Kale is back, my friends! Now that the hot and rainy summer weather is out of here, our cool winter greens can grow, grow, grow. My Swiss chard that I planted in April is back in full form, the arugula is looking good and spinach and kale are popping up at every farmers market… All is good with my food world.
I truly put kale in everything. Everything. Yesterday, I had kale in eggs, kale in meatloaf (I mentioned that recipe last week) and, of course, kale in my super greens smoothie.
If you want to put leafy greens in your smoothie, you are going to need a blender that can tackle the job. Of course, the most popular (and most expensive) option is the Vitamix. Oh, how I covet the Vitamix.
Dear Santa, If you bring me a Vitamix 750, I will never ask for another Christmas present again. Sincerely, Your Biggest Fan
If you have six hundred or so dollars to spend on a blender, by all means, please get yourself a Vitamix. And definitely get the nice one with the presets. If, however, like me, you are not allowed to buy a kitchen appliance that is worth more than the 98 Camry your spouse drives to work, you might want to check out the Ninja. I bought mine at Macy’s. On sale. With a coupon. About 1/6 the price of a Vitamix. It has been working hard for a year now and I couldn’t be happier with my purchase.
The Ninja (and the Vitamix) have a killer blade. When I look at the six blade weapon inside my blender, I definitely think, NINJA! For my smoothies, I toss in large ice cubes, whole pieces of kale, medjool dates, chunks of icy fruit, and voila. In seconds, after a scary loud noise, you’ve got yourself a liquified masterpiece. My kids definitely think there is something cool about drinking a green smoothie so I keep experimenting with whatever is in the fridge. We haven’t gone wrong yet … Well, except for the day I put in parsley… I got to drink that one all. by. myself.
Super Greens Smoothie
- Large bunch of kale (thick stems removed) (Spinach is good, too!)
- 3 large ice cubes
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1/4 cup (or more) plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
- 2 or 3 medjool dates
- 1 inch slice of pineapple , chopped (or a handful of frozen pineapple chunks)
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Splash or two of water , if needed
- Combine everything in your blender (preferably a Ninja or a Vitamix).
- Turn to the highest power first to get the ice cubes and kale chopped up.
- Reduce power to medium or low to continue blending for a few more seconds. Enjoy!