I admit that I have never been a big fan of juicing. For one thing, I don’t own an elite juicer, like the Omega 800 or the Breville JEXL. And, secondly, I have a difficult time justifying $9.00 (or more) for a 12 ounce cup at my local juice bar. But, after a long weekend with friends, where football and fatty foods dictated, I turned to the juice craze to help me jump start my week.
Since I wanted to use juicing as a means to help reverse the damages of the past weekend, I decided to make a detoxifying green juice. This would begin with lots of kale, some fresh mint and cucumber. And, to make it a bit medicinal, I added fresh ginger. But, at first taste, the juice resembled more of a purified kale salad then a refreshing juice. So, I added apple and honey to sweeten my concoction, along with coconut water and purified water to achieve the right consistency.
Finally, I achieved a juice I would enjoy drinking! I loved the flavor combinations and, more than anything, the way it made me feel. Maybe it was all in my head, but I swear this juice made me immediately feel better about myself and my healthy approach to the week.
Juicing complete…and, liver on the mend! xoxo, E.
- ½ cup Apple, peeled and chopped (approx. 1 small)
- ½ cup Cucumber, peeled and chopped (approx. 1 medium)
- 1½ t Honey
- 2 cups Kale, rinsed, center-ribs removed; roughly chopped
- 8 Sprigs of Fresh Mint
- 1 T Fresh Ginger, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 T Fresh Lime Juice (approx. juice of 1 medium-sized lime)
- 1½ cups Cold Purified Water
- Place all ingredients in a large blender and process 1 minute on the highest setting.
- Place a fine mesh sieve (or layered cheesecloth) over a medium-sized mixing bowl. Then, in batches, pour the mixture into the sieve and push the liquid through with the back of a wooden spoon. You will produce 2 cups of juice; discard any remaining bi-product from the sieve (typically about ¼ cup of bi-product will remain)
- Pour the juice into your glass of choice and enjoy chilled. Reserved juice can be stored 1 day in a sealed container; just shake to re-emulsify.