Happy St. Patrick’s Day with Two Lemonade Shout-Outs!

-By Hertha J. Woodruff, A.M.L.S., M.A.

The average, frozen, concentrated can of lemonade has 28 grams (7 teaspoons) of sugar per serving.  Here is a simple recipe for lemonade that uses no sugar. Remember, sugar is toxic!  It’s a healthy beverage for both kids and adults.  I have served this recipe for over 15 years to my family.  It comes from Jay Kordich’s book, the Juiceman’s Power of Juicing that was first published over twenty years ago in 1992.  I was introduced to the art of juicing through the infomercials of Jay Kordich.  I use Jay’s book as my main reference source on juicing.  It is still in print and a must-read!  Book includes many juice recipes for healing a multitude of ailments.

 

Jay Kordich’s Lemonade

Lemonade Picture

Ingredients
4 apples cut into wedges.

1/4 whole lemon with skin, cut into slices.  Note: I prefer to use one, entire lemon.

Procedure

Insert the lemon and apples into a juicer to process.

Yield: 1 to 2 Servings

Enjoy this delicious, sweet treat!

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Here is a variation of the Jay Kordich’s Lemonade that I created.  With St. Patrick’s Day being a few days away, this is a drink the entire family can enjoy.  It looks like green beer.  It is sweet, different than a typical green juice.  It is the same recipe as above but a handful of fresh spinach has been added.  The juice will still taste like lemonade but will be green in color.  I was in North Carolina at the Chapel Hill Whole Foods Market this winter and the juice bar there had green lemonade listed on the menu.  So others are also doing this, as well.  Try adding a little fresh ginger root to add a kick to it, if you wish.

 

Green Lemonade

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Ingredients
4 apples cut into wedges.

1/4 whole lemon with skin, cut into slices.  Note: I prefer to use one, entire lemon.

1 handful of fresh spinach

1 inch or more of fresh ginger root (optional)

Procedure

Insert the spinach, lemon, apples, and ginger root into a juicer to process.

Yield: 1 to 2 Servings

Enjoy this sweet, green drink!

 

Nutrition Facts:

Lemons are high in Vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium.

Apples are high in fiber, a good source of Vitamin C and B, plus has boron that may boost alertness.

Spinach is a high in Vitamin A, magnesium, folate, potassium, calcium. and has good fiber.

Ginger is great for inflammation, a natural antibiotic, and good for congestion.  It is high in Vitamin C.

 

Sources:

Juiceman’s Power of Juicing

Raw Juices Can Save Your Life!

Prevention Magazine’s Complete Nutrition Reference Handbook

 

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