Sunday Squeeze: Nothing-But-Greens Juice

Nothing-But-Greens Juice

I watched a documentary (I forget which one; it might have been The Gerson Miracle) that explained the power of juicing in a way that really resonated with me: they analogized it to alcohol. It was only briefly, but the comparison stuck out to me—I know, that makes me sound like a total degenerate. It does make a lot of sense though… 

Imagine taking a shot of tequila on an empty stomach. That liquor is going to be quickly absorbed into your bloodstream, and you’ll feel the effects of the alcohol. Now imagine drinking a margarita while eating a giant dinner of Mexican food. The same amount of tequila is being consumed, but it’s jumbled in your stomach along with quesadillas, chips and guac, and margarita mixer. You might have to drink two or three margaritas before you feel the effects of the alcohol.

So in this analogy, juice would be the shot of tequila. You’ve extracted all the nutrients from the plant foods (or, extracted the liquor from the cocktail mixer and food), and because of the liquid form, it can bypass the whole digestive process and be quickly absorbed. Just think about how many fruits and vegetables you put into a juicer to make just one glass—you’d have to consume all of those plants (or, eat all that Mexican food and drink two margaritas) to get the same nutrients (buzz) as in one little glass of juice. 

Anyway, now that I’ve somehow turned this healthy juice post into a rant about tequila, on to today’s nothing-but-greens juice recipe…

Nothing-But-Greens Juice

Nothing-But-Greens Juice

Yield: 1 16-oz glass

Nothing-But-Greens Juice

A delicious green juice recipe.


  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 green apple


  1. Run all ingredients through your juicer.
What are your favorite greens to juice?


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  1. I actually LOVE your analogy! It’s true too, I think there are benefits of juicing but also just simply eating whole fruits and veggies. Juicing = more nutrients, whole foods = more fiber and synergy of foods

  2. Makes sense to me! I did a juice cleanse a couple months ago and it was one of the best things I ever did. I shared my feelings on it here:

    I have yet to own a juicer though. Anyone have model recommendations?

    • I have a Breville two-speed Juice Fountain right now, and while it definitely does the job, it’s not the best thing out there. I’ve heard cold press juicers are awesome!

  3. I used to wonder why bother to juice when you can eat fruits outright. Your post makes sense. Through juicing, you can have as much fruits and nutrients in one glass while when eating, you are already full with one or two fruits.

  4. I’m new to the whole foods world but it seems I’ve read a lot about cooking kale/spinach prior to consumption. Is there a concern with juicing so much raw kale/spinach?
    Thanks for your help!

    • Consuming too much kale can cause kidney stones in some cases (you’d have to consume A LOT though). Granted, I’m not a nutritionist or RD, but I haven’t heard any concerns with spinach. If the produce is organic and rinsed clean before juicing, you should be good to go. 🙂

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