Kale Spinach Lettuce Apple Green Juice is a nutritious start to your day.
You might have some friends who’ve tried a juice fast or juice cleanse, especially after some indulgent eating. I’ve had friends who’ve paid a lot of money for cleansing plans. Maybe you’ve even tried it yourself. I’ve experimented with juicing the last few years, but haven’t actually tried a strict juice fast or cleanse.
These days, you can find “fresh” juices in some stores, but these aren’t really fresh since the very nutrients and enzymes that you’re trying to capture from fresh juicing gets lost over time. Plus, they are super expensive. The best way to ensure you’re getting the maximum amount of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and antioxidants from juices is to make your own juice.
Juicing isn’t a replacement for eating your fruits and vegetables, but it’s a great way to get a jump start and to supplement your daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Whole fruits and vegetables provide fiber and additional nutrients from the flesh and pulp, so think of juicing as a supplement, not a replacement for eating whole fruits and vegetables. Unless, that is, you make soup or muffins out of the pulp.
There is one exception I might make to the paragraph above. A few years ago, I met a woman, Doris Sokosh, who is a cancer survivor in her 80’s, but was on her deathbed with metastatic breast cancer in her 40’s. The doctors had given up on her and her husband was looking for alternative therapies when he came across a non-profit organization called F.A.C.T. (Foundation for Advancement in Cancer Therapy). Ruth Sackman, the founder of F.A.C.T., suggested starting Doris on juices, mainly carrot juice. Doris’ appetite and ability to digest food was very limited at the time, so whatever she was able to take in was of the highest quality for the maximum benefit. (You can read about Doris’ story, including how she made a remarkable recovery that started with juicing carrots in her book, Triumph Over Cancer , which includes whole food recipes that were essential to her recovery and good health.)
Vegetables are the best food to juice – they’re just as nutritious as fruit but have a lot less sugar and fewer calories than fruit juice. Pulpy vegetable juice is even better because it has fiber. Juice made with 100% vegetables might not be palatable to many people, so adding some fruit definitely sweetens the deal. You just want to be mindful of how much fruit juice you’re drinking since fruit juice is naturally high in sugar and calories.
- 1 romaine lettuce leaf = 1 calories, 0 grams sugar, 10% DV vitamin A, 2% DV vitamin C
- 1 cup kale = 33 calories, 0 grams sugar, 206% DV vitamin A, 134% DV vitamin C, 9% DV calcium, 6% DV iron
- 1 cup spinach = 7 calories, 0 grams sugar, 56% DV vitamin A, 14% DV vitamin C, 3% DV calcium, 5% DV iron
- 1 medium stalk celery = 6 calories, 1 gram sugar, 4% DV vitamin A, 2% DV vitamin C, 2% DV calcium
- 1 medium cucumber = 24 calories, 3 grams sugar, 3% DV vitamin A, 11% DV vitamin C, 3% DV calcium, 2% DV iron
- 1 medium carrot = 25 calories, 3 grams sugar, 204% DV vitamin A, 6% DV vitamin C, 2% DV calcium, 1% DV iron
- 1 medium beet = 35 calories, 6 grams sugar, 1% DV vitamin A, 7% DV vitamin C, 1% DV calcium, 4% DV iron
- 1/2 cup pineapple = 41 calories, 8 grams sugar, 1% DV vitamin A, 65% vitamin C, 1% DV calcium, 1.5% DV iron
- 1 orange = 65 calories, 13 grams sugar, 6% DV vitamin A, 106% DV vitamin C, 6% DV calcium, 1% DV iron
- 1 medium apple = 77 calories, 16 grams sugar, 1% DV vitamin A, 11% DV vitamin C, 1% DV calcium, 1% DV iron
- 1 /2 cup grapes = 52 calories, 11.5 grams sugar, 1% DV vitamin A, 13.5% DV vitamin C, 1% DV calcium, 1.5% DV iron
If you’re drinking one glass of juice a day, make sure it’s a good one – one that has the biggest bang for the buck. Consider a green juice sweetened with a bit of fruit like this Kale Spinach Lettuce Apple Green Juice. As you can see, juice made with 100% fruit = a lot more calories and sugar than juice made with vegetables.
Recently, I received a Bella NutriPro Cold Press Juicer to try out – I was game since I’m still pretty new to juicing. I was curious about the two-stage cold press juicing technology (my inner geek is coming out) that this juicer uses to make fresh juice. This technology operates using a chewing method to produce juice from fruits and vegetables. There’s a juicing screw that mechanically crushes, compresses and squeezes the juice out. This method is supposed to extract more juice from fruits and vegetables than other conventional juicers that use fast-spinning blades that cut and pulverize fruits and vegetables, shredding and breaking open cell walls, exposing the juice to oxygen and affecting the integrity of the nutrients and enzymes. NutriPro says their no-blade, cold press technology minimizes oxidation since no heat is used, and therefore more nutrients and enzymes are preserved.
I have made juices using carrots, beets, apples, kale, spinach, lettuce and pineapple using the NutriPro Juicer. I’ve also made almond milk, soy milk, and tried making banana “ice cream” using it. This juicer did a fine job of juicing the fruits and vegetables I used, although I’ve noted some suggestions below that will help the new user. I was also able to make almond milk and soybean milk very easily using the juicer (both require soaking the nuts and soybeans overnight and using the strainer to remove excess pulp; I also cooked the soybean milk which is the traditional Chinese method). Although the instruction book says the NutriPro juicer can make sorbets from frozen fruit, the banana “ice cream” did not work out very well. Much of the frozen banana pieces ended up getting stuck inside the machine and yielded a small portion of frozen banana “ice cream.” relative to the amount of banana I fed into the machine. A strong blender would have been better for making sorbet out of frozen fruits.
This juicer is also supposed to be to juice wheatgrass, although I haven’t tried that yet. Wheatgrass is sometimes difficult to extract juice from juicers using fast spinning blade technology, so I am curious whether the cold press technology is capable of making wheatgrass juice successfully.
There are a few things potential users of this juicer should know. Due to the cold press technology, this juicer takes longer to juice than the fast-spinning blade juicers, and any hard vegetable (carrots, beets) and fruits need to cut into smaller pieces so they don’t jam in the machine. If the machine does jam, there is a reverse button on the machine. The juice extracted is also pulpier than what you might get from some other juicers.
The juicer comes with a strainer that fits nicely on top of the container that collects the juice. I would highly recommend this strainer if you make almond milk or soybean milk (you can also use cheesecloth or a nut milk bag). I liked the idea of having a little extra fiber left in the vegetable and fruit juices, so I did not use the strainer for these.
Like most juicers, this juicer requires some extra care cleaning the filter, but all parts are dishwasher safe. The only part I had trouble cleaning was the pulp spout which required some poking and prodding to clean (I used the back of the cleaning brush or a chopstick to remove the excess pulp).
There are a few tips that I can give anyone who is using the Bella NutriPro Juicer for the first time:
- Make sure hard vegetables and fruits are cut into smaller pieces; otherwise, they might get stuck in the juicer
- Alternate soft and harder vegetables and fruits
- Remove peel and pith of citrus fruits before juicing
You can watch me demo the Bella NutriPro Juicer on YouTube. I was practicing for my debut on Google+ Hangout for Super Bowl Sunday.
For more juice recipe ideas, check out:
Wellness Juice Shot, Lexie’s Kitchen
Drinking Your Veggies|A Trio of Juice Recipes, Gourmande in the Kitchen
Juice Cleanse, What’s Gaby Cooking
Daily Juice, Spabetti
Kale Spinach Lettuce Apple Green Juice
- 2 medium stalks celery
- 4 romaine heart leaves or 2 outer leaves
- 2 kale leaves
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 medium green apple
- 1/2 medium cucumber
- 1/2 lemon rind and pith removed
- 1 slice ginger the size of a quarter
Feed ingredients into juicer and juice.
Disclosure: I received a Bella NutriPro juicer to review and my opinions expressed in this post are my own.
A wealth of amazing and important information… and I am sure a delicious drink too! Great job!
Thanks Amanda, glad you enjoyed the information I shared. I was curious myself about the nutrients in the juice I was making and surprised to see how high the sugar content was, so adjusted my vegetable/fruit mix accordingly.
Hello! I have Oral Allergy Syndrome which means I am allergic (irritant only) to apples, peaches, plums, pears. Do you have any ideas for a substitute for apples? Thanks!
Amanda – how about grapes or pineapple?
I don’t think I could ever go on an all-juice cleanse, but I definitely wouldn’t mind incorporating it into my life! One of these days I’ll get a juicer and when I do…this recipe is a must-try!
Such a pretty color!
Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. says
great stuff! This is right up my alley
Grace Hauver says
Do I have to purchase a juicer? Won’t my blender work?
A blender is great for smoothies (and would include all the fiber from the fruits and vegetables), but it won’t make the same consistency of juice as a juicer. I’ve made beet and carrot smoothies in a blender using cooked vegetables. If you use raw, you might be able to strain the juice out. I haven’t tried it before. Let me know if you do. I’m curious how it would turn out.
You can blend and use a nut bag to strain if you don’t have a juicer
Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies says
I’ve been using my blender to make juices, but I can see how for something like this, a juicer might work better. That’s a lot of nutrition in one glass of juice!
Alyssa (Everyday Maven) says
That sounds really refreshing Jeanette! Enjoy your new juicer 🙂
I just bought some organic kale and now I am really interested to try this. No juicer though…hmmmm!
Vascular Vein Specialists says
I’ve never had a taste for home-made juices, they always seem so blah and untasty to me. Thanks for sharing though, this has given me some inspiration to experimenting with some fruit cock-tails again.
France @ Beyond The Peel says
The ginger and apple are a fabulous way of balancing out the flavor of all those greens. I love a good green juice to start my day. Great recipe Jeanette.
Grace Hauver says
Any recommendations for juicers?
I am never a fan of spinach. The sound of that word itself makes my face go sour, but I’ll try making this Kale Spinach lettuce apple green juice it looks so yummy and healthy!
Hi.. its a very delicious juice.. i like to Drink it. There are lot of vitamins..which makes me healthy.. I use it usually for refreshing myself.. i recommend it…
imran hossain says
Such a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing your poignant words with us.
I’m a big fan of spinach made juices and I absolutely LOVE everything you did to lighten it up! Great use for cottage cheese, which is something I always have on hand.I think everybody love it.
Gurjeet Gurditta says
I really appreciate your article, especially at this point of time when I was consulting a doctor to initiate a cleansing process . Though, I have always been aware of the cleansing properties of vegetable juices , my taste buds could not succumb to the taste. However, I tried Kale Spinach Lettuce Apple Green Juice & Must say “Healthy & Yummy!”
md.mahmudun hasan says
Vegetable juicing is critical to good health because it is an important source of raw food. Each of us needs raw foods every day, and juicing is an excellent way to make certain you receive large quantities of such raw foods.
Arif Alam says
I already buy this juicer for my family after know about it from this website. Yes there are a few things potential users of this juicer. It’s actually cold press technology, this juicer takes longer to juice than the fast-spinning blade juicers. Any hard vegetable (carrots, beets) and fruits need to cut into smaller pieces. After drinking juice we feel very comfortable. We come with a strainer that fits nicely on top of the container that collects the juice. We would highly recommend about this strainer. I also liked the idea of having a little extra fiber left in the vegetable and fruit juices, so I did not use the strainer for these.
Last of all tanks for sharing this information, this has given me some inspiration to experimenting with some fruit cock-tails again.
Such a gorgeous juice. I need to try this.
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Great Info! Thanks for the recipe and sharing the important information. I’ve trying to make fresh juice at least once a week. It is a great way to get all the nutrients and vitamins naturally!
Davida @ The Healthy Maven says
I absolutely love juices but I just need to buck up and buy a juicer! Thanks so much for linking up lovely 🙂
Juicers are definitely an investment – thanks for the linkup!