Fried with olive oil and a little bit of garlic, beautiful, put raw through a juicer? Hmmm…
I’m kidding, you can juice kale in a juicer and I think you should! It’s not the tastiest and needs a lot of other ingredients to make a tasty green juice but it’s packed full of nutrition and a great way to up your iron intake, get some protein as well as vitamins A, C and K. Just throw in some apple, cucumber to bulk it out and then lemon and ginger to add some zingy spice flavour.
You’re not going to get ill from juicing kale in any way (provided it’s washed), it’s not secretly dangerous to eat so you aren’t going to get poisoned or anything like that.
Why You Shouldn’t Juice Kale – Dangers and Side effects
I was having a read up on the possible dangers and side effects and some of what I read is stupid… Warning of the dangers of juicing 4 and a half cups of kale because it can cause problems if you have weak kidneys.
While this is true I don’t think I know anyone who could stomach down that much kale juice! Kale is an ingredient, you don’t have it like orange juice, you have it as part of a green juice, but on the odd chance, you were going to have a glass of pure kale juice, watch out if you have weak kidneys.
A more real danger is that Kale is high in vitamin K which works to help heal wounds in your body but also works to clot your blood. This causes problems if you need to take aspirin or any other blood-thinning medication because it upsets the amount you’ll have to take by thickening your blood again.
Kale has 6 times your recommended daily allowance of vitamin K in a single cup so if you take this medication you should have a word to your doctor first.
Can You Juice Kale Raw
Certainly can! As with anything you’re eating raw you want to make sure it’s washed first. Raw vegetables can have potential dirt or pesticides on them so you need to wash them under the cold tap before they go anywhere near your juicer.
You just have to put it in bit by bit and push it through with the tamper, so it can take a while to juice compared to a cucumber that you can just chop into pieces but it’s worth it.
Some people think you should boil your kale before you juice it but I like it raw, the flavor is intense but it packs a nutritious punch.
Can You Juice Kale Stems
This depends a lot on the kale you buy, if your kale has great big stems on it that have brown spots on and just look dry then you can chop them off. But the kale I buy comes chopped into little pieces so the stems would take ages to remove, I juice the whole thing and it’s fine.
These dry looking stems are just that, dry and don’t give out a lot of juice so you’re going to get on fine not juicing them.
You’ll get on better with a masticating juicer than a centrifugal juicer if you’re looking to regularly juice kale. Masticating juicers just do a better job at removing the juice and separating the pulp, even if it is a bit of a pain pushing it all through.
What Kale Can You Juice
As far as I’m aware you can juice any type of kale you can find, if anyone knows different please leave a comment and I’ll update but I spent a long time researching and couldn’t find anything. But, unless you have a speciality grocery nearby you’ll probably be buying curly kale, the classic and one of the best, curly kale is what I juice purely because it’s the easiest to find.
But you can juice any type of kale: Red Russian, Lacinato, Ornamental, Chinese, Rebor, if you can find them, or if you can grow them you can juice them.
The only kale you shouldn’t juice is any kale you wouldn’t eat, if it’s off-colour or if it’s got a strange smell or even wilting in any way then keep it away from your juicer. If it looks like that you’re best keeping it in the compost!
How Much Kale Should You Juice
It’s up to you, less than 4 and a half cups but I’d say about a cup is a good amount if it’s curly kale that comes chopped up. And that’s kale squashed into a cup if you can get nice big leaves then about 5 or 6 leaves is a good amount to add to a juice.
The 5-6 good size leaves are the amount you use in a mean green juice which I’ve got a recipe for further down.
But if you want a really strong kale juice then I’d say you can double up and go for 2 cups, definitely try it first though, don’t start with two cups of kale because the flavour is intense and not necessarily in a good way. Trust me! If you’re a beginner you’ll certainly want to go easy on the leafy greens, they take a while to get used to and you’ll likely never have tasted anything quite like it before!
How Much Kale Juice Can You Drink A Day
I think one big glass, about 16 oz, of green juice a day is plenty, and that’s not made up entirely of kale, it should be a mix of greens fruits and vegetables including watery ingredients like celery or carrot.
And green juice should be made with one or two cups of kale. That’s a good amount and while you can drink more than that a day I think you’ll be better off getting a range of different fruits and vegetables throughout the day, as well as eating some and having some in juice form.
The Best Kale Juice Recipe
I think the best kale juice recipe has to be the mean green juice by Joe Cross, it’s the standard and tried and true time and time again. Check it out below or take a look at the other green juice recipes I’ve got here.
- 1 cucumbers
- 4 celery stalks
- 2 green apples
- 8 kale leaves with stalks
- 1 lemon
- 1 inch piece of ginger
Peel the ginger and the lemon, then wash all of the other ingredients and Put everything through your juicer starting with the kale and the ginger. You’ll need a juicer that can handle leafy greens, like these ones I’ve reviewed.
Pour into a glass and enjoy your delicious green juice!
There you have it! I hope you’re excited to get some kale in your juicer and start enjoying the delicious health benefits it can bring you.
Stick to about 1 cup of kale in a standard green juice recipe and make sure you add some lemon and ginger to help cut through the bitterness. But don’t just juice, try sauteing it and having it as a side with your dinner too!