Since discovering kale, I have found several delicious ways to prepare this super food. This Kale Apple Smoothie is one such way that I love for its ease and simplicity.
A few years ago, I discovered kale. I have a kale salad that I love, but have been looking for other ways to incorporate kale in to my every day life.
Enter the kale apple banana smoothie.
What you will love about this smoothie is that it is light, slightly sweet and refreshing. There is a only hint of kale flavor. If you like sweet drinks, you will like this. I had an appointment at 11:00 a.m. one day and knew I would be gone through lunch. I had this smoothie at 10:15 a.m. prior to leaving for my appointment and I was fine until 1:00 p.m. when I had lunch. I was not hungry at all.
This is a simple way to incorporate veggies and fruit into your diet with this satisfying drink.
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Kale Smoothie Benefits-
Adding ground flaxseed adds omega 3s to your diet. Feel free to add additional ingredients to your taste. For example, I have made this smoothie adding a small piece of fresh ginger and it came out great. I use organic Lacinato kale. The original recipe is enough for two servings and I have adjusted the ingredients to my taste and for one serving. I prefer to make this and consume right away. It seems that when it “sits” the flavors become more intense and I prefer a lighter taste.
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Kale Apple Smoothie Recipe-
1 ripe medium banana
1 ripe pear or apple, peeled and chopped
1 cup kale, remove stems and chop
1/2 cup cold orange juice
1/2 cup cold water
6 ice cubes
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth, about a minute or so. I like to puree until there is a frothy foam at the top.
This would make a refreshing drink before or after a workout.
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- 1 ripe medium banana
- 1 ripe pear or apple (peeled if desired, and chopped)
- 1 1/2 cups chopped kale leaves (stems removed)
- 1/2 cup cold orange juice (fresh or bottled)
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 6 ice cubes
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed (optional)
- 1 inch small piece of fresh ginger (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth, approximately one minute.
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