Vegan Fresh: A Zesty Recipe for Juice Drinkers

Organic produce: kale, apple, lemon, ginger, and celery (photo by Michelle Saunders)

D Magazine intern Michelle Saunders is a healthy eater who makes vegan/vegetarian-friendly concoctions. She fights crime and saves the world with her vegan powers.

If you’re anything like me, then chances are pretty high you indulged in a little too much sugar over the holiday weekend. Here’s an easy way to get back on track while providing a jumpstart to your week. You’ve probably heard about the recent juicing craze and may be ready to dismiss it as a fad, but I encourage you to try it before you do so! Juicing provides an excellent way to effortlessly add a lot of vegetables to your diet which will boost your energy and benefit your body in a lot of different ways. (Google it if you don’t believe me!) Juicing breaks down the cell walls of the vegetables and removes the fiber to make a nutritious drink that can be quickly and efficiently digested, and absorbed by your body. Although the taste can take a little while to get used to, the apple helps sweeten the flavor, providing a refreshing drink that can be enjoyed by anyone looking for an extra boost. I drink my green juice every morning on my way to work, but you can enjoy yours at any time, as long as it’s consumed on an empty stomach. There are many different juice recipes out there, but this is my favorite one due to its high content of veggies, minimal sugar, and zesty flavor.

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What you need:

Fresh green juice. Wine glass optional (by Michelle Saunders)

A juicer (you can find great starter ones for under $100!)

1 head of kale (use all organic produce when able)

3-5 stalks of celery

1 granny smith apple

1 lemon

A 1-2” chunk of ginger


  1. Wash all produce well
  2. Pass everything through juicer, following machines instructions.
  3. Enjoy! Juice is best consumed within 20 minutes of blending so that as many enzymes as possible are still living.


  • lisam

    “She fights crime and saves the world with her vegan powers!” Dramatic to the max! lol
    If I could do all that by consuming fruits and vegetables only, I’d be a vegan by tomorrow morning too. 🙂

  • Sarah

    Or you can go to one of the many new juice bars in Dallas to get one- the Gem, the Juice Bar, 4510, etc.!

  • That’s the right way to do it. Heavy on the vegetables and light on the fruits (which can provide too much sugar). A chunk of ginger really energizes just about any juice concoction you can come up with. Sometimes I go for a simple Beets, celery and ginger juice which is really strong tasting and not sweet at all but totally invigorating!

  • ChefHung

    For juicing leafy greens (e.g. kale), I recommend that readers look for a low rotational speed “masticating” juicer. In my experience, the centrifugal juicers, especially the high-RPM models, fail pretty miserably in handling things which are not hard (e.g. carrots and celery). The juice that high-RPM juicers also make separates in the glass if you don’t chug it down pretty quickly; try juicing a glass of tomato or celery for an illustration.

    If you’re a fan of wheatgrass, forget about juicing that in a centrifugal model.

    Although I disagree with Stephanie’s recommendation of high-RPM juicers, I agree with her on recipes. I go with mostly vegetables (kale, romaine, chard, and spinach are all great bases) and light on fruits but will often lighten the drink, especially in warm weather, by adding chilled cucumber or substituting, at least partially, chilled carrots for the apple. The addition of ginger is almost always great. I occasionally add aromatic herbs (e.g. a stalk of basil) to liven up a glass, too.

    Speaking of warm weather, a bonus of those masticating juicers is that some of them can make sorbet from frozen fruit. Those same juicers can even make nut butters, soy and nut milks, and baby food.

    For the record, I own both centrifugal and masticating juicers. I did a lot of research before I buying…just thought I’d share my experience. I’m certain which type I use more often…

  • greg

    I have an Omega juicer, the screw drive masticating type, forget the model #, but I love it. I am pretty much a creature of habit and when I find something I like I don’t stray too far away. My favorite juice recipe, the one I do every morning, and keeps me pretty much satisfied until dinner time is:

    6 leaves of kale, I like the purple kind
    1 large cucumber cut into 6 spears
    4-6 celery stalks
    4-6 asparagus stalks, optional
    8-10 medium sized carrots
    2 half inch chunks of ginger
    1 garlic clove

    this makes approx. 32 oz. of LOVE, I alternate the ingredients to keep the juicer clear and to provide a good mixture of tasty goodness.

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