Kale is the most readily available vegetable on the planet and a hot vegetable for the health conscious people! Having kale on everyday meals is easy and any juiced up kale will give you enormous health benefits.
Apart from its cleansing properties, kale juice has far higher quantities of vitamin A, C, K, potassium, calcium, iron, and beta-carotene than any other vegetable or fruit. Other benefits of drinking fresh kale juice include; helps in weight reduction with only 36 calories per single serving and zero cholesterol. It also aids in digestion and reduces the risk of stroke.
Kale juice is easily made at home but if the taste is anything to go by, having the right kind of combination of kale and other vegetables or fruits need a little experimenting to come up with great tasting kale juice – this is not rocket science, it just needs creativity.
Getting Your Ingredients: Organic vs. Non-organic?
The first step is to buy all the ingredients that you will need to make your tasty kale juice. Albeit expensive, organic produce is highly recommended for your health especially when it comes to preparing raw vegetable juices.
However, if organic produce becomes too expensive or hard to find, you must wash off thoroughly and peel off fruits that can be peeled though this cannot completely rid off harmful pesticides. While it’s easy to peel the apples, vegetables such as kales, mint leaves, celery stalk, and grapes cannot be peeled or thoroughly washed. Wash delicate fruits such as grapes in a grade fruit and veggie washer to avoid them bursting.
The best method of cleaning vegetables to rid off the toxins is by soaking in a bowl of water mixed with half cup vinegar. Leave each vegetable in its own bowl for about 5-10 minutes and finally rinse off in cold running water. Here are 3 tasty kale juice recipes that you can try to get off the rut of old boring recipes.
1. The Ultimate Kale Juice
- 8 kale leaves
- 2-3 large green apples
- 3 stalks celery
- 1 piece fresh ginger
- 1 large cucumber
- ½ lemon
- Sprig of Mint leaves
- ½ cup water/fresh juice
Blend all the ingredients in a blender for about 2 minutes to get a completely smooth kale juice. This blend will yield 2 servings. Pour the contents into a glass jar or bowl and rinse off the blender immediately.
This delicious kale juice is popular with a perfect balance of fruits and vegetables – It’s also ideal for detoxing. The apples used in the juice sweeten the kale juice and an extra apple can be added to your serving to sweeten the juice to your taste. Other sweeteners that can be added as desired are honey, stevia, or agave nectar. Moreover, apples contain polyphenols and are a good source of pectin, fiber and 10 other different types of vitamins.
On the other hand, cucumbers are 95% water and a good source of trace minerals such as potassium, manganese, biotin, Vitamin B1, phosphorus, and silica. Celery helps in bowel movement and has a great aroma and taste.
Using a lemon in the kale juice will not only eliminate the bitter taste of the green leafy vegetable but will also help in the preservation of the juice since it contains citric acid.
2. Kale Grape Juice with a Kick of Ginger
- 7 kale leaves
- 1 cup organic grapes
- 1 piece of fresh ginger
- ½ cup water/fresh juice
- 1 lemon
Prepare all the ingredients and blend in a powerful blender. Pour the green kale juice in a bowl, squeeze the lemon juice and serve. Grapes are a fiber powerhouse in treating constipation related problems, kidney disorders, and prevention of cancer.
Grape is a delicious fruit that is popular for its taste, flavor, and texture. Loaded with important nutrients, grapes have high antioxidant content and are known to slow down ageing by reducing damages caused by free radicals. Again, here the lemon is used to counter the bitterness from the kale.
3. Tropical Sweet Kale Juice
- 8 kale leaves
- 2-3 pieces of pineapples
- 1 orange
- 1 mango
- ½ cup water/ fresh juice
Just like its name, tropical sweet kale juice is delicious and tasty and gets rid of impurities in the liver. Pineapple is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, supports the immune system, strengthens bones and helps in proper digestion of food.
On the other hand, oranges are good for your skin and are a fantastic source of vitamin C. They provide dietary fibre and taste really great in kale juice, especially on a hot summer afternoon.
Storing kale juice
Glass containers have largely been recommended as best when it comes to storing your juice. You may also consider glass containers which have a large mouth to make it easy when cleaning after use. A stainless steel thermos is safer and can be used in place of plastic bottles which seep toxins to food and drinks. Several containers would be appropriate to separate portions into “single servings” that can be drunk all at once after opening.
Once you are done with making your juice, you can refrigerate it for 24- 48 hours. If for whatever reason you must store the juice longer than 48 hours, freeze it in ice-cube trays. However, this is highly discouraged because freezing fresh juice totally dissipates all the nutrients and when defrosted, it must be consumed immediately.
Always remember to store the kale juice for the shortest time possible to avoid losing nutrients by exposing the cell wall of the fresh juice in the air for a long time.
Fresh kale juice provides that extra nutrition that lacks in a diet. Kale juice will also allow you to consume the best possible quantity of vegetables efficiently.
When you feel tired and run down, remember to make any of these 3 tasty kale juices and for even more nutrients and a boost of energy, add our Beehive Vitality Superfoods to your juices.