I’ve juiced extensively in the past and on and off for the last 20 years. I love juices that are more vegetable than fruit as the sugar bomb fruit juices can be, hit me way to hard and don’t leave me feeling good or energized.
But as far as taking in a boost of concentrated nutrition, juicing has no rival and I love being able to give myself an extra boost of nourishment when I need it. Usually, I’ll do it when I’m catching a cold or when I’ve super depleted myself while traveling or if I overwork for a deadline.
Since returning from Europe, or what I like to call Coffee Binge Extravaganza 2014, I feel as if the afternoon almost REQUIRES an energy boost in order for me to keep going for the last half of the day.
For me this usually means that my adrenal system has just been totally overworked, and I’m sporting an addiction to caffeine and sugar boosts to keep me going.
So… I want health. I want a shot of energy that comes from actual fuel and nourishment and not sugar or a substance that just revs up my system to it’s detriment later.
In lieu of that, I present my personal boost juice. I use all organic veggies, local when I can. The ginger gives it an intense flavor, the apples and carrots of course add a natural sugar to the mix, and the kale gives it a solid hit of potassium, Iron, magnesium, protein, Vitamin A, C and B6. I throw in fresh turmeric tubers because they grow here, but you can definitely throw in a tsp or more of the powdered variety. Turmeric has great anti inflammatory properties, which is always a good thing for me.
I always feel amazing, energized, awake and clear headed when I drink this and there is never a crash afterward.
Variety Is The Spice of Life!
As with all things, this recipe is super flexible. I’ve added more kale at times or more ginger when I have it. I really love to feel a strong taste of ginger so my version might be a bit too strong. Adjust. Always adjust to what works best for your flavor palette and your body.
The color will vary. I don’t scoop out the natural foam that forms when you juice veggies, because why? I chose to leave it in the glass for the image above because this is what the food looks like.
Ginger Kale Veggie Juice Boost Recipe
- 4-6 long leaves of curly kale, stems included
- 2 large carrots
- 2 medium apples (I like Fuji for a hit of sweet)
- 2-3 inch knob of ginger root
- 2-3 inch knob of turmeric root or 2 tsp of turmeric powder
1. Wash all of your veggies with fresh water.
2. Cut apples into halves or quarters if the size of your juices requires it to fit.
3. Run veggies through the juicer.
4. Drink up!
This should make anywhere from 12-16oz of juice depending on size of vegetable and fruit as well as what variation you decide to create for yourself. Drink within 2 hours of making.