Thursday, July 7, 2011

Hide-the-Kale

For those of you who might want to eat more kale, or somehow manage to make other people eat more kale, but aren't quite ready for a big ol' pan of kale and garlic while it's so warm?

I present -- Disappearing kale!

My kids like smoothies for breakfast and snacks when it's hot. I buy .50c going-brown organic bananas from the local place, peel and chunk them and stick them in the freezer. When it's smoothie time, I throw them in the garage-sale blender with some frozen berries, either home-picked or store bought, some milk, some water (depending on how thick I want it to be), and maybe some flax seeds or psyllium husk if I'm feeling extra-crunchy.

This morning, for speed and blogging purposes, it was a straightforward banana-milk-water-raspberry smoothie to begin with:

Nice and smooth. Then, I stemmed three Lacinato kale leaves. Not many, because this smoothie was a) small and b) blueberry-free. The reason that matters will become clear later on.

Using the power of whirring blades, the kale gets pulled under. Aaaaaiiiieeeee. . . .


And then shows up again as greenish specks. Had this smoothie contained blueberries, the kale wouldn't really show.

The kids tried it, but said they didn't particularly want it, even though it tasted fine. I think looks matter a lot to them. I'm actually enjoying it just fine, and the extra serving of "smug" along with it doesn't hurt a bit.

7 comments:

GrafixMuse said...

Your Kale posts are really tempting me to grow it. I don't even know it I like it! LOL!

Daphne said...

I like my kale just fine steamed with vinegar on top. Or in soup. I'll eat tons of it. But don't ask me to turn my smoothies a yucky color. Actually I haven't been into smoothies recently. Usually I am in the summer. But my tastes seem to go in waves. I'll eat something a lot then not for a long time before I pick it up again.

Stefaneener said...

GrafixMuse, try some someone else grows first. If you like "greens" in general, you'd probably like kale.

Daphne, well. . . you can't argue with that. I just think it's bizarre that the taste goes so mild in the smoothie. I have waves of taste, interest, and everything else, so yours makes perfect sense.

Erin said...

Fantastic! *grin* :)

kitsapFG said...

Blueberries would have definitely helped with the color! LOL!

Kristin said...

That's a smoothie heavy on the health and lighter on the sugar. Yummy!

Cathy said...

If you mix it in with frozen blueberries, they will hide the green color pretty well. Works for spinach too.