Let’s face it, they even look a little too…well, green. Want a good laugh? See the look of disgust your kids give you when you place a green kale smoothie in front of them. Smoothies and Blenders is here to rescue you with a few tips, ideas and recipes to make kale smoothies that taste good.
Training Your Tastebuds
If you are new to the green smoothie world, in my opinion, kale is something that you can slowly work into. Kale has a strong taste and can be bitter.
Start by using the green machine recipe with spinach and than slowly start adding kale. If you want to go straight to kale add more fruit and as your tastebuds get accustomed, start adding less fruit and more kale. I promise you, these do become addictive and well worth all of the effort.
Baby and oriental kale have less of a bitter taste and seem to blend better. Both of these kale varieties can also help you adjust to kale’s earthy taste.
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How can I get the best taste and results for kale smoothies that taste good?
Preparation seems to be half of the battle. Here are a few preparation options for you to choose from:
- Purchase pre washed, bagged kale and put it right in the freezer. When you take out the bag, break it up a bit and use a measuring cup to scoop out what you need per use.
- If you purchase a “bunch” of kale, bring it home and wash it. Destem it then place in freezer safe ziploc baggies and freeze. Just break it up and use as needed.
- If you prefer fresh, (not frozen) kale in your smoothie, wash and destem and use in your smoothie.
I have found there are several bonuses to using frozen kale. You are not limited to the amount of time it stays fresh in your refridgerator, frozen kale tends to blend to a better consistency and it doesn’t seem to taste as “kale-like” or bitter and earthy.
Kale is often times sprayed with heavy pesticides. Make sure that you take all the precautions of thoroughly washing your kale and if at all possible, try to get organic.
Kale Smoothie Recipe
- Add 8-12 oz of liquid to your blender (water, almond milk, soy milk or coconut water)
- 2 cups of washed kale
Blend the water and kale until the kale is fully blended. Then add these additional ingredients.
- 1 peeled banana (fresh or frozen)
- Handful of frozen or fresh berries
- Chunk of pineapple (optional)
- 1/4 cup of yogurt (optional)
- Blend until you have a smooth consistency
Now this is where I like to get really creative with my kale smoothies. Do you like the taste of V-8 but don’t want the sodium? Add a few celery stalks and a carrot or two. Have an apple you want to add? Cut it up and throw it in your blender.
Just the other day, I had a friend tell me about his recipe of adding mint to his kale smoothie. Be creative, have fun and find the perfect concoction you love.
Benefits of Kale Smoothies
There are so many benefits to drinking kale smoothies. In addition to fiber and calcium, kale contains many vitamins:
- Beta carotene
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin C
- Sulforaphane which is believed to have powerful anti-cancer, anti-diabetic and anti-microbial properties. The good news is sulforaphane is released when the leaves are chopped, chewed or blended in your smoothie.
Kale is full of antioxidants, provides cleansing benefits and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s no wonder why green smoothies have become more popular over the past few years.
Are You Ready to go Green?
I am looking forward to hearing about your kale smoothie recipes and what you found to be the easiest way to transition to two full cups of kale. How do you prepare your kale? Do you prefer fresh or frozen kale? Please share with us in the comments section below.