Kale, Avocado, Orange, and Jalapeno Smoothie (Serves 1-2)
My friends at Cherith Farms served me a tasty kale smoothie made with Greek yogurt. I typically avoid dairy because it causes an insulin spike and I do not digest milk products well, but their smoothie got me thinking about kale smoothies in general. This was my first effort with kale. It was not sweet like the one my friends’ served, but was good.
This smoothie is inadequate as a standalone meal because it lacks protein. I overcame that limitation by first eating a can of sardines and then eating the smoothie. The combination kept me satisfied for hours.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
1 avocado (peeled)
2-3 big handfuls of fresh kale
2 big oranges (peeled)
2-3 jalapeno slices (mine were from a jar, but you could use fresh)
Dump ingredients into blender in the order listed. Secure top on blender. Start blending at low speed and move up to high speed quickly, using a tamping tool to facilitate blending as needed. Continue about one minute or as needed to achieve a smooth consistency. Pour in a bowl and eat with a spoon.
Notes: I thought the kale flavor was too strong after including just one orange, so I added a second one. Two organges gave the smoothie a pleasant taste, but next time I may include one orange and one apple or maybe some strawberries to make the taste a little sweeter.
I liked the heat from adding jalapeno, but you could easily leave it out if you don’t like the idea.
I have begun to eat my smoothies from a bowl with a spoon because I am making them thick. Adding a little water to the blender would thin them and make drinking them from a glass easier.
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