Green Bean Juice Brings a Real Taste of Summer

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Green beans are a highly versatile vegetable that can be grown pretty much anywhere in the country during the summer. At this time of year, most green bean plants are in full swing, continuously producing the tasty little pods. Green beans are great to eat with lunches and dinners, but too many green beans can begin to overwhelm you, especially when you have fresh harvest of other green vegetables like spinach, cucumbers, zucchini, and summer squash that also have to be used. To counter your problem of green bean abundance, you can add some to your juices.

Green beans have a mildly sweet scent and flavor that really brings a taste of summer to your drinks. Green beans are also high in potassium, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, and calcium. Green beans offer some protection for your eyes, as the carotenoids provide antioxidant and UV light-filtering protection. The cucumbers add hydration and antioxidants to this drink. The spinach adds vitamin K and iron, as well as some calcium and protein. The lemon adds vitamin C, but it also adds an intense zesty flavor that can help to liven up the earthiness of the green vegetables in the drink. If you have a hard time with the flavor of this drink, you can add a fresh apple or pear to sweeten it up just a little.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of green beans
  • 2 cucumbers
  • ½ lemon
  • 2 cups spinach

Recipe

  • Wash all produce thoroughly, allowing the spinach to sit in an ice water bath and release dirt
  • Peel and half the lemon
  • Juice cucumbers, then green beans, then lemon, then spinach if using a centrifugal juicer
  • Mix well and taste, then add more lemon juice if desired
  • Enjoy!
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