Green juice can be delicious and highly nutritious at the same time. Cucumber, celery, carrots, apples, young thai coconut and ginger; this is my winning fruit and veggie combination that is sure to delight even the pickiest of taste buds.
What I love about his juice is that it makes you feel so alive, I get this euphoric feeling after drinking a quart, plus it’s really easy to make.
Invest in A Juicer
If you have money to splurge on a juicer, I highly recommend the omega juicer that are masticating, they cause less oxidization and squeeze out more juice than a centrifugal. You can read about the differences in this article.
If you’re a first time juicer, you can find one at a thrift store for less than $20. In Kansas City I bought and older white Jack Lalane for $7 that lasted me for 5 years, and in the DMV area I got the same one for $14 that looks brand new. They’re on eBay and amazon.com, and they have cheap replacement parts, should anything break. They also have the newer stainless steal one, but I really liked the older model.
Perhaps the hardest part about this recipe is finding and opening the young coconut, but I have a no fail way that works every time. The key is to use a cleaver knife, aka hatchet. Then you’ll chop a square into the top of the coconut, reminiscent of chopping wood. The better your aim, the less swings you’ll have to take. Ideally you’ll make 4 cuts, and the top of the coconut will just pop open like a secret door. Then you can pour out the juice and scrape the meat out with a spoon. The meat can be eaten plain or you can throw it into your smoothies or a dessert batter like this strawberry rhubarb crispy cream cake.
I have found that the specialty health markets and even Whole Foods sell the young thai coconuts for $5-6, which is absurd. I found them for $2.99 and sometimes cheaper at the Asian markets, they also sell more so they are fresher.
If finding, and opening a young thai coconut is too much work, you can always skip it. With the coconut you’ll get about a quart of juice, without the coconut you’ll probably get about 3 cups of juice. Either way it’ll still taste good, with just enough sweetness from the apples, for even more sweetness add another apple or two.
I hope you feel as good as I do after drinking a big ol’ glass of green juice, enjoy!
- 1 young thai coconut
- 1 cucumber
- 3 small carrots; about 1.5 cups
- 2 apples
- 3 celery stalks
- 1 slice ginger; about a quarter sized piece
- Use a hatchet, aka cleaver knife, to cut a square into the top of the coconut. The top should pop right off if you hit it hard enough.
- Process everything else through the juicer and stir it all together.
- Drink right away to avoid oxidization.