In honor of National Kale Day (today, October 2), we broke out our new Omega Nutrition Center 8004 masticating juicer for the first time to make some energizing and delicious juice to start out the day – featuring, of course, kale.
I know you know how good “green juice” is for you, but I also realize some folks shy away because they either think they won’t like the taste or have tried it and it indeed doesn’t quite suit their palate. But that is no reason to not drink green juice – in fact, there are easy fixes!
The addition of some fresh lemon can help do the trick, and also cucumbers – which juice beautifully – add a mild and refreshing sweetness to the mix as well. But perhaps the biggest “secret” is remembering that your finished product doesn’t have to be bright green in color at all in order to still be “green juice” (as long as the green ingredients are in there somewhere!). Try adding some beets or carrots (both naturally sweet veggies) and your juice will turn brown – but you still get all the green goodness of the other veggies you’ve added.
We happen to like straight up green juice, but today we experimented a little and threw in some concord grapes – hence the purple in “grurple” – and it’s SO good. A touch of sweet/tart to brighten up and round out the greens even more! Not to mention a bonus antioxidant booster. I’m convinced it would help just about any naysayer love green juice. Highly recommend adding some concord grapes in the next time you make juice – whether or not you like the greens as they are!
Here’s the rough recipe we used:
Recipe: “Grurple Juice” (green+purple) (makes about 2 glasses when juiced through a masticating juicer)
What You Need:
- 1 large cucumber
- 8 med/large kale leaves with stalk (I used dino this time)
- chunk of peeled fresh ginger about the size of a a thimble
- 1 granny smith apple
- small handful of concord grapes
What You Do:
- Cut everything into chunks (skin, seeds and all) and feed through the juicer – starting and ending with cucumber
- Give the juice a swirl/stir before pouring into glasses to make sure the juice from each ingredient is at least relatively evenly distributed throughout
- Note: While this recipe works best in a masticating juicer (leafy greens like kale go through it like a wonder), you can also blend all of these ingredients in a blender and then pour through a sieve/strainer into your glass.