I’ve never been a huge fan of juicing. I’ve always found juices to be too sweet and sugary. I would get stomach aches and candida overgrowth from drinking juice – store-bought juice, cold-pressed juice, even homemade juice. I was beginning to think that juice wasn’t for me, until I found myself overloaded with fresh produce from my farm share. As the two juicy cantaloupes from last week neared spoiling, I decided to juice them. The tastiest, most vibrant juice, but still too sweet. Normally I would mix a sweet juice with cucumber to water it down, but I didn’t have any on hand. I spotted a zucchini and thought, “What the heck?! It’s worth a shot!”
What happened next has changed my thoughts on juice entirely. The zucchini softens the sweetness of the cantaloupe, creating a subtly sweet concoction. For me, juice is an easy way to sneak more greens into my diet. Once I established this delicious base, I added some of the juice to a blender with a few handfuls of kale, straining the mixture through cheese cloth to separate the pulp. You can certainly juice greens in a juicer, but I find that I get much more from them when liquefied in a blender and strained. I used to feel so wasteful watching pieces of kale being spit right out from the juicer!
Don’t be afraid of it’s dark green hue, this summertime green juice is deceptively sweet. If you were blindfolded, you would never guess that this juice is SO green. This green juice has green goodness from zucchini and kale, sweetness from vibrant cantaloupe, and a touch of citrus tart. Drinking this green juice is the perfect way to start off your day, or to cool down from the late summer sun!
Summertime Green Juice
Serves: Two 8 oz. servings
Prep Time: 5 – 10 minutes
1 1/2 c. Cantaloupe chunks (about 2-3 inches in size)
1 Zucchini, peeled and halved
5 c. Kale, loosely packed
Water & Ice, as needed
- Juicer Option -
Juice cantaloupe and zucchini. Add kale and 1 cup of cantaloupe zucchini juice to the bowl of a food processor or high powered blender (I use a blender.). Liquefy the mixture. Strain mixture through a cheesecloth-lined strainer and into a wide-brimmed glass. Next, lift the sides of the cheese cloth and squeeze the pulp to release the extra juice. Discard pulp, or use as desired. Combine mixture with remaining cantaloupe zucchini juice. Squeeze lime juice over the top and this juice is now ready to drink! I like my juice a little less sweet, so I tend to add 3/4 juice and a 1/4 water to a glass with several ice cubes. Either way is fine, do what best suites your taste buds!
- Blender Option -
Add cantaloupe, zucchini, kale, the juice of 1/2 a lime, and 1/4 c. of water to a high powered blender. You may need to blend the ingredients in 2 batches depending on the size of your blender. From here, strain mixture through cheesecloth-lined strainer and into a glass. Lastly, fold up the sides of the cheese cloth and squeeze the remaining pulp to extract the last bit of juice. Add ice, water if desired, and take a sip!