Friday, July 8, 2011

Kale Berry Smoothie

One of the major boons of summer time is the way in which I convince myself that we can eat three smoothies a day with no lingering feelings of guilt.

This is one of our favorites and I promise, you can't really taste the kale: maybe feel the kale in tiny bits, but certainly not taste. And ladies and gems, you will for sure want to check your teeth after drinking this to ensure those pearly whites are free of any nasty kale or berry bits hanging around. It can get bad, so use caution when using this smoothie in any social situations.

We use the frozen mixed berries that you can find at Costco for this, but I'm sure using straight strawberries or straight blueberries instead of the motley would be acceptable. I simply love the taste of the mixture and the color it produces. Pretty, eh? And super duper nutritious. I feel like a mighty woman after consuming a glass: it's full of antioxidants, vitamins, potassium, and definitely a plethora of other medical jargon terms that I'm not familiar with. Love love this- you can also use spinach in place of the kale. Arugula might be too "peppery" so I'd steer clear from that.

Kale Berry Smoothie

1 1/2 heaping cups of frozen mixed berries (i'm sure you can get by on less though)
1/2 cup Greek yogurt, plain.. or any other natural plain yogurt
1-2 ripe bananas (love using a ripe banana that has been in the freezer!)
1 cup soy milk (perhaps a bit more)
1 heaping TBSP of orange juice concentrate
1 large handful of kale leaves (inner stem removed)

In a blender that can handle this, puree all the ingredients until completely smooth. Add more milk if it's too thick. Serve, drink, and floss. This should serve about 3-4 people.

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