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Here’s a quick and easy (but powerful) recipe to get your mornings rolling. It was submitted by Birit Trematore through our submit a recipe page.


  • Fill your blender 3/4 full of chopped kale
  • 1″ peeled chunk of ginger
  • 1/2 a lemon with the yellow rind removed (but leave the white part)
  • 1 cup organic apple juice
  • a few ice cubes

Fill up to the top of the kale with good water. Blend until the kale is teeny tiny. Strain into a pitcher. Drink soon for maximum energy benefits!

This is sooo easy…everyone has time for it.

Birit Trematore is a wellness coach, raw foodist, single Mom of 2 and a Pilates and spin instructor in Virginia Beach…trying to bring health, balance and nutrition to party central one leaf of kale at a time.

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sue thompson February 22, 2012

Looking for healing of colitis through green drinks.

Jason Manheim March 19, 2012

Make sure to try aloe vera and coconut milk in your green smoothies. …and stay away from wheat.

Just remember, the issue with natural remedies like this is that people with Colitis are so different in how they react to certain foods and medications.

Be patient. It may take a while but eventually you’ll find out what works for you.

Pat Wheeler March 27, 2012

Hi Jason,

I have what may be a stupid question. I am sensitive to wheat (and all grains). Does that mean I should avoid wheat grass?

Jason Manheim March 27, 2012

Hi Pat,

Is it gluten you have an issue with? If so, then you should be fine with wheatgrass. Yes, it’s a wheat-based product but the grass form has not yet sprouted into a grain (which is what contains gluten).

However, there is the possibility of cross-contamination. Wherever you get your wheatgrass/wheatgrass powder, make sure it specifies “gluten free”.

Your best bet would be to try it in small doses to see if your body rejects it.

Mary ann May 5, 2012

I tried this drink. I see a waste of kAle After straining the drink. I like the tartness of it. I hAte wasting food. I’m going to experiment with the kAle. Do u hAve any suggestions?

Jason Manheim May 5, 2012

Try a less waxy green or keep the kale and add a banana or something else to help bind it.

Renee January 7, 2013

I use a magic bullet i puree the whole thing no waste

Renee January 7, 2013

Maryann get a magic bullet and you wont have any waste

Renee January 7, 2013

I use a magic bullet to puree all my leafy greens should i br using a juicer instead? For these drinks.

Jason Manheim January 8, 2013

It depends what you’re after: juice or smoothie. I prefer to blend that way I keep all that nutritious fiber.

Wendy Sica March 20, 2013

I added a tsp. of agave nectar and did not strain it. very tasty.

Dorichan June 29, 2013

Hello, I have been concerned about consuming raw cruciferous vegetables like kale on a daily basis as I’ve been reading (on-line) that its harmful to the thyroid…and I used to drink it daily but am now afraid to… I’d like to hear your comments please!

Jason Manheim July 1, 2013

It’s always best to rotate your greens. Having said that, it seems the tyroid issue is only a problem when you also have an iodine deficiency. Have you had and blood panels done lately? I would get tested for thyroid function if you’re concerned about it.

I don’t know where you’re located but may be an option.

MeliBB August 2, 2013

Hi Jason, is it possible to sub an actual apple for the juice? If so, how would I modify the recipe for that?

Jason Manheim August 6, 2013

If you add an apple, you may have to add some water, too. This isn’t my recipe, though, so I would say, go ahead and experiment and find out what works for you.

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