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Kale Lemonade with Ginger & Apple

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(4.60 out of 5 stars) 10 reviews
Kale Lemonade with Ginger & Apple Ayurveda Recipe
Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifyingDigestive Effects Help
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Cardiac-stimulant, Stimulates-energy
Effect: Alkalizing, Sattvic, Prana
Meal: Drink
Recommended for: Spring
Type: Greens
Style: Western
Occasion: Cleanse
Preparation: Raw

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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ayurvedic perspective

Brightly sour, cleanly bitter, and gently sweet, Kale Lemonade with Ginger and Apple is an invigorating way to awaken your day. Blend pungent ginger into the mix to warm up this refreshing juice. Kale lemonade will pucker your mouth with an energizing green thrill. The sweetness of apple and mild taste of Kale offer a gentle introduction to vegetable juicing.

Spring Cleaning

When spring weather feels heavy and humid like the tropics, this refreshing juice can help you stay clear-headed and light. In spring, it's a warm day that makes you sick. Thick, humid air makes you feel swollen, heavy, and stuffy. Your lymph nodes may even swell, indicating a congested liver and blood.

The pungent taste in ginger re-ignites circulation and digestive fire while it dries up a runny nose.

Lively Liver

The bitter taste in kale, and sour taste in lemon and apple flush and cleanse the liver by stimulating bile release. Release of bile, a fatty substance, also aids your body in yanking winter fats out of the bloodstream. After drinking kale lemonade you may even notice rhythmic contractions of the gallbladder as it pumps bile into the small intestine.

Cools Your Eyes

As Kale Lemonade is alkalizing and Pitta-reducing, drinking it cools and refreshes the eyes.

Weights & measures


1 wholeApple (raw)Vata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
1 inchGinger (Fresh)Vata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
1 lbsKaleVata aggravatingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
1/2 wholeLemonVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying


1. Squeeze the juice from the lemon and core the apple.

2. You can make kale lemonade in a juicer or a blender. You may need to chop the kale, or toss it in a food processor if your juicer or blender has trouble grinding it up. If you plan to use a blender, add all ingredients plus 1c of water, then blend and strain.

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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I have a question about the Kale Lemonade: what time of the day is ideal for drinking a juice? Should it be combined with other foods or taken as a separate "meal"? That recipe appealed to me so much that I went out and got a juicer!! thanks for your wonderful recipes & advice :0 Madhuri (Alice)

- Alice, Highland, NY, 03-26-12 (Reply)
Thank you for the recipe! I already have everything here, so I can't wait to try!!! Elise Cantrell Kohler, WI
- Elise Cantrell, Kohler, 04-04-12 (Reply)
Is this lemonade good for a Vata?
- Julie Stroh, Valley center, CA, 04-04-12 (Reply)
The juice will have maximum effect on an empty stomach before a meal. Although you can drink this juice any time of day, Vata's should avoid cleansing drinks in general after 3pm.

Although bitters in excess can deplete Vata, Kale Lemonade balances bitterness with sweet taste. The result is that the bitters actually help Vata stimulate persistalsis and bile production. The lemons rehydrate the bowels.

- John Immel, Asheville, NC, 04-05-12 (Reply)
Im out of lemons can I use a lime ?
- Torrey Clement, Canton, NC, 06-11-12 (Reply)
Hey, this recipe sounds great! We don't have here kale at all. Could I use some other spring greens instead, like nettle, celandine...?
- Tania, 03-22-13 (Reply)
I had my gall bladder removed years ago and am doing fine, just want to know if this would be too much stimulation for my liver to handle?
- Niki Widmayer, 03-22-13 (Reply)
Sounds like a drink for me. I'm thrilled to have found this site. I've read about ayurvedic diets before but had not found a site like this one. Thanks!
- JanetB, 03-22-13 (Reply)
Isn't apple a not so favored fruit during spring? Here in southern Cali you can get them at stores but according to the farmers market they are out of season.
- andrea nicole, Montebello, CA, 03-26-13 (Reply)
Dear Niki, It could be overstimulating to your liver. You'll notice looser stools in general if it is. Best, -John
- John Immel, Asheville, NC, 03-27-13 (Reply)
I'm glad to be able to use the blender for this! I like getting the whole plant or fruit in my food. Can't wait to try it!
- Kim Ferguson, Valencia, CA, 03-27-13 (Reply)
Recently, I have been having trouble eating/juicing raw spinach and kale. It has been giving me incredible belly ache. I really miss the energy it gave me, but my body simply wont tolerate it any more. Any suggestions why this would be? Some have suggested that oxalic acid is the problem. Your thoughts would be helpful
- Lisa, 03-27-13 (Reply)
Can I add a cucumber to this recipe? How would that affect things? Thanks! Beth, Knoxville TN
- Beth Urban, Knoxville, TN, 03-27-13 (Reply)
I am vata and am wondering if the raw apple and kale would be too cold and bitter. i read so much to avoid cold and bitter taste, but then wonder how a vata person can cleanse in the spring? Michelle gabriola BC
- Michelle Macewen, Gabriola icland, BC, 03-27-13 (Reply)
Tastes great! Made it twice! Is there another green you could recommend? Kale is a bit expensive.
- Tracey, CA, 03-28-13 (Reply)
Dear Lisa - Raw food is difficult to digest in general. Cooking helps break down some of the fibers, as well as neutralize oxalic acid.

Dear Beth - A cucumber would make the recipe a bit cooler. Otherwise a nice addition!

Dear Michelle - Vata generally cleanses naturally without effort, as long as the digestion is clear. Most Vata people need very little cleansing in the spring, but need more cleansing in fall.

Dear Tracy - How about wild chickweed? It's growing everywhere this time of year. Otherwise, for store bought greens - some of the lettuces? Many other greens are too high in oxalic acid. Spinach can be a bit taxing on the liver.

- John Immel, Asheville, NC, 03-28-13 (Reply)
All winter I ate cooked foods for balancing vata. I love my raw foods and started juicing kale with ginger in morning over a month ago adding a variation of fruit. Start out every morning first with lemon/Bragg acv/honey/cayenne combo. My digestion feels better then it did all winter. So how does a person digest raw better?
- cindy, Springfield, IL, 04-08-13 (Reply)
green apple can be used for its low glycemic index- Gopal Janaswamy
- , 02-16-14 (Reply)
I already make this and love it! So happy to know the benefits!
- Jane, 03-31-14 (Reply)
I have a low thyroid & any raw greens are stressful for us. I wilt my spinach before I make a smoothie, as too not stress my throid, and honestly I can't stand kale in any form. I'm pitta~ vata.
- liz Strause, 04-07-14 (Reply)
I will try this again--the first time I tried it, the kale didn't do too well in my juicer. It just chopped it up and no juice really came out. The apple and ginger juice that was left was delicious though!
- Kari, WI, 04-08-14 (Reply)
I LOVE this! I was skeptical about this ..not only this, but all juicing. I had fresh vegi-juices but didn't do much other than make me think I was doing something good to myself. But this one REALLY changed my digestion! Now I got really healthy poop!! Not only that, I always feel immediately soooo good! Like my eye sight got better and my mind get clear! I am Vata- Kapha so this is really good for me.
- MM, Honolulu, HI, 05-02-14 (Reply)
Ok so I also love it. Very refreshing. Feels very bright and opening. I did it with a pear instead of an apple.
- Nneka, Raleigh, NC, 06-04-14 (Reply)
This is my favorite juice ever! I also add spirulina to it for added health benefits!
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