Juicing Kale

Juicing Kale


If you don’t already know, kale is currently the vegetable to juice.

This ‘king’ of vegetables is extremely nutritional and very high in fiber, helping to create the bulk you need to fill you up and keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals, kale is a dieter’s dream food.

 

Health Benefits of Kale

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  • Carotenoids such as beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxathin. These keep UV rays from damaging the eyes and causing cataracts
  • Calcium – helps prevent osteoperosis
  • Vitamin C, K, A
  • Folic Acid + Vitamin B6 – keep homocystiene levels down and help prevent heart disease, dementia, and osteoporosis bone fractures
  • Manganese – helps your body’s antioxidant defense system, protecting you from damaging free radicals
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Lowers cholesterol level
  • Has an overall alkalising effect on the body
  • Great for detox
  • High in chlorophyll
  • Purifies your blood

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Tips on Juicing Kale (and other leafy greens)

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TIP #1   A teaspoon of oil helps the kale go down

Because kale leaves are very fibrous and dry, it will tend to clog up when juiced on its own through cold press juicers like the Juicepresso.

However, we heard a tip from a health nutritionist to add a tiny amount of flaxseed oil into the juicer when juicing. This will actually help to ‘lubricate’ the insides of the juicer while it juices the kale leaves, giving you much better results!

There are other good health oils you can incorporate into your juices especially when juicing dry leafy greens, such as fish oil, evening primrose oil, cod liver oil and hemp oil. Usually, a tiny teaspoon is enough to do the trick.

TIP #2   Cut it, roll it, alternate it

Juicing leafy greens on their own will tend to clog up any cold press juicer on its way down. But if you follow the tips below, it’ll help you produce better, smoother juice with less risk of clogging:

  • Refrigerate: Use greens that have been in the fridge, i.e. they are cold. Cold produce (both fruits and vegetables) produce much better juice with less pulp 
  • Cut: Cut leaves / stalks up into shorter 1-2 inch lengths for juicing because longer fibres will get tangled up in the auger.
  • Roll / Wrap: Roll up the kale leaves before putting them in, or wrap a kale leaf around another harder ingredient (e.g. a carrot or a celery stick)
  • Alternate: Alternate with other fruits or vegetables while juicing. You wouldn’t drink kale on its own anyway. It’s best to alternate the leafy/fibrous ingredients with the non-fibrous ingredients when juicing. This helps the juicer to ‘chew’ the produce more efficiently without it having to go through too much fibrous produce in one go.
  • Set the pace: Also be sure to pace yourself when feeding ingredients into the juicer. Our customer service champion, Cassie, finds that cutting while juicing is helpful in setting the right pace and also saves you time as you’re prepping while juicing. Excellent tip, Cass!

 

If your juicer stops while you’re juicing leafy ingredients, it’s probably because the leaves have become entangled inside. Put your Juicepresso into reverse to untangle it, and then go back to juicing. Remember to cut your ingredients into smaller pieces so that the juicer doesn’t get stuck chewing them. This is especially so with leafy greens and fibrous vegetables like celery.

 

 

Kale Juice Recipe Ideas

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Sweet ‘n’ Simple

  • 6 kale leaves
  • 3 oranges

 

Kale Salad Juice

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1/2 medium sized beet
  • 2.5 stalks celery
  • 1/3 head red cabbage
  • 1 apple

 

Kale Celery

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1.5 apples
  • 1 thumb of ginger

 

Kale and Grapes

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 3 cups seedless grapes

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Sweet Kale Soother

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 pear
  • 7 carrots
  • 2.5 cups strawberries
  • 1 thumb of ginger

 

Kale with Grapefruit

  • 1 apple
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 3-4 celery stalks
  • 1 head of kale
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 lime 

Dr. Oz’s Green Drink

  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 cups cucumber
  • 1 head celery
  • 1/2 inch teaspoon ginger root
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 2 apples
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 lemon

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Have a recipe of your own for kale juice or other leafy greens? Share it with us below or tell us your own tip for juicing greens!


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