, Celery, Cucumber and Apple
Make 1 serving, about 3/4 cup juice
1/4 cup (2 oz) coconut water, unflavoured/unsweetened
1/2 cup chopped fresh spinach
1/2 cup chopped kale
1/2 cup diced apple
1/4 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced cucumber
1/4 cup crushed ice (optional)
Blend until smooth. For a smoothie, pour into a glass. For juice, strain in a jelly or nut milk bag. Discard or re-use the leftover pulp in baking or cooking.
- Adapted from GetFitEatRight: Green Smoothie: Kale, Spinach, Celery, Cucumber, Apple
I had to serve this in a martini glass. The juice was so delicious and pretty. Each sip was savoured.