I’ve been wanting to add kale to the smoothies I make for myself and my toddler, but I kept thinking I needed to find the right recipe to make the perfect “concoction.” Well, since that wasn’t happening, the other day I just decided to whip up our smoothies the way I normally do and I’d add the kale right in! I had purchased a bag of frozen kale, which worked out really well because there’s no need to thaw or cook it….and the smoothies are chilled anyway.
So this is my normal “recipe” for our smoothies:
2 small scoops of non-fat vanilla frozen yogurt1 banana
1/2 cup of blueberries, strawberries and mango chunks
approx. 2 cups skim milk (varies depending how thick/thin you prefer the smoothie)
Then, I just added a small amount of kale for this “experiment.” I’d say between 1/4 to 1/2 cup of frozen kale.
Then, I blended it all up and voila! All in all it makes enough for a small cup for him and a larger glass for me. It came out fine and he enjoyed it…didn’t even notice the difference really. However, I did. I mean, you can’t really taste the kale, but for me it was a “texture” issue. For whatever reason, I just don’t like sipping up bits of “leaves” in my smoothie.
I think this is the same issue I have with mojito drinks…don’t like the bits of mint leaves. I’ve noticed my same “texture” issue with shredded coconut too!!! Anyway, next time I’ll still add the kale either just for him or in a smaller amount, and maybe I’ll try it with spinach too! If you have a picky eater or need to get creative to serve them veggies…try this!