Green Juice in a Blender (No Juicer Required)


This quick and easy recipe for healthy green vegetable juice that is made in a BLENDER as opposed to a juicer, gives you the option to strain the juice for a thinner consistency, or just drink it straight from the blender with all of that yummy, nutritious pulp!

Green-Juice-in-a-Blender-No-Juicer-Required Recipe.  You don't need a juicer to juice vegetables.  Just use a blender and strain.

Mr. Wishes and I have been toying with the idea of buying a juicer for a while now.  The problem is, they are SO expensive (for the high quality brands which is probably what we would want to go with).  We just have a hard time justifying the large cost of something we know will hardly ever get used and just sit in a dark cupboard somewhere most of the year.  Also, buying the juices already made at a juice bar or grocery store are pretty pricey… so it definitely pays to learn how to make these drinks at home.  There are SO many health benefits to juicing (not to mention the super energy boosts you get from drinking the juice), so when I saw this post on a blog I follow and love ( about making green juice in a blender I knew it was going to be a winner.  I changed it a little bit to my liking, and you can do the same – go ahead and throw in any green veggies that you love.

I don’t know why I have never thought to make green juice in a blender and pour it through a strainer. This is definitely much cheaper than buying a juicer. Although it may not give you the exact same results as a juicer, I think it’s a great substitute!  And like I said above, you don’t even have to strain it and lose the nutritional benefits of all the good stuff that’s in the pulp.  If you aren’t looking to do an actual juice cleanse and just want a healthy snack or breakfast, drink it as a smoothie – that’s what I did this time around.

Green-Juice-in-a-Blender-No-Juicer-Required Recipe.  You don't need a juicer to juice vegetables.  Just use a blender and strain.

Green-Juice-in-a-Blender-No-Juicer-Required Recipe.  You don't need a juicer to juice vegetables.  Just use a blender and strain.

Green-Juice-in-a-Blender-No-Juicer-Required Recipe.  You don't need a juicer to juice vegetables.  Just use a blender and strain.

Green Juice in a Blender Without a Juicer
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Serves: 4
This quick and easy recipe for healthy green juice is made in a blender instead of a juicer. You can strain the juice for a thinner consistency.
  • 1½ cups water
  • 2 cups kale or baby spinach
  • 2 medium green apples, cored
  • ½ cup parsley leaves
  • 1 medium cucumber, quartered
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1 (1-inch) piece of ginger, peeled
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Equipment needed: blender; fine mesh sieve (optional)
  1. Add all of the ingredients into the blender in the order in which they are listed.
  2. Blend the ingredients on the highest level setting, such as "liquefy," until the juice is well-blended. (It will be the consistency of a smoothie.)
  3. If you want to enjoy the pulp with your juice, pour the mixture into glasses and serve.
  4. If you prefer a thinner consistency, pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve, and using a spatula, press the pulp into the sieve to extract as much liquid as possible. Pour the strained juice into glasses and serve.
NOTE: I prefer my juice to be pulp-free, so to take it one step further, I like to strain the mixture through cheesecloth and wring out as much liquid as possible. Opt for whatever consistency you prefer, but of course there are additional hearty nutrients in the pulp.

Recipe source:  adapted from

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32 Responses to “Green Juice in a Blender (No Juicer Required)”

  1. January 17, 2014 at 3:52 AM #

    Oh my I see you are totally on the correct eating path!!! I was consuming fudge yesterday therefore I needed to do a double session of Zumba lol! I like the mix of apple & cucumber!!
    Have a great weekend!! Xx

    • January 17, 2014 at 3:31 PM #

      I’m trying! LOL

  2. January 17, 2014 at 4:24 AM #


  3. January 17, 2014 at 6:37 AM #

    I sometimes think about buying a juicer, too, but always just stick with my trusty blender. I definitely would like to drink this as a smoothie!

    • January 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM #

      A juicer would be nice, but for now the blenders are just fine!

  4. January 17, 2014 at 6:57 AM #

    We do this exact same thing!! No Vitamix for us (I wish!), just our regular old blender, but my husband drinks his green juice every day! I’m trying to be as good. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this variation… will have to try it out!

    • January 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM #

      I’d like to get better at it, too! Thanks, Marie!

  5. January 17, 2014 at 8:22 AM #

    I am a hoooge fan of my blender made green “smoothies” and yours sounds super healthy and delish!

    • January 17, 2014 at 3:29 PM #

      I am too! Thanks!

  6. January 17, 2014 at 1:26 PM #

    This is just the reminder I needed…green juice here I come!

    • January 17, 2014 at 3:28 PM #

      Yay! Thanks, Kelly!

  7. January 17, 2014 at 1:29 PM #

    That looks fantastic! I love the bright green color and the flavors sound like they compliment each other really well. Be sure to stop by my link party today, #OmNomNomFriday, and share your delicious creations. Have a great weekend 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

    • January 17, 2014 at 3:29 PM #

      Thanks, Eric! I love the color too!

  8. January 17, 2014 at 2:38 PM #

    Ashley, I remember when Kelly shared her recipe. Now, I can’t wait to try yours…so easy with a blender! I love that you added ginger. Thanks for sharing and have a fabulous weekend! xo

    • January 17, 2014 at 3:28 PM #

      Thanks, Stacy!!

  9. January 17, 2014 at 4:07 PM #

    Ive been making this lately too! I had almost the exact same ingredients, but I used a food processor. I had it for lunch on Tuesday with pb toast and I actually like the texture better than juice!

  10. January 17, 2014 at 6:06 PM #

    This looks soo fresh and yummy!
    Love the combination of ingredients and the beautiful green color.

  11. January 17, 2014 at 8:18 PM #

    I bet this would work great with the Magic Bullet!

  12. January 17, 2014 at 10:06 PM #

    This juice looks super healthy!

  13. January 18, 2014 at 4:26 AM #

    You did a nice job on this! My kids love when we make them fresh juice. The combinations are endless!’

  14. January 18, 2014 at 5:15 AM #

    Juicers are pretty pricey – this looks awesome!

  15. Sarah
    January 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM #

    I haven’t gotten a juicer for the same reasons. This looks totally doable though…I am going to try it!

  16. January 19, 2014 at 12:39 PM #

    We’ve toyed with the idea of buying a juicer, but decided against it. We love veggies, but prefer to eat them rather than drink them – so the juicer probably wouldn’t be used that much. Still, when I see recipes like this I wonder! Good stuff – thanks.

    • January 20, 2014 at 1:47 AM #

      I am one of those strange people who prefers to drink my veggies!

  17. January 19, 2014 at 4:37 PM #

    We have a juicer and I use it almost daily. I never even thought to try it in my blender before buying a juicer….looks like I could have saved some money! 😉 Looks delicious…love the bright color! 🙂

    • January 20, 2014 at 1:47 AM #

      Thanks!! I love the color, as well 🙂

  18. January 19, 2014 at 7:23 PM #

    I can’t bring myself to buy a juicer either. Looks like you found the perfect solution. Sure does look like one healthy drink!

  19. January 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM #

    I need to juice more, I know I know I know. I love this uses a cucumber, often something I’m not sure what to do with besides pickle. Thanks!

  20. January 21, 2014 at 2:50 PM #

    So cool that you can make juice in a blender. Still a lot of work to strain it, though. I have been making all of my smoothies in my food processor since I killed my blender. I’ve been debating what kind of blender I want, but in the mean time, the food processor has been doing an awesome job.

    • January 21, 2014 at 3:55 PM #

      You’re right – either way it’s not an easy task!

  21. April 7, 2014 at 12:56 PM #

    Strain the veggies!! How have I never thought of that! thank you for the tip.. I’ll strain and then try to reblend leftover veggies and strain again! My blender is the woorsstt but its worked out-ish so far with fruit.. hopping if i cut everything up enough it will blend properly

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