Kickin’ Kale Juice

Kale is one of the most powerful plant foods in the world. Its one of the things I would take with me on a deserted island. 1 cup of kale contains 190% of your Vitamin A, 90% of your Vitamin C, mega does of B6, Manganese, Calcium, Copper, and Potassium. Kale protects your eyes from the sun, preventing cataracts. The enzymes released from kale go in to your liver and trigger cancer fighting chemicals that literally dissolve unhealthy cells throughout your body. Animals with tumors are given a diet of kale and their tumors actually shrink. These are just some of the benefits!

Juicing kale unlocks even more power because your body is able to absorb the live enzymes and nutrients immediately without having to digest it.

So here it is – This is my everyday recipe for kale juice – I drink some combination of this on most days of the week – frequently switching out different types of kale. The fresh ginger adds a nice kick!

Hope you enjoy this and make it a habit that will bring radiant & wonderful health to you and your family!

Kickin Kale Juice
4.8 from 14 reviews
Food Babe's Kickin' Kale Juice
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Serves: 2
  • 1 bunch dark lacinato kale or curly kale
  • ½ bunch celery
  • ½ bunch cilantro or parsley
  • 1 cucumber with ends removed
  • 1 lemon with peel removed
  • 2 inches of fresh ginger root
  • 1 green apple (optional for added sweetness)
  1. Wash all vegetables thoroughly and place into a large bowl
  2. Juice each vegetable in this order – kale, cilantro/parsley, celery, ginger, cucumber, lemon
  3. Stir mixture before serving
  4. Clean juicer immediately
Makes two 15 ounce servings – Sip slowly and drink with intention immediately after juicing. Can be stored in an airtight container for up to 12 hours (Some live enzymes will be lost). ***Please buy all organic ingredients if possible***


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155 Responses to “Kickin’ Kale Juice”

  1. Debi

    I am fully aware of green juicing with thyroid disease which I have however spinach smoothie everyday for 4 weeks made me feel great

    • Tracey (to Debi)

      What did you add to your smoothie? I have a vita mix blender but not a juicer.

      • Tanza (to Tracey)

        I would like to know the same thing. I have a Vitamix and I love it. I really hate to have to buy a juicer since I have spent a ton on the Vitamix. Food Babe, can I still make all of these awesome juices you make? Also, if I can, is it possible that it would have the same or better nutritional value? Thanks!

      • JLO (to Tracey)

        I am new to green juice as well and only have a blender, but I make my own nut milk, and for that I have nut milk bags (very small mesh so absolutely no pulp gets through) and I used that to make her Lemon Lime Juice today and it was PERFECT! I can’t handle the pulp and this was perfect. Tasted like a margarita! Hope that helps.

      • Pamala (to Tracey)

        Just buy a nut bag. Pour your blended veggies into and squeeze! Wha Laa! Juice with very little clean up! I have a $$$Hurom juicer and still use the nut bag more often!

      • doreen (to Tracey)

        you can use a vitamix as works even better!

      • LaManoBlanco (to Tracey)

        Hey guys. Don’t know if anyone already told you. But you actually get way more nutritional value from just throwing everything into your vitamix and “juicing” that way, rather than using an actual juicer. All that pulpy stuff left after using an actual juicer is full of really great nutrients, that you don’t have to miss out on when you use a vitamix. I’m a Biosystems engineer and I’m still constantly trying to figure out how certain chemicals break down and are processed in our bodies. Happy vitamix juicing!

      • dave (to Tracey)

        I use my blender , start with a cup (add more if it’s to thick as you go) of water or juice and then follow the list in her recipe , leafy greens first, if you use bananas or avocado it will be last, to make it smooth blend for several minutes , some ingredients in small pieces can be frozen .

    • Dr Jeff Crenshaw ND (to Debi)

      The body need’s healthy nutrition, not the GMO’s in our food supply in today’s marketplace, Nutritionally Healthy people don’t suffer sickness You must stick to eating good organic foods and range beef and chicken. Still out on the fish thing because of radiation fallout now… No fast foods!

  2. Dayna

    I would like to start making my own juice. Do you have a favorite kind of juicer that you could recommend? Thanks!

    • David S (to Dayna)

      We bought the Bellville elite juice extractor and love it. It was on the expensive side($299) but you get what you pay for. This machine will last a lifetime.

    • denise (to Dayna)

      I bought the nutribullet, and it is worth the $99. comes with two blades, one will mill nuts. other is for juicing. easy clean up. found at Target.

      • Sue (to denise)

        Like Denise, I got a nutribullet a few weeks ago. I absolutely love it! There is a recipe book that has lots of different kinds of smoothies, but I just make my own. Throw in a handful of spinach, kale or other greens and about the same amount of fruits. Top with a super boost such as chia seed, flax seed, hemp seed, and/or gogi berries, and blend. Delicious and so healthful!

    • R P (to Dayna)

      Here’s two cents from a couple that makes juice 2-3X a week.

      Buy the Hurom:

      Yes, it’s pricey but here are the practical advantages over less expensive models:

      1. A stopper cap keeps the juice circulating in the juicer until you’re ready to drain the container
      2. A filter is provided so you filter out much of the pulp (you can still keep and use / drink it) before you actually pour the juice into your glass
      3. The juicer has the ability to make other types of juices (almond milk, etc) and can handle wheatgrass with ease

    • Danielle (to Dayna)

      My husband and I juice daily and recently purchased the Omega 8006 and are IN LOVE! It’s a masticating juicer and the speed of the motor doesn’t heat up killing wonderful enzymes in your fruits/veggies. The kids have been loving the ‘ice cream’ that can be made as well (frozen bananas and berries). It juices greens really well which was a big selling point for us. AND you can make pasta with it. The possibilities are endless. The 15-year warranty is a pretty big perk as well. Happy shopping!

  3. jefferson

    We picked up a juicer about a week ago and have tried a couple of different kale recipes.. What I haven’t done is to add cilantro/parsley. Great idea! Will give this one a shot in the next few days.

  4. Jill

    I am on day 4 of a juicing fast and I am in LOVE with your kickin Kale recipe. I love your site and I refer to it often. Even my husband is a convert. Thanks for being so passionate you are a household name around here!

  5. Randall Layman

    Hey Food Babe,

    1. When are you leaving your husband? 2. More importantly, why do you remove the skin from the lemon (or lime) and the ends off the cucumber. 3. I keep this stuff.

    Let me know! Thanks! Keep up the good work! I hate your husband1

  6. ladyatiya

    Hey Food Babe,
    I don’t have a juicer, I do have a VitaMix, will I get the same results?

  7. juicebabelol

    I am sooooo stoked to try this recipe, i just ordered my first juicer, this gonna be a definite first of many recipes for me ,thxs :)

  8. JBP

    I drank a green juice with kale and/or spinach in it every day for 40 consecutive days when I did a juice fast two years ago. Also had juiced broccoli on occasion. I had been on a fairly high dose of Levothyroxine for hypothyroidism for 4 years prior to my juice fast. Within 2 weeks of starting the juice fast I had to have my Levo dose lowered, within 21 days I was off the medication completely. My thyroid began functioning normally. I have been doing labs regularly, monitoring my thyroid function over the past 2 years and it is still functioning normally. In my case, the kale didn’t hurt my thyroid, it helped it.

  9. Dave

    I started juicing using my blender, because I wanted all the pulp included , and using kale has cleared up my eyes ! it’s amazing!

  10. Annette Petryshen

    I was reading and someone said if you have thyroid problems that you should not juice kale. Why? and what else can you juice that will give alot of liquid. Have been juicing since mid August and love it. I add a medium size lime i prefer it to lemon.

    • LaManoBlanco (to Annette Petryshen)

      These guys have a ton of great info/research on why it’s smart to change up the greens we use in our juices : and they have a ton of yummy recipes too, just like food babe.

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  12. juiceaday

    Hi Food Babe,
    Could you estimate how much juice would come from the kale as compared to the celery? Will the goodness of the juice be affected if I use too much of something.
    And do you recommend using the leaves of the celery as well?

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  14. carrie

    How do i get the most out of kale and spinach? I roll it up in a ball but i feel like i lose most of it to the pulp basket. I have the Breville…what do you suggest?

  15. Fran

    Hi All,
    I have a kitchen aid blender, & my favourite smoothie is 1 pear, a bunch of baby kale/spinach, sometimes celery & cuke, and coconut water. It is really good, and I hope I’m getting some benefit out of it. I suffer with osteoarthritis in one hip and knees, so any additions you can recommend would be greatly appreciated!

  16. John K

    I have a Nutribullet that I got from Macy’s. This thing will turn anything into juice. $100.00. I have to try your recipe. I usually put spinach or kale, a banana or avocado, blueberries, maybe blackberries or strawberries, flax or sunflower seeds and then add some water and in less than a minute it’s all done, all juice. Sometimes thick but no real pulp to speak of.

    • Kathy (to John K)

      John K, what wattage Nutribullet did you buy? I have seen several with different watts and didn’t know which one to go with.

      • John K (to Kathy)

        600watt motor, The same one you see on late night TV. It has a gray and silver base. It comes with 2 short and 1 tall cup, handles and lids, power base (motor) extractor and milling blades, nutrition guide and recipe book. I love it! Check here

  17. Larry

    Can I put kale in a jack lalane juicer? Or will it just pulverize it? Sounds good anyway. Thanks

    Larry Wheatley

    • Mrs. Curry Jr. (to Larry)

      Yes, you can! I have one and I juice kale all the time :-)

  18. Kathy

    I use my vitamix. You need a little pure water or organic apple juice say 1/4-1/2 cup and blend till smooth

  19. Stephanie

    Celery-flavor overload! Did I not use enough of something? Used chopped, bagged kale so I could only best-guess what a “bunch” was.

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      • Lyzzy (to Assistant to Food Babe (Madeline))

        I juiced with my Vita Mix. Really liked a recipe of ice first, my handful of spinace, several leaves of kale and a banana.
        Are bananas healthy? Or added frozen strawberries (so they are readily available and don’t spoil.) I should go back to this juice. Unfortunately my recipe book did not interest me. Well, the ice cream did! Cut the sugar down 3/4 (could I use raw sugar OR Trivia? & how much Trivia?) powdered milk, 2% milk vanila,. Have also used chocolate soy milk. Like to put nuts when it is blended.
        Thank you and God bless you. Lyzzy

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  44. Maria

    Instead of juicing, would this work as a smoothie in a Vitamix? Thanks


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