Some of you know that I’ve experimented with green smoothies and green juices before, trying to get my kids and my husband to try them. There’s just something about the green color that turns my family off, but I keep trying. Over the summer, one of my friends couldn’t stop raving about the kale and ginger juice she’d been making.
With all the kale I’ve been getting in my CSA Box each week, I decided it was time to try making green juice again, this time for my husband. He’s normally a good sport, but there’s something about green juice that causes him to look at me suspiciously. Perhaps it was the time I tricked him with a Beet and Carrot Smoothie, a vibrant colored red smoothie that had him fooled into thinking he was about to drink a strawberry daquiri (it really didn’t taste bad, but he was expecting something totally different).
My husband’s response to this green juice was “Not Bad,” which in my book means “Pretty Good” so I’ll be making this for him again. He did say he’d prefer it without the ginger, which gives this juice a little kick. Personally, I like the kick.
Not all green juices are created equally, however. One of my friends recently ordered a juice called “The Nasty” at a juice bar. She said it was awful – now I would naturally assume that anything called “The Nasty” would taste just that…nasty. When I asked her what was in it, she said green vegetables, garlic, ginger, and cayenne. Now that does sound pretty nasty for a green juice. I’m definitely still a beginner green juicer. I’d much rather consume that combination in stir-fry form, not a juice.
There are a few juice combinations I’ve seen that I’d like to try:
Kale, celery, beet, carrot and orange
Carrot, beet and cucumber
Carrot, green apple, mint and lime
Here are some of the green drinks I’ve gotten my family to try over the years:
Beginner Green Tea Smoothie (the shot glasses made it easy to get my kids to try these)
Beginner Green Smoothie (the very first one my kids tried)
Kale Spinach Lettuce Apple Green Juice (my kids did not try this one but my husband did)
Have you tried green juice or green smoothies? If so, what’s your favorite combination? If not, would you consider it?
Today, I’m participating in Food Network’s Summer Fest event where Grapes are being featured. Be sure to check out what my fellow foodie friends made this week:
The Heritage Cook: Chicken Breasts with Fresh Grape-Wine Reduction Sauce
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Roasted Grapes with Balsamic Drizzle
Red or Green: Grape and Tomato Salsa
Virtually Homemade: Grape Sorbet
Weelicious: Frozen Grapes
The Sensitive Epicure: Green grapes, Drunken Goat Cheese and Jalapenos on a Toothpick
Domesticate Me: Gingered Grape Cocktail Granitas
Made by Michelle: Quinoa with Grapes, Figs and Caramelized Onions
Taste With The Eyes: Chevre Chaud with Grape Arugula Salad, Limoncello Dressing
Devour: Grape-Filled Desserts
FN Dish: 10 Grape-Forward Recipes
- 1 bunch organic kale
- 1 cup organic grapes
- 1 slice ginger, optional
- juice of one lemon wedge
- Feed kale, grapes and ginger through juicer feeding tube. Squeeze lemon juice into kale juice. Serve.