Millennial Juicer

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A New Year, A New Juicer, A new Juice – Kaleiwi Lemonade Surprise February 12, 2011

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Curly kale

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This thing called life got a hold of me for the past few months so the inspiration to create new drinks waned for a bit, but now it’s back with a vengeance.

I know that at this point everyone is tired of kale this and kale that, but there’s a reason it’s everywhere. Kale ties with collard greens for being at the top of the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI) with a score of 1,000. ANDI assigns a score to a variety of foods based on how many nutrients they deliver to your body in each calorie consumed so you’re able to get a sense of what foods give you the highest nutrient potential with the fewest calories. Check out Eat for Health by Dr. Joel Fuhrman (developer of the ANDI scores) for a more detailed explanation of ANDI scores.

Not only is kale highly nutritious, but it contains sulforaphane (an organosulfur compound with anticancer properties) and carotenoids, which protect the eyes from excessive exposure to UV light and can help decrease the rick of cataracts and macular degeneration.

In addition, kale helps prevent constipation (oh boy does it…wonder why it’s called ‘surprise’? ha!), high blood pressure, and weight gain.

The trouble with kale is its intense flavor that many people can’t handle. I have to admit that the first time I tried kale juice it was disgusting. However, after trial and error I developed just the right recipes that balanced out the taste of kale so that I was able to actually enjoy the taste of this super-good-for-you juice.

Kaleiwi Lemonade Surprise

1 large bunch of kale (just rinse and juice leaves, stems and all)

2 large carrots

1 large lemon, peeled (Be sure to leave as much as the pith or ‘soft white part’ as it’s highly nutritious, but juicing any of the peel will make your juice undrinkable)

3 kiwis (No need to peel as the peel contains nutrients and is how they’re supposed to be eaten anyway)

3 medium apples

1 Minneola tangelo; orange, tangerines, etc. will also work (Be sure to leave as much as the pith or ‘soft white part’ as it’s highly nutritious, but juicing any of the peel will make your juice undrinkable)

1 celery stalk (Make sure to keep the leaves on if there are any as not only are they tasty but nutritious)



Kalelicious Carrot Pear Juice November 12, 2010

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.

Kalelicious Carrot Pear Juice

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