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Posted by mabcbch on 1 year ago I admit it, the "Mean Green" blend drink is not one that I could drink for one day, much less 10, 20, 30 or 60 days. I'm wondering who else is having the same problem with taste and how have you altered the recipe to make it more palatable? I'm experimenting, and looking for, a recipe that has the nutrients and a decent taste so I'm not defeated before I start.

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Replies To How have you modified "Mean Green" to make it taste better?

  • Sungyrll

    1 year ago
    Hi-- have you tried adding more lemon-- I was very surprised to find it helped a lot-- also do you put it on ice? How about adding an extra apple or adding some natural stevia...
  • Carolynk755

    1 year ago
    This is day 4 for me...9 lbs. down. I've been playing with it since day 1. Yesterday I forgot to put the apple in, and found I liked it better without the sweetness. Also may consider adding garlic and green onion..and a green pepper.
  • mabcbch

    1 year ago
    My drink for a reboot needs to be at least 80% veggies since I am a type 2 diabetic so I'm pretty much stuck with a "Mean Green" style of drink. I'm hoping someone has a recipe out there that can fit the bill for me and others who are having trouble with this. Sungyrll, I tried it without the apple but it didn't help. I was reading up on some of the profiles here tonight and one person said they added a hot pepper/jalapeno to their drink and it took away the bitterness and "grassy" taste. So I'll get some peppers tomorrow and experiment with that. I haven't tried Stevia yet so that will be another experiment I'll try tomorrow. I am planning on experimenting for a couple of hours tomorrow with recipes. If I come up with anything, I'll post it here. Thanks for the ideas!
  • mabcbch

    1 year ago
    I just finished reading all 21 pages of the "Free For All" topics and here is what I found people saying on how to make the "Mean Green" juice blend not taste like your front lawn: Grassy taste is the kale. Cut down the kale and add more spinach. Don?t start out too heavy on the kale. It will make you nauseated. Garlic makes the ?Mean Green? a whole lot better. Adding a garlic clove is a miracle. Add lime and chili pepper. It kills the ?grass? taste. Add in a hot pepper or jalapeno to your green juice. It takes out the bitterness. Use more ginger as the green juices really need it. Add Stevia to your drink. I really have some experimenting to do tomorrow with the recipe.
  • narahai

    1 year ago
    can you send me you recipe? i am starting soon?
  • freedommnky

    1 year ago
    Personally I like the taste of celery and the green juices, so I don't have a huge problem with the Mean Green juice. My boyfriend hates it though. He has had good luck with adding oranges, carrots and apples to his green juices. Some people say you can't add orange juice to vegetable juice, but I think if it gets the greens into you that's the biggest step. You can wean yourself off the fruit juice later as you acclimate to the taste.
  • FatAaron

    1 year ago
    It is definitely an acquired taste, but it really does grow on you. For my green juice, I have removed the kale and celery... but added a lot more spinach. And I make sure to use green apples and a whole lemon. Mine tastes like a tangy lemonade... and it works b/c I'm down 25lbs in 34 days. I heard about the garlic trick... and I found that it is horrible in any juice I've tried. Garlic juice is VERY strong and it overpowers everything. And I LOVE garlic in any food recipe... just not juice. Good luck!
  • jnetk

    1 year ago
    Yes, the kale is an acquired taste. Not one that I care to acquire too much. Me and several people I've talked to use Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, or any other green that doesn't have such a distinct taste. It's just as healthy as Kale. Hope this helps.
  • mabcbch

    1 year ago
    I wish we could edit our posts more than one time, but another trick I heard is to use a straw when drinking. It helps to sneak the juice past most of the taste buds! I appreciate hearing how people have modified, yet kept their "Mean Green" a nutrient packed drink.
  • mabcbch

    1 year ago
    I?m having a hard time drinking the original "Mean Green" juice recipe which is: 6 Kale Leaves 1 Cucumber 4 Celery Stalks 2 Green Apples 1/2 Lemon 1 piece of ginger So I decided to experiment to find out what is the offending (to me) ingredient in it. I juiced into separate glasses: granny smith apple, carrot, celery, cilantro, cucumber, kale, lemon, red bell pepper and spinach. This gave me a chance to taste the juice of each separately and I found out while I love to eat cucumber, to me its juice was a major offender in taste and smell in the drink. I would have never thought that if I hadn?t done this. Same for cilantro, a little goes a long ways. And, kale is just plain nasty. After blending the above together in different amounts, my "Mean Green" to START with will be: 2 big handfuls of spinach 2 celery ribs (stalks) including the leaves 1/2 medium cucumber, including the peel 1 whole lemon including the peel 1 medium granny smith apple, including the peel (take off the stem) 1 piece of ginger, to taste ADDING PLENTY OF ICE really changed the taste and made it even better. The addition of a STRAW helped immensely in sneaking it past the taste buds. I?m sure I?ll change the recipe around after a few days but this is one that I can definitely get started with and I think the biggest hurdle is just getting started. Everyone who has made it past 5 days has said that they end up loving the drink after a couple of day so I?m going to believe them and will embark upon this journey today. In fact, I?ve already started. Now, does anyone have an idea what to do about those burps that taste like the front lawn? Ha ha