These are a must in my house. First off, let’s talk kale. Are you ready for this? One cup of chopped kale contains only 33 calories, 9% of the daily value of calcium, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C, and a whopping 684% of vitamin K. It’s also a good source of the minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus. Kale also has antioxidant vitamins, anti-cancer health benefits, and eye-health benefits. It lowers blood cholesterol levels, and it reduces the risk of heart disease. And, as if that wasn’t enough, kale has tons of fiber. Which is where the pooping comes in.
Anyway, these guys will fill your belly, give you a serious burst of energy with no crash, freeze well, and keep you quite regular. This is my number one tool when I’m trying to lose some quick pounds. I love to have one as a late afternoon snack when my energy is at its lowest.
I know what you’re thinking, and I swear they taste great. They’re so good that my toddler drinks them. By choice! And you know toddlers don’t eat anything besides grilled cheese and lint. And in case you are thinking my kids are those weird kind of kids that happily down oysters, Brussels sprouts, and steak diane, think again. My kids basically won’t eat anything happily that’s not white, yellow, or heavily crusted in sugar. But they’ll drink these. You try it and see!
Kale (I like Curly or Lacinato/Dinosaur Kale)
Pears (very ripe)
Lemon Juice (make sure to strain the seeds out!)
Apple Juice or Water to help the ingredients blend smoothly.
Wash the kale and spinach thoroughly. Remove and discard the thick stems from the kale. Cut the seeds and stems from the pears. Throw it all together and blend. Drink one now and pour the rest into canning jars to freeze. Kale smoothies for days! It takes a little bit of trial and error to find the ratio of ingredients you prefer. I like mine to taste really kale-y and lemony, but you can make them sweeter by adding more pears or apple juice instead of water.