There was kale in the fridge and a great big bowl of lemons on the countertop. As the springtime sunshine beat through the windows, only one amazing, strange, wonderful thing could happen. They were to be married. Married in a juicer and poured over ice.
This kale lemonade looks as bright as a chemical-laden shop-bought soda, but it tastes far better, while being filled with leafy greens and zesty lemon. Then it’s pepped up even further with some bubbles. I’m thinking next stop: kale champagne. Who’s with me?
- 145g (¾ cup) sugar
- 240 ml (1 cup) water
- 5 lemons, peeled
- 3 large handfuls of fresh kale leaves
- 1L sparkling water
- Make a simple syrup by combining the sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to the boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool.
- Juice the peeled lemons and kale leaves. Add to the simple syrup and top up with sparkling water until diluted to the desired sweetness.
I made this sparkling kale lemonade in my amazing Froothie Optimum 600 Slow Juicer.
I had a standard centrifugal juicer for a few years. I really loved it and I swore that carrot juice was the world’s best hangover cure. But it was a real bother to clean up, needed a lot of fruit or veg to make a glass of juice and created masses of wasted pulp (which I used in my Carrot Meringue Pie!). Still, I loved that little beast… until I was sent the Optimum 600. What a difference!
About the Optimum 600 Whole-Fruit Slow Juicer
- Well-suited to juicing leafy veg like kale and spinach, as well as wheatgrass and herbs
- Higher juice yield from foods, 35% more juice than centrifugal juicers
- The juice lasts longer, while retaining enzymes, and keeps for up to 3 days
- Slow speed, 65prm, means far less heat is generated, thus preserving more nutrients and enzymes
- Minimal separation and foaming of the juice compared to centrifugal juicers
- Quiet crushing action, as low as 40dB
- The large auger means it can juice whole fruits and vegetables without chopping them up
- High-quality SGS approved parts and induction motor built to last with 10 Years Comprehensive Warranty
- Very user friendly and simple to get started
- Easy to clean (with a self-cleaning function)
- The flavour of food is preserved, due to the slow speed
Why a slow juicer?
Slow juicers use a cold-press auger action to crushe and press the fruits and vegetables instead of grating them like with centrifugal juicers. The it’s this crushing method of the slow juicer that makes it better at releasing the food’s vitamins, nutrients and enzymes, releases more juice and allows you to juice leafy vegetables.
Many of these slow, masticating juicers have one major problem: a small feeding chute, meaning fruit and vegetables have to be chopped prior to use. With the Optimum 600, the feeding chute is very large, meaning you can just put many foods in without any prep! A small apple? Pop it in! An orange? Down it goes!
I really love this juicer. It is cafe quality but doesn’t take up too much space on my work surface, it makes lovely healthy juice, you don’t have to chop everything up and it isn’t tough to clean.
If you’d like one of these amazing juicers, check out my affiliate link for a Froothie Optimum 600 Slow Juicer.