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Author Notes: I love kale, but alas my husband is an avid hater of all things kale, I've tried every thing I can think of to get more of this superfood into our diet. I finally found a way to sneak it in, blending it into oblivion and adding lots of ginger and fruit. The key to this smoothie is to blend for quite a while to make sure the kale is completely incorporated. You can also add pretty much any fruit you have to the base, blueberries (frozen wild) grapefruit and pineapple all work well. I generally serve this with lunch, more as a juice. But you could easily bulk it up by adding kefir or yogurt and some whey protein and turning it into a meal. As the new year begins, it's great have something that's good to eat and good for you. —MGrace
Serves 2 as a snack
Basic Juice Smoothie
- 1/2 green apple, stem and seeds removed
- 1 banana
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 cup orange or grapefruit juice (or any juice, I've even used coconut water)
- 1-1/12 cups chopped kale, stems removed
- 1 tablespoon ground flax
- 5 ice cubes
Optional items to make a smoothie meal
- 1 cup kefir or yogurt
- 1-2 scoops whey protein
- Toss everything into the blender and blend on high speed for 2-4 minutes (depending on how powerful your blender is) until everything is nicely incorporated.