I love adding superfoods to my diet. Just knowing they are labeled by important sciency/doctor type people as a superfood makes me feel really healthy and strong eating them. Many superfoods, such as sweet potatoes, are incredibly easy to add to my diet since they are SO good, but then there are other superfoods, like kale, that are not so easy for me. Kale often tastes bitter, although marinating the kale before eating it as a salad as well as adding fruit (my favorites are apples and oranges) does help diminish the awful bitterness found in every bite. But, I don’t eat marinated kale salads everyday, because I like to switch up my salads. I hate for food to become boring by eating the same things the same way every single day. So, I decided to experiment with my daily smoothie and try creating a kale smoothie that didn’t have even a trace of bitterness to it. I am proud to say, I was successful! And it’s a good thing, too, because kale is one of those foods many doctors and nutritionists say people should consume on a daily basis. It’s packed full of vitamins (the most notable being vitamins K, A, and C and manganese) and antioxidants. The vast number of flavonoids and carotenoids found in kale have amazing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powers that lower cholesterol levels and lower a person’s risk for cancer. In addition, a major note to vegetarians who are continually told the only way to get omega-3’s are through fish: 100 calories of kale provides us with 25-35% of our daily omega 3 need. That paired with the high vitamin K content of kale works as a major anti-inflammatory in the body, making kale an excellent detox food and vital for our daily consumption. So, if you are like me and find it hard to swallow the bitter leaves of kale, then give this Coconut Kale Smoothie a try.
1 cup coconut milk (I use vanilla)
2 cups dinosaur kale
1 chopped apple (I use Red Delicious, but any kind is fine)
1 banana (preferably frozen)
2 Tbsp shredded coconut
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp coconut oil
4-6 ice cubes
Add all the ingredients to the blender, making sure to add the coconut milk first so it blends well. Blend until smooth. This recipe makes 2 servings.
Sources: The World’s Healthiest Foods