Saturday, November 19, 2011

Super Charged Smoothie

So I've been feeling like my Vitamix hasn't gotten enough attention lately so I decided to try some new smoothie/juice ideas with some super powerful ingredients. I bought some local organic purple kale (mouthful, right?) and a humongous bag of juicing carrots at costco last week so I started to recipe with these two ingredients. Kale is so great, as it has the highest amount of vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin C out of all the cruciferous vegetables. Because of all the vitamins and antioxidants jammed packed in this leafy green it can taste pretty bitter, so if you're going to eat a lot of it I'd recommend steaming it for about 5 minutes (it tastes great with garlic and onion!). When juicing, I just use a small amount and make sure to add enough citrus and sweet to balance out the bitter flavor. Here's the recipe for this ridiculously energizing drink:

Super Charged Smoothie

  • 2 medium leaves organic purple kale
  • 1/2 honey crisp apple
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1/2 medium ripe avocado
  • 2 T lemon juice (fresh or not from concentrate)
  • 1/2 inch cube fresh ginger
  • about 2 cups water, or more to desired consistency

As you can tell, the ingredients are simple and most of the work will be up to your blender (no better time than now to invest in something better than the tempting $19.99 one at walmart!). The texture will really depend on the quality of blender you have, so if you make the smoothie and feel like you're eating a fruity kale salad than consider yourself warned;).

On another note, you may feel like buying a batman suit and jumping off buildings after drinking this super smoothie (wouldn't surprise me!), so be sure to drink responsibly and know that your potential could be so much greater than you think! Remember, your body is CRAVING these nutrients..just sayin.


P.S. To read more about the health benefits of avocados, check out my Holy GuacaMOlly recipe here. Also, if you haven't heard about carrots and how they will improve your health you should probably check this recipe out too: :)