Kwanzaa Culinarians

Recipes and Food Stories from the African Diaspora

Kale-Aid AKA Kale Lemonade

By John Burton Jr of The Food Cravelogist

When most people think about the holidays, aside from gathering with loved, food is usually what comes to mind next. Although, having the right delectable entrees and desserts are essential. No meal is complete without a flavorful beverage.

With more and more people striving to become more health conscious, it’s often difficult to find a tasty beverage that is equal parts; healthy without compromising taste. One of the fastest foods growing in popularity is kale. Cousin to Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and collards, kale is considered one of the world’s super foods. I personally fell in love with kale’s leafy green goodness as a salad entrée at a restaurant in Pasadena, California. The texture, flavor, and health benefits had me at day one! Then I began incorporating kale into my meals and even smoothies. Yet when I discovered kale lemonade, I knew kale and I were in a lifelong love affair! This refreshing and unexpected drink and perfect for you and your guests for Nia.

Kale-Aid AKA Kale Lemonade


3 Large Kale Leaves – Kale Juice, (Kale leaves blended/juiced)
1/2 cup – Lemonade (juice of 2 lemons and water)
1 Green Apple – Cored and chopped
1/3 cup – Honey or Agave nectar
2 1/3 cups – Cold Water


Cut and discard kale stems. Add kale leaves and apple to blender/juicer with 1/3 cup of water. Blend then strain. Then combine lemonade, honey or agave, kale and apple mixture and water to blender. Blend and serve over ice.

*lemon slices for garnish if desired

About John Burton, Jr.
A marketing guy during the day, I am an admitted foodie! My favorite meal of the day is breakfast. However I can easily be cajoled into partaking in a scrumptious meal any time of day: lunch, dinner, brunch, linner (between lunch and dinner) or midnight snack.
As Marketing Consultant of The Burton Group, I provide communications, marketing and public relations solutions a diverse group of companies and organizations. My client list has included: Sak’s Fifth Avenue/Off Fifth, Rainforest Films, Pantene, The Inspiration Network, and Wells Fargo. News outlets such as CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, LA Times, The Howard Stern Show and Jet Magazine are just a few places where my clients have appeared.
A few of my favorite foods include: Chicago-style deep dish pizza, Italian Cream Cake, and almost anything containing cinnamon. Signature dishes are mozzarella macaroni and cheese, kale salad with pepitas, and sweet potato and black bean burritos with a mango salsa.

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The word "Kwanzaa" comes from the phrase, "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first-fruits." Kwanzaa's extra "a" evolved as a result of a particular history of the Organization Us. It was clone as an expression of African values in order to inspire the creativity of our children. In the early days of Us, there were seven children who each wanted to represent a letter of Kwanzaa. Since kwanza (first) has only six letters, we added an extra "a" to make it seven, thus creating "Kwanzaa." To learn more about Kwanzaa, visit the Official Kwanzaa Website.

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