Howdy! The Aloe Vera plant is known for its health benefits and healing properties, not its taste. Alone it tastes like watermelon rind – blank and vaguely tangy. But if you add some lemon, pineapple, banana, apple juice and ginger, you have the makings of a zesty and delicious kale breakfast smoothie!
|Aloe Vera Kale Smoothie|| || |
- 1 leaf aloe vera, skinned
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 banana
- 1 thumb fresh ginger
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- ½ cup apple juice
- 3 leaves kale
- remove skin from aloe vera leaf.
- combine ingredients in blender and blend.
- serve immediately and enjoy!
Hey there! Today I’m gonna show you how to make an aloe vera kale smoothie.
Ingredients run-through here is uh, apple juice, fresh juice of lemon, one banana, a thumb of ginger, some frozen pineapple chunks, kale (of course), and fresh aloe vera, clipped from the garden. The kale was freshly-clipped from the garden as well.
So – let’s get to the most effort-intensive part of this thing, which is getting the meat out of the aloe vera leaf. It’s not super easy, but here’s a method that I’ve devised.
What you’ve got is a bunch of pointy, sticky stickers on the outside which are very painful to your fingers. What you wanna do is just take those off with a knife. Just run it along the outside edge, there, and they come right off.
The good news is aloe vera is super easy to cut through. Very little resistance.
Ok, so we got all the pointy parts off. Now, here comes the slightly challenging bit, which requires a little bit of knife skills technology. What you’re gonna do is put your knife flat on the table, and then just run the aloe vera past it.
The idea is to place the knife flat so that it’s holding down the skin to the cutting board, from the inside. Got it? Alright.
So you wanna put it just a millimeter above the skin, and then push it through, like that. You’re not gonna get all of it, but you’ll get most of it. See? And we’re exposing the super slimy inside…
Now we’re gonna hit the other side of it, and get the bulk of the other side of the skin off of the gel inside, by doing this. Be careful. Watch your fingertips.
And see, that’s almost all skin! Got all the skin off, really easily. And what we’re left with is a gel-y interior. It’s kind of gross to look at, but it’s super good for your body, so we’re gonna put it in a smoothie and drink it!
Okay so we’re just going to slice off the remainder of this – like so. We’re gonna slice this off, too. Watch your fingers, go SLOW.
So: just gonna take this whole hunk of aloe vera fresh natural gooey gel junk and throw it in the blender. Ready to get blended.
I’m gonna wash off my hands because they’re kinda slimy.
The rest of this is just smooth sailin’. Gonna cut a lemon in half, squeeze the juice up in there… I like to use a strainer so the seeds don’t get in there. Leeemon juice… One more. Lemon juice is gonna make it very zesty and delicious.
Next we’re gonna throw in this banana, like so.
I’ve become fond of not taking all the skin off the ginger just because I’m lazy, and I’ve got a much better blender now, so it really pulverizes this into tiny little bits so you don’t even notice it, texurally. In goes the ginger.
Gonna throw these frozen pineapple chunks in there next.
And now, three small sprigs of lacinato – otherwise known as dinosaur – kale fresh from the garden. FRESH. Get in there.
All that remains is a little bit of apple juice – half a cup. Because you don’t want it to be too liquidy. Alright, let’s blend this up!
Okay, simple as that! Ain’t nothin left to do now but pour it in a glass and drink it! This is the easy part.
Mm, mm. Mmmmm, lemony, zesty, delicious, aloe vera kale smoothie. Enjoy!