I had some kale that I needed to use up, and smoothies are always great ways to use extra fruit and greens that you’re not sure what else to do with. 🙂 So I began searching for kale smoothie recipes and found this one at Green Plate Rule. The site mentions that kale has 10 times the vitamin C, 4 times the vitamin A, almost 2 times the vitamin K, and more calcium and vitamin B6 than spinach does. Wow-I had no idea kale was so super-nutritious!
I did make a few small changes and I really liked the way this turned out! Usually I add honey to sweeten up my smoothies, but the 5 different kinds of fruit in this, especially the pineapple, make the smoothie sweet enough on it’s own. When you put all the ingredients in the blender, you might think that 1/4 cup orange juice is not enough liquid like I thought at first…
…but it blends up into a really nice, thick smoothie–the perfect consistency!
ORANGE PEAR KALE GREEN SMOOTHIE by NancyCreative, adapted from Green Plate Rule
Makes about 24 ounces, or 3 (8-ounce) servings
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup green grapes
- 1 pear, cut into slices or chunks
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 cup kale, well packed
Add all ingredients into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth, at least 1 minute. Pour into glasses and serve.
I’m starting to use kale a little more since it’s so healthy. I like it in smoothies and soups. I think it’s a little bitter for salads so I don’t use it that way much. What different ways have you tried using kale?
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