Smoothies

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Kale is the new black. It’s packed with vitamins A, C & K. It’s rich in potassium & essential irons. It’s low in calories, but high in protein. Let’s be honest- spinach can’t compete with kale. I once read that a cup of kale has over 1000 times more vitamin C than a cup of spinach. So there you have it, not all greens are created equal. I can’t sing enough praise for this cleansing, powerful superfood. Kale should be at the epicenter of any detox diet or cleanse you decide to embark on. At least once a week; I like to reset & kick start my morning by drinking a mammoth jar of this green juice on an empty stomach, for better nutrient absorption. My kids are rather amused by “Mama drinking green slime” and are actually eager to give it a few sips, too.

Let’s face it, while some of you may think that kale tastes great- I do not. There’s only 3 ways I will consume it: in a kick ass salad, in the form of crispy kale chips, and in a smoothie so good that masks the flavor. This post is all about exploring that third alternative. I will help you make a kale smoothie so good, that you’ll forget kale is even in it. And even better, you’ll be able to reap all the wonderful health benefits of this leafy green vegetable.

Makes 1 Serving- You will Need:

  • 1.5 cups of tightly packed curly kale (curly kale dissolves a lot better into smoothies than other varieties)
  • 1 very ripe mango, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 3-4 very ripe kiwis, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 cup of coconut water OR regular water if you don’t like coconut water
  • 2 small green apples or 1 large one (for sweeter juice, try “red delicious” apples)

Optional

  • 1 tablespoon of hemp hearts for extra protein
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey for added sweetness
  • 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil for healthy fats

Blend on high until desired consistency is obtained. I like my smoothies thick, but if you want more of a juice-like consistency, add 1.5 cups of coconut water as opposed to 1 cup. Enjoy!!

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