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Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice

Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

We make a lot of smoothies in my house and I love them, but sometimes I actually crave juices. Sounds crazy, I know, especially if you haven’t tasted a green juice. I have to say though, if you do, I think you’ll be surprised by how fruity and refreshing green juices can be. There are so many opinions on juicing and debate over how nutritious they really are, but I look at them as a great way to get veggies and fruits into your day. I don’t feel that juices should supplement eating whole fruit or vegetables, but they make a great addition. I sometimes start the day off with a green juice for breakfast. It leaves me feeling light, refreshed and restored.

This particular combination is really delicious. The pear adds just enough sweetness without being overpowering. Kale is one of the most nutritious greens, adding lots of Vitamins A, B6 and K and even minerals like calcium and iron and potassium. Then there’s the cucumber. Cucumber is a wonderful addition to juices. It’s made up of ninety-six percent water, so it really adds to the volume of your juice, but it also contains electrolytes and minerals that are so good for you. Finally, I love adding lemon to my juices. Not only does it give a bit of a boost of Vitamin C, its citrusy tang perks up the flavors of the greens and balances out the sweetness.

Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

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Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

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Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice by Taste Love & Nourish

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Cucumber Pear and Kale Restore Juice

1/2 large cucumber, about 5 to 6 inches, peeled unless organic or home-grown
1 large pear, peeled unless organic and seeds removed
4 large stalks organic kale
1/2 lemon

Place the cucumber, pear and kale into your juicer and juice according to manufacturer’s directions. You can peel the lemon and juice that in your juicer as well, or simply use a reamer or citrus juicer. Drink immediately for the most nutritional benefit or store in a sealed jar for one day.


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Green Smoothie

Green Smoothie
This smoothie came into my life this past summer.  We’d gone on vacation and overindulged like I’d never had before! It was a wonderful trip, but as soon as we returned home, I felt the need to detox! I bought a few books, did a lot of reading and began drinking green smoothies every morning. After a few days I started feeling so much better. I did find that after some time, my skin was brighter and I felt more energetic.
If you haven’t tried a green smoothie before, you probably made an icky face when you saw this recipe! Although, if you’re still reading this, maybe I can persuade you to give it a try! The first time I tried one, I prepared myself to spit it out! Seriously, I stood in front of the sink! I was completely surprised at just how much I liked it. I’ve tweaked the original recipe that I had tried. There were some things in that recipe that emphasized the “green” taste. I’ve also added some golden flaxseed meal for the healthy fats it contains and additional fiber. I think you’ll find this sweet and refreshing.

Don’t be scared off by the amount of ingredients. This is not a one serving recipe. This will make an entire pitcher full that can last you two or three days. I like to make a batch, have a large glassful for breakfast, then put the rest in a large glass jar and refrigerate.  

You can play around with these ingredients. Sometimes I add kale in place of the spinach or in addition to it. Try to add whatever seasonal fruits you enjoy. I’ve made so many versions of this. 
I’ll pass them on to you from time to time. 

Green Smoothie

1 C. water
6 ice cubes
3 – 4 C. baby spinach
4 -5 sprigs parsley
5 – 6 large stalks of romaine lettuce
1 organic apple, core removed, cut into large wedges
1 organic, ripe pear, core removed, cut into large wedges
1 very ripe banana
1 t. organic golden flaxseed meal (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
juice of one small lemon or half of a large lemon

Put the ingredients in the order listed into the blender up to the parsley. Blend on high until liquified, then add the romaine. Once that is liquified, add the rest of the ingredients and blend on high until nice and smooth.

If you’d like the smoothie a bit colder, serve over ice.

About 3 very large servings.


  • If you do not have organic apples or pears, peel the skins before blending, otherwise, no need to peel.
  • The smoothie will retain its nutrients for 2 to 3 days max. Be sure to give your leftovers a good shake before serving.  
  • You can use two apples instead of the pear, try using one sweet red apple and one tart green apple!
  • Keep in mind…if you add something like blueberries…well, this won’t be a “green” smoothie!  I’ve tried it, and although it tasted amazing, the color was an interesting brown!