I had originally intended to use my kale for juicing, but when I learnt of how magical it is, I decided to use it for a tasty smoothie to get the most out of its leafy goodness. Trouble is kale is very hard to come by in New Zealand. I'm not sure why this is, because at the moment kale is very hip in the U.S and Australia. I asked my grocer at my local farmers market and he told me there are only two kale growers in the whole of the North Island! Well that explains the shortage then. He also told me that he will be getting some kale in within the next few weeks! Woohoo! Is it weird that I am this excited about produce? Well then you should have seen how excited I was when I wandered past another grocers stall (covertly as not to offend my regular grocer) and discovered SOME KALE! The loose leaves were only small though and they were 50 cents each! (I guess that's what you pay when there is a kale shortage) But my veggie obsession got the better of me and had to buy a couple of leaves.
I could not wait to get home and test out my kale smoothie! I generally make my smoothies with the following ingredients:
and a little cold water
I like to trick my son with this mixture. He thinks it's just a tasty green/purple milkshake and he loves it. Little does he know he is ingesting a mega wad of nutrients. You really can't taste the spinach, but it's there, all sneaky like.
When I made the kale version of this smoothie I just substituted the spinach for the kale and it tasted pretty much the same. Deeelicious. But there is no reason why you couldn't put both spinach and kale in it. Best of both worlds really. The almond meal is real goody too, don't be tempted to leave it out! The protein in the almonds keeps you fuller for longer. Have a go making it yourself! You won't be sorry! It is great as a breakfast or just as a tasty day time snack.