kale lemonade

Ah, the weekend!  It can be a quiet time to kick up your heels and relax or two-day party extravaganza.   Both are fun, but the last thing you want to do is wake up Monday morning feeling sluggish and puffy from overindulging in food and drinks.

This amazing recipe for Kale Lemonade is an tasty and easy way to fight bloat and re-energize the body.  Each ingredient is a detoxing powerhouse in it’s own right.  Pairing them together helps to ignite your digestive juices and will flush the

All you need is a juicer, a large glass and the following five ingredients:

Kale: Full of antioxidants, iron and vitamins A, C, E and K, kale is a super vegetable that helps to lower cholesterol and boost your immune system.  Kale is also high in fiber and sulfur, which helps to cleanse the liver of impurities.

Lemon: Even though this citrus fruit tastes acidic, lemons are actually alkalizing and help to restore the body’s natural pH levels.  Rich in vitamin C and flavonoids, they are anti-bacterial and help to fight off infections.  Lemons are also a wonderful stimulant for the liver and work to dissolve uric acid and other poisons that can build up in bile.

Honey:  Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory, this golden nectar is a sweet treat with powerful benefits for your body.  Bees add an enzyme when making honey that creates hydrogen peroxide.  This is know to kill bacteria and fight infections.  Honey also has a low hypoglycemic levels, which unlike other sweeteners, helps to regulate blood sugar levels.

Ginger: This potent root has been used in Chinese medicine for over 2000 years.  Ginger is a powerful painkiller and well known in China for its anti-inflammatory properties.  It helps to aid in digestion and inhibits fatty deposits in your arteries.  Chock full of chromium, magnesium and zinc, it also helps to improve blood flow and has been known to help clear sinuses.

Apple: We all have heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and for good reason!  High in soluble fiber and vitamin C, apples are often overlooked as a super-food because they are readily available in the market.  But they have been proven to help fight cataracts, repair oxidation damage during normal cell activity, lower cholesterol and even help to whiten teeth.

A couple of tips:

  • There is no need to peel the ginger.  If there are any dark spots just cut them off, otherwise rinse and you are ready to go.  Be careful not to go overboard or use too much!  Ginger has a very strong flavor and can overwhelm the senses if you are not used to it.  If the ginger taste is too strong, add a little bit of water at the end to help dilute the flavor.
  • When preparing the lemon, don’t worry about separating or taking the seeds out.  Just peel the outer skin and put through the juicer whole.
  • The first time you make this, I recommend picking a sweet apple, like Gala or Pink Lady.  Kale, lemon and ginger are all strong flavors and this will help tone down their bite.

Recipe adapted from Joyful Belly

Fresh Start Detox: Kale Lemonade

Total Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 1


  • 1 lb kale, washed with stems trimmed
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger
  • 1 medium apple, cut and cored
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1 teaspoon honey


  1. Put kale, ginger, apple and lemon (in that order) through juicer.
  2. Add honey to juice.
  3. Stir and enjoy.

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