Green Lemonade

So, as some of you may know, I recently got a juicer and won’t shut up about it. I’ve honestly used it over 10 times since getting it less than a week ago. I’m just amazed at the yummy, healthy drinks I can make with it – and also the insane amount of veggies and fruits needed to make a good sized glass of juice. The juice I’ve been making the most is Green Lemonade, from Natalia Rose’s Raw Food Detox Diet book.

Makes about 20 ounces

1 head romaine or celery
5 or 6 stalks kale (any type)
1 to 2 apples (as needed for sweetness. seeded.)
1 whole organic lemon (you don’t have to peel it)
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh ginger (optional)

It would take a lot of effort to eat that many raw greens in one sitting, and probably would be a bit much for your belly to handle. The beauty of juicing is that the fiber is separated from the liquid in the veggie or fruit, so you’re just left with all the nutrients in an easier-to-digest form. Try throwing all that into a smoothie…it would be a bit much! Plus, fresh veggie juice counts towards your water intake, so you don’t have to go so crazy trying to drink 8 glasses of water a day. (Very different than bottled juice. I’ll get to that in another post.)

I know the juice is super green and may turn some people off, but I swear it actually tastes really good. The apple and lemon ease the “green” taste of the drink, and ginger adds a nice kick if that’s your thing. I’ve been changing it up a little since we have a pineapple in the fridge. Here’s a similar recipe that’s a bit sweeter:

1 head romaine
6 stalks kale
1 apple (seeded)
1/2 lemon (don’t need to peel)
1 big slice pineapple (can include the skin)
about an inch of fresh ginger

Throw small pieces (one or two at a time) through the juicer and voila! Ready to go.

Beautiful romaine lettuce from Tendercrop Farm


 

A salad this size normally takes me a few days to eat...


 

Nutrition on the go!


 

Stay tuned for more juice recipes! I’ll include more nutrition info in the next post. Speaking of nutrition, I’m going to have to come up with some funky fresh cocktails now that I have this juicer!
 

 

 

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