How To Make The Perfect 4 Ingredient Green Juice

I am an expert at making juice. Humble? No. But I've been making cold pressed juice for about five years. It changed my entire diet and inspired me to open a business dedicated to it.

Juice is a gateway drug. It allows you to absorb bunches of vegetables without reluctantly labouring through an undressed salad. And sooner or later your palate will evolve. You'll be craving greens instead of garbage.

And whilst juicing isn't exactly easy, I've got a formula to make it simpler. 

4 Step Formula To Make Perfect Juice

The next time you dust off that juicer, add:

  1. Vegetable You Know Is Exceptional, But You Avoid
  2. Water Dense Vegetable
  3. Citrus
  4. Flavour pop

Step 1 ("We can have lots of fun")

The key to a great juicing recipe is going hard on the veggies. Particularly those that you know are good for you, but you ignore. Kale, I'm talking to you, you bitter old man. That's the first step. Go hard on the serious veggies:

  • kale
  • spinach
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower
  • bok choy
  • watercress
  • beetroot
  • romain lettuce
  • swiss chard
  • parsley
  • cabbage
  • dandelion
  • collard greens

Step 2 ("There's so much we can do")

Follow up with another vegetable. Something water dense. Like carrot, cucumber or celery. Water dense greens will help prevent your juicer from having a heart attack as it will push through the fibre dense leaders from step one. They'll also hydrate you with serious nutrients and help flush out toxins. Celery, for example, is particularly good at eliminating water retention and bloating. 

Step 3 ("It's just you and me")

Next up is citrus. A clever juicer knows this is the secret touch. Citrus acts as a natural preservative so you can make massive bunches of juice and have confidence that it's fresh for days at a time. For example, a cold pressed juice with lemon will last four days in the fridge. Plus, citrus fruits are dense in vitamin C, keeping you out of the doctor's office.

Step 4 ("I can give you more")

Lastly, we need this serious concoction to taste great. It shouldn't be a hold-your-nose situation.

Your level of experience will determine what comes next. I'm a Hardcore Henry so all I need is a big chunk of ginger. Or mint. Or chilli. Something to give the juice some personality. However, if you're a rookie then this is when you can get sweeter fruit involved. Apples, pears, oranges, watermelon, pineapple. You get the point. Go as heavy as you need and week by week, just increase the vegetable to fruit ratio.

I'm not a stickler for this anti-fructose / too much sugar in fruit movement. Yes, without fibre, you are missing a key benefit of fruit. And you're rushing your liver a little. But you're also absorbing an unbelievable amount of nutrients. Ignore the IQS hater who preaches unachievable perfection. Tell them to go eat their 1/6 of a banana somewhere else!

Ok, no more rants. Let's look at some juice recipes ideas that follow our New Kids On The Block formula.

Example A: Beets By J

  1. Beetroot
  2. Carrot
  3. Lime 
  4. Apple

Example B: Natural Botox

  1. Spinach
  2. Cucumber
  3. Grapefruit
  4. Jalapeno

And without further ado, let's get to my favourite four ingredient recipe.

Green With Envy - Juice Recipe

green press cold pressed green juice recipe

  • Makes 4 servings
  • Takes 15 minutes


  • Kale - 1 bunch
  • Silverbeet (aka swiss chard) - 1 bunch
  • Lemon - 4
  • Ginger - 2 big handfuls


  1. Wash your greens
  2. Peel your lemon and ginger
  3. Add all of the ingredients through a juicer, making sure you follow the ginger and kale with the watery lemon and silverbeet
  4. Serve over ice
  5. Store the rest in a sealed container, filling it to the top - the less oxygen in your container (the closer it is to the lid), the longer it will last
  6. Boom! Healthy like a boss


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About James

I co-founded Green Press in 2013. I grew up in Alice Springs, the Australian outback, with absolutely no understanding of what healthy food is. Mum...

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