Blueberry Kale Smoothie
This Blueberry Kale Smoothie has got it goin’ on, my friends. This literally takes less than 5 minutes to make and is absolutely loaded with good for-you ingredients…speaking of ingredients, there are only 5! Plus, this smoothie is vegan, gluten free, low fat and no refined sugar. How awesome is that? So when you are thirsty these coming months, this smoothie will be sure to quench your thirst and give you an extra boost of nutrition.
Hey guys! How are you? So today is the official first day of Summer!! Woot woot! Bring on the nice weather! Did you know that it’s also the longest day of the year AND it’s National Vanilla Milkshake day? What a coincidence…..I think not 😉 I read recently that milkshakes were not initially suitable for kids because they contained alcohol. Crazy, isn’t it? I would never have guessed that since it’s such an iconic fun kid friendly beverage, especially now. It’s been, like, forever since I’ve had a milkshake. I’m more inclined to have a smoothie than a milkshake. How about you? What would be your favourite flavour? My favourite ice-cream flavour is mint chocolate chip hands down and then second would be strawberry. For some reason, I can’t see mint chocolate chip making a good milkshake so I’d have to have a strawberry one, if I were so inclined 🙂
I’m so happy that Summer has officially begun. Hubby and I have been spending a lot more time in our yard and furry child has been doing lots of running around. He is like a little hulk after it’s all said and done from all the freshly cut grass (furry child, that is). Our little herb garden is coming in nicely and I think that our rhubarb is finally ready to cut. I may be a little late on the bandwagon on that one, but better late than never 🙂
I’ve been on a real blueberry kick lately as indicated by here and here. Blueberries everywhere! And I love kale. Perhaps next to cauliflower, it’s my favourite veg. I wanted to try a ‘green’ smoothie meaning using some veg in there. I had this lovely bunch of kale that I had recently picked up and I thought ‘what would go nice with kale?’ Of course, blueberries came to mind. I was thinking that their colour would go nicely with the kale. Had I used strawberries, for example, who knows what weird colour combo I would concoct. Plus, blueberries are sweeter than strawberries, in my opinion, so they would balance out the serious heartiness of the kale.
I didn’t just want to make this Blueberry Kale Smoothie a regular ol’ smoothie. After my failed attempt last week at making a vegan and gluten free zucchini bread (as discussed here), I said I’ll start small and try to do a vegan and gluten free smoothie. So, that’s where the coconut water comes into play, plus I think that milk would have been odd anyway with the kale. Are you a fan of coconut water? There was a time when I didn’t like it, thought that it tasted strange, despite loving all things coconut. Now, I have coconut water regularly stocked in our fridge.
To sweeten this Blueberry Kale Smoothie, I added just 1 tbsp of maple syrup for 2 servings. Not much, is it? But the smoothie was sweet, just the same. Really good. To finish this smoothie off and to add extra nutrition, I added chia seeds. Did you know that chia seeds are part of the mint family? Who would have thunk it, right? The chia seeds don’t taste minty, though, but they do add fibre and a bit of texture.
Hubby loves all kinds of vegetables, like myself. He was mowing the lawn while I was making this Blueberry Kale Smoothie. I poked my head outside, called out to him and handed him the drink, not saying exactly what was in it. I figured I wasn’t going to tell him it was a Blueberry Kale Smoothie (not that he would mind anyway), but I wanted to get his opinion and see if he noticed it in there.
This Blueberry Kale Smoothie is super blueberry-y, but once you know there is some kale in there you can get a slight hint of it and it’s awesome! Next time you are thirsty and looking for something different, give this smoothie a try and you won’t be disappointed.
Until next time, take care and chit chat again soon 🙂 !
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