Friday, May 18, 2012

Mean Green Juice by Joe Cross

This is the famous recipe that is used by Joe Cross and his friend Phil in the movie, Fat Sick and Nearly Dead.  We've tried it and we love it--Tiffany, Grant, Bryan and I.  We have used the original recipe but added a few more Granny Smith apples in the beginning.  Then we just gradually add more and more kale and cucumbers until it's more green and less apple. Delicious and energizing!!!!  

Note:  Granny Smith apples contain liver cleansing and immune boosting qualities which other kinds of apples do not.   When Tiffany came home on spring break from boarding school, she was sick.  We immediately starting juicing and she recovered completely in just 3 days!  She even had the sparkle back in her eyes and plenty of energy :-)  What a relief to her Mom :-)

Mean Green Juice Recipes

No doubt that the healthiest juices are the ones that contain greens.  Green leafy vegetables contain the most vitamins and nutrients, and you’ll feel almost instantly better after drinking a green juice. Many of my readers have been asking me for green juice recipes and in particular the “Mean Green” juice recipe made by Joe Cross in the movie Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.
Typically the guidelines for making green juice is 60% dark green leafy vegetables and 40% other vegetables/fruits.  You can try variations of any of the green recipes until you find one that suits your needs and tastes.  For a juice cleanse you’ll drink approximately (4) 16-20 ounce drinks per day.  If  you are making a whole day’s worth of juice at one time, keep the extra juice in a tightly sealed container in the fridge.  Here are some recipes to get you started.  (If you like the recipes please share them by “liking” this page!)
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Mean Green Juice (original)

This is the official recipe used by Joe Cross and Phil Staples according to the Reboot Program.
6 Kale Leaves
1 Cucumber
4 Celery Stalks
2 Green Apples
1/2 Lemon
1 piece of ginger

Mean Green Juice #2

handful spinach
3 stalks of kale
2 golden delicious apples
small handful parsley
1 lemon
1 cucumber

Mean Green Juice #3

2 stalks celery
1/2 cucumber
1/2 apple
1/2 lemon
small piece ginger
1/2 green chard leaf
bunch cilantro
5 kale leaves
handful spinach

Mean Green Juice #4

1/2 pear
1/2 green apple
handful spinach
handful parsley
2 celery stalks
1/2 cucumber
small piece ginger
slice of papaya
  • peel or slice off lemon rind leaving some of the white pith
  • to juice small leaves such as parsley and cilantro, roll them up into a ball to compact the leaves
  • wash all vegetables and fruits before making juice
  • buy organic if possible


  1. My wife and I have just started juicing. We bought our juicer today, inspired by the movie, Fat, Sick, and almost Dead, and my brother in law, Dr. Donovan W. Christie, a Medical Doctor specializing in wellness at Anwan Medical Center in Atlanta Georgia. High blood pressure, pre-diabetes, and excess weight are among our concerns, although we are not on medication just yet. We are going to place our confidence in the Mean Green recipe and see where it takes us.

  2. Awesome! How did it go? I love green juice and the energy and cleansing it gives me! I just came onto my blog to revise this recipe a little to what we have found it tastiest and most efficient in the process of making it. It really is the best medicine!

  3. When will be your next session of cleansing?