After I mentioned a few weeks back that I have been putting my overabundance of kale into smoothies the past several months, a few readers asked for a recipe for this concoction. There are myriad wonderful and healthful ways of making “green” smoothies, and I wouldn’t say mine is the most authentically “green.” But it is a straightforward affair and quite tasty to boot, so here I present
The Kale Smoothie, Illustrated
Makes two smoothies
- 1 small handful of fresh kale (I prefer the tenderest “baby” leaves that are no more than about 3 inches wide)
- 2 bananas
- 1 1/2 cup kefir* or plain Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup walnuts
- 2/3 cup orange juice
*I have typically used Greek yogurt, but recently a neighbor gave me a kefir culture. There is now a bottomless pitcher of kefir in my fridge, most of which has gone into smoothies.
Divide all the ingredients between two large glasses, or put them together in a small pitcher or blender.
Using either the full blender or an immersion blender in the pitcher or the glasses (my preference), puree all the ingredients.
Lately I have been adding a handful of strawberries because they are ripening in my garden. They turn the smoothie a lovely pink.
Enjoy! The sweetie demonstrates.