You don’t need a dedicated juicer to make fresh fruit and vegetable juices. Learn how to make refreshing and nutrient-packed juices in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix. This article also includes a recipe for a Vitamix Green Juice.

a glass of green juice

Juices Vs. Smoothies

Juices are made from whole fruits and vegetables and have the pulp and fiber removed (see my list of anti-inflammatory juices). Smoothies are blended fruits and vegetables with the pulp and fiber still included (see my list of clean eating smoothies). Both juices and smoothies are appropriate for whole foods diets and have their unique health benefits.

A juicer is traditionally used to make juice and a blender is usually used to make a smoothie. There are tons of options and price points for juicers. I have a whole blog post on how to pick the best juicer, from centrifugal juicers to cold press juicers.

The benefit of using a dedicated juicer to make juice is that most juicers are designed to efficiently remove the pulp and fiber, leaving only a clear fresh fruit or vegetable juice.

But, since fancy juicers can be expensive and take up a lot of space, this article is designed to show you how easy it is to make green juice in a Vitamix. You can use any type of high-speed or quality blender to make juice (see my list of the best juicer blenders). I use a Vitamix Explorian. It’s hard to say which model is the best Vitamix blender, so it’s best to go by price point.

An additional benefit of getting a high speed blender like a Vitamix is that you can also make soups, smoothies, nut butters, salsas, ice creams, sorbets, and more.

fresh fruit juices in glasses on a table

Benefits of Juicing

Many people wonder why you would want to make juice instead of a smoothie? After all, a juice has no fiber whereas a smoothie includes the fiber.

There are several reasons why juices can be preferred and part of an overall healthy diet. Overall, juicing is a great way to get quick nutrition into your body.

People with compromised digestive systems can get as many micronutrients from a glass of green juice as others can get from a large salad or a bowl of vegetables. But, since not everyone can digest all of that fiber, juicing is a great “shortcut” to getting most of the nutrition from eating vegetables without all of the work to digest the fiber in the veggies.

In other words, juicing can be easier on your digestive tract and can help you get more nutrients in less time than eating and chewing your veggies.

That said, please do check with your healthcare provider to make sure that juicing is appropriate for you. And, you might want to read my other article on the risks and benefits of juice fasting.

Vitamix Green Juice

In this recipe for Vitamix Green Juice, whole fruits and vegetables including cucumber, celery, fresh ginger, apple, lemon, and baby spinach are blended together. Then, the mixture gets strained for a delicious juice without all the mess.

If you’re looking for a boost of energy or a way to pack in nutrients before you start the day this green juice recipe is for you. It’s a great way to kickstart your morning.

It’s easy to make with minimal cleanup. Juicers can be tricky and time consuming to clean. When juicing with a Vitamix, cleanup is super simple. All you have to do is blend warm soapy water in it then rinse.

Key Ingredients

While you can make almost any type of fruit or vegetable juice with a Vitamix, here are some basic ingredients for making a Vitamix Green Juice.

Cucumbers are made up of 96 percent water which makes them great for hydrating plus they’re rich in Vitamin K and Vitamin C.

Celery’s phytonutrients and antioxidants help fight inflammation and support digestion.

Ginger root can help fight nausea and chronic illness in the body.

Apple naturally sweetens the green juice while adding flavonoids that may help lower blood pressure.

Lemons are high in Vitamin C and great for healthy skin!

Baby spinach is a nutrient powerhouse that can decrease your risk for cancer and diabetes.

Filtered water is perfect for a green smoothie as the filtration removes chemicals and bacteria.

Recipe Steps

Step One

In the base of your Vitamix blender, combine all the ingredients.

celery and ginger in a blender

Step Two

Blend on high for up to minute or until the ingredients have broken down and are smooth.

As always, please do see the recipe card at the end of this post for the exact ingredients and measurements.

green juice in blender

Step Three

Strain the mixture through a nut milk bag, or serve without straining.

Straining green juice

Step Four

Enjoy immediately!

green juice made with celery in a jar

Recipe Tips & Substitutions

  • You can make virtually any type of vegetable or fruit juice using your Vitamix. Just follow the basic blueprint including approximately 2 to 2 1/2 cups of chopped fruits or veggies blended with 2 cups of filtered water. Blend, strain, and serve!
  • If you’re concerned about your blood sugar, try to use mostly vegetables in your juice and limit the number of fruits.
  • It is not necessary to strain all Vitamix juices, but you can if you want to. Straining the juice will make it less thick and possibly easier to digest.
  • If you want to strain the juice, use a clean nut milk bag.
  • While fresh juice is best served right after making it, you can store any leftover juice in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

FAQs

Can I make juice ahead of time?

Yes! If your mornings are busy you can make your juice the night before and strain it then put it in a mason jar so it’s ready to drink the next morning.

What kind of apples should I use?

You can use any apples you have on hand but the sweeter varieties like Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, and Honeycrisp will add more natural sweetness to your juice.

What type of blender should I use?

I love my Vitamix Explorian It does an incredible job at blending juice. It can blend almost anything including soups, dips, smoothies, and batters but any high powered blender will work.

Can I use a regular blender to make juice?

While a high-speed blender is ideal, you can still make juice using a blender. You need one that is at least powerful enough to blend soft fruits and vegetables with water. Your juice may be a little thicker than if you used a Vitamix, but it will still be delicious!

Other Vitamix Recipes You Might Like

You might also want to check out my guide for How to Make Vitamix Sorbet.

Or, check up my round-ups of the Best Juicing Recipes for Beginners or the Best Juice Recipes for Weight Loss for other healthy green juice recipes.

For other information related to juice fasting, check out my article on Juicing for Weight Loss & Health.

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Vitamix Green Juice Recipe


Description

You don’t need a juicer for this refreshing, nutrient packed green juice recipe. Six ingredients, twelve minutes, and a high speed blender like a Vitamix is all you need for a bright green and flavorful juice!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1/2 cucumber, sliced into large chunks
  • 2 celery stalks, cut into large pieces
  • 1/2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 apple, cored and cut into quarters
  • 1 lemon, peeled and cut in half
  • 2 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 1 handful baby spinach

Instructions

  1. In the base of your Vitamix blender, combine the cucumber, celery stalks, ginger, apple, lemon, water, and spinach.
  2. Place the lid on firmly and turn the blender on high. Blend for 45-60 seconds, or until the ingredients have broken down and are smooth.
  3. Strain the mixture through a nut milk bag, or serve it straight out of the blender without straining (see notes).
  4. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

  1. You can make virtually any type of vegetable or fruit juice using your Vitamix. Just follow the basic blueprint including approximately 2 to 2 1/2 cups of chopped fruits or veggies blended with 2 cups of filtered water. Blend, strain, and serve!
  2. It is not necessary to strain all Vitamix juices, but you can if you want to. Straining the juice will make it less thick and possibly easier to digest.
  3. If you want to strain the juice, use a clean nut milk bag.
  4. While fresh juice is best served right after making it, you can store any leftover juice in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: juicing in a blender, blender juice, vitamix green juice

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