Smooth Green Juice

Can’t stand the taste of kale or can’t find it at the market? I have a secret ingredient that I use to make juices with a deep green color and a smooth taste. You’ll love the recipe I’ve created for you today.

My secret ingredient is Red leaf lettuce. This is a loose leaf variety of lettuce, similar to green leaf lettuce. Nutritionally they are similar. Red leaf lettuce is abundant in vitamins A and K and also contains calcium, folate, and iron. I personally love using red leaf lettuce in my salads, juices, and smoothies because the color is so beautiful.

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If you’ve tried the Mean Green Juice but find it too bitter, try this recipe!

Smooth Green Juice

1 green apple
1 cucumber
5 large leaves of red leaf lettuce
1/2 lemon, peeled
1/2″ ginger (optional)

Wash all ingredients and cut to sizes that will fit into your juicer. Juice. Makes approximately 10 ounces.

Note: Ginger gives juices a bit of a kick, but it helps to boost the immune system. Read more about ginger here.

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  1. Anna says

    This juice is by far my favorite. I have been juicing for three days and found this to be very refreshing. Thanks for posting it!

  2. says

    I might have to try this. There’s a few ingredients I don’t really like (cucumber and lettuce mainly), but I’m sure it tastes delicious.

  3. Cescily Phillips says

    Whenever I juice leafy veggies it doesn’t yield any juice! If so its just a few drops for a handfull of spinach, I have a cuisinart compact.. wht should I do??

    • B Smith says

      @Cescily, the cuisinart is great with fruit but terrible w/leafy vegetables. You may want to look into a masticating juicer, I recommend the Omega 8004.

    • John D says

      Like B Smith says, masticating juicers such as the Omega 8004 are much better for leafy greens. I’ve been using an 8004 for about a month not and get great output when juicing the greens.

    • Beth says

      I just bought an Omega VRT350. It was expensive but worth the money to get the biggest bang from the leafy greens. Just made this recipe and it produced a full 16 ounce glass of delicious juice :)

      • says

        I also bought an Omega VRT350. It yields more juice with the leafy greens for sure. Takes a little more time, and worth it. To save time I juice big batches at one time (enough for 3 days for my wife and I).

        I can’t wait to try the lettuce in lieu of kale. Thanks for the idea Carey!

  4. Krista says

    Does anyone know about the Breville Compact? I am looking for a smaller juicer, will be juicing mostly greens and apples…not sure what to get and still stay in my budget. Thanks!

  5. Irideon says

    This is currently my favorite drink! On another note… I love carrot juice and drink up to 16 ounces a day. Is that too much? It usually is mixed with other juices when I drink it.

  6. Linda says

    Would this Smooth Green Juice, if drank first thing in the mornings, boost my metabolism to help with my weight loss plans?

    • Chris says

      Want to boost metabolic burn?
      Start your day with a glass (8-10 oz) of room temp water with fresh squeezed lemon.
      and yes, the temperature is what is important.
      Do not use ice cold, or refrigerated water.

    • Robert says

      If you have not the documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” that is where this recipe comes from..and it tells you the story of the man that created this particular juice so to speak.

  7. Maria C. says

    I just started 3 days ago, and I lost 3 ponds, hope I can do better, I like the juice is very refreshing, but is very thick, maybe I need to add water, I am going to keep doing it for at least 7 more days. I am using the Nutribullet and work perfect for me.Thanks.

    • Carey says

      Hi Maria. The Nutribullet does not remove the pulp. You will need to add water or strain out the pulp to make it drinkable.