Once a week I make a Superfood Smoothie with a base of Kale, the only other way I like consuming Kale is lightly oiled and baked in the oven, Kale crisps, really good! I make enough for 2 long drinks, it keeps well in the fridge overnight.
The avocado and chia seeds provide a good source of healthy fats, these good fats are required for the absorption and metabolism of other nutrients and for nervous and immune system function.
The Kale and (again) chia seeds are a great source of calcium, Kale also contains good levels of anti-oxidants.
Kale and Avocado Superfood Smoothie
Prep time: 15 minutes tops!
Serves 2 or 1 for 2 days
Ingredients – all approximate, it really is a throw in how much you wish and what quantities you have available.
Kale – around 3 large handfuls, take out any large stalks
Avocado – 1 large
Blueberries – Large handful
Cucumber & Tomatoes – several slices & 4 cherry tomatoes
Chia/Flaxseed mix, around a tablespoon of each soaked in water
Water – adjust consistency to your liking
Blend ingredients together until smooth. I use a Vitamix but a blender or food processor will also do the job, you may need to grate vegetables like carrots first.
Smoothies are so versatile and great for using up produce and over soft fruits, this one is quite basic, add celery, watercress (for a lovely peppery flavour), baby spinach, salad leaves, apple, carrot, etc to tweak flavours. I also add a couple of tablespoons of olive or coconut oil if I’m leaving out the avocado and if it’s just for me some cayenne pepper for a kick!
I know it resembles green sludge but it does have a sweet taste and not earthy at all. For child friendly superfood healthy smoothies add banana for a creamy taste, much less Kale and more fruit especially blueberries which do a great job masking the green! Milk can replace the water and we have used almond butter for a nutty taste (omit if there are any nut allergies). Cocoa powder, raw if you can get away with it, can persuade even the most difficult tastebuds to try some!
Sip Slowly and Enjoy!