If you want to drink your veggies (and actually enjoy doing it), a good green juice is the way to go.
You might not want to go for the store-bought stuff, though. “Most store-bought juices have either been made from a concentrate or processed with heat," says nutritionist says Kelly Jones, RD, CSSD. The result: They contain fewer antioxidants in every sugary sip.
Instead, grab a juicer (or a blender!) and a good green juice recipe and DIY your own.
Even if you don't have a juicer, a high-power blender—like a Vitamix, Blendtec, or Ninja—can get your fibrous fruits and veggies fine enough to sip on like juice, too, Jones says. (Plus, the extra fiber you'll get from making juice in the blender will keep your blood sugar more stable and nourish your good gut bacteria.)
However you whip up your green sips, make sure your green juice recipe incorporates some fruit—like apples and limes. Without the sweetness and acid, typically-bitter greens may leave your juice tasting like grass.
Whether you're looking for Green Juice Lite or the equivalent of a kale salad in a cup, these are the best green juices (and green smoothies!) you can drink.
1. Easy Green Juice
This juice's ingredient list includes health-boosting spices like ginger and turmeric, plus apple and lemon for the sweetness and acidity a tasty green juice needs.
Per serving: 114 calories, 0.9 g fat (0.2 g saturated), 113 mg sodium, 25.8 g carbs, 3.3 g fiber, 12.9 g sugar, 3.6 g protein
2. 10-Minute Green Juice
Kale and romaine give this green juice a good dose of protein, while granny smith apple lends a lovely tartness.
Per serving: 189 calories, 1 g fat, 38 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 7 g protein
3. Green Juice with Celery
This celery- and cucumber-packed juice is super hydrating, low in carbs, and pretty much guaranteed to make you glow from the inside out.
Per serving: 83 calories, 0 g fat, 15 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 12 g sugar, 2 g protein
4. Citrusy Green Juice
Oranges give this green juice a sweet, refreshing flavor that's easy for green juice newbies to enjoy.
Per serving: 97 calories, 1 g fat, 16 mg sodium, 22 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 2 g protein
5. Fennel Green Juice
Fennel gives this quick-to-whip-up green juice unique flavor that has a particularly summery vibe.
Per serving: 139 calories, 0.5 g fat, 41 mg sodium, 35.6 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 20.7 g sugar, 1.8 g protein
6. Pineapple Green Smoothie
Step your green juice up a notch with this smoothie, which contains tangy-sweet pineapple and electrolyte-packed coconut water.
Per serving: 131 calories, 2 g fat (2 g saturated), 13 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 18 g sugar, 1 g protein
7. Blender Green Juice
Blend up your morning green juice to keep as much fiber in as possible. If you want it to be pulp-free, simply strain out the liquid by using a cheesecloth. This recipe has notes of citrus and herbs, and it’s ready in just 10 minutes.
Per serving: 81 calories, 0g fat (0 g saturated), 40 mg sodium, 19 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 11 g sugar, 2 g protein
8. The Ultimate Green Smoothie
Turn green juice into a meal by adding high-protein Greek yogurt to the no-joke mix of green veggies—which includes romaine, kale, spinach, and broccoli (trust)—in this recipe.
Per serving: 198 calories, 1 g fat (1 g saturated), 83 mg sodium, 47 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 40 g sugar, 5 g protein
9. Simple Green Juice
This six-ingredient green juice contains all the essentials—herbs, leafy greens, fruit, and spice. Mix it up by swapping parsley for cilantro or basil, or opting for turmeric or cayenne instead of ginger.
Per serving: 92 calories, 0.8 g fat (0.2 g saturated), 149.4 mg sodium, 21 g carbs, 6.2 g fiber, 6.2 g sugar, 2.8 g protein
10. Green Detox Smoothie
Blended with chia seeds and leafy greens, this green machine provides healthy fat and fiber to fill you up. A little honey makes it perfectly sweet, too.
Per serving: 136 calories, 1 g fat (0 g saturated), 104 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 17 g sugar, 1 g protein
11. Ginger Celery Juice
Get on the celery juice train with this gingery celery juice. It also contains cucumber to keep the beautifying hydration high.
Per serving: 154 calories, 0.8 g fat (0.2 g saturated), 7 mg sodium, 41 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 27 g sugar, 2 g protein
12. Creamy Avocado Banana Green Smoothie
A variety of mixed green gives this smoothie a beautiful hue, while avocado and banana make the texture just right and protein powder offers staying power.
Per serving: 146 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated), 138 mg sodium, 18.2 g carbs, 5.3 g fiber, 7.4 g sugar, 6.9 g protein
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