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Juicy July: Sweet ‘n Mild Green Juice

July 23, 2012

I tend to get in a rut with green juices. As much as I like my favorite green juice, I’ve been trying to use a greater variety of greens in my drinks. Since my diagnosis, I’ve also curbed my raw kale intake and begun to favor romaine lettuce in green juice instead. Packed with vitamins A, C, and K, plus folate and the trace mineral chromium, romaine lettuce is also free of goitrogens and oxalic acid, making it an ideal leafy green to eat or drink on a daily basis.

This green juice tastes sweeter and milder than many (to me, at least!), and makes a small batch, perfect for 1 or 2 people.

(Big thanks to Sean of for creating the above graphic!)

Sweet β€˜n Mild Green Juice

6 large romaine leaves, or 1 heart of romaine
2 big handfuls spinach
1 handful curly parsley
1 stalk celery
1 medium cucumber
1 small apple
1 small lemon, peeled

Run all ingredients through a juicer (chopping them up first if necessary).

Yield: about 2Β½ cups, though I water it down so it makes 1 quart (4 cups).

The brilliant emerald hue of this elixir makes me feel healthier just by looking at it. πŸ˜‰


What’s your favorite leafy green to juice?

29 Comments leave one →
  1. July 23, 2012 9:10 am

    Amber, since you are watering it down a bit, are you just storing it in the fridge and grabbing some as you need a drink? I guess my question is, do you CONSUME is all in one day, or are you drinking it over a few days? I have thought of doing a few days worth of juice (I would drink more juice if I could do it this way), but then always hearing from raw food experts…you only have 20 minutes to drink your juice, and then it starts to lose its nutrition!

    • July 23, 2012 9:40 am

      If I were drinking it all myself, I’d drink it in two 2-cup servings, probably only a few hours apart.
      It tastes best the day it’s made, but I have been known to store extra juice overnight and drink it the next day all the same πŸ™‚ It totally depends on your juicer, though. A centrifugal juicer like the Breville makes juice that begins oxidizing immediately, so you should drink it right away. A masticating juicer, like the Omega VRT I have, “chews” the ingredients in a gentler way, so the juice oxidizes more slowly.

      • July 23, 2012 5:23 pm

        Cool, thanks. Mine is a centrifugal juicer, so I suppose no making ahead for me (similar to a Jack LaLanne). Guess I will just have to suck it up and make less more often. πŸ™‚

  2. July 23, 2012 9:20 am

    Oh my goodness, look at that color! So vibrant! I don’t have a juicer, but I’m sure this will make a lovely smoothie, too. I feel like I have been in a rut with smoothies lately, and I’m tired of using kale all the time, so I’m looking forward to trying this!

    • July 23, 2012 9:41 am

      I’d be kind of scared of this as a smoothie, haha. But I do know people that love drinking vegetable smoothies, so if you try it, let me know how you like it! Me, I’d need some fruit in there πŸ˜‰

  3. July 23, 2012 9:22 am

    oh i love green juice! i’m going to go make some for breakfast right now! πŸ™‚

  4. July 23, 2012 11:44 am

    Hello Amber,

    This is just gorgeous!!! I can’t agree more about the rut. When you’ve been juicing for a while it’s hard to get super creative. So I always, always appreciate new juice recipes. This one is a must try (ingredients I always have on hand). I just can’t digest kale (even in a juice it really bothers me) so I love your use of lettuce. Romaine gets such a bad wrap.

    Have a great week lovely!


  5. Tara permalink
    July 23, 2012 12:32 pm

    Today I tried my sample pack of Kaeng Rang (mango peach pineapple) and I found it to taste inedible. : ( Soooo glad I bought a sample before investing in the whole shebang. Seriously, though, I had to dump it down the sink…. I’m sure it’d taste better with added fresh fruit but I didn’t feel inclined to doctor it up. I am new to cleansing, though, just so you know…

    • July 23, 2012 2:22 pm

      Oh no!! I am so sorry to hear that! How much water did you add? If you didn’t want to actually blend anything in, you could mix it with a sweet fruit juice instead of water. I also added a few drops of stevia to mine because they really aren’t very sweet. But that really sucks that it didn’t agree with you 😦 I’m glad you ordered a sample first, too!

    • Lisa S permalink
      July 24, 2012 12:59 pm

      Hi Tara,

      I just started my 6 day KR cleanse. I found the mango, peach, pineapple mix (Daybreak) to not be my favorite mix. I added fresh fruit to all of the mixes and used the fruit which is contained in the mix. I found that adding fresh pineapple to the 2 with pineapple as an ingredient didn’t really enhance the flavor. So, today I didn’t add it to the Daybreak. I only added a fair amount frozen peaches and frozen mango chunks. I didn’t even add any ice. It was good but again, not as good as the other 2, and also not quite as “sweet” as the other 2 mixes. None of them are really sweet from how we would perceive sweet to be.

      As Amber said maybe adding a bit of stevia would help; I added about a teaspoon honey because that’s all I had on hand. Didn’t make a difference to me so no more honey just fresh fruits and ice if the fruit isn’t frozen. Or maybe use a mix of water and juice or all juice. Apple juice is usually a good base for any fruit flavored smoothies. I used only water.

      Yes, good thing you ordered a sample. I went all-in and purchased the 6 day.

  6. July 23, 2012 4:08 pm

    this sounds like my kind of juice! I have been enjoying romaine being juiced.

  7. Kadee permalink
    July 23, 2012 4:18 pm


  8. Tara permalink
    July 23, 2012 5:45 pm

    I added 24 oz. of water to the Kaeng Rang smoothie. I bet that stevia would have helped it a lot–or juice. However, I really needed to go grocery shopping so there wasn’t anything for me to add : ( Oh well, I tried it! Your green juice looks amazing!!! I think I’ll stick to making my own smoothies and juices! : )

  9. Diana permalink
    July 24, 2012 1:00 pm

    I love kale… U?

  10. MamaGee permalink
    July 24, 2012 7:26 pm

    yum. romaine in juice is delicious! that colour is beautiful.
    i’ll never understand people wanting to keep juice in the fridge; mine never lasts more than a half hour πŸ™‚

  11. July 25, 2012 4:17 am

    Swiss chard, dandelion greens and other wild greens are great to juice if you’re limiting cruciferous vegetables.

    • July 25, 2012 10:14 am

      I don’t juice much Swiss chard (though I do like it in smoothies), but dandelion greens are definitely in my green juice rotation! They’re so cleansing and detoxifying.

  12. July 31, 2012 6:38 pm

    Is there a way to pin this??

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