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Green Lemonade

green kale lemonade drink

After last weeks Almond Joy Chocolate Bark post, I received this message on my Facebook Page from Suzanne Hodgman Hodsden:

That’s really nice, but what about some healthy recipes for us health nuts!

Quite a lot of interesting comments followed hers and a good debate was had by all –except me, I just post the recipes and try to stay out of the debates. And furthermore, while I don’t spend a good deal of time on Facebook, I must confess, I have become a Twitter-a-holic.  So hop on over there and send me a tweet.

Today’s recipe is for Green Lemonade.  Andrea (a friend of my good friend Chris) turned me on to this delightful drink, which was originally conceived by Natalia Rose.

Green Lemonade

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  • 1 bunch kale (use stalks and all)
  • 1 cucumber (I leave the skin on)
  • 1 lemon (I leave the peel on)
  • 1 Granny Smith apple (remove core)
  1. Juice all ingredients
  2. Place green lemonade in glasses
  3. Serve

Serves 2

I often enjoy serving this yummy, healthy green beverage in wine glasses.  Remember to drink it slowly, so that you can absorb and digest every ounce of green goodness.

Speaking of healthy goodness, Diane from The W.H.O.L.E. Gang is starting her 30 Day Food Revolution on April 26th. She has asked 30 different bloggers to join her in sharing how to shift from processed foods or unhealthy foods to the foods our bodies need and love. Check it out!


posted on April 23, 2010

  1. Janet (Pantry Bites) @ pantrybites.com

    I love green drinks. A great way to get all the veggies in one hit.

    As far as posting on healthy food goes, I think having treats such as the almond joy bark is part of eating healthy. You need to have a balance and the almond joy bark is probably far better for you than a Snikers bar.

  2. Andrea

    You’re so sweet to give credit to Natalia Rose, but this version is quite distinct, delicious, and all your own!

  3. Shoshana

    This looks delicious! it is very similar to my favorite “green” juice, but I add ginger too for a bit of spiciness. When I get my juicer back out of storage I will definitely be trying your version too.

  4. Jennifer @ EFTHypnosis.com

    Yum. This is very similar to one I make, except that I use limes instead of lemons and add ginger, too. I’ve been using swiss chard for it recently, since the swiss chard plot in my garden is going crazy. I put it all in the blender with water, rather than juice it, and add stevia to taste.

  5. Sherri

    As a self-proclaimed “health nut” and Registered Dietitian-I look forward to all of your recipes! I even consider the sweets to be a nice treat to be eaten in moderation-with the added benefits of almonds. In fact, studies show that people who treat themselves, tend to maintain a healthier weight and attitude.
    Thanks for all that you do!

  6. Rhonda Ahrens

    I just made this but added sugar snap peas and a pink lady apple with the kale and some mandarin oranges my son did not eat in his lunch. I did not have a lemon but it was fantastic! Better then the chardonnay I was going to enjoy this evening :)

  7. greentaramama @ greenmountainorganics.com

    how about a green smoothie with wild herbs like violet leaves, or chickweed?
    Kale is delicious, but I prefer it cooked. Kale can be something that lowers thyroid function when eaten raw like other brassicas.
    I like parsley , cilantro and other herbs blended with olive oil as a garnish, but most of my greens cooked…

  8. This sounds great! I drink green smoothies on a daily basis, but kale is somthing that is not so easy to find here.Last week,however, I found organic kale at the Farmers Market,so I will try your green lemonande;-)

  9. Allie (Random Teaspoon) @ randomteaspoon.blogspot.com

    I made a version of this with a Meyer Lemon (peel on) and spinach. It’s so sweet and scrumptious, hard to believe it’s so healthy!

  10. I do not have a juicer so this recipe will have to wait… but, as soon as I get one I will make this green lemonade right away :)

    I love green smoothies so I am sure I will thoroughly enjoy this.

  11. lynn rhodes

    do you have to have a juicer,or can you use a blender?

  12. Wow! This looks delicious! I must try the recipe. Perfect for spring time!

  13. Dominique

    I make a similar drink to this every day, it is great for energy! I used to have a juicer but found the clean up to be a bit of a hassle. Now I prefer to blend everything in my blender (with some added water to facilitate the process) and strain through a nutmilk bag or fine muslin set in a mesh strainer. It is a great and cheap alternative to using a juicer :)

  14. Now looks and sounds really easy. I am putting it on my list of things to try this week. Thanks for all the great recipes. I have made your crackers and LOVE them.

    Annie

  15. Amy @ Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free @ simplysugarandglutenfree.com

    This sounds so refreshing. I broke my juicer…I need to get a new one. When I make a green smoothie, I find there’s a subtle sweetness in the greens – I love using cucumbers, apples, kale, spinach, and cabbage. Ginger is a favorite of mine, too.

  16. erin

    I don’t want to live in a world without room for Almond Joy bark……..

  17. Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) @ meghantelpnerblog.com

    I like to add a little cayenne to juices like this- helps slow the sipping and increase the circulation of these power foods.

  18. do you use a juicer for this recipe? or would a blender work?

  19. This green drink looks and sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it! I enjoy your recipes and blogs and have been following you for some time now. I’ve linked your blog on my site and look forward to hearing more about what you have to offer! Thank you!

  20. Kira

    How do you juice the ingredients? In a blender? Or is there some fancy machine I don’t know about.

    Thank you.

  21. Cindy

    Green lemonade is amazing when you have any kind of upset tummy! I got a bad stomach bug right before we went camping and several of the kids got it while we were camping, I made a gallon of this and it helped greatly!

  22. I make something similar for breakfast every morning using spinach instead of kale and lime instead of lemon – yummy and packed with vitamins and minerals! :-)

  23. Tracy

    I don’t have a juicer. Is there any reason not to mix this up in a blender and drink it like a smoothie? I see some people mention doing that but straining out the solids. Is straining necessary?

    I LOVE your site.

    • I mix it all up in a blender too- no straining. All the solids are all the fiber! :3 I actually jussst made some Green Lemonade n randomly googled it to see if anyone had already thought about it haha I mixed around 4 cups of water with a ton of dandelion greens (the top leaf down to about the middle of the stem), a whole lemon (minus the seeds and outermost peel), and 7 big cubes of ice, and a teaspoon of stevia, then blended for like 45 seconds. mmmm! sooooo good :D the bitterness from the stevia and dandelion greens cancelled each other out so it’s just like sweet lemonade, but paccckkkked with nutrients :D :D

  24. food guide @ foodpick.me

    Will it taste very different if I take out the kale? Or whats a good alternative for kale? Its not available here in my place. Thanks!

  25. This looks wonderful! Thanks for posting. Just what I need to get me back into smoothies. Your recipes are always great!

  26. Sanae

    I just made this drink without an apple and maybe diluted a lot more with a lemonade and water. I loved cuke n kale lemonade when I was at Real Food Daily recently. The drink I just made with help of your recipe came pretty close! Thanks so much for posting this! Now I know I can make my own cuke n kale lemonade myself and enjoy any time!

    BTW, I made a lot more of juiced kale, cucumber, and lemon and I put in an ice cube tray to freeze it. Now, I can make this version of kale and cuke lemonade any time I want without too much work!!! I am so excited!

  27. Eve

    Try adding a small (or bigger if you like ginger as much as I do) with all the other ingredients in the Green Juice – delicious.

  28. Lori

    I love juicing. What I found was the juicing takes less digestive energy than blending. But either has its merits. Also, test different combos for what you like. I am not crazy about kale so I don’t use a lot. I don’t like celery or cabbage. I use spinach, green apple, kale, parsley,tomato (yum),any greens, cucumber n lemon.

  29. Pat Patteson

    I was wondering what everyone uses to juice. I have a Brevelle juicer but the strainer doesn’t work anymore and everything comes out in a clump. So, I’m deciding what to buy. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks.

  30. betsy @ ?

    Suzie is my co-worker, I’ll have to give her a hard time about that! Especially since coconut is a very healthy thing, especially the oil! And maple syrup has minerals and antioxidants! But I’ll give this green thing a try. I’ve seen a number of green smoothies with kale and I’m never even a little tempted to try it, until now!

  31. Lisa

    Wowza! This drink packs a punch. I could only stomach a small glass, so if I made this again, I would cut the recipe in half. I think I feel pretty awesome, however, even though it was not easy to get down :)

  32. I am desperate for a new juicer! I’m a smoothie fan, but am periodically practicing juice cleanses with the seasons. I’m also trying to get more veggies into my two daughters!

  33. I can’t wait to try this once I start getting some garden cucumbers!

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