Growing up I never had allergies. Growing up I never experienced any allergic reactions to anything, in fact. Hives, swollen body parts, being itchy, red, dry eyes, sneezing all the time — I knew not of these ailments. Until now. Age 26. Living in Sacramento, California, the city I was born and raised in. I only moved away for three years during college, where I lived in San Luis Obispo, California. Why all of the sudden? Why now?!
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, allergies affect about 50 million people in the United States. That is a lot of poor, innocent people suffering! This stuff is no joke! And yay for us — we can develop allergies at any point in life. I thought I was really sick. Sore throat, dry cough, lost voice (laryngitis), headache, and eventually I started coughing up bright yellow phlegm. I’m still enduring symptoms and I’m still not 100% sure that I have allergies. I also refuse to ingest pharmaceuticals or any chemicals made in a lab.
Either way, sick or allergic, I figured that a fresh, green juice wouldn’t make things worse. So my man and I decided to make a kale and apple based juice (one of our favs). Last minute we threw in celery, meyer lemon, and ginger, because we had those items on hand and figured it would enhance taste and beneficial health properties. #winning
All hale the kale. I love kale. Especially in fresh juice with apples. There are many different types of kale. I used organic curly kale or Scotts kale.
Benefits of kale:
- High in nutrients and very low in calories = one of the most nutrient dense foods.
- High in antioxidants, including quercetin and kaempferol, which have powerful cardioprotective, blood pressure lowering, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-depressant and anti-cancer effects.
- 1 cup of raw kale contains more vitamin C than an orange and 7 times the RDA for vitamin K.
- Contains minerals: copper, calcium, manganese, potassium and magnesium.
I used small organic Fuji apples. There are tons of apple varieties, so play around with taste!
Benefits of apples:
- Contain polyphenols, which can have numerous health benefits.
- The type of fiber in apples feeds good bacteria and may be the reason they protect against obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes (I know this part gets lost when juicing, but good to know).
- Contain several naturally occurring compounds that may help fight cancer.
- Contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that may help regulate immune responses and protect against asthma.
I used organic celery.
Benefits of celery:
- Lowers cholesterol levels and arthritis pain
- Helps in weight loss, detoxifies the body, reduces high blood pressure, and promotes overall health in a vast number of ways.
- Rich in vitamin C and hence extremely beneficial.
I used an organic Meyer lemon (it almost looked like an orange). Meyer lemons are a bit sweeter than other lemons.
Benefits of lemon:
- High in vitamin C, relative to its calorie and sugar content.
- Contains trace amounts of folate and potassium.
- Can help treat kidney stones (increasing the amount of citrate in your urine is thought to prevent calcium from binding with other compounds and forming stones).
I used organic ginger (I love love love ginger).
Benefits of ginger:
- Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects (can help protect against infections).
- 1-1.5 grams of ginger can help prevent various types of nausea.
- Effective at reducing the day-to-day progression of muscle pain, and may reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness.
- Lowers blood sugar levels and improves various heart disease risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes.
- Speeds up emptying of the stomach, beneficial for indigestion and related stomach discomfort.
- Effective against menstrual pain when taken at the beginning of the menstrual period.
- May lower cholesterol levels, protect against cancer, and improve brain function
- 1 large bunch of curly kale
- 9 small apples of choice
- 10 celery stalks
- 1 Meyer lemon
- 1.5 inch piece of ginger
Juice all ingredients in a quality juicer! Enjoy fresh.
I recommend using all organic ingredients and washing them well before juicing. I also suggest cutting the apples in half first. This recipe makes about 48 ounces of juice. You can easily store it in a mason jar with a tight lid in the fridge for 24-48 hours.
This juice has the perfect amount of sweetness from the apples and the mildest, most perfect tang from the lemon. The kale gives it the beautiful, bright green color (and the dense blast of protective health benefits) and the celery adds volume and wonderful nutrients. You get a slight zing of spice from the ginger at the end of your gulp. It’s a really well rounded juice. Great for an energy boost, clear skin, and combatting inflammation.
I hope this recipe inspires you to make your own juice or at least consume more fruits and veggies. Then hopefully you will have a better immune response to illness and a less drastic one to allergens. Who knows. Regardless, happy drinking! 😉