Green juices are absolutely amazing. Without any fiber standing in the way, all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes go straight into your bloodstream and give you an almost instant feeling of energy and well-being. Drinking green juice every day will allow you to receive the benefits of more greens than you could possibly chew in one day.
You’re probably thinking right now: Sure, green juice is great for you – but it tastes like swamp water. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. Let me show you five ways how to make green juice taste better.
Make Green Juice Taste Better:
➀ Always Start With a Base
If you don’t like the taste of your green juice, you probably had a wrong mixture of ingredients. Delicious green juices need a good base. A base item is a vegetable that has a lot of liquid, a lot of water in it. Hydrating vegetables include:
You need to choose your base wisely to make your green juice taste good. My favorite vegetable base combo for green juice is cucumber and celery. I find them refreshing and they cut through the intensity of other vegetables.
Cucumber and celery not only make a perfect hydrating base, but they also do great things for your body. Promoting digestion, protecting eyesight and boosting your immune system are a few of the health benefits.
I sometimes even drink pure celery juice on an empty stomach in the morning. I like the taste of it, and it has a relaxing effect on my mind.
Carrots are also great; their natural sweetness can easily help mask stronger-tasting ingredients. Just experiment for a while to find your perfect base, everyone’s taste is different.
➁ Add Fruits to Your Green Juice
Drinking a glass of pure broccoli doesn’t sound too appealing to you? Well, to me neither. While there are people out there, who can handle a glass of kale in the morning, I am not one of them.
I am in the mindset that everything we eat and drink should taste good. We should gain pleasure from everything that we put into our bodies. There is really no need to drink nasty juices to be healthy. Over time your taste buds will get more and more used to greens. You will not only enjoy but crave your daily green juice but if you are new to juicing, it is best to ease into it.
The easiest way to make your green juices delicious is by adding some sweet fruits. In the beginning, 50% fruit and 50% vegetables might help you to enjoy your juices. That’s how I started six years ago. Now I usually only add one green apple or half a lemon to my green juice, and my taste buds love it!
Good options are:
Basically, fruits act like a spoonful of sugar that makes you enjoy your medicine (the green juice). If your juice is still not as sweet as you would like it to be, then put in some more fruit with a bit higher sugar content.
I know many people fear that adding too many fruits can cause your blood sugar to soar. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. It’s more likely that you will keep your new habit if you like the taste of your green juice from the beginning. Once you get used to drinking greens, you can reduce the number of fruits.
➂ Add Sweet Vegetables
Besides fruits, you can also use vegetables to add a better flavor to your juice. Beets, for example, are much sweeter and more delicious than you might expect them to be, making them a perfect choice for your juices. Also, carrots give every juice that extra sweetness and flavor.
➃ Add Citrus & Flavor
I can’t tell you how many times I have used lemons to fix a juice recipe. Lemons can add a great flavor to almost every juice. Try adding half a lemon to your green juice and see if you like it. I bet you will.
Limes, grapefruits, tangerine, tangelos, and oranges add a similarly light taste. Try as many different varieties as you can. Not only do citrus fruits taste great in your juices, but they are incredibly good for you.
If you want to capture all the benefits that citrus fruits can provide, try juicing them whole. Please choose organic lemons if you use the peel.
➄ Sweeten Your Green Juice With Monk Fruit
Monk fruit, or lo han guo, is a small green melon native to southern China and named after the monks who have first cultivated it centuries ago. The fruit has long been used in Chinese medicine (TCM) and is popular as a longevity aid. Monk fruit is 300-400 times sweeter than sugar but with absolutely no calories and no effect on your blood sugar.
Sounds too good to be true? It’s not!
Monk fruit has been used as a natural sweetener for centuries. On top of that, studies suggest that monk fruit may have potent antioxidant properties. It’s not only the perfect sweetener to make your green juices taste good, but you can use monk fruit to sweeten almost anything. Check prices for monk fruit on Amazon.
Do you remember the first time you drank beer, coffee, wine, or liquor? Did you fall instantly in love with it? I sure didn’t. It took me a long time to appreciate the taste of coffee, but now I enjoy an occasional cup of it. It’s the same thing with green juice. If you stick to juicing, you will train your taste buds not only to enjoy but crave your healthy vegetable juices. Training your taste buds does not happen overnight, but it’s possible for everyone, and it can happen more quickly than you might believe. What are your favorite ingredients to make your green juice taste good? Please let me know in the comments below.