Winter Health Smoothie Recipe
With from Cynthia
Smoothies are all the rage aren't they? Everywhere you turn, in all the cafes someone is either sipping away on a smoothie or whirring up a nutribullet bursting with fruit and veg. Well I am relatively new to the smoothie groove but I have totally jumped on the bandwagon. I love the convenience of throwing it all in a blender and having a quick easy takeaway meal that I know is full of fresh wholesome goodness.
Always a big lover of vegetables I wanted them in my smoothie too so I turned my attention to kale. Why?
“The nutrients in kale can help boost wellbeing and prevent a range of health problems.
It contains cancer fighting antioxidants, calcium, and vitamin K, A, C & B6 and many essential minerals.. Even the chlorophyll in kale may have health benefits. And It is a good source of iron.” Megan Ware RDN LD
Kale is said to be among the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. But I have to say I have struggled to make it appetising to me. I have steamed it, had it raw, toasted it into chips and added it to stews and salads. But what I have found to be the best way to get your Kale Kick is in a smoothie. Its RAW so still nutrient sound, you can't taste it and it creates a gorgeous green nutritious smoothie.
This is my current recipe:
I use a whole orange and a whole banana as a meal replacement but as a snack just use half of each.
- A whole or half a navel orange
- Either half or a whole banana
- 3-4 kale leaves
- Juice of one lime (or lemon)
- Tablespoon of Kefir (or yogurt)
- 2 tsp Flax oil (or other heart healthy Omega 3 oil like virgin coconut oil) (Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to health and have been associated with benefits like reduced inflammation, improved heart health and protection for the brain against aging)
- Add enough of your favourite milk. My choice is coconut milk or BonSoy.
Whirr it up!
I use an old fashioned blender and it works just fine. Pop in a reusable straw and suck away for a great natural energy lift. Delish!
Other options and even more benefits: add a handful of berries, Kiwi, some soaked nuts, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, add dessert spoon of LSA , chia seeds, collagen,
Green powder (spirulina or chlorella)....
For a sweeter option a couple of stoneless dates or a glug of maple syrup/homey.