There. I made a smoothie I never thought I’d make – a green smoothie with kale. KALE!
Who am I? A Kardashian? I actually have no idea who’s cool right now, and I’ve never watched The Kardashians, so no idea whether they drink kale smoothies.
However. This smoothie = GOOD.
Kale has never been on my grocery list for a few reasons. First of all – all the hype. I don’t like that it’s so famous, I like underdogs. Undervegetables. Like nettle or that dirt cheap forgotten cabbage.
Also kale – I thought it was going to be too bitter and unpleasant to eat.
You know what changed my mind? Kale was on SALE. Don’t pretend you don’t see that rhymes, so well. Jay Z, you can have that line. You’re welcome. (I’d so be crapping my pants if he actually read this).
Anyway, my motto in life is: If something’s on sale – GET IT! You don’t need it and it’s on sale – GET IT! You need it and it’s on sale – GET MORE OF IT.
So you see I had to. I bought it and to my surprise, kale – not that bad. Not bad at all actually. I used it in these breakfast wraps and then I made a few smoothies with it.
I liked it. Will I buy it again? Yes, if it’s on sale. A kale sale.
But let’s get back to this smoothie, because it’s really good, really healthy and it can actually support fat oxidation – aka it can burn fat.
Three reasons for that:
1st: Protein. Kale is one of the most nutrient-dense foods out there and it’s full of protein. In fact it’s one of the top 15 low-carb high-protein vegan foods out there and it can support your liver at detoxification.
2nd: Fiber – improves digestion, keeps you full and helps you lose weight.
3rd, and most important for fat burning: High amounts of natural vitamin C. Vitamin C is needed in order to make fat oxidation happen, it’s a big supporter there. No vitamin C – no fat burn, people. You can read more about the vitamin C magic here. It’s best to get that vitamin C from the food and not from supplements, because you’ll get some additional health benefits and the dosage will be just right for your needs (we don’t absorb vitamin C too well at higher dosages). So in this case strawberries and kale make all the difference.
Drink this smoothie a few times a week, you’ll feel good.
I love the taste of the strawberries, I love the apple, the cucumber, let’s not forget about that banana (I feel like I’m taking it for granted here) and even the kale, I must say. Although, if you’re just starting out with green smoothies, feel free to use less kale, because the taste might be too much for you. In this smoothie I didn’t taste it as much, but I made another one with a little bit more and I really noticed it and did not like it. AT ALL.
This smoothie is:
- rich in antioxidants
Important: For whatever reason, I like this smoothie best with frozen strawberries, not fresh – it gets creamier and is much more refreshing. Sometimes I’d chop and freeze the banana ahead as well – makes a huge difference in the texture.
Super healthy detox green smoothie with kale that will nourish your body and help you burn fat!
- 1/2-1 cup kale, chopped
- 1/2 apple, chopped
- 1/2 banana, chopped
- 2/3 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 - 1 cup almond milk
- 1 leaf lettuce, chopped
- 1/2 cucumber, chopped
- 1 tsp grated ginger
- Put all ingredients in your blender, add almond milk and blend until smooth. Adjust texture and thickness by adding almond milk gradually - I started with 1/2 cup and it was enough, but it could vary.
Guys, I hope you enjoy this recipe, I made it a few times already – many times with spinach, it makes me feel so good!
Btw. how do you feel about kale? Do you buy it, do you like it, do you think it’s anything special? I like it, but I honestly don’t get the hype.
Anyway let me know if you have any questions, suggestions or feedback! I hope you’re having a great week and I’ll talk to you on Monday!