Here’s a sunny, sweet recipe to lift you up in these temperamental days of early spring! I finally decided to try making a kale smoothie. Unfortunately, since I had never made one before, I had no idea what I was doing. I glanced around the kitchen and decided that the kale would be an add-in to a typical fruit smoothie, as I didn’t expect it to impart much of its own flavor. I grabbed a handful of ingredients and eyeballed it until my blender was full.
1 Tbsp Flax seeds
2 1/2 Handfuls of kale/spinach mix
1 Cereal bowl (1 1/2 c?) of frozen mixed berries (microwaved for 30 seconds, twice.)
About a cup of orange juice (which I realized I needed after I started blending and noticed all the blade was doing was scraping the banana slices)
I alternated between mixing and puréeing to combine and blend the ingredients thoroughly. I pressed the “liquefy” button once, out of curiosity, and scared myself, vowing never to do it again. The blender made an angry roaring noise and covered the remainder of clean glass with smoothie.
When it was done, it looked a bit like green and purple confetti suspended in a purply-pink liquid. It tasted mostly like orange and banana, but the berry undertones made a pleasant aftertaste.
I poured a glass for the boyfriend and a glass for myself. The boyfriend, who, as I have mentioned before, is mildly fearful of anything green and intimidated by that which is healthy, cautiously sipped the concoction.
“This is pretty good.”
I got excited, “You mean I made something healthy that you like?!”
“I don’t dislike healthy things; I like things that taste good.”
That was all the proof I needed. The smoothie was a success. If the boyfriend approved, I surely wasn’t going to complain. He even finished his smoothie before I did… Probably because I was writing a blog post.
If anything, I might not microwave the fruit as much next time, to make the drink a little colder. I personally prefer my smoothies warmer rather than colder, because brain freezes don’t make for a tasty smoothie. 🙁
A plus to this recipe is that it’s vegan! I don’t usually get to make vegan/vegetarian things because the boyfriend avidly identifies as a carnivore and does not particularly like the members of the food groups that grow on trees, bushes, or the likes. I do. And I’m the one who works the kitchen appliances. So there.
Anyway, this pink drink was super tasty, quite healthy, and is definitely something I would make again. You could mix in things like protein powder, chia seeds, or hemp seeds. Chia seeds and hemp seeds are complete proteins, and, yes, they are the same chia seeds you put on pieces of pottery to grow little lawns. You can find these seeds at just about any grocery store with a natural foods section.