Many of us avoid making New Year’s resolutions since they are so easily broken. I am one of those people. I make no resolutions, but try and tweak a few things in my life hoping they will stick and become good habits.
Today I decided to follow through on that promise of “tweaking” and started the day with a smoothie. They are easy to make, can be packed with serious nutrients and are good to the digestive system. And after a hectic holiday eating spree, I think a protein-packed, super food smoothie is a good call.
Interestingly, the thought of smoothies was given to me by a stranger at the Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market last Sunday while I was asking Rhonda and Bryan of Springfield Farm for a half bag of both arugula and baby kale. This person joined the conversation by suggesting this: “Take a full bag of kale and add it to smoothies.”
I had an “a-ha” moment right there and went for a full bag. I love kale, but definitely appreciate new ideas on what to do with it. The health benefits of kale are widely known and eating it raw even enhances the benefits. Kale is considered a super food, so it’s something that we should be eating a lot more of.
This morning I made a dairy-free, green smoothie using frozen bananas. David gulped it down even after inquiring, “What is the green in the smoothie?” He really liked it and drank the whole glass, which is significant.
What I like is that the drink doesn’t taste “green” but you know you’re getting the benefits of raw kale. The green taste is very subtle. So go ahead and add a generous handful of kale to your next smoothie. Go big and go green.
Basic Green Smoothie
This smoothie can be modified by using milk, rice milk or whatever liquid you choose. Add in a few frozen berries for good color and nutrients. Make it however you wish. But don't omit the kale or spinach or it won't be a green smoothie.
- 3/4 cup almond hemp or rice milk or other plant-based milk of choice
- 3/4 cup frozen banana or other frozen fruit of choice such as berries
- 2 tablespoons or scoops vanilla protein powder
- 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
- 1 generous handful of raw kale or spinach or related dark leafy green veg
- 1/4 cup ice
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until well combined and ice is completely crushed. You don't want a slushy smoothie.
Top it off with a generous handful of kale. Blend it up! Pour into a glass and enjoy.