Green Lemonade Love

January 25, 2008 at 10:37 pm 30 comments

Green Lemonade Juicer Recipe:

  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • handful of dark leafies (5-6 leaves) of spinach, kale, collards, celery, or dandelion greens, etc. (I use kale)
  • 1 whole lemon – peel, seeds, and all (Meyer lemons are sweeter)
  • 2 fuji apples, cored (use 3 if you want to make it sweeter)

Juice and drink up right away.

I have owned a juicer in the past, but never used it. I do enjoy fresh “live” juices from a juice bar (they taste better when someone else has to clean up the mess!). However, my mother in law has a juicer and I thought I would give it a whirl again on my own during the next couple weeks before we leave. I found this juice recipe on Rawkin’: The Fine Tuned Art of Feeling Great From Eating Raw. It’s so cool that this can turn into the above photo! Bella loves to help me too.

I’ve been hearing about the amazing effects of “green drinks” for quite awhile now, but I’ve never implemented them. I’ve made the green lemonade for two days in a row now, and I am completely amazed at the results after such a short time. On a “normal” day, I eat a healthy high carb breakfast…and by mid-morning I’m back in the kitchen looking for a snack. And that continues for the remainder of the day (eat/snack/eat/snack). Not that there is anything wrong with snacking…I encourage it. However, my all day CRAVINGS have almost disappeared. My sugar cravings are going away, and I just feel “content” for so much longer than before. I’m excited to continue this for at least a week to gauge it’s effects. Yay!

Sidenote: For those of you who are thinking…GREAT! But that looks disgusting! It’s actually NOT. It doesn’t taste like grass. It’s rather sweet. The apples give it a delicious sweetness, and if you need it sweeter, just add some agave nectar. Whenever you are working with greens, just remember to add a sweet fruit with it…like a banana or apple. Mmmmm!

Here is a great article written by Victoria Boutenko (check out their “Raw Family” site)…it goes into more detail about why greens “fix” you 🙂 Next, I will try her green smoothies…which include the fiber of the fruits/veggies as well.


Here are some bonus green drink recipes from Raw Food, Right Now:

Begin With A Green Drink
by Heidi Ohlander

Serves 1-2

2 big handfuls of Spinach
1/2 cup parsley
1 rib of celery
1 thumb of ginger, skin peeled
1 lemon
1 medium cucumber
2 apples
ice cubes (optional)

In a juicer, place all ingredients except optional ice cubes in a juicer until juiced. Serve in your favorite wine goblet or other favorite glass of choice. If desired, add ice cubes for a refreshing cold beverage.

And now…. here are the same ingredients, but this time this is the recipe that Dr. Oz mentioned at the end of the Oprah show. His recipe needed a bit of clarification, so our changes have been added below to help you understand his recipe.

Dr. Oz Green Drink
Modifications made by Heidi Ohlander
Serves 1-2

1 Cup Spinach
4 Celery Stalks
1 Cucumber
1 Large Apple (cored and peeled)
1 Lemon (juiced in a citrus juicer or by hand)
1 Lime (juiced in a citrus juicer or by hand)
1/2 Inch Piece of fresh Ginger (peeled)
(small handful of parsley)
water, to blend
ice cubes (optional)

Mix everything in a blender and blend until smooth. If needed blend on high 2-3 times until fully blended. Pour into two tall glasses and serve with ice cubes if desired.

Here is one more Green Smoothie recipe, this time with the addition of a banana. Adding a banana (or several) into a green smoothie gives it an unbelievable creamy texture, as well as helps the energy from the smoothie get absorbed into your body at a slower pace, which gives you released energy for hours!

Apple Lime Smoothie
by Heidi Ohlander

Serves 1-2

5 medium bananas
2 apples – harelson, honeycrisp, granny smith or similar tart/sweet apple (cored and peeled)
2 leaves of lacinato (dino) kale
1 cup of spinach
juice of 2 medium limes
1/4 cup water
ice cubes to taste (optional)

Place all ingredients in blender except ice cubes. Blend, adding ice cubes at the end while still blending. Pour into glasses.


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30 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alicia  |  January 25, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    I so wish I had a juicer… 😦

  • 2. livelightly  |  January 25, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Do you have a blender? You can totally just do a green smoothie instead. I just updated the original post and added some more recipes. Check it out 🙂

  • 3. Deanna Riccardelli  |  January 25, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Hey Sara,
    Have you read Victoria Boutenko’s newest book Green for Life. I was just about to recycle an extra copy to the Library. If you want it – just let me know…I can send it to you. It’s excellent. I heard her speak last month with her daughter. They made green smoothies and told the wondrous story of them.

  • 4. livelightly  |  January 25, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    I would LOVE her book! Yay! Expect an email from me sometime this weekend (in reply to your previous one). Take care!

  • 5. Michele  |  January 26, 2008 at 12:05 am

    I made the green smoothie from rawkin as soon as I was linked to the site from you…..AWESOME She also has a great you tube video and other green recipes on her site
    Thanks so much for again providing another informative post

  • 6. Denise  |  January 26, 2008 at 2:43 am

    You know I think you and I are always on the same wavelength when it comes to food. I bought so much yummy raw food for the family to feast on this weekend and I was thinking of you 🙂

    Unfortunately we differ in the fact that I think the green drinks/smoothies look so gross! I have no interest in drinking one, especially not for breakfast -ew!

    So glad you are blogging about food again!

  • 7. Rachel  |  January 26, 2008 at 3:15 am

    Hilarious becuase for our “salad” last night with dinner I made the green smoothie that Rawkin gives directions for on her YouTube video! Even my DH who thinks the whole Green smoothie thing is gross liked it! 🙂 And it’s the only way my 19mo will eat any lettuce!

  • 8. livelightly  |  January 26, 2008 at 3:36 am

    Denise! Of all people….I would think that you would be the one to LIKE green drinks. You at least have to give it a try. Your body will be soooo happy!

    Rachel…that’s great! Bella is coming around on the greens….she has started to eat them all on her own now (but it hasn’t always been that way!)

  • 9. Natalie  |  January 28, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Ha! So funny to read this today. I just finished my green lemonade for the morning. I’m back into juicing, too. My recipe is exactly the same except add some ginger. Gives it a nice refreshing little kick. My recipe is from Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose. Might want to see if you can find any of her books. Her recipes are easy, using easy to get food, and the flavors are delicious!

    Natalie O.

  • 10. Stephanie  |  January 29, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Yummy!! Thanks so much for sharing, it actually looks great! I have a juicer and have tryed making green drinks before but I never could get the right consistancy for it to be good enough for me to want to make it again. thanks for the recipe 🙂

  • 11. Dana  |  January 29, 2008 at 9:38 pm

    I’m so glad you’re keeping up this site again; food is the one “hobby” I have time for during the school year. I’m drinking my second cup of green smoothie right now as an afternoon snack!

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    I keep hearing about green smoothies at every turn so I took a really ripe banana, a peeled/cored/cut into chunks Granny Smith apple, 3/4 cup baby spinach and about 1/2 cup water and blended it… IT WAS DELICIOUS!!! We just drank 2 pitchers full…my boys turned up their noses at it until I called it “The Incredible Hulk” drink and they downed them and begged for more! Will (my 21 mon old) won’t touch anything green and he drank a bunch too!
    I started googling the health benefits a few minutes ago and I am amazed…a new addiction for sure.

  • 15. Sonya  |  March 25, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    So it is possible to do all this in a blender, not just a juicer? I am always so hesitant trying things for the first time and need someone to hand hold.

  • 16. Keely  |  May 21, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    If you do not have a juicer, you can always make your green drinks in a blender and then strain them through a nut milk bag or just some folded cheese cloth! Or you can go ahead and drink them straight from the blender as a smoothie to retain all of the fiber! 😆

    Kiwi Kisses!

  • 17. olivia  |  January 23, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    ooooh! this sounds so good and i’m so grossed out right now from too much popcorn and coke from the movies tonight. but it’s too late to drink such an energizing meal this late. i would actually like to sleep tonight! i only have come romaine in the house right now but i know what my breakfast will be tomorrow! p.s. we ALWAYS keep frozen bananas in the house. i wish i could freeze everyfruit that easily. i’ll never throw away another banana again in my life!

  • 18. sheila wilson  |  March 27, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I had heard about your detox diet but have not bought the book yet. I did recently purchase the Vitamix and have been making green smoothies daily. I love them and the machine!!! So easy to use and clean that I use it everyday at least 2 to 3 times. My question is the Vitamix is not a juice extractor so will it still work as a detoxifying tool. It is a real powerful machine so it breaks down the peels and all. Let me know! God Bless


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