Models have been taking about Green Juice for years. Whether they make it at home, or are seen out and about carrying their store bought green concoction, it’s a snack that keeps popping up. Miranda Kerr is a fan of Tahitian Noni Juice, Karolina Kurkova drinks hers the first thing in the morning instead of coffee, and Alessandra Ambrosio is frequently seen carrying a green Pressed Juicery drink in hand. More recently, Sports Illustrated rookies Crystal Renn and Kirby Griffin shared their love of green juice while in Las Vegas celebrating the new swimsuit issue.
There are several juices that you can pick up at any health food store, but they are often very pricey. So we went in search of the greatest recipe that we can try at home and settled on this one: It’s from Pure Food & Wine’s owner Sarma Meningalis, and is used by Gisele Bündchen’s trainer Tracy Anderson. There aren’t really a lot of rules when it comes to “juicing” since you can almost use anything you find at the local farmers market—but for some serious nutrition, try this one at home.
Start by blending the fruits, and then add in the greens, a handful at a time, until your blender is full. If it gets too thick, you can always add water or fresh coconut water.
1 grapefruit, peel cut away
2 lemons, outer yellow peel cut away
2 limes, peel cut away
2 cucumbers, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 big bunch of parsley or cilantro, or both, stems and all
1 big handful fresh sunflower sprouts
1 bunch or more of kale, swiss chard, rainbow chard, collards, spinach, watercress,
or any combination of dark greens.
Stevia, liquid or powdered or agave nectar, to taste.
In a blender, blend the grapefruit, lemons, limes, cucumbers, and vanilla into a liquid.
Add the herbs, sprouts, and greens a bit at a time and blend as you go.
Sweeten to taste with stevia (about a teaspoon of liquid or a few packets of powder) or agave nectar (a few tablespoons).
Store whatever you don’t consume right away in a tightly sealed glass jar and refrigerate for another day or two. Yum!