If you've been following me for a while, you'll know that I'm a big fan of all things green. I'm an environmentalist by day so I spend most of my day thinking green, in my spare time I like to escape the city and soak up the greenery (take me hiking in the countryside and I'm one happy gal), and I also like to keep the things on my plate green. Green for health reasons (there's nothing better than an alkalising green juice to set you up for the day), and green for sustainability reasons too (let's face it, a plant-based diet is better for our planet). Besides all that, I also think that green just makes everything look pretty!
Last week we had some really great summer weather - blue skies, sunshine and warmer temperatures, which meant that all of London was out in the parks trying to make the most of it. And for the better, too, because we're back in a phase of grey skies and cooler temperatures.
This is the juice I made during our sunny spell last week, and it was super tangy and refreshing - which is why I decided to call it a green lemonade. It's inspired by a juice I tried at The Gate vegetarian restaurant in Marylebone (if you're looking for a great veggie restaurant with gluten free options, I highly recommend it!) The juice I made is a bit darker than the one I tried at The Gate, probably because I made it with dino kale (cavolo nero). It comes together really quickly in a centrifugal juicer and really hits the spot. Definitely one to try on a sunny summer day!
I hope you enjoy this healthier spin on lemonade as much as I do!
This is my healthy version of lemonade, perfect for a sunny afternoon. The recipe calls for quite a bit of kale - if you're not a fan of the flavour, you can reduce the amount quoted below. This juice is also quite tangy with the lime, lemon and kiwi - if you want a bit of a sweeter and less intense tart flavour, add a couple more green apples to the mix.
- 1 bunch dino kale/cavolo nero - about 10-15 leaves
- 2 green apples, cored
- 4 kiwis, peeled
- 1 lemon, peeled
- 1 lime, peeled
Pass all ingredients through a juicer and enjoy straight away!
Makes approx. 500 mL of juice - or 2 servings.