Friday, January 27, 2012

Awesome Green Smoothie (V)

Serves-1 Large glass, about 16-18oz:
2 Kale leaves, (or other leafy green), wash and tear off center stem (about 2 cups)
1 cup Milk alternative or water
1Tbs Chia seeds or Flax meal (optional, see note below)
1 Banana
1 cup Strawberries (or any other fruit mango,pineapple etc.)
Ice (optional)

-All you have to do is add the kale, liquid, and flax meal to your blender, use ice crush setting or puree to make it chop the kale into tiny pieces, vita mix blenders I guess work great, I just use my regular one and seems to turn out just fine! If you need more liquid add a little bit at a time.

-Next mix in the banana broken into chunks, the banana masks the flavor of the kale and you can't even tell it's in there! Then do the same with the strawberries or you can use any fruit, If you add frozen fruit you might need a tad more liquid and less ice. Otherwise add some ice cubes about 5-7 or so depending on how thick you like it, Yum! You can also use spinach or any dark leafy green.

*Flax meal is easier to digest and absorb than flax seed, it has fiber and omega 3 and also helps thicken your smoothie! You can find it in the natural/organic food section at most grocery stores(cub here is where I get mine).

*Chia seed also contains fiber and omega 3 but doesn't have to be ground up, it creates a gel when combined with water, also a great egg replacement. It is tasteless, can add to salads or make pudding as well.

More info on Chia Seeds

* Kale rocks! Click here to learn why.

For more green smoothie recipes and tips check out these sites:

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