May 3, 2012

Kiwi Kale Smoothie

 
I have a confession to make, I've never tried a green smoothie, until now. Something about greens shredded up in a blender, just did NOT sound delicious to me. I love salads and adore my seaweed wrapped sushi, but mixed up with my favorite fruits...nah, I would always pass. It was way too Dr. Seuss- like. "I do not like green eggs and ham Sam-I-Am."

Last week, when my sweet friend Amy passed along some kale with that kohlrabi I figured I would saute it up like I normally do with greens like swiss chard or make these kale chips like I've done in the past.. But something on that stinkin Pinterest caught my eye (yes, I have an addiction and the boards to prove it). Those crazy green smoothies. They looked, well... yummy.  How bad could it be if so many people drank them? I had the kale and it was hot outside. Which at our house means I should be making smoothies or doling out popsicles. I figured if it was terrible tasting, I could always foist it off to the baby, because she'll eat/ drink just about anything. So I threw caution to the wind and made my first green smoothie!

I had a big bag of kiwi's from Aldi in the fridge. Hey, they are green and they would disguise the greenness of the kale. I had some apple juice and frozen bananas to sweeten it because adding my normal yogurt/ milk didn't seem right with vegetables.

Turns out this concoction was delicious, which probably most of you already know. I'm sure I'm the last green smoothie holdout, right? (It's like texting, I'm slow on the bandwagon, but I'm on now.)

This thing was REALLY tasty. Everyone liked it and asked for seconds. The baby finished hers first and was going around trying to steal from the others. So here's my endorsement, if you've never tried it, you might just like green smoothies....and ham, Sam-I-Am. Now please excuse me, I headed out to buy some kale.
Kiwi Kale Smoothie
8 leaves kale
1 c water
2 bananas, frozen is better but not necessary
3 kiwi, peeled
1 c apple juice
ice

Strip the kale off the stem just like you do with flowers. Hold the stem with one hand and pinch it with the other and pull up until the leaves slide off the stem. (Need a step-by-step of what I'm talking about?)

Stuff the kale into a blender. Add water. Blend until you have a very green smooth pulp. Add the banana, kiwi and apple juice. Blend again until smooth. Now top off your blender with the ice and whirl until you have a frosty smoothie. Serve immediately with straws for fun. :)


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10 comments:

  1. Love this! How simple, nutritious and perfectly easy! We're going to feature this on our Facebook page and link here so people can see how you did it, and your lovely photography. If you wish, come LIKE us on Facebook for more recipes and tips on greens like kale, chard, beet, mustard, turnip, collard, spinach, escarole, dandelion and other super healthy green leafies. https://www.facebook.com/Cut.n.Clean.Greens

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  2. This really looks interesting. It is simple and nutritious and if that photo is any indicator it is also delicious. Your little one is darling. I am new here, so I've spent some time browsing through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

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    1. Mary, you are so sweet. I have to say I think my kids are pretty darn cute too, but of course, I'm their Mom :)

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  3. A friend has given me some just picked kale from their garden and I've been having green smoothies every morning. This morning, I used a mango from Aldi's, 4 or 5 frozen strawberries from Costco (bought them in the frozen section), a banana, a cup of kale and some whey drained from my homemade Greek yogurt (from saladinajar.com). I added a little Stevia to be sure it was sweet and it was so good! I usually add my Greek yogurt to it too. You can use so many fruits in it and we never taste the greens! What a tasty, healthy way to eat our greens! Came here because I like Cut n Clean Greens!

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    1. I'll have to branch out with the yogurt added in. We add it to our fruity smoothies all the time, but I haven't crossed the "green line".

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  4. Alas, my kale has bolted. (But, I am waiting to get some chard back up so I can make your fabulous sauted kale!!! Remember SRC and last November?)

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    1. Ok, is there anything you DON'T grow? How big is your garden?

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  5. I will eat and bring about anything....but I did pause for a second when this was brought to my desk............wow........was I surprised how good it was.....nothing like a great healthy treat during the day.

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    1. I wish I knew who this was. I'm guessing one of our beloved teachers, but which one? I am glad you liked it.

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