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Green Zest Juice

I hope you had a good spring break! We started the week with some shifting gears from working full days to spending time with kids and working while my little one naps. My 4-year old LOVES to hang out at mom’s office during those naps. Coloring and drawing is just more special in there! The second part of the week involved a road trip to Boston, hanging out with family and cousins, a water park trip, Children’s museum trip, and lots of good food!

We can’t help but experiment with recipes that I find or just completely make up. I tried to make a gluten-free Arabic cheese pastry from rice flour and almond meal that didn’t seem to work as intended. Will be trying it again. Another experiment was this Kiwi kale parsley smoothie.

Read my postsblending vs juicing: which one is healthier? and blending vs juicing: is drinking better than eating?

The kids helped with washing and dropping the ingredients in the blender. They enjoyed taking pictures with the food (I wonder if they will be mad at me one day!). They take turns turning the blender on (adult supervision necessary). It was fun!

The big question is, did they drink the juice? This juice combination wasn’t a winner for them. It was great for me. It was sweet enough, but I think the texture of parsley and kale were a little too fibrous. I don’t have a juicer, what I might do next time is strain some of the pulp out. I’m not discouraged–and if you’re parent of kids who are always or sometimes picky, don’t be discouraged if they don’t eat or drink what you make. Exposing your kids to the sight and texture of the food, even when it doesn’t go down their bodies, helps them become familiar with it, and one day–have faith–they will like it. Seeing the food often is important and makes a difference, so give yourself a pat on the back for giving them an opportunity to learn.

I loved the juice. I even packed what was left over in a Mason jar (they are AMAZING, by the way), and had it after my workout the next day. Fresh, hydrating, and light.

This juice doesn’t have protein so if you want a high-protein recovery sports drink, add crushed nuts, nut butter, hemp seeds, Greek yogurt, or a scoop of your favorite protein powder.

Green Zest Juice
 
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Parsley and kiwi add zest to his green smoothie, sweetened by an apple and orange juice
Recipe type: juice, smoothies, drink
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup parsley, washed and as many of the stems removed as possible
  • 2 cups kale, washed
  • 1 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 kiwifruits, peeled
  • 1 apple, cored (no need to peel)
Instructions
  1. Add parsley, kale, orange juice, and water to a blender. Blend until smooth, for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the kiwifruit and apple. Blend for another 2 minutes.
  3. If you have extra, store in a tightly sealed Mason jar without too much air space in the fridge and drink it the next day.
 

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  • EA-The Spicy RD April 3, 2013, 5:35 pm

    I am not a parsley fan, but everything else sounds delicious and I love the pretty green color! My kids probably wouldn’t like it either, but what you say about exposing food to kids is so true…my son will finally eat a little lettuce every now in then after 8 years of exposure 🙂

    • Nour Zibdeh April 9, 2013, 10:02 am

      Thanks EA for stopping by. Kids can be funny. My 4-year-old would eat spinach, oregano, and basil, but not lettuce! I’m loving these green juices!

  • dixya@food, pleasure, and health April 12, 2013, 12:07 pm

    this will be a great way to start up the day – and for protein I am always up for toast and peanut butter 🙂

    • Nour Zibdeh May 6, 2013, 8:44 pm

      Very refreshing indeed. I usually like to drink juices for a snack with raw nuts on the side and skip the bread.Have a great day!

  • Sophie April 24, 2013, 4:04 am

    I’ve just discovered your webpage today and have really enjoyed your articles.This Green Zest Juice sound delicious and Healthy. This was really a nice idea and easy to make. Keep on posting such recipes 🙂

    • Nour Zibdeh February 16, 2016, 6:43 pm

      Thanks Sophie-glad you liked it!

  • Ellen August 18, 2013, 8:30 pm

    Question..I just made a smoothie with 9 fruits, green vibrance ginger and whey isolate. I used this for my dinner. Did I use too much fruit? What is the maximum amount of fruit in a drink? I have a problem with swallowing and this helped me get nutrition in my body. What do you think

    • Nour Zibdeh August 18, 2013, 9:53 pm

      Hi Ellen,
      When you say 9 fruits, do you mean about nine cups of fruits? That’s too much. I recommend that you limit your carbohydrate intake to no more than 30-45 grams, and that’s about 3 fruit servings (1 servings=1 cup berries, 1 small apple, 1/2 banana, etc). Why don’t you add veggies? Some that work in smoothies are spinach, kale, cucumber, tomato (if you like tomato juice), carrots, and beets. I once added frozen broccoli and it didn’t give a strong taste (search for broccoli smoothie in my blog). If most of your meals are similar to this, you’re missing on iron and B vitamins. I recommend consulting with a dietitian to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need. Take a look at my services page and contact me. I’m more than happy to help you find someone where you live. Nour

  • mary March 15, 2014, 8:51 am

    With. Sumer gardens soon how about kids growing some of the veg and fruit too?

    • Nour Zibdeh February 16, 2016, 6:44 pm

      That’s definitely a great idea!