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June 7, 2011


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Kale lemonade

You’ve probably had pink lemonade before, but green lemonade? This addictive summer sipper is delicious but also really good for you.



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  • 3 cups cleaned and chopped kale
  • 5 cups cold lemonade


Purée equal parts kale and lemonade until emulsified. Strain for a smooth beverage or drink as is if you like the green, pulpy goodness like we do.


How to Make Kale-Aid (Strawberry Kale Lemonade)

Most people, myself included, start out skeptical of green juice. I’ve written previously about my resistance to trying green smoothies, but once I drank the metaphorical Kool-Aid, I was hooked.

Green juice was a harder sell. I don’t even drink fruit juice anymore (Think about how many oranges go into an 8-ounce glass of juice you would never eat that much fruit in one sitting.), AND I’d have to buy a new appliance?

Though generally sweet, green juice ideally contains mainly vegetables. Normally you want the fiber with fruit to help stabilize blood sugar, but in this case, removing the fiber concentrates the vitamins and minerals. You can fit several pounds of fresh, nutrient-dense produce in one glass. While you wouldn’t sit down and eat a whole head of lettuce, a bunch of kale, three stalks of celery, an apple and a lemon, you can drink it in short order (that recipe coming soon!).

It’s important that green juice is fresh since commercial bottled juices are heat pasteurized. Pasteurization is important for safety in large-scale food production (salmonella bad), but high temperatures destroy sensitive enzymes and nutrients.

This is a good beginner juice. While kale can taste very “green” in both juice and smoothies, this recipe is heavier on fruit than what I normally make, but is still simple. I like my juices fairly tart, so the lemon/strawberry combo is great for me. Try using the whole apple to increase the sweetness if needed.

  • The price is right – only $100 at Amazon or in-store at Crate & Barrel.
  • It’s smaller than many other juicers we don’t have a ton of counter space.
  • While it takes a few minutes, it’s not as tough to clean as some others I’ve heard about.

If you’re juicing for yourself, I recommend it. When my husband and I were doing a juice fast together, I wished I had a bigger juicer. Breville juicers are centrifugal and won’t juice wheatgrass, don’t process greens quite as well, and slightly heat the produce while juicing. “Slow” or masticating juicers are better for those purposes, but also cost more and are harder to clean.

To increase the yield of my juice, I run everything through once, then run the pulp through again. I also dilute my juice with filtered water, or coconut water in warm weather. Tangy, refreshing, and legitimately good for you. Give it a try!

How to make Kale Lemonade

Add the produce into the juicer in the order listed in the recipe and that&rsquos it! The greens go in first so the juice from the fruit can flush it all out.

If you are new to juicing or are interested in starting, this juicer is the one we have been using and we love it. It&rsquos simple to clean as well. It seems the only benefit of one that doesn&rsquot have plastic pieces is that there is less staining over time. Also, it&rsquos recommended to drink juice first thing in the morning or 2+ hours after eating so you can absorb as much as possible!

Juice your vegetables and fruits then drink right away! Enjoy!

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Sweet Lemonade Kale Juice

This sweet kale juice with apple and lemon from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse tastes like fresh lemonade and is loaded with detox nutrients.

Sweet Lemonade Kale Juice

This sweet kale juice from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse is sweet and delicious, and tastes like fresh lemonade.

Packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants this alkaline-forming kale juice boosts immunity. The chlorophyll in kale cleanses the blood, cucumber cools, hydrates, the lemon clears toxins from the liver, and apple clears the intestinal tract. This glorious green juice tastes like fresh lemonade.

The Health Benefits of Kale Juice

With highly absorbable calcium (thanks to a high ratio of calcium to phosphorous) kale juice surpasses milk, cup for cup, in calcium provision. Rich in phyto-chemicals that combat free radicals, kale can lower the risk of colon, breast and lung cancers, as well as fight osteoporosis, macular degeneration, support the cardiovascular and immune systems, and assist in energy production. This mighty leafy green contains lots of chlorophyll, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids and beta-carotene), vitamins C, E, B6, and K, folic acid, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and sodium.

As a warming vegetable, kale’s a natural for a balancing cooler food. And juicing is a great way to enjoy it in its raw glory, as its flavor is less bitter, relative to that of uncooked kale eaten whole. Still, kale’s kale—which is to say intense the juice is best blended. It pairs with a wide range of fruits and vegetables, from apple, lemon, carrot and pineapple to tomato, cucumber and melon. Kale makes a good substitute for spinach in any of these juices, but will bring in its slightly bitter sharp note. Juice it stalk and all, and enjoy your new friend with benefits.

The Health Benefits of Cucumber Juice

This vege-fruit truly is the ultimate cool-hydrate-cleanse food. It’s right in there regulating body temperature and easing inflammation. A relative of squashes and melons, the cuke is a natural diuretic (due to that abundant water), aiding in cell hydration, waste removal, and dissolving kidney stones. Cucumber’s high silica content is great for the skin, and helps alleviate eczema, psoriasis, hair loss, and strengthen nails. The silica in cucumber also reduces the concentration of uric acid, which causes inflammation in the joints, muscles and tendons. A natural blood-pressure regulator, cucumber is high in vitamin A (mostly in the peel), B complex, C and folic acid, amino acids (methionine and tryptophan), potassium, sulfur, and natural chlorine. To take advantage of the nutrients in the skins, we always use the less-bitter-skinned English/Dutch variety. Any cucumber, though, goes well in our recipes.

We add cucumber to many juice blends as a way of adding mineral-rich water that’s way more beneficial than the plain filtered stuff. Cucumber juice is chock-full of nutrients, yet barely alters flavor. Cucumbers are intensely alkalizing, and a half (or whole) cucumber worked into a batch of juice offsets the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and aids detox. Cucumber is our go-to base for sugar-free, alkaline juice blends, too. Make sure your cucumber is organic and hasn’t been embalmed in a coating of wax.

The Health Benefits of Apple Juice

Tasty, able to break down toxins, lower cholesterol, and enhance digestion, this fruit is a popular, versatile, and cost-effective go-to for juices. With phytonutrients, powerful antioxidants like quercetin, vitamin A (in the peel), vitamin C, and significant potassium, apple is a prime detox food that’s available year ‘round. As an aid to cleansing, apples’ high pectin content provides a great bowel regulator, able to slow the colon down or speed it up, as the body needs.

Apple is a cooling food, and we include it in juices to balance the bitterness of leafy greens and other vegetables. The sweet tang of apple blends with almost all fruits and vegetables our preferred variety is Granny Smith, which has a tarter flavor and lower sugar content than common reds like Fuji, Delicious, and Honeycrisp. That said, this fruit is versatile, and our recipes work with any apple you have on hand.

We recommend coring apples before juicing, as the jury is still out as to whether the bit of cyanide occurring naturally in the seeds is detrimental to health.

The Health Benefits of Lemon Juice

This alkalizing tart tamer is a potent detoxifier and natural antibiotic that improves liver function, relieves constipation, and can help dissolve kidney and gall stones. High levels of vitamin C help boost immunity and alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as combat heart disease. Lemons provide calcium and magnesium for strong bones and teeth, along with unique compounds that have powerful antioxidant properties. The flavonoids in lemons have even been shown to halt abnormal cell division.

While lemons are cooling, this superstar can be balanced with warming foods like cayenne and fennel. We use lemons in lots of juice blends to lift the earthy and pungent quality of leafy greens and vegetables, add zip and tang, and balance the acidifying impacts of high-sugar fruits. You may want to remove the rinds of these fruits before juicing, as in substantial quantities they’re slightly toxic, or you may enjoy the zesty punch it adds—a good compromise is a bit of the peel along with the flesh.

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Kale Juice: My Miracle Tonic! (VIDEO)

Over the last few years, I feel I have completely transformed nutritionally. I am extremely focused on nutrition, more so than at any other point in my life. I find when I am intensely focused on something, everything I need just shows up. When Green Star sent me a juicer, I knew juicing greens was the next step in my nutritional evolution.

I had always known the benefits of leafy greens, more specifically, kale. Dr. Joel Fuhrman ranks kale as one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. There are many health benefits. Kale is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and manganese, and is a very good source of dietary fiber, copper, calcium, vitamin B6, and potassium. If I were stranded on a deserted island with only one food, I would choose kale.

Years ago I went through a juicing phase and tried to make kale juice. It tasted horrible and my little juicer was just not made to juice something like kale. I gave up. About a year ago at our local health food store juice bar, I discovered something called Green Lemonade. It has a big bunch of organic kale in it along with organic apples, organic celery, organic ginger, and an organic lemon. It tastes amazing. Now that I have a good juicer I can make Green Lemonade at home. How else would I consume that amount of greens on a daily basis? So I call Green Lemonade my miracle tonic! I even have my kids drinking it!

When I posted a tip on kale juice in our daily tips, I can't begin to tell you how many people emailed to ask about kale juice recipes and wanting to know what kind of juicer I use. I have told so many people that "green juice will change your life."

The Green Star juicers are great household juicers because they have a "twin-gear press," which means they extract juice from almost all leafy greens. When juicing greens you don't want a lot of heat, which can destroy important nutrients. The Green Star juicer puts out less heat than many other brands, which means you get maximum nutritional benefits.

I have now been officially drinking Green Lemonade about five times a week for the past year and honestly, I feel great! I have more energy, sleep better, my skin looks better, and my overall well-being has improved.

To make Green Lemonade, use the following organic ingredients and consume immediately: a big fistful of kale, seven stalks of celery, one inch piece of ginger, two apples, and one lemon with the ends cut off. Watch the video below for more information.

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Kale juice recipes tips

  • If you happen to be making a meal with kale and are removing the stem, then save the stems in the bowl for juicing later.
  • Juices that mix well with kale are carrot, cucumber, apple.
  • Add lemon or ginger to your recipes to hide the “green taste” if it isn’t your favorite
  • Greens nourish our cells and clean them at the same time, go slow if you’re a beginner. Be sure to combine it with other juices.
  • When tweaking the kale juice recipes below for taste buds, keep in mind that adding more apple and carrot will make a sweeter juice. Add cucumber for a watery-thin juice. Lemon will cut the bitterness and will also thin out a thick juice.
  • Roll the green leaves in a long cylinder before feeding it into your juicer. It will juice much easier this way.

10 Healthy Green Juice Recipes That Actually Taste as Great as They Look

Plus, a dietitian explains how to make the most of your daily greens.

Green juice is notorious for its health halo: How could a bunch of blended fruits and veggies not be nutritious? It&rsquos also one of the most ubiquitous health-focused snacks, one that you can pick up at the grocery store, the yoga studio, and even the gas station.

&ldquoGreen juice can be a great way for people who don&rsquot like to eat veggies to get some greens into their diet,&rdquo says Diana Sugiuchi, R.D.N., L.D.N., founder of Nourish Family Nutrition. She notes, though, that making the most of green juice is a bit more complicated than you might first imagine&mdashespecially if you&rsquore using a traditional juicer.

&ldquoI would definitely go the route of blending, rather than using a juicer,&rdquo says Sugiuchi, who notes that juicers remove much of the fiber in your produce, which keeps you feeling full. &ldquoOne of the key benefits of veggies is their fiber content. One of the main ones is that the fiber acts as a prebiotic in your digestive tract. It helps to feed those good bacteria that have effects on our physical and mental health.&rdquo

Another thing to consider is sugar. &ldquoFruit is really healthy, but if you&rsquore having an orange, an apple, and pineapple juice all at once, that can be an awful lot of sugar,&rdquo Sugiuchi warns. &ldquoWatch the amount you&rsquore adding and consider, &lsquoIs this going to be a complete meal for me? What can I add to this?&rsquo&rdquo

But when you strike a balance of veggies and fruit, green juices can be a great snack or morning pick-me-up paired with your breakfast. They&rsquore rich sources of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that do all sorts of wonderful things for your health. &ldquoAll those dark green veggies are a great source of vitamin A, which is a powerful antioxidant&rdquo Sugiuchi says. &ldquoYou&rsquore also going to be getting vitamin C and some potassium, too.&rdquo Getting thirsty? The following green juice recipes are so tasty, you&rsquoll want to sip one every day.

17 Kale Recipes That Will Make You Fall in Love with This Leafy Green

Looking for new ways to incorporate kale into your everyday meals? We have inspired and delicious recipes that make use of the dark, leafy green. Kale is loaded with nutrients, and these recipes give you plenty of ways to incorporate it into breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Whether you're adding kale to a salad or turning it into a fabulous sheet pan dinner, such as our Roasted Chicken with Kale and Tomato Panzanella, these recipes offer something for everyone and every occasion.

Kale becomes sweeter when grown in cold weather, so it's best to purchase between mid-fall through early spring. When shopping for kale, look for firm, deep-green leaves, and avoid any that are wilted or have yellow spots. To store, keep kale in the coldest part of your refrigerator, loosely wrapped in beeswax paper (plastic-free!). Though it seems like a sturdy vegetable, kale will quickly wilt and turn bitter, so use it quickly.

Kale is spectacular in so many recipes beyond just a sautéed vegetable side dish or as the base for a crunchy salad (though we certainly love it there, too). Take Sausage-and-Kale Stuffed Shells, for example&mdashwho knew that kale was what we were missing in a hearty baked pasta dish? It's the ultimate comfort food that we'll have on repeat all winter long.

Another great way to use kale is in soup. Its study leaves hold up well to the broth and hearty ingredients. Kale, White Bean, and Farro Soup is a delicious vegan recipe to enjoy when the weather gets cooler. Stracciatella Soup with Kale and Lemon updates the classic egg-based Italian soup by adding in leafy kale&mdashand the best part is that this tasty soup comes together in just 35 minutes.

Grab a bundle, strip the leaves, and get to work. Our delicious kale recipes are just around the corner.

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Cucumber Basil Sparkling Lemonade

Happy Friday! I'm an SO excited about today's post because I get to share with you one of the most gorgeous concoctions that you'll find in my friend Lily's book, Kale & Caramel: Recipes for Body, Heart, and Table. Lily is the mad genius behind the beautiful blog, Kale And Caramel, a space where she shares her love for food that nourishes the mind and body. With every one of her posts, she takes her readers on both a written and visual journey. She has such a wonderful way with words—able to draw you into her life in an refreshingly raw and honest fashion. Needless to say I feel quite fortunate to know her, and even luckier to call her a friend.

Lily's book is simply a beautiful extension of her blog. From the first word and image until the last, Lilly has created a book that tantalizes both mind and eye. She's provided a wide variety of recipes even outside the realm of cuisine which highlights the use of herbs and flowers. Tasty things to eat and drink rest comfortably alongside guides to home-made body care products. I have to be honest and say that I want to make every single recipe in this book.

I've already made a few recipes from Lily's book, and this wonderfully vibrant drink is one of my favorites. Fresh lemon juice is blended with cucumber, basil, and topped off with a little soda water to create a drink that's refreshing and energizing. Just the smell of this drink alone is enough to awaken me from my midday slump. With sunnier days coming my way I know this is something I'll be making again and again.

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Watch the video: JoshCast: Kale Lemonade And other Abominations (December 2021).