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Green Kale Smoothies

Tried cooking or incorporating kale into your diet but dislike the taste or texture? This is the method for you! Since personally failing miserably to make kale edible on it’s own, I have discovered the only way I could ever love kale was to liquidise it and mask any trace of it’s bitter taste with a bunch of yummy fruits and juice to transform it into seriously awesome.

Why We Need to Make Kale Edible

Hailed as a superfood, kale has become a recently popular vegetable for a good reason. An excellent source of vitamins A, C and K, this dark leafy cousin to the cabbage has powerful antioxidant properties (being the second most effective antioxidant vegetable against peroxyl radicals from 22 of the most common vegetables – beating broccoli, sweet potato, lettuce and cauliflower).

Plants do not contain vitamin A themselves, but the presence of carotenoids such as beta-carotene are converted to vitamin A (also known an retinol) in the body. We need vitamin A for good eye vision, resistance to infections (building the immune system), and maintaining healthy skin, bones and teeth.

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is not stored in our bodies, so we need to source it directly from fruits and vegetables including kale. It is required for absorbing iron into the bloodstream, prevent skin ageing, reduce inflammation, healing wounds, and fighting carcinogenic free radicals as an antioxidant. For vitamin K1 content, kale is the king! It tops the list of fruit and vegetables containing vitamin K1; beating spinach, broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes and blueberries. Again vitamin K1 is excellent for bone mineralisation and support, and also for forming blood clots necessary when we cut our skin. If all of this wasn’t enough, kale is wonderful for colon health and preventing colon cancer as well as lowering the risk of bladder, breast, prostate and ovarian cancer.

My secret for getting kale into my diet: Breville Active Blend! One of the great things about eating raw kale, is the antioxidant-phytonutrients are still retained in the leaves; when kale or any other vegetable is boiled for longer than 10 minutes, the nutrients are lost in the water. Since I was unsuccessful with the cooking method, this is my favourite way to eat kale – and the Breville Active Blend (only £22) is incredible for reducing mess and the washing-up involved with making smoothies 😀

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Green kale smoothies are my favourite way to start my day at breakfast, or after my work-out/run. The recipes below are enough to fill one 600ml Blend Active sports bottle which will last me two days – half of one bottle will fill one large glass.

Kale, Blueberry & Guava Smoothie Recipe

  • 2 handfuls of washed raw kale, stalks removed
  • 1 handful of washed blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • fresh mint
  • juice from 1 lime
  • coconut water
  • guava juice

Kale, Orange & Kiwi Smoothie Recipe

  • 2 handfuls of washed raw kale, stalks removed
  • 1 whole peeled orange
  • 2 peeled kiwis
  • 1 banana
  • coconut water
  • cranberry juice

Kale, Mango & Apple Smoothie Recipe

  • 2 handfuls of washed raw kale, stalks removed
  • 1 whole washed apple, with the skin
  • 1/3 fresh mango
  • fresh mint
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (you can also buy organic)
  • coconut water
  • orange juice

So easy – just blast all the ingredients in the Active Blend (or you could use a Nutri Bullet or a regular blender), and add a teaspoon or two of honey if needed for extra sweetness. I also like to add coconut water to all my smoothies, as I have noticed it gives me an extra energy boost I need to get through the day – it can be quite expensive at some shops, but I buy mine for less than £1 for 1 litre from Home Bargains (hell yeh!).

Let me know if you try these green smoothies! It would be interesting to know how everyone else gets kale into their diet – tweet me if you have any good smoothie recipes for me to try 🙂

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