How to Make Superfood Juice (Like Odwalla and Naked) at Home

Convenience food, by its very nature, is usually junk food.

If it’s conveniently sitting on a shelf, chances are it’s brimming with preservatives, sodium, and even artificial colors, all to give the appearance and taste of freshness.

green superjuice photo 300x225There is the rare exception—convenience food that really is fresh. But get ready to pay through the nose for it:  If you’ve ever plunked down a dollar for a banana at Starbucks, knowing full well they’re 70 cents a pound at the grocery store, then you’re familiar with the feeling.

Odwalla and Naked Juice: Healthy and delicious, but pricey

Yet in that moment between errands, a dash in for essentials when you’re already late, or that 20-minute lunch break, suddenly the lure of convenience food becomes irresistible.  The glow of the Odwalla or Naked juice cold case fills your vision, that fancy juice with real ingredients and not even enough preservatives to be stored at room temperature starts singing its siren song, and soon that five dollar bill is inching its way out of your pocket and into Coke and Pepsi’s (you know that’s who owns them, right?).

Before you know it, you’re happily chugging that delicious green superjuice—twelve ounces of liquid afternoon pick-me-up.

When the moment’s over and all that fruit sugar has burned away, I always feel like a sucker as I read over the ingredient list (not to mention my bank statement, littered with juice charges).  You see, the ingredients are so real, I wonder why I just didn’t make this at home.

Right.  Because in the mad rush of my weekday morning routine, I have plenty of time to leisurely peel a quarter of a kiwi, a third of a mango, and an eighth of a peach to throw in my juice.  (As if I even have all that on hand.)  Don’t you?

Recreating Naked Green Machine at home

Today’s recipe is a convenient and cheaper solution.  Gather the exotic fruits only once, do all the prep work once, and enjoy green superjuice for a month.

The secret to convenience here is the frozen supercubes—like ice cubes, but made from pureed fruit and greens.  So all you need to keep stocked are apple juice and bananas; just pop them in the blender with the green supercubes when you want to make the juice.

Sure, 7-11 may start to miss you during the week, but your wallet will thank you.

SmGSFE250x311 241x300This is also a nice way to incorporate greens or greens powder into your daily routine.  I used Amazing Grass Green Superfood Energy Powder here, which provides a boost of caffeine with yerba mate and green tea, though I could do without its artificial tasting lemon-lime flavor.  I recommend greens powder that includes lots of nutritious things like wheatgrass and chlorella, but if you don’t have it,  you can use a half cup of frozen spinach along with a tablespoon or two of spirulina.

One warning: Just like in the real thing, all these fruits add up to a decent amount of sugar.  If you want to cut down, use unsweetened almond milk or water in place of the apple juice.

Homemade Green Superfood Juice

Super Cube Ingredients:

  • 3 kiwi, peeled
  • 1 mango, about 1 1/2 cups peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup sliced peaches
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger
  • 8 scoops of greens powder, or about 1/2 cup

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and pulse to combine.  Divide greens puree into ice cube trays and freeze.  Once frozen, empty cubes into a freezer bag and use within 3 months.

Makes about 2 cups of greens puree, or about 27 ice cubes to use in 9 smoothies.

Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 3 green supercubes
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 ripe banana

In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.  Makes a 1 1/2 cups of thick juice.

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  1. What a great idea! Thanks, and I can’t wait to try it! I need to go buy some ice cube trays…

    • Hey Cassidy,
      You could also freeze the puree in a greased muffin pan, and use one muffin shaped cube in place of the 3 regular ones. The larger size could be a little harder on your blender though, so you might need to defrost slightly before blending.

  2. Such a brilliant idea to freeze the pureed fruit!

  3. This is great!!

  4. It looks easy to do too! I will definitely be trying this.

  5. Gaaaaawww I have been so spoiled!!! Odwalla is based in Santa Cruz CA (where I just moved from). Thanks for this recipe, guess I won’t be having many more quick 99 cent Odwalla products in Germany!

  6. Any suggestions for replacements of the kiwi, mango, and banana? I’m allergic to all three.

    • Hey Jess,
      One brand of juice included strawberries, which I only omitted because it made the color less pretty.

      If you don’t mind it being off-green, I would do 1 cup of frozen strawberries, 1 cup of pineapple, and 1 cup of peaches along with the ginger and greens powder.

      You’ll probably need to use 4-5 cubes per smoothie to get it thick enough when just blending with apple juice, and maybe a scoop of protein powder would be good for texture too.

  7. Well isn’t that clever. I use frozen banana for tons of things right now but that never occurred to me. I will play with this one a bit especially with some bottles of chlorella, spirulina in the pantry and spinach in the fridge.

  8. I can’t wait to try this!! I will pass on the Amazing Grass as a choice of greens though since I don’t need the added caffeine. :)

  9. Clever! This is something I’ll definitely try!

  10. I LOVE this idea!!! I have been trying to get more greens in my diet via smoothies but find I run out of time in the mornings. Thanks!

  11. Love this! I spend way too much money buy juice and smoothies (and bananas from Starbucks argh!) so anyway to save some cash is great!!

  12. Is it possible to do this with Vega also? Do you prefer the Amazing Grass to Vega? I have used both, but lean towards Vega because I thought it was more complete, but I could be wrong? Anyone have a feelings either way on which one is better?
    Thanks!!!

  13. This is pretty much my daily routine :) Granted my standard set of fruit is mixed berries and bananas, but I change it up at least once a week. I always have protein with mine though, so they sugars are a bit easier to digest.

  14. you know how much i love this stuff? i’ve been opting for the tj’s brand in a big bottle, which isn’t bad, but i’m guessing this is cheaper!!

  15. Don’t we loose some nutrition by freezing?
    Guess it’s better than not making one’s own.

    At least I”d add a little warm water to take off the chill which can put out the digestive fire & leave undigested goo inside to clog the fine channels through which the bodies intelligence flows leading to less than optimal health.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. For some added protein, I blend silken soy into my smoothies. It’s nutritious and keeps you more full than just having a smoothie with fruits and veggies!!

  17. Christopher Bellacose says:

    I made this and it is awesome! I have also substituted yogurt for the apple juice and it rocks!

    Chris

  18. what store can you find this green powder at? is it expensive?

  19. How many calories would this be? Would calorie & sugar count be much less than Odwalla’s version?

  20. Melissa says:

    Thank you so much for this! I made some tweaks for what I had laying around – made a thick puree from strawberries, pineapple, mango, ginger, and broccoli. Can’t wait for it all to freeze up so I can have one for breakfast tomorrow! :)

  21. Danielle says:

    I am in love with the Naked Juice and Odwalla versions of this. But I’m curious as to how many calories are in thus drink compared to the bottled version.

  22. Super green cubes- Brilliant!!!! Thanks, Mr. No Meat Athlete!

  23. Pam Thomas says:

    I made up the ice cubes…easy. I used my juicer to make my apple juice…love the fresh stuff! And just now am drinking my copy cat Naked Green Machine…and LOVE IT!!! Naked is gonna miss my twenty dollars or so a week I was spending. I am experimenting with some of the other drinks that I like with this same recipe.
    Thank you for being there when i was searching for a greenie drink recipe.

  24. Made the cubes. Followed the recipe. Tasted like dirt. I was not a fan.

  25. Just had my first shake this AM, and whoa it was awesome!!!! I followed the directions exactly for the cubes but in the AM I added the banana and 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of nonfat Greek yogurt (to cut the sugar and add some protein). I looked so gross before I tried it so I hesitated for a sec. But it was even better than Odwalla or Naked in my opinion!

  26. I crunched the numbers on this — If you make it exactly as described (with the apple juice and everything), each glass should be somewhere around 290 calories. Compare to 280 calories in a 15oz bottle of Naked Green Machine.

  27. Wow! I am so glad I Google searched “how to make naked type smoothies” and found this webpage. Thanks for the suggestion. I like Naked smoothies, but at $4 a bottle I would be spending over $50 per pay period to supposed this nutritional habit. I cannot wait to try this at home. I am off to the health food store this week to find green powder. Thanks again!

  28. Thanks so much for this recipe, I will have to get the ingredients and try it today! And I love the idea of adding some almond or soy to it. what a perfect pick me up not just for me but for the kids when they come home from school!
    Just in response to someones question about loosing nutrients while freezing; and yes you may loose something by freezing but at least odwalla, and probably naked juice as well, does pasteurize theirs, so probably compared to homemade I would guess it’s a toss up…. :)

  29. Lisa Johnson says:

    Do you have to use the green powder. I have been looking for a way to make the “green machine” by just blending together the ingredients pictured on the label. Freezing the puree into ice cubes seems like a great idea. By the way what kind of blender do you recommend. I’m trying to find one that I heard about that basically emulsifies whatever you place in it…skins and all. I am a ‘texture’ person though. I don’t so much care what something looks like or even tastes like if it is smooth and luxurious on my tongue. I HATE the feel of pulp or other nasty ‘stuff’ on my tongue. I like something with body…thickness…graininess is even tolerable, but not stringy particles of a ‘pulp-like’ nature. Any ideas???

    • Lisa,
      I grow my own wheatgrass and use fresh spinach and kale instead of using the green powder all the time. I use the green powder when i am rushed or out of spinach. And not all green powders are the same. Some are better than others. Try the single serve packets and you might find one you prefer. I use my juicer for preparing some ingredients so my smoothie is truly smooth and no stingy stuff.

  30. Just add a handful of fresh spinach to mix instead
    of powder..green & delicious!

  31. I just made this last night, and it is amazing! I used Maximum Greens because my GNC didn’t have the other stuff.

  32. I and daughter love it. Son only drinks it, half of what I serve, when I ask him too. Will I make it again? Oh yeah.

  33. I am soooooo excited that I found your blog and more so that I have found this recipe! Super new vegan, first week in. Not sure if I consider myself, “vegan” yet, but soon. I love running and was a little concerned about keeping my energy and protein where it should be in order to keep training. After stumbling upon your blog, I’m not worried any longer! Thank you for starting this blog! You are awesome, and I’m heading to the store today to gather ingredients for a few of your recipes. It may be hard for me to find the green food, in my small little town. But, I will use your replacement options. xoxoxo- Brooke

  34. This recipe was near perfection – thanks for posting it! I make two every morning for the hubby and I and we both love them!

  35. I tried this recipe in December. It was good, but you’re right, there is an odd taste with the amazing grass energy. I haven’t used the rest of my cubes, but hopefully I’ll be able to get past it. I’d love to try this with water, but I think I need the apple juice to mask that lemon taste.

    Any suggestions to get rid of that artificial citrus taste in the amazing grass?

  36. I have been doing fruit smoothies for breakfast for the past month or two using 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt, 1 cup of Naked Green Machine, 1 tbs. of chia seeds, 1 tbs. of coconut oil, and 1 tbs. of some green goodness stuff I got from Trader Joe’s (forgot the name). It has been pretty tasty and I feel healthy too. Easy to make in the morning and keeps me full from about 7:00 until snack at around 10:00. I tried a smoothie with some fresh veggies and fruit a while back and it tasted aweful. Maybe this recipe will be a little more tasty. Thanks for posting!

  37. I just tried this and it’s great. I also made a few tweaks. Instead of only mixing the cubes with a banana and apple juice, I mixed them with more mango and pineapple and added some water. That way it got rid of the wheat grass taste and chalkiness, but retaining the overall health benefits, I suppose. I don’t add any sugar or processed foods so it should. This drink has given me
    more energy and definitely makes me more full throughout the day. And… way cheaper than my fave Naked Juice Green Machine. Thanks for this recipe, I will be using it over and over again!

  38. Thanks for the recipe! I made a few slight adjustments:

    1. I use Green Vibrance for my greens. Just a preference thing: http://www.amazon.com/Vibrant-Health-Green-Vibrance-Family/dp/B000NDME6C/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1375735360&sr=1-1
    2. I made the cubes, and instead of mixing with apple juice, I add a couple frozen green and fuji apple slices, along with a banana, and about half a cup of water.
    3. I’m using the Nutribullet. It’s a great machine, especially for getting things really smooth and emulsified (versus a blender.)

  39. Teg singh says:

    What are some other substitutions? Can I juice other greens n veggies instead of with fruit and make them ice cubes? And I can also throw these ice cubes in a protein shake while blending it to get greens n fruit with it

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