Green Apple Juice

Green Juice 2

Happy New Year!

I'm thrilled that 2014 is here. Not that I didn't enjoy devouring everything from sour cream coffee cakes, to pounds of ham and turkey, to enough cookies over the past two weeks to sink a ship, but I do love clean living and am happy to get back to it. I'm even more shocked though that my kids miss healthy food when there isn't any around.

Just last week we were at a restaurant and when I asked Kenya what he wanted to drink he asked the waiter if they had green juice. Seems kind of weird for an almost 7 year old to be ordering of his own free will something green, but I truly believe kids get what their bodies need if you simply make good foods available to them -- they will often even seek it out.

Early last year when I picked my kids up after school, I started bringing them a green apple or pineapple juice made with kale in the blender. My friend Jackie originally told me that she did it for her kids and I thought it was a brilliant idea. Generally the first thing out of my kids' mouths when they see me in the afternoon is, "did you bring me a snack?" They're also generally beyond thirsty after school, so it's a perfect time to watch them guzzle something delicious and good for them to boot.

I challenge you to get your kids involved with this recipe. Buy all the ingredients and then have them make it with you. That's how this drink became popular in our family. At first there was some resistance but now my little ones actually request it. So get out the blender and start your 2014 off with a bang knowing that you and your family are filling your bodies with lots of nutritious (and yummy) fuel!

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Green Apple Juice (makes 2 cups )

Prep Time: 3 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1 whole apple, chopped,
  • OR 1/2 cup chopped pineapple
  • 1 cup packed chopped kale
  • 1 1/2 cups Water
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • honey, to taste

Preparation

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

2. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into cups and serve.

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34 comments

  • Kate

    I like the idea of bringing it to school when they are ready to put just about anything in their mouths. Yum!

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  • Crayons And Croissants

    I love this idea! We enjoy healthy homemade Popsicles and our favorite ones use greens and pineapple:
    http://crayonsandcroissants.com/2013/07/08/homemade-popsicles-our-favorite-recipes/
    I'll have to add this juice into the rotation!

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  • Julie

    Do you think this can be made the night before and stored in the fridge? I work until 3:45, take a bus to a P&R, and pick up the kids at 4:30. I would rather not run home first to make a healthy smoothie only to pick them up closer to 5:00. =)

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  • April

    Would it be possible to use frozen kale and maybe reduce the water amount a bit? Thanks.

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  • Devon

    Great idea. Do they drink it in the car? Any recs for good travel thermos for smoothies?

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  • Joan

    Yum! My 2.5 year old drank it up without any sweetener, I used spinach. Do you discard the pulp or have you added it to other recipes? I'm thinking muffins or scones.

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  • Geneva

    Excited to try this! How long can this last in the refrigerator? Or must you serve it immediately? Thank you!

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    • Catherine McCord

      You can keep it in the fridge for about 3 days!

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    • Ludicrous Mama

      The nutrients will start breaking down immediately though, so the sooner the better. Maybe freeze in cubes (freezes faster for less nutrient loss) if not planning to drink right away.

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  • Heather D

    Thanks! My new years resolution is to make healthy smoothies and purees with the blender. I will keep it out on the counter now!

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  • Kayla

    I can't wait to have a new house that has more room to keep my juicer out! By then, my daughter will be almost a year and I could start introducing some fresh juice to her sippy cup! I try to have her eat more veggies than fruits right now so that she doesn't have a love for sweets. I would drink the crap out of those!

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  • Ludicrous Mama

    Any acid will work to cut the greens flavor, so orange or lime juice, or even a splash of vinegar (you don't taste it!) since I'm allergic to citrus.

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  • Angel1122

    Looks great! But do you lose any nutrition by straining it?

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    • Catherine McCord

      Nope. The pulp leftover after straining should be very little and is mostly just fiber. Which of course is a good thing to have, but straining that bit out doesn't loose too much nutrition.

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  • Lisa

    Just made this with my toddler assisting. Being on a tight budget, we took the solids that were strained out, added a bit more pineapple and a splash of apple juice to the blender, then put it in the freezer and raked it with a fork every so often to make a granita. He scarfed it down!

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  • Greta

    I usually use a juicer to make the kids' juices. Any reason to use a blender instead of a juicer in this case?

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    • Catherine McCord

      Nope. Just in case you don't have a juicer!

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  • Julie

    Do you usually use a green apple or red?

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    • Catherine McCord

      My favorite is Pinky Lady or Gala, but you can definitely use any apple!

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  • Kim Beaulieu

    My son would go crazy for this. He moved out last year and he's now having some health issues. Going to forward this to him, trying to get him to do some healthy drinks he heads off the U for the day.

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  • Lindy

    Do you peel the apple? Can't wait to make this for my boys to try! Thanks!

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    • Catherine McCord

      I didn't! If there are any too big chunks left after blending, they'll be strained out!

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  • Fabdvamommy

    My little one loves this! Had to go out and get more apples so i could have enough on hand so he could have more during the week.

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  • Kristina

    I have run out of green kale - would purple kale work? This juice is a wonderful drink!

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    • Catherine McCord

      I think that would work just fine!

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  • Scarletfires

    Loved this recipe- fresh, light and delicious! My 15 month old son asked for more.

    I used a little over a cup of kale. Definitely need to strain it though. I used a mesh strainer and held the juice over a measuring cup and used the back of a spoon to press the juice out of the veggie fiber.

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  • Maryam

    This is amazing! And I am a big fan of you, I just have 14 years but I love so much cooking and you've inspired me a lot, my mother gave me your books and they are super AMAZING
    Thank you for all your recipes Catherine!

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  • Joana

    Love this site

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  • Amanda

    Green apple juice

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  • Michaela

    THANK YOU for this amazing drink! My little girl had low iron and I was instructed by her Pediatrician to give her greens. Ya, good luck with a picky toddler... I tried this out and she absolutely LOVES this juice. Iron levels are now perfect and my little girl gets so excited when she sees her \"geen oos\" :))))

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  • Brittdietz

    Can't wait to try this

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