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Orange Pear Kale Green Smoothie

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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…

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…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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Apple-Kale Smoothie

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Okay…we’ve had lots of Valentine goodies and comfort food the past few days, so I thought I’d post something healthy! I found this smoothie recipe over at Real Simple. I was curious about how this would taste, since one of the ingredients is kale. I had never eaten kale before, but it sounded so heathy, and since I liked all the other ingredients in this recipe, I thought I’d give it a try. I bought fresh organic kale and celery from my local health food store to make this. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when I took my first sip I was surprised at how much I liked it! The banana and apple juice make a nice sweet balance to the kale and celery. So if your body is craving something healthy, this is the perfect thing to try for breakfast or to sip on in the afternoon. This recipe makes one serving.

APPLE-KALE SMOOTHIE (from Real Simple)

  • 3/4 cup chopped kale, ribs and thick stems removed (I used organic kale)
  • 1 small stalk celery, chopped (I used organic celery,too)
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes or crushed ice
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Place the chopped kale, chopped celery, banana, apple juice, ice, and lemon juice in a blender. Blend until smooth and frothy. This makes one serving and is 139 calories.