Okay…we’ve had lots of Valentine goodies and comfort food the past few days, so I thought I’d post something healthy! I found this smoothie recipe over at Real Simple. I was curious about how this would taste, since one of the ingredients is kale. I had never eaten kale before, but it sounded so heathy, and since I liked all the other ingredients in this recipe, I thought I’d give it a try. I bought fresh organic kale and celery from my local health food store to make this. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but when I took my first sip I was surprised at how much I liked it! The banana and apple juice make a nice sweet balance to the kale and celery. So if your body is craving something healthy, this is the perfect thing to try for breakfast or to sip on in the afternoon. This recipe makes one serving.
APPLE-KALE SMOOTHIE (from Real Simple)
- 3/4 cup chopped kale, ribs and thick stems removed (I used organic kale)
- 1 small stalk celery, chopped (I used organic celery,too)
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 1/2 cup apple juice
- 1/2 cup ice cubes or crushed ice
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Place the chopped kale, chopped celery, banana, apple juice, ice, and lemon juice in a blender. Blend until smooth and frothy. This makes one serving and is 139 calories.