A couple of years ago when I was visiting my daughter in LA, she took me to a great vegan restaurant. There I discovered the drink of my dreams; grapefruit, kale, and ginger juiced! When I came home I experimented with this combination, often adding other ingredients, and came up with a lot of tasty concoctions. I do it in the Ninja mixer instead of the juicer so it still has all the fiber. Although my husband says it looks like sludge. The basic recipe is:

1&1/2 grapefruits peeled
About 1 cup or a large handful of fresh organic kale
A chunk of fresh ginger
1 scoop of Garden of Life, Perfect Food Raw (raw organic green super food)

Besides being delicious grapefruit, kale and ginger have many benefits. In Baseline of Health, Beth Levine writes, “Pink grapefruit provides 80 percent of your daily vitamin C needs in a typical serving of half the fruit, is proven to bolster the immune system, can detoxify the body, and even slow the growth rate of tumors. It is also chock full of lycopene, which is an antioxidant that has been found to lower the risk of both bladder and prostate cancer. And pink grapefruit provides you with 6 percent of the RDA of vitamin A, another valuable nutrient that helps maintain the health of the retina, particularly important for our vision in lower light.
Yellow grapefruit is no slouch, either, in the vitamin and nutrient department. Just under its more colorful cousin, the yellow grapefruit health benefits include 73.3 percent of your vitamin C quota for the day, as well as an impressive 23.7 percent of vitamin A.” http://www.jonbarron.org/article/celebrate-citrus-grapefruit?utm_source=iContact&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Alerts&utm_content=DHT+3%2F6%2F13

In the article, Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Kale, Alison Lewis reveals the many advantages to including Kale in your diet. Kale is high in iron and has more calcium than milk! It is a great source of vitamins A, C, & K .  Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants, carotenoids and flavonoids, that help protect against various chronic diseases. ” Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders.” Not only that but Kale is low in calories and high in fiber! http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-4408/Top-10-Health-Benefits-of-Eating-Kale.html

Ginger has been traditionally used to treat colds and flu. Studies have shown that ginger helps kill influenza viruses, and increases the immune system’s ability to fight infection. Ginger improves the absorption of essential nutrients in the body. It also relieves nausea, gas, and stomach cramps. And most importantly, the  Ayurvedic texts credit ginger with potent aphrodisiac powers.
So enjoy a large glass of the drink of my dreams and maybe it will become your dream drink too!


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