DANIELLE’S KALE BERRY SMOOTHIE
Ingredients & How To:
- Two big stalks of raw kale
- 2-3 cups of frozen mixed berries
- 1 small banana
- 2 tbsp. ground flaxseed
- Splash of Orange Juice (or juice of 1 orange)
- 4-8 oz. Water (to preferred taste and consistency)
Put all ingredients in the blender (I do so in the order listed) and blend until smooth. Easy-peasy!
- I don’t actually measure all of this stuff. I pick the biggest and tastiest looking stalks of kale in
my bunch and just tear off and rinse the leafy parts (don’t eat the stems). I use a standard 16-oz tumbler cup to estimate the berries. I eyeball the yogurt completely and give a hefty sprinkling with the flaxseed. The water is also added without any measuring…just poured in to get to my preferred consistency. And the OJ can be high in sugar so use just a splash.
- Even with a fairly heavy-duty blender, it takes a solid 1-2 minutes to blend all this into straw-friendly consistency, so be patient with your appliances.
- You can use unsweetened almond milk instead of OJ if you like a more creamy quality.
- You can absolutely use fresh spinach leaves in place of kale. And for the sake of getting a variety of leafy greens, why not?
- Use a minimal sugar yogurt with live and active cultures, or just skip that ingredient completely.
- The ground flaxseed is a nutrition add-in. It is really great to have but not required to make the recipe work.
Let me tell you the trick to green smoothies: Make sure to add enough liquid (water, milk, milk alternative, juice) and don’t get all OCD about measuring the stuff. As I mentioned above, you can pretty much eyeball the whole thing. Nobody has time for measuring cups and spoons when they’re trying to get out the door in the morning, so don’t stress over exact amounts.
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