April 7, 2013 by Kimberly Beauchamp, ND
Having trouble getting your kids to eat their greens? That never happens here (uh huh).
Now that the cooler weather is past, I’ll be steadily increasing more of these nutritional powerhouses in our diets.
I usually just throw a handful of this and that into my Blendtec, so I don’t stand much chance of being able to replicate a winning combo when I make one. But since The Management really doesn’t like her smoothies “too green,” I paid attention while I developed this one, which she adores.
And you can’t taste the kale in here. Promise.
1/2 cup green grapes*
1 nectarine or peach*, pitted and sliced
1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries*
1/2 frozen banana
1 cup kale* (packed)
4 oz frozen mango puree (available at Trader Joe’s) or 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup milk of your choice
1 cup juice of your choice (strawberry orange banana is a winner) or water
3 ice cubes
*These ingredients should always be organic, if possible. They’re all on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list for the produce with the most pesticide residues. All fruits/veggies are tested as eaten (bananas peeled, apples washed, etc.), so don’t think they’ll wash clean.
Put all ingredients into a blender and mix on high until completely smooth, about 2 minutes for your standard blender; shorter for a Blendtec/Vitamix-type blender.