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Best Greens for Juicing: An A-to-Z List to Get You Started

list of best greens for juicing

Tired of juicing the same old greens? Me too. It happens sometimes - you find a few of the best greens for juicing and before you know it, you're like "Have I really been drinking the same old green juice for the past month?!" 

My own personal favorites are kale and chicory. Sure, they're not the most-pleasant-tasting of the leafy green bunch, but they suit my taste buds and they somehow wind up in the majority of my green juices. Find out about the awesome benefits of green juice!

Well, that's about to change. I've compiled a little go-to list of leafy greens to help you - and me - vary it up. So next time you're about to reach for that handful of spinach - or kale, or lettuce - put it down and consult the below slideshow for a list other leafy greens waiting for a turn in your juicer.


greens to juice amaranth

Amaranth leaves are beautiful - which is what first drew me to them. Sounds superficial, I know, but these lovely green leaves are stained with a vibrant, deep purple that makes them look as though Mother Nature experimented with them in a tie-dye class she took over the weekend.

But these leaves aren't all show and no substance - amaranth leaves are full of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, and Selenium.


best greens to juice arugula

These lovely green leaves are also a great source of Vitamins A, C, K , and Folate as well as minerals like Iron and Copper. It's also a pretty good source of calcium, with around 100g of arugula giving you 16% of your daily recommendation.

Oh, and another perk I should mention - arugula is pretty low in oxalates and should be one of the leafy greens of choice if you're concerned about oxalic acids in your diet.


beet greens to juice

Love 2-for-1 deals? See if you can find beets with the tops still on and that's exactly what you'll be getting. Beet greens are lovely to look at, delicious to eat, and wonderfully nutritious for your body and skin.

For example, did you know that just 100 grams of beet greens contains around 153% of your daily recommendation of Vitamin A (a lovely vitamin to be getting if you're struggling with acne)?

Beet greens are also very rich in Vitamin C and K, as well as minerals like Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper, and Manganese. As for the taste - beet greens look like Swiss Chard and they taste like it too.


bok choy greens to juice

These are among my favorite leafy greens to juice and one of the best "starter leafy greens" as they have a fairly neutral, slightly sweet, delicious taste.

Bok choy is also the go-to leafy green if you're trying to lose weight - 100 grams of bok choy has just 12 calories, putting it in the 'negative calorie' zone of foods (adds no extra weight to the body and instead facilitates calorie burning).

Plus, it's a great source of Vitamins A (85% of your DV per 100g), C (43%), and K (42%) and a fairly good source of minerals like Calcium(9%) and Potassium (11%).


boston lettuce juice

The nutritional benefits of lettuce - like boston lettuce - pale in comparison to other, stronger leafy greens, but they're a great starter green. 

Boston lettuce is a classic example. It's super low-cal - just 13 calories per 100 grams - and a good source of vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A (66%), Vitamin K (128%, Folate, (18%), Iron (7%), Manganese (9%).

And it's virtually flavorless. In fact, it tastes like...fresh green water, making it one of the least intimidating greens to get started with.


types of cabbage to juice

Cabbage is one of the most underrated, healthiest foods you can consume on a regular basis and boasts some serious health benefits

It's a great, natural detoxifier you can add into your juice recipes, thanks to its rich glucosinolates content, which are sulfur-containing compounds that are converted into active forms isothyocyanates and indoles (both help eliminate carcinogens from your body).

The thing is that the enzyme which converts glucosinolates into its active compounds is easily destroyed by heat so to get the full benefits - juice the cabbage! Check out the best cabbage juice recipes!


juicing collard greens

Collards are a green juice must-have. And not just 'cause their wide, sturdy leaves are ideal for wrapping smaller, more delicate leafy greens into before feeding it through the juicer machine...

These leafy greens are low in calories and extremely high in nutrition value.

Did you know, for example that a serving of collard greens has more calcium than a glass of milk?

And as one of the most nutritious leafy greens on the planet, collard greens also has heaps of nutrients like Vitamins A (133% of your DV, per 100 grams), Vitamin C (59%), Vitamin K (638%), Folate (41%), Calcium (14%), Manganese (14%), as well as protein (5%).


juicing iceberg lettuce

Iceberg lettuce is an American veggie favorite, but its popularity has little to do with its nutritional value. Why? 'Cause it has none. Or at least, almost none.

The Iceberg lettuce is mostly water and it pales in comparison to most of the other leafy greens on this list.

The only reason I'm adding it in is because it is extremely low-calories (well, it is mostly water, after all) and it makes a wonderfully neutral base for stronger green juice recipes.


kale juice

Kale, kale...we all know kale. It is the undisputed darling of the health food industry, the poster child of the green juice movement, the much-loved queen of greens.

And it's no wonder why. This leafy green is a nutrient-laden rockstar!

Just 100 grams of kale gives you Vitamin A (308%), Vitamin C (200%), Vitamin K (1,021%), Vitamin B6 (14%), Calciu, (14%), Iron (9%), Magnesium, (8%), Potassium, (13%), Copper (14%), Manganese (39%), as well as Folate, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Zinc, and even Protein (7%).

Ready to get in on that? Check out the most delicious kale juice recipes!


juicing microgreens

Okay, so these aren't technically a leafy green. They're more like miniature versions of leafy greens. But they needed to be included here anyway.

Why? Because they are delicious-tasting and thus a great way to start juicing a whole variety of leafy greens without encountering any intimidating, bitter flavors.

And also because a 2012 study done by scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that several varieties of microgreens (including cabbage and cilantro) contain nutrient levels such as Vitamins C and E up to six times greater than those found in the mature plants.

They're also really easy to grow. If the thought of tending to a garden full of cabbage scares you (it scares me, too), micro greens are an easy, effortless alternative. All you need is a windowsill and a microgreen kit to get started. And it's worth the non-effort - you're going to consume a lot of these so you might as well be your own dealer, right?


juicing mustard greens

As part of the same plant that produces mustard seeds, these greens have a bit of lot of edge to them and it's highly advised you don't juice these alone.

Second only to kale in beta-carotene (which your body converts to Vitamin A) content, they also contain an arsenal of other vitamins and minerals, like Vitamin C (117% per 100 grams), Vitamin E (10%), Vitamin K (622%), Folate (47%), Calcium (10%), Potassium, (10%), and Manganese (24%).


juicing lettuce

Romaine lettuce is yet another gateway leafy green, perfect to add as a neutral base to stronger green juice recipes. It's very low in calories, with 100 grams of Romaine lettuce containing only 17 calories.

These leafy green are also very high in Vitamin A (174%), Vitamin C (40%), Vitamin K (128%), and Folate (34%) - all while being one of the most inoffensive-tasting leafy greens on the planet.

If you're looking to get started green juicing but worried about being overwhelmed - start with Romaine lettuce.


juicing spinach

Spinach is absurdly yummy. Raw, juiced, or steamed - it has got to be one of the most delicious foods in the world.

And it's ridiculously healthy, too.

Did you know that just 100 grams of spinach contains Vitamin A (188%), Vitamin C (47%), Vitamin K (604%), Folate (49%), Magnesium (20%), Iron (15%), Potassium (16%), Calcium (10%), and Manganese (45%).

No wonder it's a favorite in the green juicing (and smoothie) world. If you haven't yet - go get some delicious spinach juice recipes!


swiss chard juice

Whether you get Swiss chard with the colorful or white stalks - Swiss chard is a low-calorie (only 19 calories per 100 grams), high-nutrition green with ample amount of vitamins and minerals. How much? 

Just a 100 grams of this leafy green contains Vitamin A (122%), Vitamin C (50%), Vitamin E (9%), Vitamin K (1038%), Calcium (5%), Iron (10%), Magnesium (20%), Potassium (11%), Sodium (9%), Copper (9%), and Manganese (18%).

Ready to get started juicing these lovely leafy greens? Here are some tips to help you juice like a pro!

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