Tropi{kale} Smoothie

As the weather gets warmer (at least here in Houston), I find myself craving smoothies more and more. It’s a refreshing breakfast to fuel me for the day or even a filling snack after work that keeps me from digging through the pantry. I have loved playing with my Nutri Ninja machine to experiment with different ingredients at home. As we talked about previously, there is a large benefit in the nutritional make up of smoothies if you make it at home versus purchasing at places like Smoothie King or Jamba Juice.  You are able to control the ingredients, specifically the added sugar content.

Tropi{kale} Smoothie - easy, healthy and delicious! And the best part, it does not taste like kale at all!

Kale is one of those veggies that I have always desired to include in my smoothie because of its nutritional makeup. But, let’s be honest, the taste is not that appealing (at least to me) and definitely more potent than spinach. I have been on a mission to create the perfect kale smoothie – one that includes kale but has no taste of it in there.  After experimenting and playing around with different ingredients, I have the perfect recipe. My husband raved about how good it was, and the thought of kale in his smoothie just a few months ago would have probably made his stomach churn.

There are a few important steps to mask the taste of kale as much as possible in your smoothie:

  1. Choose the right kind of kale. I have found that baby kale works the best for smoothies. I used the Whole Foods brand Organic baby kale in the plastic container (HEB has a similar product).
  2. Remove all of the stems from the kale. Remove the stems before freezing so just the leaves are blended into your smoothie. The stems will add a rough texture to your smoothie.
  3. Freeze (or at least partially freeze) your kale before blending. Even if the leaves are in the freezer for just a few minutes, this process helps mask the flavor from fresh kale leaves. By saving any greens that may be close to expiring and instead freezing, you are saving money and preventing food waste!
  4. Have a powerful blender. I have found this to be the key to making enjoyable smoothies. My old blender just did not do the trick when adding greens to smoothies, but now that I have my Nutri Ninja, I am able to finely chop up all of my ingredients. The Vita Mix blender is also a great option. If you have a blender that you are concerned about how well it will blend up your greens, always add your greens and liquid first so the blades can easily reach them.

Have you ever made a smoothie with kale? What are some of your favorite recipes?

In the blender, first combine the coconut milk, coconut water, squeeze of fresh lime, kale and green apple and mix until everything is pulverized finely.

Tropi{kale} Smoothie - easy, healthy and delicious! And the best part, it does not taste like kale at all!

Next, add the pineapple and blend. At this point, you should not see any flakes from the kale leaves – it should be a rich green color. Finally, blend in the frozen banana, agave nectar (or stevia) and ice to taste. Enjoy!

Tropi{kale} Smoothie
 
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Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup coconut water
  • Fresh lime juice from ¼ lime slice
  • 1 cup kale, stems removed and frozen
  • ¼ green apple, chopped in small pieces
  • ½ cup fresh pineapple
  • ¼-1/2 frozen banana
  • Agave nectar or Stevia to taste
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. In the blender, first combine the coconut milk, coconut water, squeeze of fresh lime, kale and green apple and mix until everything is pulverized finely.
  2. Add the pineapple and blend.
  3. Finally, blend in the frozen banana, agave nectar (or stevia) and ice to taste.

 

 

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