So being The Holy Kale and all I realized that I have been quite selfish for not sharing with you all of my favorite, and most dear kale recipes. So to make it up to you, I am going to do my very best to start posting them as frequently as I can measure them out (I am terrible at cooking with measurements, I am more of a “make it up along the way” kinda girl). Therefore, I am going to start you off with my new current obsession… The Killer Kale Smoothie!
Like a lot of you, I tend to get myself into what I like to call food ruts. This is where I am completely obsessed with a few things and stick to them until I am absolutely, positively, completely over them… and I fear this may not be any different than the rest. With that being said, this may actually be a good sign, because I tend to only obsess over things that not only taste amazing, but also give you that long-lasting energy we all so desperately need.
So why a Killer Kale smoothie you may ask? Well as cheesy as it might be, this drink has been my saving grace during an outrageously crazy time in my life. When you have moved across the country with all of your favorite things in boxes and bags, you realize how important it is to have access to good, healthy food that is both quick and easy to make, and especially to a food that does not make you tired and sleepy. That is what the Killer Kale smoothie is to me. Therefore, this smoothie has been at the foundation of my “getting though the day” survival pack, making a big batch in the morning and savoring it throughout the day. Absolute perfection, and worth every drop of The Holy Kale obsession!
*You will notice that I add a few superfoods like hemp, bee pollen, rice bran and coconut flakes to my smoothie. While these are optional, they improve the nutrition of the smoothie adding extra healing and weight loss promoting fats and protein. To learn more about superfoods, go here.
THK Killer Kale Smoothie
1 1/2 c Almond Milk (unsweetened)
1 1/2 heaping tbs. Almond Butter, raw
1 Banana, frozen (frozen is key)
1 bunch Kale (about 2 cups)
Extra Goodness: although not required, so much tastier and healthier with!
1 tbs Hemp Seeds
1 tbs Rice Bran
Blend up in a high speed blender until completely smooth (no chunks or bumps). My VitaMix does the best job!
Sprinkle with Bee Pollen and Hemp Seeds
A little note about Rice Bran. This is not a very common superfood, but it has quickly become one of my favorites. I seriously cannot live without it for a number of reasons. First off it tastes amazing! It has a creamy, vanilla flavor that is perfect for smoothies, desserts and to even to eat plain (I have been known to have my head stuck in a jar many late nights). Secondly, Rice Bran is a fabulous superfood because it is a natural source of 100 vital nutrients that we don’t typically get in adequate amounts from our diets, and it is so nutrient dense it can even act as a multi vitamin! Amazing I know. Finally, it is a natural source of CoQ10, that amazing antioxidant that has shown to improve cardiovascular health and also increase cellular energy.
* Note: if you are currently on Statin drugs, it is essential that you supplement with CoQ10.
Here are the Nutrient Highlights:
- Vitamin E (all 7 components)
- B Complex
- Antioxidants: Alpha Lipoic Acid, CoQ 10, Glutathione
- Carotenoids: Lycopene (prostate support), Lutein, Zeaxanthin (eye support)
- Essential Amino Acids
- Essential Fatty Acids
- Phospholipids – needed for cellular membrane production, essential for the brain, nerve and heart
Fabulous Health Implications:
- Supports normal glucose levels by balancing blood sugar
- Supplies fuel for the cell, therefore increasing energy and metabolism
- Supports immune, brain, heart and nerve health
- Easily absorbed, so perfect for those with digestive issues
- Can be used to make the perfect baby food but can also aid in athletic performance
- Ideal support for joint, circulation, and cholesterol
- Contains healthy fiber making it a good weight management food
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To the healthiest, tastiest food we can create!