KALE LEMONADE WITH GINGER & APPLE
How to Make Kale Lemonade with Ginger & Apple
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: EASY
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.
How Can Kale Lemonade with Ginger & Apple Make You Feel Great?
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.
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
The pungent taste in ginger re-ignites circulation and digestive fire while it dries up a runny nose
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
Pitta individuals should take a moment to notice that drinking Kale Lemonade cools and refreshes your eyes. This is your cue that Kale Lemonade is alkalizing and reducing Pitta dosha.
WHY SHOULD YOU EAT AYURVEDICALLY?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest
easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive
tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
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Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance.
By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick.
Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold).
You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.
ABOUT MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT CLEAR GUNA
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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The 6 Tastes
Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food.
Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body.
Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food.
Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods.
Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion.
Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste.
One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes.
The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent.
Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?
ABOUT BITTER GUNA
Bitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
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ABOUT ASTRINGENT GUNA
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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ABOUT PUNGENT GUNA
Pungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual imbalances that are unique to the person.
Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness.
Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency.
Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses.
The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.
The 3 functional body types
are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha).
Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
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Sattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.
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Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
A sialogogue increases saliva. Sour foods are often great sialogogues, and increase output of all exocrine glands. Salty taste is very moistening as well. Bitter, pungent and sweettastes also increase salivary output but to a
lesser degree. Astringents
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Stimulates the release of gas. Helpful for bloating or cramping abdominal pain. Propels food downward.
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An herb that increases appetite or settles a nauseas or nervous stomach. These generally increase the digestive fire, therefore relieving symptoms of sluggish or difficult digestion.
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Cleanse and Detox:
An herb that detoxifies by helping your body metabolize toxins, as opposed to eliminating them.
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Energy Vitality Strength:
Heart & Circulation:
Herbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CARDIAC-STIMULANT
A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
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Literally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
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Liver & Gall Bladder:
Cholagogues stimulate the release of bile from the gall bladder for improved digestion.
LEARN MORE ABOUT CHOLAGOGUE
Lung and Sinus:
An herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DECONGESTANT
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How to Use Food Ayurvedically
HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when
right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in
Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire
reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once
you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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
- Alice, Highland, NY 03-26-12
Thank you for the recipe! I already have everything here, so I can't wait to try!!!
- Elise Cantrell, Kohler 04-04-12
Is this lemonade good for a Vata?
- Julie Stroh, Valley center, CA 04-04-12
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.
Im out of lemons can I use a lime ?
- Torrey Clement, Canton, NC 06-11-12
Hey, this recipe sounds great! We don't have here kale at all. Could I use some other spring greens instead, like nettle, celandine...?
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
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!
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
Dear Niki, It could be overstimulating to your liver. You'll notice looser stools in general if it is. Best, -John
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!
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
Can I add a cucumber to this recipe? How would that affect things?
Thanks! Beth, Knoxville TN
- Beth Urban, Knoxville, TN 03-27-13
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
Tastes great! Made it twice! Is there another green you could recommend? Kale is a bit expensive.
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.
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?
green apple can be used for its low glycemic index- Gopal Janaswamy
I already make this and love it! So happy to know the benefits!
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.
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!
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.
Ok so I also love it. Very refreshing. Feels very bright and opening. I did it with a pear instead of an apple.
This is my favorite juice ever! I also add spirulina to it for added health benefits!
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