And you, dear Reader, I want you to like kale too. Because not only is kale ridiculously good for you (it is a great source of B-complex vitamins, plus vitamins A, C, and K among others), there is also a good chance that it sits in the bottom of your CSA box too, and I want you to know that you and kale can find a suitable living arrangement. And so today I am kicking off Kale Week 2011. Five days. Five posts. Five recipes to help you kindle your own love (or at least appreciation) for kale.
Let’s start with the most important meal of the day, and the most palatable way I’ve found to sneak just a little kale into your family’s diet: The Kale Smoothie (if you have kids, or even husbands who like comic books, you might want to rename this one into something a little more exciting, like The Incredible Hulk Smoothie). Smoothies are foolproof to make, and can be adapted to any dietary restriction. This is my standard morning smoothie. Make your own using your own favorite fruits, or sub out the dairy for coconut, soy, or just plain fruit if desired.
1 ripe banana, frozen (when my bananas get too ripe I pop them in the freezer and they can live here for months awaiting a purpose such as this)
6 oz orange juice
1-2 large kale leaves, washed and thick part of stem removed
¼ c coconut, soy, or SCD yogurt
handful of berries (optional)
Throw everything in a blender and blend for about 60 seconds until smooth. Your smoothie will come out in a vigorous shade of green with the flavor of sweet banana and tangy citrus.
Have a favorite smoothie recipe that could accommodate a leaf of kale? If so, send a comment our way!
This post is linked with Fight Back Friday.