You don't need an expensive, fancy juicer to make this refreshing and healthy Homemade Green Apple Juice. If you have a high powered blender and five minutes, you can make this in your kitchen and sip on it all day long.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Most of us have heard that phrase, along with, eat your spinach, it will make you big and strong. I remember my parents saying those things to my brother and me, and then I heard those phrases coming out of my own mouth when my kids where younger.
As a kid, I didn’t worry about keeping the doctor away, or being big and strong, there were more important things to think about, such as negotiating how long I could stay outside and play flashlight tag with my neighborhood friends. Besides, I was an unusual child, I actually loved spinach. My parents were lucky that way.
Whether you, your kids, or your significant other like spinach, or not, I’m pretty sure this spinach and apple juice will be a hit. It’s a great way to get your daily dose of greens, plus a few other healthy nutrients. Make it in the morning and sip on it throughout the day. It will keep you energized and feeling good.
How to Make Homemade Green Juice
Eating, or drinking, doesn’t get healthier than this. The only skill you’ll need is peeling and coring an apple. Child’s play.
Pour water in the blender
Add the spinach
Add the apple slices
Add the cashews
Squeeze in the lemon juice
Sprinkle in the turmeric and black pepper
Blend until it’s a silky and bright green juice
This healthy green spinach juice has only 6 ingredients and only takes 5 minutes to make. How easy is that?
The Health Benefits of Green Juice with Spinach and Apples
Let’s start with the ingredient that gives this juice its gorgeous color, spinach.
Spinach is filled with so many important vitamins and minerals. One of many is FOLATE. Folate is a water-soluble B vitamin that is important for women in child bearing years, and for woman who are pregnant. It’s also thought to help reduce the risks of certain types of cancer, dementia, heart disease, and depression.
Spinach is also a great source for vitamins A and K, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper, potassium, vitamin C, and so many other vital nutrients. To learn more, read this.
The second main ingredient in this green vegetable juice is an apple. One whole, delicious and sweet apple. You can peel it or leave the skin on for added nutrients. I’ve made it both ways and I didn’t taste a difference when I left the skin on.
So, what does and apple do to promote good health? While it’s more satisfying, in regards to quieting hunger, to eat an apple in its whole form, it’s the key ingredient that gives this green juice its mild and pleasant sweetness. But here’s the good news, even though it’s ground up to a virtual pulp, that pulp is still in the juice, so you will get the benefits of its fiber.
Apples are high in fiber, you probably knew that, but did you know that the polyphenols in apples are thought to regulate blood sugar? One would think the opposite since apples are so sweet, but newer research suggests that it actually slows down the digestion of carbohydrates, thus slowing down the digestion of sugars. Read more about that here.
Lemon juice, why is it important? First of all, it’s high in vitamin C and that helps our bodies absorb the iron from the spinach. Lemons are also filled with antioxidants and phytonutrients. They also have antibiotic properties. Read more about that here.
Turmeric. Oh how I love my daily dose of this pretty orange spice. It’s best known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, but it’s also thought to decrease your risk of certain cancers and decrease the severity of arthritis and certain digestive disorders. Read more about that here.
Black pepper seems like and odd ingredient to put in a smoothie, but it’s needed to activate the turmeric. This spice is taken for granted and not usually thought to be healthy or not healthy, it’s just a way to enhance flavor in every day foods. But it’s so much more than that. It’s a good source of manganese, and it can improve digestion and promotes intestinal health. Read more about that here.
Raw cashews are the ingredient that adds protein and a bit of creaminess to the mix. They also add copper, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc to your diet. Read more here.
Now that you know how good this green spinach and apple juice is for you, let’s talk about how good it tastes.
It tastes as good as it looks. That color looks refreshing, and it tastes refreshing. But don’t take my word for it, because I was lucky enough to get my BFF to taste it. As I was finishing up taking pictures of this gorgeous juice, my friend called to tell me she was in my driveway. I let her into my chaotic and messy kitchen, and forced a glass of juice on her. She gave it two thumbs up, and so did my husband. I made a pitcher of this spinach, apple, and lemon juice to sip on and he had a glass on his way out of the house. Again, two thumbs up.
Make this easy, quick, slightly sweet, refreshing juice for you and your family. It’s a great way to sneak greens into your day. Wouldn’t it also be a fun way to begin St. Patrick’s Day? Call it Leprechaun juice and your kids will drink it up.
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Homemade Green Apple Juice
- 1 ½ cups 360 ml water
- 3 cups 675 g baby spinach
- 1 apple peeled, cored, and sliced
- Juice from 1 lemon
- ¼ cup 28 g raw cashews
- ½ tsp ground turmeric
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
- Put the water, spinach, apple, lemon juice, cashews, turmeric, and pepper in the blender and blend until it's smooth and silky. Approximately 2 minutes.