Green Detox Juice! Fuji apple, cucumber, kale, lemon and ginger!! Because we all have to detox every now and then!!
What the What? Where are the desserts?! is probably what you’re thinking right about now. Detoxing has not crossed the face of this blog ever so why now? And why so green? Well, for the last month I hit a funk in the recipe and cravings department. It was like my taste buds just weren’t feeling anything.
While on vacation I had my notebook ready to go for all the wonderfully sinful dessert ideas I knew were going to pop into my head once I relaxed. But to my surprise only “good for you” healthy things started coming out onto the notepad. Was it the salty, humid air? The warm sunshine filled days? The sound of the ocean crashing against the sand? The smell of the chlorine in the pool, maybe the fumes? The fact I was in a swim suit everyday and shorts/tanks every night? The fact everything was in bloom and colorful? I really have no clue but I’m leaning towards the chlorine fumes and decided to roll with it.
South Florida has a wonderful array of restaurants, many of which include juice bars (something my small town would laugh at). One morning at breakfast we happened upon a wonderful joint and instead of the usual cravings for pancakes and omelets I was craving juice, veggie juice to be clear. I went for it and seriously I could not get enough. I chose a culmination of ginger, cucumbers, apple, lemon and kale. Since being home I am still craving this juice and decided to make one of my own.
First I had to find and then wash off the old juicer, lets just say it was a little dusty. Then I had to assemble all my ingredients, Fuji apple, cucumber, kale, lemon and ginger. I buy my ginger in a tube, it saves me a lot of time and it tastes identical to fresh grated. I then remembered to go back and forth between juicing the juicy veggie/fruits with the not so juicy. Lets take kale for instance, not overwhelmingly juicy, so I would juice that first then juice a slice of cucumber to keep the juicer flowing.
The Fuji apple was selected for a reason, though it adds a slight sweetness it is also a tart apple so it balances nicely. The cumber is a super form of hydration and freshness. The lemon (with peel) is like adding a tart burst of sunshine into the glass. The kale adds super nutrients to the mix and the ginger is a slight bite that aids with the digestion. All together you have a bright, sweet, tart, juice that is so delicious and good for you! And one note…DON’T forget the ice!! The ice just adds to the bright freshness and would not be the same at room temp.
Bottoms up! Enjoy!
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Green Detox Juice
- 1/2 of one large Fuji apple cut into slices that will fit into juicer.
- 2 large dinosaur kale leaves
- 1 cup cut up cucumber
- 1/2 of lemon including peel
- 1/2 Tbsp ginger. If using ginger from a tube this can be stirred into the juice since its already grated.
- Juice all ingredients, per manufactures instructions, in juicer.
- Stir and then pour over ice.
- Garnish with slice of lemon (optional).
~I used dinosaur kale (all green), if you cannot find this you can use any kale but the it may affect the color slightly
Bottoms up, indeed! This is exactly what the doctor ordered! After all the calories I (happily) took in this past weekend, this is coming at a perfect time!! So bright and refreshing! I love it!! Sounds like your vacation was utter perfection!
Hi Annie! Glad I could help off set some of the weekend calories :-). The vacation was a much needed break and was wonderful. Take care.
Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss says
It’s like you KNEW I’ve been craving healthier things recently. It might also have something to do with the fact that my first wedding dress fitting is coming up in a little over 2 short months!! I don’t have a juicer, but we do have a very high powered blender that pulverizes greens and veggies and fruits very well and I can drink them like a smoothie. I would love to try these flavors all together!
Hi Jessica! Sounds like great minds think alike. Wedding dress fittings are so much fun (and a little stressful) but a bride always look beautiful no matter what 🙂 . Enjoy this time and these memories. Take care.
Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen says
I need this so badly today I can’t even tell you. I ate EVERYTHING over the weekend and my body is not happy. I love anything that’s healthy and still tastes good–and this sounds absolutely divine. I love everything in there :). Have a great week!
Hi Kelsie, I understand the weekend eating thing completely and then trying to make up for it on Monday, lol! So glad you liked the juice. Take care.
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop says
This looks really good. I think I could use a little detox….okay, maybe a lot! 🙂
Hi Kathy, Me too!!And spring is the perfect time to start, I find Im a bit more motivated as the temps start to rise 🙂 . Take care.
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says
Sounds like you had a great vacation… even though you didn’t get any inspiration for naughty, decadent desserts! South Florida does have a wide array of fabulous restaurants! I, for one, am LOVING that you got healthy inspiration because while desserts are great, I don’t really indulge all that often, but healthy food?! I’m ALLLL about that! These detox juice looks and sounds delicious!! LOVING the flavors and that color! I could wake up and drink this on the regular!! Cheers, friend!
Hi Cheyanne, my inspiration notebook has taken a nice change for now. I love foods that you don’t have to count (points or calories), lol. I agree, the color is so vibrant, thats what drew me to this juice to begin with. Take care.
I’m always looking for juice recipes for my juicer, rather than just hucking a bunch of random fruits and veggies in and hoping for the best!! This one looks faaaantastic! Happy weekend!!
Hi Katherine. Agreed, I’ve made some scary concoctions on my own lol. I think this one is a nice bright balance of fruit and veggie. Take care 🙂
Agness of Run Agness Run says
I definitely need this detox juice, Stacey! Simply delicious and healthy!
Thanks Agness! This juice has quickly become my favorite afternoon snack. Glad you like it to. Take care.