Lemon Apple Kale Parsley Juice


January 3, 2013

This chlorophyll-rich lemon apple kale parsley juice is dynamite for detoxifying the liver and colon, and purifying the blood.

Lemon Apple Kale Parsley Juice

This chlorophyll-rich lemon apple kale parsley juice from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse is dynamite for detoxifying the liver and colon, and purifying the blood. Cucumber hydration and nourishes the skin with silica. Apple and lemon amp up the alkaline agenda and give this great green juice a tasty zing.

The health benefits of parsley juice 

One of the most common herbs, parsley offers a myriad of health benefits. It’s a brilliant blood purifier, and is rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which help control blood cholesterol, prevent constipation, and protect the body from free-radical damage. Its essential volatile oils can be used as a local anesthetic and as an antiseptic for teeth and gums.

Rich in polyphenolic flavonoids, parsley rates among the richest plant sources of antioxidants. It is also a good source of potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium, and vitamins A, B, C, E, and K, and folates.

As a warming herb, parsley’s perfect for moderating cooling foods, especially in the colder months. We use the flat-leaf variety, as it has a more intense flavor than its curly-leaf restaurant-garnish cousin, with less bitterness. Light as a feather, parsley will throw its weight around in a juice, delivering that aromatic and pungent “clean” taste.

In the right amounts, it combines well with leafy greens, sweet fruits like pineapple and mango, as well as apples, lemons, and limes. A handful juices easily, stems and all.

The health benefits of kale juice 

With highly absorbable calcium (thanks to a high ratio of calcium to phosphorous) kale juice surpasses milk, cup for cup, in calcium provision. Rich in phyto-chemicals that combat free radicals, kale can lower the risk of colon, breast and lung cancers, as well as fight osteoporosis, macular degeneration, support the cardiovascular and immune systems, and assist in energy production.

This mighty leafy green contains lots of chlorophyll, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids and beta-carotene), vitamins C, E, B6, and K, folic acid, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and sodium.

As a warming vegetable, kale’s a natural for a balancing cooler food. And juicing is a great way to enjoy it in its raw glory, as its flavor is less bitter, relative to that of uncooked kale eaten whole. Still, kale’s kale—which is to say intense; the juice is best blended. It pairs with a wide range of fruits and vegetables, from apple, lemon, carrot and pineapple to tomato, cucumber and melon.

Kale makes a good substitute for spinach in any of these juices, but will bring in its slightly bitter sharp note. Juice it stalk and all, and enjoy your new friend with benefits.

The health benefits of cucumber juice 

This vege-fruit truly is the ultimate cool-hydrate-cleanse food. It’s right in there regulating body temperature and easing inflammation. A relative of squashes and melons, the cuke is a natural diuretic (due to that abundant water), aiding in cell hydration, waste removal, and dissolving kidney stones.

Cucumber’s high silica content is great for the skin, and helps alleviate eczema, psoriasis, hair loss, and strengthen nails. The silica in cucumber also reduces the concentration of uric acid, which causes inflammation in the joints, muscles and tendons. A natural blood-pressure regulator, cucumber is high in vitamin A (mostly in the peel), B complex, C and folic acid, amino acids (methionine and tryptophan), potassium, sulfur, and natural chlorine.

To take advantage of the nutrients in the skins, we always use the less-bitter-skinned English/Dutch variety. Any cucumber, though, goes well in our recipes.

We add cucumber to many juice blends as a way of adding mineral-rich water that’s way more beneficial than the plain filtered stuff. Cucumber juice is chock-full of nutrients, yet barely alters flavor. Cucumbers are intensely alkalizing, and a half (or whole) cucumber worked into a batch of juice offsets the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and aids detox.

Cucumber is our go-to base for sugar-free, alkaline juice blends, too. Make sure your cucumber is organic and hasn’t been embalmed in a coating of wax.

The health benefits of apple juice 

Tasty, able to break down toxins, lower cholesterol, and enhance digestion, this fruit is a popular, versatile, and cost-effective go-to for juices. With phytonutrients, powerful antioxidants like quercetin, vitamin A (in the peel), vitamin C, and significant potassium, apple is a prime detox food that’s available year ‘round. As an aid to cleansing, apples’ high pectin content provides a great bowel regulator, able to slow the colon down or speed it up, as the body needs.

Apple is a cooling food, and we include it in juices to balance the bitterness of leafy greens and other vegetables. The sweet tang of apple blends with almost all fruits and vegetables; our preferred variety is Granny Smith, which has a tarter flavor and lower sugar content than common reds like Fuji, Delicious, and Honeycrisp. That said, this fruit is versatile, and our recipes work with any apple you have on hand.

We recommend coring apples before juicing, as the jury is still out as to whether the bit of cyanide occurring naturally in the seeds is detrimental to health.

The health benefits of lemon juice 

This alkalizing tart tamer is a potent detoxifier and natural antibiotic that improves liver function, relieves constipation, and can help dissolve kidney and gall stones. High levels of vitamin C help boost immunity and alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as combat heart disease. Lemons provide calcium and magnesium for strong bones and teeth, along with unique compounds that have powerful antioxidant properties. The flavonoids in lemons have even been shown to halt abnormal cell division.

While lemons are cooling, this superstar can be balanced with warming foods like cayenne and fennel. We use lemons in lots of juice blends to lift the earthy and pungent quality of leafy greens and vegetables, add zip and tang, and balance the acidifying impacts of high-sugar fruits. You may want to remove the rinds of these fruits before juicing, as in substantial quantities they’re slightly toxic, or you may enjoy the zesty punch it adds—a good compromise is a bit of the peel along with the flesh.

Other Parsley Juice Recipes

Apple Mint Cilantro Parsley Juice
Sleep Elixir Green Juice 
Slumber Tonic Romaine Parsley Juice

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Lemon Apple Kale Parsley Juice

This chlorophyll-rich lemon apple kale parsley juice is dynamite for detoxifying the liver and colon, and purifying the blood.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 16-ounce glass
Author Tess Masters

Ingredients

  • 1/2 English cucumber
  • 1 small bunch flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 stalks kale (or 1 handful baby spinach)
  • 1 green apple, cored
  • 1 lemon, rind removed
  • Pinch of Celtic sea salt

Instructions

  1. Push everything through your juicer

Recipe Notes

Recipe from The Decadent Detox 3-Day Juice Cleanse.
Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak

Comments

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  1. I have read your post of three day juice cleanses detox. Your last post was very interesting. This is a very good juice cleanse recipe I think for the last day of juice cleanse. How you are feeling now after your juice cleanse detox program?

    1. Thanks Mark. I feel AMAZING. I will do the cleanse again with everybody else on Jan 18-20th. I hope you can join us. This recipe and all of the recipes on the program are gentle and delicious.

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