Maniac Green Juice

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Green juice is something I could never get the kids to drink.  For some reason drinking kale and broccoli doesn’t seem yummy to them. In anticipation of a large and bountiful garden I have devised a scheme to start them on green juice.

The plan is simple.  At first I will load the green juice with fruit and slowly add more veggies and subtract fruit.  I seems easy but my maniacs are already cautious of my attempts to get more veggies in them.

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So for the first round of green juice I will use granny smith apples, pears, a large cucumber, and 1 slice of pineapple.  The pineapple won’t change the color of the juice and it will be more familiar flavor to the maniacs which will soften the blow of the green color.

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Like with my other juices I am shooting for about 5 cups to split between Em, Norah, Spencer, and myself.  This meant 4 apples, 3 pears, 1 large cucumber, and 1 slice of pineapple.  My kids love cucumber and it will be a cornerstone of the garden this year (I have 60 seedlings going indoors already).   I wash and slice the fruit and cuke then process through my trusty juicer.

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I think Spencer sensed I was going to make him try something so he seemed to voluntarily extend his nap this day and I received my stirring and pouring help from maniac #1 instead.

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Em and I both liked this combo quite a bit.  Some people think cucumber flavor is strong in juice but I really like it and the pineapple really brings out a fresh flavor.

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I can see I will have a hard time subtracting pineapple from the kids on this one so next up I will try subtract 1 apple and 1 pear while adding kale or chard.

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Maniac Green Juice
Recipe Type: Juice
Author: Blogging with Apples
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 1 min
Total time: 6 mins
Serves: 4
  • 4 granny smith apples
  • 3 large pears
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 slice pineapple
  1. Wash and slice fruit and veggies.
  2. Process through juicer.
  3. Stir and enjoy!
Jeff McIntosh

About Jeff McIntosh

Jeff's family lives in his childhood home on a 1/4 acre in town lot. Despite the small space to work with, they have challenged ourselves to produce as much of our own food as possible — and cook it! They document their journey at Blogging with Apples.