15 Healthy Green Juice Recipes (and How to Make Your Own)

Last updated on November 2nd, 2018 by Garrick Dee

Drinking a cup of green juice before any meal first thing in the morning is a great way to start your day.

Green Juice Recipes

Doing this fills your body with nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and minerals that gives you a natural energy boost minus the side effects.

You can say that drinking a cup of green juice a day will keep the doctor away.

Why add green leafy vegetables?

Green juice isn’t only green in appearance but it contains vegetables that have loads of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, chlorophyll and all the other good stuff that you want in your body. Dr. Mercola calls this a “living broth” filled with micro nutrients.

The key here is adding a different type of green vegetable in your juices every day. You do this so that your body will absorb as much nutrients as possible without overdosing it with any of the toxins (yes certain vegetables have toxins).

I cover this extensively in the juicing mistakes article.

Take note that these vegetables should take up at least a third of the recipe. The other parts should include a watery ingredient like cucumber or zucchini and a sweetener like apple, lemon, orange or carrot.

Check out this little chart I’ve prepared on how to make green juice…

You’ll also notice that I use cucumber and lemon in a lot of the recipes that’s because cucumber works great to add to the content to the juice and its flavor is neutral so it won’t affect the flavor in anyway plus it is a diuretic which helps flush away toxins from the body.

Lemon adds a little sourness to the juice and if you mix it with apple, it adds a nice contrast to the tarty sweetness of the apple.

It does not have a lot of sugar content so no need to worry about your sugar level spiking up.

The recipes

Here are just some of the recipes you can try if you don’t know where to start. If you apply the principles in the infographic above, this is what you’ll get. You can start off with any of these recipes then start experimenting when you get the hang of it.

1. Sweet and Sour

  • 2 large celery ribs
  • 1 romaine lettuce head
  • one medium sized cucumber
  • a medium sized Fuji apple
  • Half a lemon

This recipe is sweet because it has an apple in it and sour because of the lemon. The romaine lettuce and cucumber pretty much have a neutral flavor. Celery adds a bit of bitterness to this drink.

What’s the best time to drink this?

The best time would be after a long and stressful day or early in the morning.

Celery is rich in minerals like magnesium that help in relieving stress which make this a great drink after long day in the office.

Also since this is a diuretic, it helps flushing out toxins from the body. If you’re looking to start your day right, a cup of this juice before breakfast would do wonders in terms of helping your body getting rid of toxins.

Yield: 525 ml

2. Blood sugar busting diuretic

Blood sugar busting diuretic

  • 2 medium to large bitter melons
  • 1 romaine lettuce head
  • large Fuji apple
  • Half a lemon
  • 1 medium cucumber

I wouldn’t recommend this drink for people who don’t have any problems with elevated blood sugar levels (type-2 diabetics or pre-diabetics) because this really tastes bad. Even with the apple and lemon, you’ll still get a strong bitter melon taste.

Best time to drink this?

Best would be first thing in the morning before breakfast. Bitter melon (or gourd) has been used for years by people as a natural alternative to lower down blood sugar.

It is potent and doctors have warned against taking this when taking diabetic medication because it could lead to a condition called hypoglycemia.

Yield: 600ml

3. The Bitter Anti Diabetic

  • 2 large bitter melons
  • A bunch of parsley
  • 1 medium sized zucchini
  • 1 red delicious apple
  • Half a lemon

This is an alternative to the other bitter melon recipe I shared above. Taste will be roughly the same but I just want to show you the possibilities of juice in terms of adding ingredients to fit your nutritional needs. Again only drink this if are at risk of having diabetes or have type-2 diabetes.

Best time to drink this?

Best time again would be in the morning before you have breakfast. In addition to bitter gourd parsley also can help lower blood sugar levels because it has the chemical Coumadin.

Yield: 700ml

4. Sweet Diuretic

  • A bunch of celery (I included the leaves)
  • one medium sized cucumber
  • green pepper (one should do)
  • 1 red delicious apple
  • an orange (peeled)
  • Half a lemon (optional)

Not a lot of people add green pepper into their juices but you should because these little shinny vegetable is rich in antioxidants like flavonoids, carotenoids and Hydroxycinnamic acids. It is also rich source of vitamin C, B6, A and folate. Don’t worry about the taste because this vegetable isn’t spicy at all. It has a slightly bitter flavor but that’s it.

Best time to drink this?

This would make for a great pre-breakfast or an in-between-meal drink to dial down the hunger pangs. Make sure to drink lots of water throughout the day.

Yield: 1.2 liters

5. Popeye’s Secret Sauce

Popeye’s Secret Sauce

  • A large handful of spinach
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 1 small green apple

If you grew up in the 80’s like I did, you’ll probably remember Popeye.

His favorite found was spinach and with good reason.

Spinach is a rich source of iron which affects the way our body uses energy. A lack of it can lead to feelings of sluggishness.

Best time to drink this?

An appropriate time would be in the morning before breakfast. The shot of iron will help you in terms of energy for the day. It is also a rich source of calcium which make this a great replacement for milk (if you are lactose intolerant).

Yield: 500 ml

6. The Green Delight

  • A large handful of spinach
  • A small handful of parsley
  • 4 medium carrots (peeled)
  • 1 Fuji apple
  • a clove of garlic
  • 1 small chunk of ginger (peeled)

The garlic and ginger spices this drink up and adds that contrast to this otherwise sweet drink. If you can’t stand the flavor of bitter melon, try this recipe to lower down your blood sugar naturally but you’ll have to remove (or lessen) the carrots because it also is a source of sugar.

Best time to drink this?

The best time would be the morning because the small chunk of ginger adds that spiciness that will help wake you up.

Yield: 850ml

7. Brown Celery Juice

  • A bunch of celery (I used a whole batch and yes I included the leaves)
  • 1 medium sized carrot (peeled)
  • a whole broccoli
  • one Fuji apple
  • Half a lemon (optional)

This is another drink that can replace milk in the morning because Broccoli is a rich source of vitamin K which is an ingredient that improves the body’s ability to absorb calcium. It also a good source of calcium on its own – around 43 milligrams per cup.

Best time to drink this?

Best time would be in the morning before breakfast or a snack time juice that replaces coffee.

Yield: 800ml

8. Green Strawberry Juice

  • 18 strawberries
  • 10 celery ribs
  • a Fuji apple
  • 1 medium cucumber

The first time I drank this, I said wow, it tastes like strawberry juice and the great thing about this is it doesn’t have any artificial flavoring. Since strawberries don’t juice well in a slow juicer, you may want to consider blending it instead of running it through a slow juicer (just in case you own one). You will still get the same strawberry flavor plus all the other benefits because the fiber is intact.

Best time to drink this?

This would make for a great afternoon pre-snack drink served chilled. It tastes so good that your kids will love it.

Yield: 800ml

9. Wonderful Broccoli

Wonderful Broccoli

  • large Fuji apple
  • 1 whole broccoli (including the stem)
  • 1 medium cucumber
  • Half a lemon
  • A small bunch of peppermint (just to add a little minty flavor to the juice)

I added mint to this recipe to add a little bit of minty flavor to contrast the sweet and tart flavor. But more than that mint is loaded with antioxidants that help fight allergies, colds and indigestion.

The best time to drink this?

This antioxidant loaded drink would be best consumed in the morning before eating any meals because it allows the body to absorb all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Yield: 575ml

10. Heart Juice

  • 2 red lettuce heads
  • 2 medium sized pears or apple (depending on your preference)
  • Half a lemon
  • 1 medium cucumber

I call this the heart juice because of the high vitamin C content found in lettuce as well as lemon. The high vitamin C and beta-carotene content in lemon work well together to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol and causing high cholesterol.

Pears don’t add too much sweetness to this drink so it will have a strong flavor, an alternative would be using apples instead of pear if you can’t take the strong flavor.

The best time to drink this?

This heart drink would be best served in the morning or in the evening before dinner.

Yield: 1 liter

11. The Sleep Juice

  • 4 celery stalks
  • 3 to 4 romaine lettuce heads
  • Half a lemon
  • one Fuji apple

Romaine lettuce is a staple of most salads and one of the most nutritious in the lettuce family. Aside from being rich in calcium, vitamin K, iron and vitamin C, it also helps with insomnia because it has lactucarium – this is the white fluid that comes out when you break the lettuce.

Best time to drink this?

In the evening as a pre-dinner drink to help you sleep better.

Yield: 800ml

12. Pine-stard Delight

Pine-stard delight

  • 1 small pineapple
  • 3 to 4 mustard leaves
  • 5 small carrots (peeled)

This dark leafy green is rich in phyto-nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Regular consumption of mustard greens helps control cholesterol and will improve bone health because it is rich in vitamin K. It is tough to juice mustard greens because of the flavor – it has a certain type of spice that not all people may like.

Combining this with the wrong ingredient may produce disastrous results (e.g. orange).

What’s the best time to drink this?

The best time would be in the morning before breakfast.

Yield: 700 to 800ml

13. Chlorophyll Rich Beet Juice

  • Handful of parsley (.94 kg to be exact)
  • Handful of wheatgrass
  • Half a lemon
  • one Fuji apple
  • 1 beet

This juice features wheatgrass and beet, two of the most nutrient rich vegetables. Wheatgrass is considered a “super food” by nutritionists and doctors. It is rich in vitamin A, B-complex, C, E that helps heal and slow down the aging process.

The best time to drink this?

Drink this first thing in the morning before breakfast to get the maximum benefit.

Yield: 400ml

14. Chard Green Juice

  • 4 to 5 chard leaves
  • 2 cucumbers
  • Half a lemon
  • 1 to 2 Fuji apples

Chard is another nutrition powerhouse from the cruciferous family and like Kale is a rich source of vitamin K, A and C. This is great for our bone health and helps with our immunity because of the antioxidant content.

It’s slightly bitter so if you’re not used it it start off with 2 or 3 leaves until your taste buds get acclimated to it.

The best time to drink this?

Best time would be in the morning before breakfast.

Yield: 850ml

15. Popeye’s strawberry juice + smoothie combo

  • 14 to 20 strawberries
  • A bunch of spinach (a handful or two)
  • A handful of parsley
  • 1 Orange or Apple

If you’re using a slow or masticating juicer, you’ll be better off blending strawberries because it does not juice well in a slow juicer. Using orange and apple will produce different results. If you use orange, the drink will be sour while apple gives it a sweeter, strawberry-juice like flavor.

The best time to drink this?

A great snack time drink for kids and adults.

Yield: 750ml

To wrap up

These are just 15 recipes, if you look closely at the “How to Make Green Juice” chart, the possibilities are endless.

You can even add stuff like chia seeds or flax seeds for some added protein in your green juice.

Do you like to work out?

Try adding protein powder to a combination of beet and cucumber.

For brave souls, try adding some jalapeno or a tiny pinch of cayenne powder to bring up the heat.

If you have your own green juice recipe you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you. Share them in the comments section below.

17 thoughts on “15 Healthy Green Juice Recipes (and How to Make Your Own)”

  1. You will not be disappointed. I started 3 mos ago and it is the best decision I ever made healthwise. The green juice is the best and stick with it as it does work! Best of luck. You have to start by thinking about a serious starting date and go for it! And now i going to make the ninth one Wonderful Broccoli, it is looking delicious. :)

  2. love the chart that you put together. i just started juicing and was wondering how to come up with my own recipes with whatever i have in the refrigerator instead of buying ingredients based on the recipe. Thanks , thanks , thanks!!!

  3. I find these recipes very informative and please feel free to send me additional information whenever they are available

  4. Catherine Livingston

    Please could you state your qualifications as a nutritionist or dietician? Surely you need these before recommending what people should and shouldnt eat. It made me nervous when you mentioned toxic poisoning from vegetables.

    Thank you.


  5. I am overwhelmed with gratitude upon finding your site! My Husband has type 2 diabetes, and recently has been put on another medication for high blood pressure due to his kidneys starting to deteriorate. He also has food allergies, and sensory- tactile issues. So it’s going to be challenging, but he’s willing to try, and so am I! Thank you Thank you Thank you!

  6. I will buy some green ingredients but quick (and I guess stupid questions) the ingredients do I put those into a blender or do I put them in an juicer machine.
    Thanks in advance for your answers… looking forward to do those green drinks:)

  7. Hi
    Great juices. Well can I make them as my lunch or dinner. Because after drinking a full jar on the noon, I don’t feel like having a meal. I feel i’m full.

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