The lemon ginger blast drink does just that: It blasts your body with nutrients and vitamins! This is traditionally made with a juicer, but this recipe uses a blender and makes the drink smoothie style. No wasting of pulp, no need to have yet another gadget in your kitchen that only works for one thing. Enjoy this thick smoothie with all its nutrients and vitamins, quick, delicious, and life giving!
- 1 bunch of cilantro
- 1 bunch of parsley
- 2 lemons
- 2 granny smith apples
- Two inches of ginger root
Why You’ll Love It
This specific recipe is meant for those of you who, like me, don’t have a juicer. Instead, make this as a smoothie in your blender. It will be less of a juice and more of a thick, almost chewy, smoothie. Blend the healthy, natural ingredients to get a boost of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants! Drinking this is a great way to start your day!
Lemon Ginger Blast Benefits
This green smoothie is rich in vitamins and antioxidants. The green apples and lemons provide vitamin C, which are important to keeping (or getting you) healthy. Ginger, parsley and cilantro are all known for their anti-inflammatory properties and can help you reduce inflammation in your body. This helps you fight physical illnesses, but it even helps with mental illness. Some people feel depression-like symptoms from having too much inflammation in their body. I used to be one of them! That’s when I turned to drinking green smoothies and green juice. One a day really helped me feel better, and after some time, I didn’t need it that regularly anymore.
Cilantro and parsley also help detox your body – this is another way to help you feel overall better and healthier! Green apple brings fiber to the drink, helping your digestive system. So, you can see, this drink is truly a life regenerator!
Background Of The Lemon Ginger Blast
The Lemon Ginger Blast juice is a popular health drink that has been around for many years. It was first popularized by a man named Lou Corona, who is a well-known raw food advocate and health coach. Lou Corona created the recipe for the Lemon Ginger Blast juice as a way to help his clients improve their health and increase their energy levels. His juice recipe is believed to have many health benefits, such as boosting the immune system, helping digestion and reducing inflammation in the body. After all, the juice is made of natural, fresh ingredients. Today, the Lemon Ginger Blast juice is enjoyed by many health enthusiasts and is often included as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
How to Prepare
Wash all of your produce.
Because we are blending this and not juicing it, I suggest you cut off the stems from the cilantro and parsley bunches. Just cut the bottom two inches or so off, where the stems tend to be thicker and little to no leaves are present. Don’t worry, you don’t have to waste these flavorful stems! Set them aside to make homemade broth. I tend to have a container in my freezer where veggie scraps like these go until I’m ready to make a batch of broth.
Cut the rest of the leafy greens in thirds or in half, just to make it easier to blend. Add to the blender. I personally had to blend in two batches to make room for all the greens. If you have to do this too, then just add half of the cilantro and half of the parsley.
Cut your apples and remove the core. I cut them into about 2 inch wedges so that they can blend more easily. Add the apples to the blender.
Cut the lemons in half and try to remove any seeds you see. Squeeze the lemon juice into the blender. I have this hand-held “juicer” that helps get as much fresh juice as possible out of lemons and limes, but you can definitely use just your hands and get enough juice out of your lemons.
Cut your fresh ginger into smaller parts and add them to the blender.
Add 1 cup of cold water to the blender.
Start blending. My blender has a smoothie button that I used. I had to manually stir and run the blender a second time. (Add the rest of your greens now if you need to, and blend again.)
How to Serve
Pour into a glass or a mason jar, filling only half of the container. Add ice if you haven’t already, and add more water in order to thin the drink out. Add as much or as little water as you wish, depending on how thick you like your smoothie to be.
How to Store
Pour into mason jars and close the lid tightly, so that it’s airtight. Keep in refrigerator for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to consume it, just give it a good shake before opening. You can freeze this too and consume within 3 months. I personally find it a good idea to freeze some from the get-go, because I know I can’t consume the whole batch at once. This way I have to go through the effort only once, but get to enjoy the drink again at a later point! If you know you will freeze some, then I suggest you pour the smoothie into jars BEFORE you add more water to it. Give the jar enough room at the top for expansion, so your glass doesn’t break. Close the jar with a lid and place into the freezer.
Can I Use a Juicer For To Make A Lemon Ginger Blast?
Yes, you can absolutely use a juicer to make this lemon ginger blast drink! In fact, that is the go-to method. I adapted this recipe specifically to make it in a blender, because I have no room (or desire) to house a juicer in my kitchen. If you do have a juicer, it will make for a much thinner drink. Using the blender turns this into a thick, almost chewy drink. Use whichever device you have and prefer!
Will Lemon Ginger Blast Help Me Lose Weight?
Yes, this green drink can help you in your weight loss journey. This smoothie can help you feel full when you get peckish, but because it is low in calories, it won’t take up too much of your daily caloric intake. So the lemon ginger blast can help fill you up with nutrients, but leave your caloric intake low, helping you work towards your goal of losing weight. Plus, I find that you get used to consuming fresh, natural foods and won’t crave junk foods (as much) anymore!
Can My Kid Help Me Make This?
Yes, your child can help you make this lemon ginger blast. If your child is old enough to handle a sharp-ish knife, they can cut the stems off of the cilantro and parsley. Younger kids, like my two-year-old, can help by adding all the ingredients into the blender for you. If they’re brave enough to withstand the noise, then they can get a kick out of starting the blender themselves!
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- 1 bunch of cilantro
- 1 bunch of parsley
- 2 lemons
- 2 granny smith apples
- 2 inches of fresh ginger root
- Because we are blending this and not juicing it, I suggest you cut off the stems from the cilantro and parsley bunches. Just cut the bottom two inches or so off, where the stems tend to be thicker and little to no leaves are present. Discard or set save for a different recipe.*
- Cut the rest of the leafy greens in thirds or in half, just to make it easier to blend. Add to the blender. I personally had to blend in two batches to make room for all the greens. If you have to do this too, then just add half of the cilantro and half of the parsley.
- Cut your apples and remove the core. I cut them into about 2 inch wedges so that they can blend more easily. Add the apples to the blender.
- Cut the lemons in half and try to remove any seeds you see. Squeeze the lemon juice into the blender.
- Cut your fresh ginger into smaller parts and add them to the blender.
- Add 1 cup of cold water to the blender.
- Start blending. My blender has a smoothie button that I used. I had to manually stir and run the blender a second time. (Add the rest of your greens now if you need to and blend again.) If your blender is struggling to mix the ingredients, then go ahead and add a bit more water.
This is not so much a juice drink, but more so a smoothie. It's thick and full-bodied since we aren't juicing the ingredients, but blending them. That's intentional, because if you're like me, you don't have room or desire to buy and store a juicer on top of your blender.
*I save my veggie scraps in the freezer until I'm ready to make a homemade batch of vegetable broth.