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.