Saturday, April 26, 2014

Super green smoothie

Kale smoothie that tastes like dessert. 

Most people know that I'm a smoothie tragic from way back. I've been making smoothies for breakie for the last 15 years. Now I make them for my daughter too, using whatever fruit and vegies we have to make a kid friendly combo.

This morning I went through the fridge looking for inspiration. All I had was heaps of random leftovers from the extra long weekend of indulgence over Easter and ANZAC day. 

I wanted to use up some leftover kale and coconut milk. But I didn't have any apples or pears, which are usually a staple ingredient in my green smoothies. 

I did find some frozen banana in the freezer - when it's too ripe for Ava I chop it up and freeze it for smoothies or desserts. She also tends to leave the ends, because apparently the bottom of bananas are gross!

I had some macadamia and cashew chia pudding in the fridge. This was delicious so i threw it into the smoothie to bulk it up a little. 

My daughter won't touch green smoothies. So today I poured it into her juice cup, put the lid on it and a stainless steel straw in and said here's a banana smoothie. Slight deceiving I know. She loved it. 

I then showed her mine and said, "Want some more bubba?"

"No way that's yuck," she squealed. 

But when I showed her it was the same banana smoothies she thought it was hilarious and the best smoothie ever! So fickle and so funny those 4 year olds!

Here's what went into the smoothie:
3 kale leaves stalks removed 
1 frozen banana chopped
4 dates
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tbs chia seeds (I like to soak mine first) 
1 cup ice
1/2 cup water

How to blend in the Thermomix:
Chop dates 5 sec, speed 7
Add ice, turbo 2 or 3 times until crushed 
Add remaining ingredients, blend 40 secs, speed 7

Super charged with super foods kale and chia. Enjoy!