My friend Victoria recently read Gwyneth Paltrow’s new book, It’s All Good. After enjoying a particularly naughty month of patios and music festivals, V decided we should detox a bit and try Gwyneth’s green juice recipe, which she apparently recommends having each morning.
To be honest, while I love smoothies… I hadn’t really found a green version I liked yet. I had tried adding spinach to smoothies with blueberries, but the colour and flavour just didn’t appeal.
I think the best part of this recipe is that it doesn’t aim to be sweet (the way my blueberry/spinach combos end up). It’s a refreshing blend of kale, lemon, apple, ginger and mint. I actually love it. It doesn’t try to hide the green, it flaunts it.
As you may know from my previous orange creamsicle smoothie post, I now have a Blendtec blender. It has a “whole juice” function, which can actually pulverize whole fruits and vegetables into a juice-like consistency (even raw carrots!). The consistency can still be a bit thick, but if you add enough water, it goes down easy… and you’re getting all the fibre. If you don’t have a fancy juicer, Blendtec or Vitamix, you can always try this in a regular blender – maybe just try cutting the pieces up smaller and giving it an extra long blend (if you try this, let me know if it works). You can also try straining the resulting blend, if the consistency bothers you.
We made a big batch of the juice and actually found that it keeps for a day or two in the fridge… maybe even tasting a bit better on day two when it’s cold.
Gwyneth’s Green Juice
- 5 kale leaves (remove stems)
- 1 lemon (peeled and seeded, but otherwise… throw it in!)
- 1 piece of ginger (to taste – around an inch)
- Sprig of mint
- 1 apple (cored and chopped, with skin)
- Water to taste
Blend all of these ingredients together and add water until it’s the consistency you like. We experimented with different amounts of ginger and mint.
- Kale is high in iron, vitamins A and K, calcium and antioxidants. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Vitamin A plays a role in immunity, vision and skin health (thanks to antioxidant properties), while vitamin K is an essential nutrient for normal blood clotting and helps with bone health.
- Lemons are excellent liver detoxifiers. They are also alkalizing for the body (which is important for restoring the body’s pH) and rich in vitamin C (a big time antioxidant).
- Ginger is very anti-inflammatory and soothing to your stomach. It also helps boost your immune system and is a natural antibiotic.
- Mint is a good digestive aid. It’s also said to be anti-cancer and helpful in relieving allergy symptoms.
- Apples are full of pectin (a soluble fibre). As such, they are said to help reduce cholesterol and high blood pressure. The quercetin found in apples is also a powerful antioxidant.
I’ve since discovered Gwyneth’s website and blog, goop. It has some great recipes, along with other topics under the headings: make, go, get, do, be and see. I’m game to try her 7-day detox diet if someone wants to join me? (Maybe in the fall?)
Let me know your favourite green juice/smoothie combinations in the comments section below. I’m ready to experiment with more green!