Why Kale Smoothie Recipes?



A couple of years ago I got a blender and at first, wasn’t really sure what to do with it. But then a friend recommended Joe Rogan’s podcast, to which I became addicted. He introduced me to the idea of making smoothies out of my fresh fruit and vegetables, instead of juicing them.

His proclamations of smoothies’ many and varied health benefits were too much to deny. I had become relatively unhealthy and apathetic about food choices, and listening to this podcast inspired me to get off my butt, start exercising again, and to start caring about what I was putting into my body again.

The blender in question is a Cuisinart CBT-500 that we got as a wedding gift. I confess I put it on our registry mainly because of its styling and because it just… looked sturdy, but didn’t think much beyond that. However, now that I have been using it for a couple of years I’m really impressed with its simple, ergonomic usability, its ease of cleaning, and its reliable performance.

When I first started taking Joe Rogan’s suggestions and making healthy fruit and vegetable smoothies, I went exactly according to the short video he made about what he puts into his kale skakes, as he calls them. They consisted of nothing but kale, cucumber, celery, ginger, and water. I’m not kidding. They tasted horrible to me, and the celery taste was completely overwhelming. However, they would make me feel so energized and nutrified, that I simply looked past the taste.

After another two or three of them, however, it became obvious that I was going to have to alter the recipe.  The first thing I did was eliminate the celery, because the taste overpowers everything else.  If I include it now, it’s just a tiny bit.

I’ve always been impressed by Kale’s amazing health benefits – and liked it in soups, salads, and casseroles, etc – but never considered it outside of a savory context.  This was the first time I had thought of it involved with anything sweet.

So I started experimenting. Each day I would try something a little bit different, hitting upon new and interesting combinations and making note of them. Many times I would find a combination I liked, and try to perfect it by tweaking little things here and there. Then I would feel like I’d gotten a handle on how to make that combination, and I’d try something else, always trying to surprise myself, with something different.

All the smoothies on www.kalesmoothierecipes.com are the result of this experimentation, and it’s not over yet! I don’t know if it will ever be over, because I never cease to be amazed by all the possibilities in the realm of breakfast fruit and vegetable smoothies, specifically including kale.

 

10 thoughts on “Why Kale Smoothie Recipes?

  1. Michael on

    Thank you so much for this website. I just started making Kale smoothies and have been getting bored of the same thing daily. I can’t wait to try these!

    • You’re welcome, Michael!

      I’m happy to share my recipes, and I never get bored because there are so many cool flavor combinations. Let me know what you think!

      -Paul

  2. Morgan on

    Hi Paul! Thank you so much for your website! I bought a bunch of kale yesterday at the store thinking that today was the day that I was going to make my first kale smoothie and I came across your site and your article in Women’s Adventure. I made the ginger, banana and pineapple one and it was the most delicious smoothie I’ve ever made… and I’ve made some good ones. Can’t wait to try your other recipes. I’ve already bought ingredients for the chocolate shake one. I appreciate the fun videos you make too. Keep it up!

    Thanks!

    • Hey Morgan,

      It’s awesome comments like yours that are the reason I do this site. I’m so glad you liked one of my recipes and I hope you try a bunch more. Thanks for writing! How did the chocolate shake recipe turn out?

      -Paul

    • Giles,

      Legend, sir, is a strong word. But I accept that very nice compliment, thank you! Try the recipes, and let me know which are your favorites. Thanks for reading!

      -Paul

  3. Cyndi on

    I just stumbled upon your site because I have been hearing about the kale benefits. I told my hubby I was going to put kale in my morning smoothie that I have everyday as part of my diet and exercise program. He said, “Yuck!” I am now armed with recipes! Thanks so much for sharing so I don’t have to recreate the goodness on my own.

    ~Cyndi

    • Hi Cyndi,

      I’m so glad you’re sticking with your promise and goin for the kale! Remember to de-stem it before you put it in smoothies, because that will remove 90% of the bitterness that makes people say “Yuck!” about kale. Thanks for writing!

      -Paul

    • Hi Leonie,

      Sure, you could do that. I’ve never heard of dried kale powder before, though, so I don’t know anything about it. Do you live in an area where you don’t have access to fresh kale? Because I would always recommend using fresh kale over any kind of dried form of it.

      Thanks for writing, and let me know if you have further questions!

      -Paul

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