October 1, 2011

A Kale Smoothie...Yes, you heard that right

Posted by Kristin

Has anyone else been bombarded lately with oodles and oodles of kale? Curly kale, purple kale, even a type called Dinosaur kale (despite the name it wasn't totally unappetizing in its looks). Maybe this only happens to those of us who get a weekly farm share and try to eat in season. What I'm learning is that kale seems to always be in season (maybe I'll have a break come December). I'm also learning  that its packed full of vitaminy goodness (did anyone else just think of the Vitameatavegamin episode of I Love Lucy?). Kale delivers alot of cancer-fighting antioxidants, is one of the best sources of vitamin A, and may help strengthen the immune system (thank you Eating Well for these nuggets of knowledge).

So when I was recently trying to figure out what to do with a big ol' pile of this green super-food, my brother suggested make a kale smoothie.  He had been looking through my most recent issue of Eating Well and there just so happened to be a whole series of kale recipes. So I braved eating this veggie in the early a.m. and was very pleasantly surprised. It was certainly healthy tasting but also sweet and very refreshing. Definitely worth a try for those feeling adventurous.

Here's the recipe we followed, found in the October 2011 issue of Eating Well.

Here's the green smoothie in all its glory.

Green Smoothie
Makes 2 servings, about 1 3/4 cup each

2 ripe medium bananas
1 ripe pear or apple, peeled if desired, chopped (we used an apple)
2 cups of chopped kale leaves, tough stems removed
1/2 cup cold orange juice (we used mango-pineapple juice)
1/2 cup cold water
12 ice cubes
1 tbsp ground flaxseed (we sort of left this one out)

Place bananas, pear (or apple), kale, orange juice, water, ice cubes and flaxseed in a blender. Pulse a few times, then puree until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary. Bottoms up!

Apparently this smoothie is so good for you that it completely eliminates any sense of ego, so much so that you actually become ok with being photographed in your pjs with a serious case of bedhead. Enjoy this while you can...these kind of revealing photos don't come up too often.

1 comment:

  1. good for you....but I prefer my dinosaur kale after noontime....