3 Healthy Kale Smoothies
General prep time
Although this is a recipe capsule, I'll not be including any prep instructions or cooking times. Smoothies are, by nature, a quick and easy drink to create. Even the most intricate smoothie using all sorts of measurements of every obscure fruit under the sun, still only takes a minute to whip up in a blender. And the prep instructions are likely to be no different to any other smoothie's: Gather the fruits / juices, pack them in to the blender and away you go! So it's for this reason that I'm skipping the prep and cook info, and getting straight in to the recipes. In all cases, all you need to do is get the correct ingredients for the smoothie you're creating, put them in a blender and press the 'on' switch.
Strawberry, Banana and Kale Smoothie
Strawberry and banana smoothies are probably one of the most popular and nicest tasting drinks you can get (in my opinion anyway)! For many, the suggestion of adding kale to the already perfect combo of fruits sounds like a sure fire way to ruin a good smoothie. The photo above doesn't really help kale's case either - it doesn't create the prettiest colour. But take my word for it, adding a handful of kale will not ruin your smoothie's amazing taste, and it also adds a huge boost to the iron and fibre of your serving.
⅓ cup water
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 cups kale
1 tbsp hemp seeds
Kale, Banana and Mixed Berries
Everyone knows the banana can overpower a smoothie, so in this case, if you're not a massive fan of the banana flavoured smoothies, perhaps go for half rather than a whole one here. As for the berries, try to find a supermarket that sells jumbo bags of frozen mixed berries. Morrisons and Tesco are pretty reliable for a good selection of frozen fruits. If you can't find mixed berries, then it's probably worth buying a couple different bags of separate berries instead - get some strawberries, cranberries, raspberries and blueberries. You won't use them all in this one smoothie, so make sure you put them back in the freezer straight after making your smoothie and you can do some experimenting later on... Find your perfect berry combo!
Anyway, here are the ingredients needed for a hearty, filling smoothie that's absolutely perfect for filling your stomach, ready for a long day of work ahead:
½ cup frozen berries
½ cup kale
½ cup orange juice
½ cup water
2 tbspn plain yoghurt
Pineapple, Kiwi and Kale
The pineapple, kiwi and kale smoothie results in an amazingly bright and vibrant 'Mean Green' shake that really wakes you up with its sharp, tangy taste. Personally, I love using this as a wake-up shake. Its tanginess definitely perks you up, like you'd just had a coffee!
It's packed with green fruits and rest assured, you'll be feeling the health benefits in no time!
½ cup kale
1 cup fresh pineapple juice
1 kiwi (peeled)
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 slice of lime
BONUS: For the brave
Here's an extra kale-packed smoothie - a bonus for reading to the end. But be warned, you might not like the sound of it! This smoothie is an exotic, citrus-filled wonder smoothie that will get you well on your way to boosting your vitamin intake. The only thing is... it's a bit sour. If you never enjoyed those tangy sweets as a kid, then this probably isn't for you. But if you enjoyed pulling that cringy-sour face back then, then definitely give this a go! You can of course change the ingredients slightly if you think it's too much - remember, they're just a guide.
Anyway, here's our Sour Kale Smoothie!
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ cup ice cubes
1 cup pineapple juice
2 slices of lemon
1 cup kale
1 kiwi (peeled)
½ cup water (if you want to dilute the sour taste a bit!)
Shrek Smoothie for children
Getting your children's 5 a day
If you've got young children of your own, or look after your nieces and nephews ever so often, then why not let them try their hand at making their very own smoothie? Written by a Hubber, the Shrek Smoothie is hands-down, one of the best and easiest recipe Hubs on the site. It's a brilliantly informative and easy to read guide to the Shrek Smoothie - something I'm sure the younger generation would love to try out! You can read it here.
Kale: 2015's superfood
How often do you use kale in your smoothies?
I hope this Hub has got you feeling alive and energetic! Just the photos of the smoothies are enough to make me hungry for one of the lemon and kale combos!
Everyone knows that smoothies are an incredibly quick and easy way of increasing your daily fruit and veg intake, but you do need to be careful, all the same. Fruits are notoriously high in natural sugars - and although, yes, natural sugar is probably the best kind - it does still have harmful effects. You should make sure you keep your teeth protected from high sugar intake and visit a dentist or oral hygeinist at least once a year. Other than that, enjoy making your smoothies!