My friend Jules has been extolling the virtues of green smoothies for several years now and I finally caved and decided to try it. My first attempt was pretty bad. My blender wasn't powerful enough and had a hard time pureeing the kale and it just looked like a green swamp of a mess. The taste wasn't too bad, but it sure looked like something my garbage disposal spit up. The second time around, I modified the process and it worked much better.
Here are the ingredients: kale, flax seeds, frozen strawberries, ripe banana and water or fruit juice.
Here's what I do.
1. In my blender, I put a tablespoon of flax seeds and grind them. Flax seeds are another great source of omega 3's. But eating whole flax seeds aren't going to do anything, you have to grind them up otherwise it will just pass through your system without absorbing any of its beneficial nutrients. I just read that pregnant woman should avoid ground flax seeds - weird!
2. After you have the ground flax seeds, to that I add in half a cup of fruit juice. I had pomegranate on hand, but apple or something sweet would be good. I would be weary of using too much OJ b/c it's kind of acidic and you do need something sweet to balance out all this kale you are eating/drinking. To this mixture, I add about 3 kale leaves chopped up. Blend this together.
3. Once it's thoroughly blended, you can add half a banana and a handful of strawberries and some more water or juice if it's too thick. Jules says you should leave it in the fridge for awhile and let it sit. I did that once and it seems to kind of meld together and turn a brighter green. I was hungry this morning and couldn't wait so I just drank it. It tasted pretty good.
I have a hard time eating kale on a regular basis and this is a great and simple way to get more fibrous greens in your system. It's quick and easy and it tastes better than it looks.
My cousin asked for suggestions on incorporating more flax seeds into your diet. The easiest thing is to grind them up and put them in your smoothies or oatmeal in the morning. My friend will also grind them up with a mortar and pestle and sprinkle them over her salad. I also try to think of them as sesame seeds. I usually sprinkle some sesame seeds to my side dishes and so I try to use flax seeds in lieu of or in addition to the sesame seeds. I recommend buying whole flax seeds and just grinding them up yourself. It's really easy with a blender or a coffee grinder (with no coffee beans, of course) and apparently once it's ground, it oxidizes and loses its nutritional value pretty fast. I hope this helped D.