February 13, 2014
If you want to get the benefits of drinking whole juice without spending $4 per bottle at the grocery store, this berry juice recipe is the perfect start.
You can make it in a high-speed blender or juicer if you have one, for a purple glass of delicious berry flavor with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Berry Juice ingredients
For this berry juice recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Water: helps everything blend up smoothly.
- Fresh kale: could also be spinach.
- Frozen mixed berries: blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries.
While you can use fresh fruit, I recommend frozen since it makes the juice taste even more refreshing. On the other hand, kale can be fresh or frozen.
The 2 cups of berries help to sweeten this juice and mask up the kale flavor, no honey or added sugar is necessary.
How to Make Berry Juice in a Blender
To make juice in a blender, you need a high-speed blender that can liquefy whole veggies and fruit without leaving behind a lot of pulp. Both Vitamix and BlendTec are excellent options.
Here’s how to make berry juice in a blender:
Rinse the fresh kale with water to remove any debris.
Add the water, kale, and berries to the blender. Cover with lid and process on low, gradually increasing the speed to high. Process for 45 seconds until the mixture is smooth and liquified.
Transfer the smoothie into glasses and drink up!
Watch how it’s done in this quick video!
Making Berry Juice in a Juicer
To make this recipe in a juicer, follow the manufacturer’s instructions, adding the veggies and fruit to the chute and using the pusher to press them down.
In this case, fresh or defrosted berries are preferred and no water is necessary. The juicer does an excellent job of extracting all liquid. However, if you want to dilute the flavor, you can add water to the finished product and stir to combine.
Berry Juice Consistency
Berry juice made in the blender has a thicker consistency. Juice made in a juicer is much lighter and thinner with a few flecks of pulp.
If you don’t have a juicer and prefer the consistency of real juice, you can strain the blended liquid through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth. It’s an extra step but helps strain out the excess pulp.
Berry Juice Benefits
Both the kale and berries in this juice provide a ton of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. Each serving of this berry juice packs:
- 85 calories
- 5g of fiber
- 42%- DV of vitamin A
- 85%- DV of vitamin C
- 205%- DV of vitamin K
- 17%- DV of calcium
Depending on what berries you use, these also provide a ton of desirable nutrients to keep your immune system strong and feeling energized. For instance, blueberries contain 24% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, 36% of vitamin K, and 25% of manganese, a trace mineral.
Just 1 cup of kale provides 206% of the daily value of vitamin A, 684% of vitamin K, and 134% of vitamin C, along with other trace minerals.
Berry juice made in the blender is slightly more nutritionally dense than juiced berries and kale. Why? The blender liquifies the veggies and fruit but keeps the pulp which packs a ton of fiber. However, the juice itself is still an excellent source of vitamins and minerals.
Berry Juice Ingredient Swaps
Want to use the fruit and veggies you have on hand? Below, are other ingredients you can use to make your own juice at home.
- spinach: a great source of iron, folic acid, and calcium. Slightly less bitter than kale.
- raspberries: 1 cup provides 8 grams of fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants
- strawberries: are widely available and provide vitamin C, manganese, and potassium.
- mango: contains a hefty amount of vitamin C with other trace minerals such as copper and folate. Also gives the smoothie a tropical flavor.
- pineapple: is packed with Vitamin C and manganese.
- ginger: a popular ingredient for juices that adds flavor and helps with digestion. You’ll want to use 1 to 2 slices of fresh, peeled ginger, a little goes a long way.
Green Berry Juice That Tastes AMAZING!
- 1 ½ cups water
- 4 cups fresh kale
- 2 cups frozen mixed berries, 3 cups thawed if making in a juicer
- To a blender jar, add the water, kale or spinach, and berries. Cover with lid and process until smooth.
- Pour into glasses and serve.
- Place a large cup directly beneath the juicer spout.
- Turn the juicer on, and working one at a time, place the kale and berries into the shoot, using the plunger to press them down. *Omit the water.
- Power off the juicer and divide the juice between 2 glasses, adding water to dilute, if necessary.