Just when I thought I mastered the perfect smoothie, I fell in love with something green. Kale. I think I’m a little late on the kale train, but better late than never, right? I’ve wanted to like kale for a while now but adding it to salads doesn’t work for me. I end up chewing it for what seems like hours and it never breaks down enough to swallow. I enjoy the kale chip revolution that seems to be happening, but it’s quite expensive and trying to make them at home just isn’t the same. I’ve attempted to steam kale, which works, but it still didn’t hook me. It wasn’t until I decided to put kale in my morning smoothie that I fell head over heals. The blender does all the work breaking it up so there is no chewing necessary, and the flavour blends right in with the other ingredients so it’s almost as if it isn’t there. But I know it is and I can feel good about the fact that I started my day by ingesting two huge leaves of raw luscious kale! This nutrient-packed plant will leave you shining through the afternoon. Especially if you sneak a few other greens into the mix…
This is a large smoothie fully packed with nutrients. It will keep you satisfied for most of the morning. If you find you’re still hungry, try adding some of the suggestions I listed below (the extra protein and good fats will keep you satisfied longer). I chose pineapple because I recently discovered it’s a dairy free alternative that is naturally high in probiotics, but this smoothie is also delicious with frozen blueberries, bananas, or any fruit you fancy!
Ganesh’s Green Goddess Smoothie:
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 raw cucumber (peeled and chopped)
handful of fresh mint leaves
2 large leaves of kale (spine removed)
1 small scoop Vega protein
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup fresh almond milk (recipe here)
Try adding half an avocado, fresh coconut meat, or natural almond butter for a thicker/creamier texture.
Blend together until smooth.
Garnish with chia seeds and freshly ground flax seeds.