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Help: addicted to kale smoothie

courtney.hami Mar 15, 2010 05:55 PM

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. goodhealthgourmet RE: courtney.hami Mar 15, 2010 06:34 PM

    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.

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      karykat RE: courtney.hami Mar 15, 2010 06:46 PM

      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.

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      1. re: karykat
        courtney.hami RE: karykat Mar 16, 2010 06:17 PM

        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.

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          karykat RE: courtney.hami Mar 16, 2010 10:10 PM

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

      2. Emme RE: courtney.hami Mar 15, 2010 08:43 PM

        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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          courtney.hami RE: Emme Mar 16, 2010 06:25 PM

          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. The Dairy Queen RE: courtney.hami Mar 16, 2010 02:19 AM

          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?


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            goodhealthgourmet RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 16, 2010 03:14 PM

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

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              courtney.hami RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 16, 2010 06:21 PM

              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.

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            LauraGrace RE: courtney.hami Mar 16, 2010 06:57 AM

            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.

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              LauraGrace RE: courtney.hami Mar 16, 2010 06:58 AM

              Oh, forgot to include the link... http://www.greensmoothiegirl.com/ has a ton of recipes.

              1. pikawicca RE: courtney.hami Mar 16, 2010 06:32 PM

                Pardon my smoothie ignorance, but I thought smoothies were fruit concoctions usually scarfed down for breakfast. Are these veggie things meant to sub for a meal? They sound nasty, frankly.

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                  LauraGrace RE: pikawicca Mar 17, 2010 06:00 AM

                  Haha... that's what I thought at first too. If you use a mild-tasting green like spinach, the fruit flavor completely overpowers it and you literally cannot taste any "vegetable"-ness at all. My personal favorite went like this: blend up a whole orange (peeled, of course), a couple cups of water and three or four dates (which add potassium and sweetness), add a few big handfuls of spinach, a kiwi, peeled, half an avocado (for creaminess and good fat), a bunch of frozen strawberries and a bunch of frozen pineapple. My students (picky 7th, 8th, and 9th graders) LOVE it.

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                    The Dairy Queen RE: LauraGrace Mar 17, 2010 06:15 AM

                    I'm so intrigued by this. Do you think it would work to add skim milk in place of the water?


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                      cookieluvntasha RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 17, 2010 06:57 AM

                      try almond milk instead of skim milk.

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                        The Dairy Queen RE: cookieluvntasha Mar 17, 2010 07:30 AM

                        Yeah, I'm trying to sneak my daily dairy (and Vitamin D) requirement in there with the skim milk, without adding too much more in calories. I'll bet almond milk is delicious, though! Might have to investigate that.

                        But, I understand Laura's point about the clean taste of water in this application. It sounds like I'll have plenty to experiment with!


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                          goodhealthgourmet RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 17, 2010 10:24 AM

                          TDQ, don't count on a green smoothie to help your Calcium/Vitamin D intake - the oxalic acid in the green veggies inhibits calcium absorption. do the dairy (or take your supplement) separately.

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                            courtney.hami RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 20, 2010 09:18 PM

                            I tried to skip the nut butter today and replaced it with (whole) milk. probably didn't produce a smoothie that was any more healthy... in fact, I imagine I upped the fat content by a good amount.. but it was kinda tasty, like a green vanilla smoothie. I upped the banana ratio to compensate for the lack of the nut butter:

                            large handful kale, 1 cup milk, 1/4 avocado, 1/4 pear, 1/4 cup pear juice, and 1 banana.

                            I don't think it will work with skim, but perhaps with 2%.

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                              goodhealthgourmet RE: courtney.hami Mar 20, 2010 10:58 PM

                              try low fat kefir. it has more body than skim milk, plus probiotics.

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                                Emme RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 21, 2010 10:24 AM

                                total 0% yogurt... good body, texture, protein, no fat :)

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                                  karykat RE: Emme Mar 21, 2010 10:39 AM

                                  how does the 0% taste. I've been getting the stuff with 1 or 2% fat.

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                                    goodhealthgourmet RE: karykat Mar 21, 2010 03:50 PM

                                    karykat, they only make 0%, 2% and full-fat, no 1%...so i assume you've just been getting the 2%. the 0% isn't quite as rich & tangy as the 2% but it's still good. the 2% is my favorite though :)

                                    discussion of 0 vs 2% here:

                                    just pick up a little single-serve container of the 0 to try it.

                                    if you search the General Topics board you'll find tons of threads about Fage, and about Greek yogurt in general. it's a popular, hotly debated topic :) if you want my 2 cents, i prefer Brown Cow organic and TJ's house brand over the Fage.

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                                      karykat RE: goodhealthgourmet Mar 21, 2010 10:16 PM

                                      Sure enough, the stuff in my fridge, that I've been buying is 2%.

                        2. re: The Dairy Queen
                          LauraGrace RE: The Dairy Queen Mar 17, 2010 07:04 AM

                          TDQ, I personally do NOT like dairy in my green smoothies. Almond milk might be good, but the advantage of water is that it tastes *clean* and doesn't add any other flavors.

                          I seriously love green smoothies -- you're basically getting all your servings of fruits and vegetables in one yummy drink!

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                            cookieluvntasha RE: LauraGrace Mar 17, 2010 08:59 AM

                            I agree with you on the water only. I don't really make a green smoothie, but I do drink a green juice the is made of kale, romaine lettuce, cukes, carrot, apples, lemons, and celery. I add water to it as I drink it and it is wonderful.

                    2. encore RE: courtney.hami Apr 24, 2010 08:50 PM

                      I'm sold on kale smoothies!

                      I had one in Palm Springs this past weekend that was made with kale, mint, spinach, banana, and dates.

                      I just tried my own version using a regular blender and it came out pretty good.

                      I removed the stems and spines from the greens and chopped them fine.

                      Using non-sweetened almond milk as a base I added the chopped dates and bananas, a spoon of hemp seed, and few goji berries.

                      I slowly added the chopped greens until they liquefied into a brilliant green. The tiny date flecks give it this drink the perfect sweetness.


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                        biff96 RE: courtney.hami Jan 11, 2011 12:12 PM

                        Here is a recipe you might like: 4 kale leafs, 1/3 of a pineapple, 2 bananas, a mango, and 2 cups of orange juice. You can vary the amount of fruit as little or as much as you want, but the kids really like this!

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                          redgirl RE: biff96 Jan 11, 2011 04:33 PM

                          ok...i've been making morning smoothies forever and while i don't put kale leaves in, i always add a 1/4 scoop of barleans powdered greens http://www.google.com/products/catalo... and a 1/4 scoop of brewer's yeast. i also use a fruit and veggie juice (they taste like fruit not veggies). so good.
                          i always add solgar whey in it also...very low sugar and 1gr fat per scoop.

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                          esquimeaux RE: courtney.hami Jan 11, 2011 04:45 PM

                          My kale smoothies sound like everyone else's, except I always put a squeeze of lemon or lime in. I've tried almond butter and didn't like the texture or taste in it.... it was almost meaty. Maybe I didn't blend it enough? Anyways, here's my formula, for one serving:

                          - 1-2 bunches of greens (Mostly kale, sometimes spinach or romaine.)
                          - 5 dates
                          - Water
                          - half frozen banana if I'm using mild greens, a whole one if it's kale
                          - Half of the listed serving of frozen berries
                          - Half a lemon or lime, squeezed
                          - Half of the listed serving of 0% Fage yogurt
                          - 2 tbsp flaxseed meal

                          I love these things. I think I'm gonna try the additions other people use like mint and ginger, and expand my fruit repertoire.

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