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Mar 15, 2010 05:55 PM

Help: addicted to kale smoothie

I've become a kale smoothie addict.

But here's the problem- I'm going on 7 days and I only know one recipe: kale, cashew nut butter, banana, pear, hemp milk, a little pear juice.

I also have 1 lb of baby spinach wilting in my fridge. Got any recipes for me? I can only blenderize (no juicer) and I won't eat anything that tastes too much like veggies.

help me!

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  1. tons of threads on the Home Cooking board. i'm sure you can find some ideas within that will appeal to you:

    my initial suggestions would be to keep the basic formula the same but change the flavors. choose from the following options:
    - frozen fruits - popular ones include strawberries, blueberries, mango chunks, papaya
    - nut butter - almond, peanut, pistachio, macadamia, sunflower, pumpkin seed...or add avocado instead of nut butter
    - juice - pomegranate, blueberry, cherry, cranberry, apricot nectar
    - add spices or flavorings - pure vanilla or almond extract, cinnamon, ginger, etc.
    - i'd also toss in some flax or chia seeds for EFA's & fiber

    the sky's the limit, it really just depends on the flavors you like.

    1. Bravo. That sounds very healthy.

      But one question. I know your basic recipe has other stuff (like the pear and banana) but doesn't it taste a lot like kale? Why do you think you wouldn't like a big veggie taste?

      I think goodhealthgourmet has the right formula. Keep your proportions roughly the same (vegies, fruit, nut butter) and mix up your individual choices.

      2 Replies
      1. re: karykat

        Kary- the nutbutter and the banana create a thick smoothie texture that-- in my opinion-- coats the tiny blended kale so you don't really taste it. My boyfriend doesn't like it, but he says it's because it "tastes too much like banana" (seriously, that's his complaint, no mention of the kaleness)

        Tonight I'm trying yogurt + pear juice + 1/2 banana + baby spinach + blueberries. It's okay, but trust me, it tastes like spinach.

        1. re: courtney.hami

          Hmmmm. Well then I probably need to try this. Like the sound of all your other ingredients and like the health benefits.

      2. i like:
        kale + pear + mint +/- raspberries
        kale + apple + lemon juice
        kale + green seedless grapes + kiwi + Rocha pear + Gala apple + flaxseed oil
        kale + seedless grapes + avocado + melon + pear + cucumber + pineapple juice + flaxseed oil
        kale + snap peas + apple + pear + cucumber + linseed oil
        kale + spinach + apple + pear + cucumber + goji berries + linseed + flaxseed + pineapple or guava juice +mint

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        1. re: Emme

          Those sound awesome-- but what's the texture like in the Kale/snap pea and kale / goji berries blends?

          I'm totally going to have to try adding mint this summer.

        2. I've never heard of a kale smoothie, but I'm intrigued. Do you blend the kale raw or do you cook or blanch it first?


          2 Replies
          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            blend the greens raw. you can use kale, spinach, chard, collards...

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Hey Dairy Queen, I'm with what good gourmet said- blend it raw.

              I didn't know you could do that and make something edible either until Terri (vegan cafe associated somehow with Candle/ Blossom in NY) came to my neighborhood at work. about 8 days ago. when my addiction began.

              At Terri they actually make the dry mix the night before and freeze it, which works pretty well (kale, pear, banana, nutbutter) and then only when they blend it do they add the juice and vegan milk substitute. It's good, but at $7 a pop, I have to start blending at home.

          2. My green smoothies have usually involved berries (most often strawberries), avocado, and oranges, plus greens. Mango is a great addition too, as is pineapple. And I ALWAYS use baby spinach -- I think it's about ten thousand times less "veggie" tasting than kale. Super mild.