Saturday, June 2, 2012

All about KALE smoothies

I started drinking KALE smoothies (and progressed up the line of them into more scrumptious and vitamin rich ones) in the span of two weeks!

One of the first things I noticed about my KALE smoothies is that they are very filling and with all the additions to the smoothie I am finding that I'm more and more in love with them each day.  I want you to know that my husband was quite reluctant to try one but if I add some chocolate to one of them, I am sure I am going to win him over as well!  

Do you like dark leafy greens?   It is hard to get the benefits from these kale if you never eat it!   Do you have a hard time finding a healthy kale recipe that you and your family will eat? I never ate kale until I started making green smoothies. Now I crave kale!

A couple years ago, I wouldn’t have even tried kale. Now, I prefer to drink a kale smoothie every morning for breakfast.  I used to only add a tablespoon of Green Foods Green Magama to my juice smoothies.  If I can crave greens, there is still hope for you! 


I have seen my skin glow, my weight drop, and my bowels become regular from drinking kale smoothies.

On Dr. Fuhrman’s nutrient dense chart, kale is at the top along with collards. In order for a food to be nutrient dense, it must contain a high amount of nutrients with low amount of calories.



A great leafy green to begin adding to your smoothies is spinach. Its flavor is easy to cover up with fruit. I can add quite a bit of beneficial spinach without the smoothie’s taste changing. Here is an excellent article about the benefits of SPINACH SMOOTHIES.

Kale’s flavor on the other hand is harder to cover up. Start making kale recipes with 1-4 leaves of kale. Then, add more leaves as you adjust to the flavor.

Two secrets to tame down kale’s flavor

#1 - Blanch and freeze the kale before blending. Not only you can get more leaves into your smoothie, you can also save a lot of money by buying kale in bulk and then freezing it.

#2 – Add a delicious berry green drink  (for instance Green Foods, Green Magma) to help cover the flavor.  Click here to order this product (and I get nothing from you doing this, this is what I do and suggest).

Kale Recipes

Beginner Blueberry Kale Smoothie
1 large ripe banana, peeled
2-4 kale leaves
1 scoop protein powder
1 cup blueberries, frozen
1 packet of stevia (optional) or agave nectar (not too much)
1 cup pure water
Pour the water and toss the banana and kale into the blender. Blend. Then add the blueberries and stevia. Blend again until smooth. Enjoy! 1-2 servings

Tropical Kale Smoothie
1 large ripe banana, peeled
1 scoop protein powder
10 kale leaves
1 cup pineapple, fresh
3 dates, pitted
1 cup mango, frozen
3 ice cubes
1 1/2 cup pure water
Pour the water and toss the banana, kale, pineapple, and dates into the blender. Blend. Then add the mango and ice. Blend again until smooth. Very Yummy! 1-2 servings

Purple Tropics
1 large ripe banana, peeled
1 scoop protein powder
2-4 large kale leaves
1/2 cup blueberries, freeze-dried
3/4 cup pineapple, fresh or canned
1 packet of stevia (optional) or agave nectar (not too much)
5 ice cubes
1 cup pure water
Pour the water and toss the banana, kale, blueberries, pineapple, and stevia into the blender. Blend. Then add ice. Blend again until smooth. Enjoy! 1-2 servings

Purple Kale Smoothie
If you have a hard time drinking green kale recipes, try a smoothie recipe with beets. You only need a little bit, but it can disguise your green smoothie!
1 large ripe banana, peeled
3-4 large kale leaves
1 scoop protein powder
1/4 medium beet (To turn the smoothie purple)
1 cup blueberries, frozen
1 packet of stevia (optional) or agave nectar (not too much)
1 1/2 cups pure water
5 ice cubes
Pour the water and toss the banana, kale, and beet into the blender. Blend. Then add the blueberries, stevia, and ice cubes. Blend again until smooth. Enjoy! 1-2 servings

Creamy Avocado Kale Smoothie
1 large ripe banana, peeled
4 large kale leaves
1 scoop protein powder
1/4-1/2 avocado flesh
3/4 cup blueberries, frozen
1/2 cup strawberries, frozen
1 packet of stevia (optional) or agave nectar (not too much)
1 1/2 cups pure water
Pour the water and toss the banana, kale, and avocado into the blender. Blend. Then add the blueberries, strawberries, and stevia. Blend again until smooth. Enjoy! 1-2 servings

Advanced Berry Kale Smoothie
1 large ripe bananas, peeled
1 scoop protein powder
6-12 kale leaves
1/2 cup strawberries, frozen
1 cup blueberries, frozen
1 packet of stevia (optional) or agave nectar (not too much)
1 1/2 cup pure water
Pour the water and toss the banana and kale into the blender. Blend. Then add the strawberries, blueberries, and stevia. Blend again until smooth. Enjoy! 1-2 servings

Peachy Kale Smoothie
1 large ripe banana, peeled
1 scoop protein powder
10 kale leaves
4 dates, pitted
3/4 cup pineapple, frozen
1/2 cup strawberries, frozen
3/4 cup peaches, frozen
1 cup pure water
Pour the water and toss the banana, kale, and dates into the blender. Blend. Then add the frozen fruit and blend again until smooth. 1-2 servings

Now please tell me if this disgusts you, intrigues you, teaches you something new, or made you want to try one as soon as you get your hands on some of the ingredients!  MAYBE you would like to share a SMOOTHIE recipe of your own in the comments?  Thanks for all your comments and input!

Tomorrow:  Chocolate Smoothies (yes I have plenty of recipes for them!)  Hubby will be happy! 

10 comments:

Andrea Reaves said...

I am not a fan of any vegetables, however I really need to find a way to get some more vitamins. I read this article to my husband (who is the oppisite of me and a health nut) and so Monday we are going to go to the store and try these out. I'm optimistic since you like them and weren't a big kale enthusiast. :)

royalegacy said...

I know kale is very healthy for you, but I just don't like the flavor of it. I think I will try these smoothies. They will probably hide that flavor. Thanks for sharing them. I pinned this so that I can share it with others.

Danielle @ Royalegacy

kerry said...

I have to say they sound a bit strange but maybe I will have to have a go just because I wont say I don't like something unless I have tried it!! Hmm do I think I am brave enough though??

Kelly Bejelly said...

Love the tip about blanching the kale. I'e avoided green smoothies because raw green have anti-nutrients. I'm going to pick some up this week.

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

We love Kale here! Thanks so much for the great recipes. Pinning it!

Danielle Simmons said...

We do a spinach green monster that I occasionally add kale to. We love it!

Shopping Tips And Tricks said...

My parents drink green stuff like that. ;) I know it's good for you but haven't gotten myself to try it yet!

Kari said...

I am a huge kale fan! My favorite is to bake it and make "kale chips"! I would eat the entire bunch that way but my family won't let me- they love it too!

Diane said...

I love veggies but have never tried kale but i have been seeing so many kale recipies lately!

Kechell E. said...

I haven't tried kale smoothies but I tired kale chips and really liked them. I will give these a try.

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