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green juice recipes Melvin Major, Jr., is a New York City juicing legend, and he’s come a long way in the past few years. From serving long lines of loyal customers at Life Thyme Market on Sixth Avenue to opening Melvin’s Juice Box inside Miss Lily’s, to a second eponymous juice bar location in the trendy Dream Downtown hotel, which opened this month.

And how could you not want to get a juice from him, when it comes with fresh organic greens, a gigantic smile, and a splash of reggae?

The icon took a break from his Breville to share three of his favorite recipes so you can re-create them at home. And while the ingredients differ, his simple instructions for all three are the same: Wash your veggies well. “And put all of them through the juice extractor, mix it all together, pour from cup to cup, and ‘stir it up’ as Bob Marley would say!” —Lisa Elaine Held

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green juiceBody Good

2 leaves of kale
2 leaves of collard greens
2 leaves of swiss chard
2 stalks celery
2 granny smith or golden delicious apple—cut into pieces, core and all
1” piece of fresh ginger root
1 lemon, peeled

 

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juice barSweet & Dandy

(To be enjoyed to Toots and the Maytals?)

1 beet—cut off the root, cleaned, and cut into pieces
1 carrot—cut off head, wash and cut into pieces
1″ slice of pineapple—cut away the skin and cut into pieces
1″ piece of a fresh ginger root
1 lemon, peeled
2 granny smith apples—cut into pieces, core and all

 

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2 leaves of kale
2 leaves of collard greens
1 beet—cut off the root, cleaned, and cut into pieces
1 stalk celery
1 carrot
1/2 plum tomato
1 red pepper, seeds and white membrane removed
1″ piece of a fresh ginger root
1″ piece of red onion, peeled
1 lemon, peeled
1 clove fresh garlic, peeled
1 pinch cayenne pepper

 

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