Favorite Green Lemonade

Via Bernadette Birney
on Jan 29, 2011
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Sometimes I worry about turning into one of those yoga freaks who solely subsists upon organic kale picked by the spare light of a new moon.

I can’t help myself, though–I’m gaga for this green lemonade. It’s so good, and so, so much better than any version I’ve purchased, including the one I payed over $11.00 for last week.

I like it so much that ever since my juicer arrived, my handy dandy Vitamix--previously the organic apple of my eye–has sat balefully neglected in its far corner of the counter.

This will make enough juice for two enormous glasses but then I am a girl to whom size matters.  I have never ordered a small cup of anything.  My standard question to any barista is, “How big can you do for me?  What’s the largest size you have?”

As opposed to my beloved but forsworn coffee, this green lemonade packs a powerful prana rush that has zero crash effect on the way down.  In fact, there doesn’t seem to be a down.

Share it with your sweetie, if you can convince him or her to taste it, or keep tightly sealed in the fridge for the next day.  Use all organic, if you can.  

  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 bulb fennel (green tops included)
  • 1 knob ginger
  • 1 chunk pineapple
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 1 lemon (today I had Myer lemons.  Yum!)
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 clementine
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 1 red apple (You’ll get better results if you use hard apples and not soft like Red Delicious or Macintosh)

Make sure to eat a candy bar later to maintain a healthy balance.


About Bernadette Birney

Bernadette Birney is a dyed-in-the-wool, freedom-loving tantrika. When she’s not busy conquering the world, taking hostages, feverishly freelancing, working on her book, and posting on-line essays, you can find her practicing the art of life-on-purpose, and teaching in Connecticut. / Bernadette has had the good fortune of studying with the great ones: she’s a certified Anusara yoga instructor, and has long pestered her Rajanaka Yoga mentor, Douglas Brooks. Known for her poetic and precise articulation, she insists that you can maintain a hard-core yoga practice and a sense of humor, too. Her classes, immersions and trainings are steeped in a life affirming philosophy that will invite you into the exploration of your own potential. / Bernadette was one of the earliest Certified Anusara yoga instructors in CT, and continues to mentor the local teaching community, leading trainings and retreats. She has contributed to Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga, Elephant Journal and Srividyalaya Amrta. She is also a Lululemon ambassador, and the author of the quirky, award-winning blog berniebirney.com .


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  2. IJ gotta be honest. My wife makes Kale chips in the oven. I eat the chocolate bar. Add us together and it's a healthy mix.

  3. That sounds like a fine plan to me.

  4. Deb van Zalingen says:

    Gosh, those are very large amounts for some of the ingredients – a whole bunch of kale?? What do you make this in and how much do you have when finished? Sounds like it would be at least a gallon, and I fear it would spoil before I could finish it.