Wednesday, April 5, 2017

My Favorite Green Smoothie Recipe

I am so excited!! It got up to 68 degrees today!! We opened the windows on Sunday when I was in the house brewing up some lotion bars. I loved feeling the breeze move through the kitchen as I worked. The cats really enjoyed watching the birds and squirrels through the windows. All in all, the last few days have been pretty darn awesome.

This week's post isn't about herbs or oils or really much anything to do with the business. It's about kale smoothies. I thought it would be fun to show you something I use on an almost daily basis to support my health and wellbeing.

Curly Kale by Oldiefan via Pixabay
I love smoothies. They are quick and easy in the mornings, full of fruits and vegetables, and they are super tasty. I make my smoothies vegetable heavy because I'm really in it for the fiber, not the sugar. I add berries for the antioxidants, some nut butter for protein, flax for those omega-3's, almond milk, and kefir for a bit of probiotics and creaminess. I use smoothies to jumpstart my day with a healthy dose of fiber that will keep my gut microbes happy. Also, kale has vitamins A, C, and K, along with phosphorus, calcium, and zinc. Popeye was right, greens are good for you. 😃

I made this smoothie this morning. I
know it's not all that pretty, but I promise, it
is definitely tasty. Kale and blueberries don't
make the nicest color when combined.
This recipe was adapted from the best smoothie I've ever had. I found a little shop near the Port Authority the last time I was in NYC and it was a haven from the fast food and junk I had gotten used to eating on my way out of town. So finding this place was magical. And then, they made the most amazing kale smoothies. I'm pretty sure there wasn't a single bit of kale in tact. Magical.

Anyway, here's the recipe.

Ingredients:
2 or 3 large handfuls of kale (the curly kind)
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup plain kefir
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 banana
1 tbsp ground flax
1/2 cup frozen blueberries

Directions:
1. Add the kale, almond milk, and kefir to the blender and blend on high. This is the key to breaking up the kale and not ending up drinking a very finely chopped salad. Always blend the kale (or other greens) and liquids together first.

2. Add the peanut butter, banana, flax, and frozen blueberries and blend on high. If the smoothie seems too thick, add more almond milk or water.

Blueberries by Pexels via Pixabay
Note: You can substitute almond butter for peanut butter, chia seeds for flax seeds, strawberries for
blueberries. Really the possibilities are endless to make a healthy smoothie.

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Have fun and experiment with it.

What are your favorite smoothie recipes? I'd love to hear about them!

💗 Courtney

Blog advisement and editing by adreamingone

P.S. Here's a tip to keep your kale fresh for longer: put a paper towel in the bag with the kale. It will absorb extra water and keep it fresh for longer.

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