Kale, the garnish that became a trendy food overnight. When I think of Kale, I think of the Modern Family episode where Mitch visited the Farmers Market.
Cameron: Hey daddy, how was the farmer’s market?
Mitchell: Well, it was great but…guess what the new spinach is?
Mitchell: [pulling a bunch out of his basket] Kale!
Cameron: [gasps] No!
It took me a while to get on the kale train. It can be pretty overpowering and high maintenance to get it to taste good. In the past, when roasting it, my husband has literally said what smells like farts in here…. so we don’t eat it often. But when I do, I typically enjoy it most with olive oil and spices, roasted in the oven until it turns potato chip like crispy. I’ve read some health benefits of this darling, hip garnish, that it’s high in fiber, has powerful antioxidants, high in iron and vitamin K…the list goes on. I’m a fan of incorporating more veggies into your diet any way that you can. As a parent, I feel like my mission is to incorporate as many hidden veggies into things as I can. For anything green, I usually tell him it’s what the Incredible Hulk eats and he may try a bite. But smoothies are the easiest place for me to incorporate a veggie that doesn’t taste awful.
When I first tried this smoothie, my, at the time, 2 year old downed it. He grabbed my cup and chugged. He was none the wiser that it had and vegetables and absolutely enjoyed it. This time around, now that he’s a year older (and has started to say “when I used to be a kid”) he’s not as easily convinced that this smoothie tastes good, but trust me it does! If you are looking for something refreshing for a snack or light breakfast, give this a try. I was feeling sassy the other day and topped this with some chia pudding. The result….delicious! I’m going to add the chia pudding recipe below as well, just in case you are also feeling sassy.
- Toss everything into your blender and mix it up! Simple! For the chia pudding, I use 1 cup coconut milk, unsweetened, 2 tbsp chia seeds and 1 packet stevia. Pour the milk in a mason jar. Add in the chia seeds and sweetener of your choice. Place the lid on top and shake the jar for a few seconds. Pop it in the fridge and let it sit overnight. For this smoothie, I added about half of the prepared pudding to it.
Adapted from Annie’s Eats.