Impulsive Purchases.Have you ever gone to a big box store, and made an impulsive purchase? A large quantity of something that you later realized there was no way your family could consume before it spoiled? Usually, I am pretty good at sticking to my list - but last week I gave in to the temptation of buying a huge bag of kale and a crate of mangos.
Time to try a Green Smoothie.I decided to use my abundance of produce to create some healthy things for my family - and to come up with some recipes for blog posts! I have never had a green smoothie, but I decided to try to make one.
Aside from a kitchen disaster, and a little concern about the texture - it turned out rather well...
Kale and Fruit Smoothie
2 cups washed, chopped kale
1 banana, frozen
1 cup mango pieces
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
- Peel fruit.
- Check to be sure blender is put together correctly and seal is in place
- Add all of the above ingredients into a blender. *
- Blend well until smooth.
Wash the floor
What a mess!Things were going well, until I decided I needed better lighting for my photos. I carried the blender across the room - and then realized I had dripped my way across the entire kitchen. Ugh!
(Note: I added Step 2 in the recipe so you can avoid Step 5 (Wash the floor)!
I did get some photos of the preparation process, though not quite the shots I wanted. I took the finished smoothie outside to take a picture of it, to avoid including the mess I had created in my photos - and then I washed the kitchen floor!
I really liked the flavor of this smoothie - but I'm not quite sure I got the texture right though. There were still a lot of little bits of kale that had not pureed, that stuck to my teeth after I drank a glassful! Not sure if my blender was just not powerful enough, or if all green smoothies are this texture?
I still had a lot of kale left!The bag of kale still looked like I had hardly touched it. Later this week I will be writing about what I did with the rest of the kale - and the mangos! I hope you stop back and check out the recipes!
A question for Green Smoothie Experts:
Do I need another blender?
Or do they always leave green pieces in your teeth?!
* 5-14-15 UPDATE: I just learned a trick from Domestically Speaking that might make the texture smoother: First blend the kale with the orange juice, (until the kale becomes quite fine) and then add your other ingredients and continue blending.