During my trip to the US I visited the juice bar at Whole Foods several times. The bar offers a set menu of mixed fruit and vegetable juices, but they also allow you to build your own, all juiced-to-order. I built my own a few times. It felt like a science project; I asked for a combination of probably too many fruits and vegetables at once and eagerly awaited the result. It was fun, and the juice was acceptable if not a little muddled in flavor!
But then I tried a juice called Green Lemonade from the set menu, and decided that was the way to go. Those juice mixologists know what they're doing, and the lesson I was reminded of was the simpler the better. It was made of apple, lemon, kale, and spinach. I loved it so much that I wanted to make a version at home and share the results with you. The addition of cucumber gives a crisp, refreshing boost to the juice and the parsley adds a subtle playfulness to the background. Sadly, kale isn't available here most of the year, so I only use spinach.
Hopefully this lightened-up breakfast drink will encourage spring to make a showing here very soon!
If you do not have a juicer you could use a blender to make a smoothie instead. But you will need to adjust the proportions and add 1/4- 1/2 cup of water when blending. I would suggest cutting back on the amount of apple and spinach. Start off with only 1 apple, cut in chunks, and 1 - 1 1/2 handfuls of spinach. Blend the apple with some of the water first, then add the remaining ingredients and adjust from there.
Makes 1 large glass or 2 small glasses (1 1/2 cups/12 oz)
2 medium, firm apples (8 oz. of juice)
3 big handfuls spinach + small handful/half bunch parsley (4 oz of juice)
2 inch piece English cucumber (3.5 oz of juice)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Juice apples, spinach, parsley, and cucumber. Add lemon juice to the other juices, stir to combine, and serve immediately.