It’s a worthwhile exercise going into a bit more detail on the new, trendy super-green known to me (and you) only as kale. I originally associated it with lettuce, but having come this far with the smoothie blogging enterprise, I can tell you that I was wrong, but not far off the mark. It’s a tasty ingredient, alright, that is, if you’re already a healthy dude or girl who loves his or her salads and vegetable stir-fries. But here we are talking about smoothies with kale while getting to learn a bit more about this previously-unknown vegetable.
Here’s an interesting note to get the ball rolling on talking about kale. It depends on how lucky you are where climate is concerned. Then there’s an important informational outline on the health benefits of kale. But I must add more greens to the fun and games exercise on how to make healthy smoothies. Then I’m going to love and leave you for the time being by preparing a little dessert treat for you all. Hope you like it.
According to the horticultural experts, kale only flourishes in certain parts of the world, depending on climatological factors. There’s good news ahead for those of you living in temperate climates. You can also grow your own kale in cooler weather. After the morning’s frost has lifted, the leaves of the kale plant become sweeter. This also increases the amount of sugar inside of its leaves.
Health benefits of kale
Because this is still a relatively new food trend for us, I thought I’d like to emphasize the health benefits of using kale. Say now you’re not able to get your hands on sweet-tasting kale and have only the bitter variety to hand, you can add bananas or other sweet flavored fruits to enhance the flavor of your smoothie. Kale is good for your heart. It’s also a rightful ingredient for detox addicts. The kale has vitamins A, C and K and is a good source of minerals. It is rich in antioxidants and is anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous.
A kale-based recipe
With this recipe, there’s more focus on kale, but there’s still other ingredients well worth taking a note of.
- 1 cup of kale (with stems removed)
- 1 fresh banana
- 1 cup of almond (or coconut) milk
- Half a tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- Quarter teaspoon of cinnamon
- Honey (or maple syrup) for extra sweetening, if desired.
I found that the banana was sufficient as a sweetener. But there are those days when your sweet tooth comes back to bug you for some more. By now, you know what to do. Simply add all your ingredients to your blender, and blend until smooth. Done in less than a minute.
Just add more greens
Kales are great and fine. But there’s no way you’re only going to be using just kale, is there. Here’s a list of healthy greens and its benefits to add to your menu. I think this list in which there are some vegetables that have already been mentioned in earlier posts nicely compliments the kale. You can experiment until you come up with a taste that meets your palate’s match.
- Collard – Speaking of complimentary tastes, the collard has a bitter to peppery taste.
- Spinach – Like the kale, spinach is versatile, easily accommodated in salads and in stir-fries.
- Cabbage – Like spinach, green cabbage is rich in vitamin C. It is also rich in antioxidants.
- Broccoli – Also rich in vitamin C, broccoli contains compounds called glucosinolates which help inhibit the growth of cancer.
- Herbs – Herbs are also rich in antioxidants, containing vital vitamins and minerals as well.
Something for dessert
Here’s something for the kids. What kid, young or old, does not enjoy strawberries with his dessert or breakfast? Here’s something for the busy, health-conscious moms’ to do list of making smoothies for kids. It’s so easy to make that even a kid can make it. Then again, like I’ve said before, if a kid can operate a smart phone or laptop, he’ll sure know how to operate a blender. Here’s the ingredients of this strawberry smoothie so long.
- One and a half cups of strawberries
- Half a cup of Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
- 1 banana
- Tablespoon of honey
Easy to make, like I said. Your slightly frozen strawberries give your smoothie a thicker consistency. They are also easy to slice with your sharp knife. Before adding the fruit to the blender, defrost the fruit slightly. Then add the rest of the ingredients and, again, done in a jiffy. You know what; to talk of sweetening things up some more, well, guess what, you can simply just add some more strawberries. I read elsewhere that for this recipe you can add white sugar, but we’ve left that building for now. We’re done with processed, high calorie and unhealthy fat food content, aren’t we?
Another thought on yogurt. The original recipe that I sourced for the strawberries mentioned fat-free plain yogurt. That’s great. But, as you’ve noticed, I’ve improvised with Greek yogurt. There’s a distinct different in taste. And the healthy fat content Greek yogurt also has a bit of a sweet taste to it. Well, how about that. Things are looking up.
They’re looking up in the sense that I’ve managed to be a bit more organized while telling you a smooth tale or two. And here we’ve gone from kales to strawberries. From bitter to sweet. A bittersweet but, nevertheless, delicious tale. Enjoy your smoothies.