Kale, Banana and Apple Smoothie

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We were at the store last night and I said to Toby, “I need to get some kale”.  He demanded to know what I needed it for, as if I was going to sneak it into something and not tell him about it. Well, I guess I am guilty of trying that kind of thing once, or twice.  But this time, my plan was to 1) explain the health benefits of kale, 2) make a smoothie that tasted like something other than kale, 3) ask him to taste just a small sip.

“Kale is a good source of vitamins A, B6, C, and K, iron, calcium, fiber, AND anti-cancer compounds,” I began. “Kale is full of nutrients with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits and it provides a healthy amount of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll helps to remove toxins from your body.  Considering all of that, isn’t this worth a try?”

He actually liked it! His words… “It tastes fresh.”  Let me know if you like it, too.

Kale, Banana and Apple Smoothie
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Recipe type: Beverage
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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups curly green kale, stems removed
  • 1 banana, frozen
  • ½ apple, peeled, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1½ cups water
  • ½ cup ice
Instructions
  1. Combine kale, banana, apple and water in a blender and blend on high. Add ice and finish blending. Thin with a little more water, if needed, to reach desired consistency.
  2. EnJOY!

 

14 Responses to Kale, Banana and Apple Smoothie

  1. Looks great! I make a daily kale “green drink” packing my blender full of kale, 1 banana, a half cup yogurt, and OJ. Blend and enjoy!

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  4. In an attempt to incorporate Kale into my diet, Smoothies have been my go-to choice. I have used many combinations of fruits with it and the results have been delicious. I’ve made a few salads with it, and even cooked it down, but the Smoothies are the only thing that I can get my husband to try. Not wanting to waste any Kale, I make up several blenders of smoothie mixture then freeze in ice trays for future use. Once they freeze, transfer into freezer bags. Then, when you’re ready for a smoothie, just take a few of the ‘cubes’ and blend with a little water or fruit juice. No waste, and minimal prep time when you want one!
    Thanks for sharing a new combination of ingredients, will try it out tomorrow.

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  6. I added carrots and some orange juice as well….delicious! Little pulpier than I’d like, but my blender isn’t the best and you can squeeze soo many nutrients into 1 smoothie.

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  8. I’m drinking this smoothie now! Yum, my 4 year old even likes it.

    But now I have alot of kale left over and heading out of town tomorrow. What ideas do you have to use the kale?

    Thanks!
    Angela

    • Hi, Angela -

      How about a quick saute to use up the leftovers…

      1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves coarsely chopped
      1 clove of garlic, minced
      1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
      2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
      Salt and ground black pepper

      Directions:

      In a large pan with a lid, cook the kale with 2 Tbsp. of water over medium high heat until the leaves wilt. When the kale volume has reduced by 50%, uncover the pan and stir in the garlic, olive oil and vinegar. Continue to cook for a couple minutes more and season with salt and pepper.

      I LOVE the fact that your four year old is drinking a kale smoothie! Fantastic!
      Have a great day,
      Mary

      • Thanks Mary! I’ll try the kale saute. I’ve always wanted to try this so now I will.

        My little guy love to try new things and since it was green, his favorit color it was an easy sell.

        PCC makes a really yummy winter green caesar salad. Since we are on the green topic I thought I’d see if you could come up with something. I tried it with a bag of winter greens/kale and a TJ dressing but the greens were a little tough. Do you need to blanch them greens first with salt for something like this?

        Thanks Mary!

  9. Margretta: The great thing about smoothies is that you can put lots of veggies into it and as long as you have a strong-tasting fruit (i.e. banana, berry, orange) it will just taste like the yummy fruit. Let me know how you like it. I hope you’ll become a fan.

    Charlene: I’m so glad you are going to give it a try. I’m looking forward to hearing how it turns out for you!

  10. This sounds really healthy and I’m going to try it out this weekend.

  11. This actually looks really good! I’m not a smoothie fan, but think I might have to give it a try.

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