Spinach, apple and carrot juice is an old classic and usually on my rotation several times a week (at least as a base). However, this week there was a recipe on kale and pears so I decided to stock up on that and try something a little different.
Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods out there (thanks, Dr. Fuhrman!) as its ranked high on the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) so this may replace spinach as my regular. Lately, kale has been making a trendy appearance these days with even Gwyneth Paltrow gulping kale juice 3 times a day but please don’t let that deter you from using kale in your juices. It really is great for you!
Kale is loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, manganese, dietary fiber, copper, calcium, Vitamin B6 and potassium. In homeopathic medicine kale has traditionally been used to help treat ailments like anemia, asthma, eye problems, weight loss, skin problems, impotence, hair loss, hay fever and arthritis.
I will warn you, though that kale has a very strong taste so it may take a while before you get used to it. You may want to throw in an extra pear, apple or even orange in there to sweeten it up a bit at first if you can’t really handle it. I was okay making the switch no problem, though.
This juice is also a great base for lots of other ones. There are an array of different juice possibilities building off of this and I will be sure to post them as I go along.
1 large bunch of kale (I just cut it up and roll into balls and juice in segments with stem and all)
2 large pears (I used a Bartlett and a Bosc but feel free to use whatever you have on hand but if they’re small you may want to use 3)
4 large carrots