Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Kale Smoothie - Nutrient-Rich and Delicious

his vibrant green smoothie combines the nutrient-rich kale with the sweetness of bananas and apples

Are you looking for something healthy and surprisingly delicious to start your morning? This vibrant green smoothie combines the nutrient-rich kale with the sweetness of bananas and apples. It's light and creamy and extremely easy to prepare. It's also cold and refreshing suitable for the last few hot days of this year though the apple flavor alludes to the tastes of autumn.

his vibrant green smoothie combines the nutrient-rich kale with the sweetness of bananas and apples

Kale, a leafy green, is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. It's health benefits are essentially linked to the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidants such as Vitamin A, K, C which are associated with many anti-cancer properties. Beside antioxidants, kale is also rich in fiber thus lowering blood cholesterol levels and reducing the risk of heart disease. It's no wonder kale is also called "queen of greens". Try to incorporate it in your diet in order to take full advantage of its fantastic health benefits. A delicious green smoothie can be a wonderful way to enjoy kale. Kale is available year round. When looking for kale, always choose firm, deeply colored leaves with hardy stems. Select smaller, more tender leaves over large, courser ones.

his vibrant green smoothie combines the nutrient-rich kale with the sweetness of bananas and apples

I love preparing smoothies in the morning because they are nutritious and full of the energy needed for the day. Also, they are ready in less than five minutes and good on the go as well. In this kale smoothie recipe, I also used apples and bananas because they help cut the bitter taste of kale. And because I love coconut milk I add it to the recipe. This is optional, you can definitely use water or other type of milk instead.

his vibrant green smoothie combines the nutrient-rich kale with the sweetness of bananas and apples

Yield: 2 servings                                        Time: >5 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 4 kale leaves
  • 2 apples, peeled and cored
  • 2 frozen bananas, chopped
  • 250 ml (1 cup) coconut milk (swap with water, almond milk etc.)
Directions:
  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend, on high speed, until smooth.
  2. Pour into two high glasses and serve.
Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks:
  • You can prep and blend your smoothie the night before and store in the refrigerator using an airtight lid to limit the oxidation and keep fresh.

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