It is snowing, I mean really snowing outside, and I still can’t live without my kale smoothie. Hubs and Octave completely agree. For the last four or five months we have been drinking this smoothie every single day. I used to jam pack our smoothies with bee pollen, lucuma, maca, tumeric, chia seeds, goji berries, ginger…the list goes on. I love all of those superfoods, and use them when they are in our fridge, but it can get kind of complicated. When I drink something every day I want it to be realistic and simple, and not crazy expensive. So this simple smoothie become our daily ritual. Octave and I drink it for breakfast, and Christopher drinks it for an afternoon snack when he gets home from work. Between the three of us we eat two large bunches of kale each week, just from this smoothie! While I love all vegetables, especially nutrient dense leafy greens, I have found this is the easiest way to make sure we get our greens each day. Hopefully lunch involves a salad, and dinner some more vegetables, but the days that might not be the case, it always feels great to start my morning off with kale smoothies that make me forget I am eating kale. I am one happy Mama to say that Octave LOVES kale too! She threw a tantrum last week at the store when I would not buy “kales.” I got funny looks, and then started asking myself, if my kid is crying for kale why would I not just buy her some dang kale? But any tantrum for not getting your way is unacceptable and I already had plenty in our freezer. While the tantrum was slightly disturbing, it made me secretly smile, knowing that she craves and loves it just like her Mama. I sometimes wonder if all the green juices I ate while I was pregnant has made a difference. I would like to think it is because of something I did, but I am smart enough to know it is probably just luck. The next baby we have may not eat vegetables with such enthusiasm, but for now, I am living in the bliss, as the three of us drink our daily kale.
Daily Kale Smoothie
2 cups frozen dinosaur/tuscan kale*
1 large frozen banana
1 cup frozen blackberries
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup filtered water
* I buy two bunches of kale from the store each week specifically just for smoothies, (one day it will grow in my future garden.) I wash it, cut off the stems, and roughly chop it. I place the chopped kale in two large ziploc bags, and place in the freezer. Frozen kale works really well in smoothies and somehow really does make a difference. I do the same thing for the bananas. This makes it really convenient to just pull out of the freezer and make a smoothie each morning.
Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.