Drinking raw kale in a smoothie is an acquired taste. I clearly remember throwing out my first batch of kale smoothie several years ago. It's different. Bitter. Often chewy.
These days, I love getting my kale fix.
Some quick tips for adding kale to a smoothie....
*Use frozen fruit and ice
*If you're a kale smoothie novice, use juice instead of non-dairy milk as the liquid. Sometimes you need a sweet smoothie base to get passed the bitter kale flavor.
*Use a little bit of kale and gradually build up. If that means you have to use 2 kale leaves the first few times, that's ok.
Now to the recipe...
Since I don't have a high-powered blender (AKA Vitamix or Blendtec), I always blend my liquid and kale first for about 30 seconds to make my kale as smooth as possible. I don't want to chew my smoothie. lol
Then I blend in the soft fruit and finally the frozen fruit and/or ice cubes.
Kale & Mango Smoothie
Prep Time: 5
Ingredients (Makes about 24 oz)
- 1/2 cup raw kale, stems removed
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 mango, ripe
- 1 frozen banana
- Several cubes of ice
Blend all ingredients until smooth.