I have a couple of good friends who, whenever I post a kale recipe, immediately reply with “and try it in a smoothie!”
Ugh…a kale smoothie? Really? That seems so…crunchy granola eater. And, while I like my granola, and tend to hug trees, kale smoothies were too out there for me.
Until my youngest son started asking for them. This must come from my wife’s side of the family - or be a recessive gene or something that skipped me entirely. Green? Smoothie? In the same sentence? He loved the idea.
So, I made one. I thought I was taking one for the team, but, much to my surprise, I enjoyed it.
Even better? My son drained the glass in one gulp. His smile looked like The Joker, a green kale grin up to his cheekbones.
Recipe: Green Monster Smoothie
- Powerful blender (I love my Vitamix)
- 2 cups ice cubes
- 2 packed cups kale leaves (6 ounces, thick stems removed, rinsed if sandy)
- 3 kiwi, peeled
- 1 banana, peeled
- 1 cup apple juice
1. Blend it all
Pack everything in the blender. (The kale takes up a lot of space until it starts blending - it’s OK if you have to squeeze it in there to get the lid on). Start the blender on low, slowly bring it up to high, and run it at high speed until everything is completely smooth, about 1 minute. (If the blender is having a hard time processing, add more apple juice to keep the blades moving.)
- You can replace the two cups of ice cubes with a frozen banana (for a total of two bananas in the smoothie). When our bananas are on the edge of going bad, we peel them and throw them in the freezer to preserve them for smoothies down the road.
What do you think?
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