Green smoothies are everywhere. They are when done right a great way of getting in your needed servings of fruit and veggie. However, when done wrong they can be gritty, bitter and just plain gross. I tried to incorporate kale into my smoothies a couple of years ago and hated it. It was too bitter, it never seemed to get ground up enough, I tried kale chips and managed to burn them. Basically I was dismal failure when it came to kale.
But I kept hearing how good this vegetable was for you. It is touted as a super food, full of vitamins and nutrients. There are t-shirts about kale for heaven’s sake. But I was not convinced. I had tried with kale and we clearly did not see eye to eye.
I think it looks more appetizing next to big beautiful bouquets of flowers. Now, what, you may be asking, has brought me back to kale? After yoga last week I stopped by Feel Good Guru and got a massaged kale salad. Why on earth they were massaging kale I had no idea, all I knew was that the salad was good. It wasn’t as bitter or as tough of a vegetable as I remembered. So I decided to go home and do a little research on kale and see if perhaps we could try again. Turns out massaging the kale makes it a lot easier to eat, it softens it up. So, feeling adventurous I marched over to the grocery store bought myself some kale and decided to try making a palatable smoothie with massaged kale.
The result was sweet, delicious and full of all those good vitamins and nutrients. Perfect for drinking in the backyard on a hot summers day! Massaging kale seriously made all the difference. I peeled the leaves from the stalks, gave them a good rub down, added a banana, some frozen fruit, a little juice and soy milk, a table spoon of ground flax seed, a drizzle of maple syrup . . . and bam! A kale smoothie that is not just palatable, but actually enjoyable to drink! Go whip one up, I think smoothies are something best done without a specific recipe, everybody like there’s a little different, but I will give you the recipe I loosely followed!
Summer Kale Smoothie
Two large kale leaves, removed from stalks and massaged
1 cup frozen fruit (I used a mix of pineapple, peach and strawberry)
1/2 cup 100% fruit juice (I used cranberry)
1 cup non-dairy milk (I used soy, but coconut milk would be really delicious!)
1 tbl ground flax seed
1/2 tsp maple syrup
Blend and Enjoy!