North Pole Green Juice

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on November 6, 2012

I remember the day my Mom came home with a juicer… it was a scary. Her eyes lit up with excitement, she said something about beets, spinach… kale. I remember thinking, ‘Dad hates beets, what person likes spinach, and what the heck is a kale?’ I liked my veggies with butter, dressings and spices, not straight up in a glass. Ick!

Mom started us off small – apple juice, orange juice, added a bit of carrot juice to the orange without us knowing… sneaky Mom she was!

But I’ll never forget the day she made us green juice. It resembled slime but it was either drink the juice or have an extra tablespoon of cod liver oil.

I chose the juice.

From that day forward, I was a slime lover for life!

One of my favorite green juices is this orange and kale juice, also known as OJ Lean and Green. I love the name just as much as I love the juice, really. I make a batch of it whenever I’m feeling under the weather and need a good caffeine-free pick-me-up. It does the trick every time!

Thanks to a recent visit to The Naked Sprout, I’ve been inspired to add another fantastic green juice to my repertoire of feel good beverages, and this one has fresh mint! Oh I love mint. I made this juice yesterday and had to talk myself through not just drinking it the minute it came out of the juicer. Instead, I had to pour it into a glass, set up the picture, take photos and THEN drink. You better believe I enjoyed every single last drop as I edited these photos!

Whether you’ve joined us for the two week cleanse, or you’re just looking to incorporate a healthy practice into your daily routine, this juice will more than do the trick. The mint soothes your digestive system, the nutrients in kale help to support a natural detox, and the cucumber acts as an anti-inflammatory. All this power in just one glass!

Inspired by The Naked Sprout

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North Pole Green Juice
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Allergens: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free
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Serves: 500mL
 
Green juice with a cooling aftertaste of fresh mint.
Ingredients
  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • ½ English cucumber
  • 3 leaves kale
  • 40 grams fresh mint
Instructions
  1. If you have a ‘low’ setting on your juicer, begin with the softer items first – cucumber, kale and mint. Then turn to ‘high’ and juice the apple and pear.

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Some questions that you may have on juicing:

I don’t have a juicer. Is there another way that I can make juice?

If you have a blender; preferably a good and strong blender, you can make your juices in it. Just follow the recipes and add some water to the mix (about 1-2 cups). Blend until everything is pulverized, then strain the mixture through cheesecloth, a nut milk bag, or nylon socks.

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com }

I don’t have a juicer but I’ll definitely try the cheesecloth method! Every time I have a juice out somewhere I rave about how incredible it makes me feel – I really need to incorporate this more often into my diet at home!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

I know what’s on my grocery list for this weekend!! :) I think I’ll need to make the OJ Lean and Green too, just because I’m a juicing mad woman now. I’ve never actually had the North Pole juice at the Naked Sprout, but I’m going again next weekend with some of my spin ladies so I will give it a try then!

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jaime @ sweet road

I’ve seen (and tried) a lot of green juices with cucumber lately. I’m not sure if this is new or if it’s the first time I’ve noticed it, but I love it! Sometimes it can be hard to work with the bitter taste in green juices and smoothies, but cucumber does a great job of chilling things out…

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

You’re so right! I also like adding it to smoothies instead of non-dairy milk or water. It’s awesome!

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JT

I have a Jack La Lonne juicer from a few years ago and it’s…meh, it’s an all right juicer for the price point. I rarely take it out though because it takes some time to clean. I have three little kids and lots of stuff to do so most of the time now I use my Blendtech blender and then strain the juice with a nut milk bag!! :-) Ginger, lemon, cuke and greens is my favorite juice!!! If I ever have a few hundred dollars just sitting around one day collecting dust I would love to get a Hurom juicer, I have heard they are amazing!!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Hurom… okay, on the list! I was perusing the web over the weekend and fell in love with a $3,000 juicer :| Maybe one day I’ll have thousands of dollars sitting around heh.

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Tamikko

I’ve decided to do a cleanse in the new year. I need to prep and have the money to get the ingredients and can’t do it right now. I am loving everything you’re sharing though and saving all the pages to a folder to look back on again in January. I love this recipe! I love kale and mint. I have a juicer but only use it when I’m juicing consistently throughout the day because it’s so annoying to clean. I love to use my Blendtec and strain the juice. There’s something oddly calming to straining the juice with my juice bag. It goes hand in hand with doing something so nice and pure for yourself. I only have ginger, mint and spinach right now, but these ingredients need to be added to my grocery list for next week. Thanks for the recipe Leanne :)

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Sounds like you have a solid January plan! All this information will still be here when you go for it, so no worries about that!

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Amanda Browning

Hey Leanne,
I love this cleanse and will be starting this up on Monday, seeing as I already went grocery shopping, and living on my own, I need to finish up some things before starting fresh!
How can you suggest I fight cravings? I have no self control when it comes to sweets. I don’t plan on making or buying things that should tempt me, but more for daily life, how do you keep diet in check, without eating all the things you make in one day!?
I have been really good about waiting 20 minutes after my meal before deciding how I feel, and drinking water when I feel hungry before I just go grab tons of snacks while waiting for my dinner to cook.
Can you lead any suggestions to help make steps to help?
Thanks.

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Cravings… great question, Amanda! I’m an all in or nothing kinda gal with one determined attitude so when I commit to something, I commit. When I get cravings I just remind myself of why I’m doing something. If it means a great deal to me, then I’ll have loads of reasons why I need to stay the course. If what I’m doing doesn’t mean anything to me, or doesn’t feel right… then I usually cave in. It’s good to know why you’re doing what you’re doing. Perhaps write down what you hope to get out of the cleanse so when you have a moment of ‘weakness’ you can go back to the list and remind yourself why it’s important.

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z

Please excuse the question as it has nothing to do with this marvelous-sounding juice ;)

Do you holistic nutritionists (such as yourself) know things about skin health…I have a red “butterfly” mark (I wouldn’t call it a rash) on my nose and out to the sides…A MD told me it was milk rosacea, but it doesn’t look like rosacea and there are no obvious blood-vessels that I can see below the first layer of skin…
Do you know what it could be? (Or do you know a good resource for skin health…?)

Thanks, Leanne :)

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Zosia – it could be multiple things. The skin displays so much and is so connected to your diet, it’s unbelievable. Without knowing what you’re eating and your overall eating style, it’s hard for me to pinpoint what could be happening. Some culprits include dairy, chocolate, sugar and artificial flavors/colors. Hope that helps!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks

I need to juice more. I hate juicer cleanup. The end. :)
It looks awesome!

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Amanda

Hiii Leanne,

What happened to the baked goods giveaway? Did you announce the winner somewhere else? Maybe I just can’t find it.

The juice looks/sounds delicious… yum.

Amanda

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Amanda – I posted the winner on the giveaway post. You can find it here: http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2012/10/apple-pie-quinoa-breakfast-casserole/

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cat

I don’t have a juicer, but I am using a Nutri-Bullet which I like VERY much, and am afraid I might actually be wearing it out. I use it probably 3-4 times a day for smoothies, salad dressings, whipping up cashews to make cashew cream or sauces… for starters. I never have to strain anything. Whole fruits and veggies go in and, with some water (or almond milk sometimes) they come out like juice. Repeat: nothing to strain. I like the idea that I’m getting the benefit of peelings, too. I’m sure they must have some nutritional value. I am not a mint fan, but maybe I’ll give it a try. I wasn’t sure about cucumber in a smoothie until today, though. It was OK, but maybe it’s a taste acquired over time. It wasn’t bad, I’ll say that. :-)

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Nothing to strain? Wow, my vitamix is good but not THAT good.

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Erin

So I watched “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” a few weeks ago and decided that I needed to some juicing… but I just bought a VitaMix so my appliance budget is wiped clean. I was at my local thrift store and there on the shelf was a Juiceman Juicer Junior for $9. Not the best in the world, but just enough to get me going to see if I want to invest in one. Been on the hunt for recipes, and I have everything on hand to make this delightful treat ;-D

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

That’s great! Sounds like you’re working with what you have and there’s no harm in that! Enjoy :)

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Tamara

Hi Leanne,

I have the Oscar Neo and it is awesome!!! Well worth the money, and it is soooo easy to clean up. Takes just a few seconds to rinse under running water and a quick scrub of the screen with a brush (they include it in the box). I always clean my juicer BEFORE I drink my juice, then you have something to look forward to after cleaning up :) the Oscar is an auger style juicer so you get so much more juice out of your produce, which I think over time would make up for the extra cost (having said that, it’s not the most expensive juicer on the market anyway). I am just about to embark on a juice cleanse. I eat pretty cleanly most of the time but just came back from a 3 week holiday and let’s just say the food I ate wasn’t always the best! Starts today with 2 days of green smoothies before juicing for about a week. I’ve browsed your site for juice recipes too. We’ll see how I feel in a few days. Wish me luck!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Hmm good to know! I’ve never heard of Oscar Neo. Good luck with your liquid cleanse and enjoy some of the recipes :)

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Diana @ Eating Made Easy

I just got a Ninja, (not a juicer) and I can’t wait to try some green smoothies! I love mint so this is right up my alley. Thanks for this! Your photos are amazing too.

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Ohhh a Ninja! How do you like it?

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Diana @ Eating Made Easy

I really like it so far! I just got back from the grocery store with lots of fruits and veggies…let the experiments begin.

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Jackie

Can’t wait to try this juice and the “OJ Lean & Green”. I have a Wolfgang Puck Bar Blender – powerful blender. Does everything a Vitamix does but at a lesser cost. When I want more juice than smoothie, I use paint strainer bags from the hardware store – a cross between cheesecloth and nut milk bags and their inexpensive (I think it’s under $2 for a pack of 2)

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

I love the idea of using paint strainer bags, that’s brilliant. I’ve seen them so many times but never thought to use them in the kitchen.

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Shane

Hi there! I’m doing a half cleanse! Have to eat a little something to have energy for my training at the gym. Thank you for these great recipes. How much mint is 40 grams? I put maybe a 1/3 of the bunch of got from the grocery. Probably needed a little more?!?,

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Shane! The mint is about 1 cup loosely packed. Hope that helps!

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