I am what is euphemistically referred to as a “late adopter.” I still don’t have a smart phone and I didn’t start watching “Desperate Housewives” until Season 8. When I first heard about green smoothies, I saw no need to jump in the pool. Greens were meant to be in a salad or sauteed with a little garlic. Smoothies were for various combinations of yogurt, frozen fruits, sometimes bananas and peanut butter. Then one day, I was helping my friend Kaitlyn to pack her stuff up in storage for a few months, and she gave me her Magic Bullet. It was around that time that I saw some late night show infomercial on the reasons why liquifying Kale catapulted this most exhaulted of the greens into a miracle tonic. So I took the opened myself up to the possibility that rough and rubbery leaves could be transformed into a refreshing drink.
The result was an utterly delicious, day-glo green concoction that’s changed the way the family feels about drinking green things. And once we crossed over to that side, we were ready to try a tablespoon of whole or ground flax and a small handful of frozen almonts — both of which contribute to the creamyness and off-the-charts nutritional mix.
- 1 cup chopped or torn Kale leaves , center stem removed
- 1 1/2 frozen bananas
- 2 Tbsp. apple juice concentrate
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 10-12 almonds, preferably from the freezer (optional)
- 1 Tbsp. ground flax (optional)
- Combine above ingredients into the individual serving size of a Magic Bullet or blender. Mix 2 – 3 minutes or until Kale leaves are completely pulverized.
- Drink Virtuously