Sunday, July 12, 2009

green monster

I need you to go out on a limb with me here.

I want to tell you about a smoothie I've been making lately, but I'm afraid that once I disclose the secret ingredient, you are all going to organize a mob, rush my house, and take away my mixing bowls. Because this smoothie, while sweet and delicious, isn't chocolate covered or caramel coated or topped with whipped cream. It's not decadent, or rich, or creamy. It's not even sugar laden. It's...healthy.

Don't go! Are you still with me? Most of you? I'm sorry but a girl can't live on chocolate chip cookies alone (believe me, I've tried). I have to throw in a little something healthy every once and a while, right? Okay then. Here it goes. Around 5pm everyday, as a break from the endless stream of bar exam flashcards that have become my life, I've been whipping up a little mock-tail made from pineapple, pear and...kale.

Wait! Before you kick me out of your blogging clubs and confiscate my bundt pans, just hear me out. This smoothie is sweet and fruity, and while the kale adds color (and oh does it add color!) it doesn't alter the flavor at all. The nutritional profile? Well that's another story altogether. As it turns out, kale packs quite the nutritional punch. Just one cup of raw kale has over 100% of the daily recommend intake of Vitamin C and over 200% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin A. It's also rich in Vitamin K and Calcium, and it's loaded with antioxidants.

Hello? Is anyone still out there? Did I mention that it's also sweet and delicious? It's sweet and delicious! Sigh. Okay, well, to the two of you left, thanks for listening. I promise to post something sugar laden and creamy in the near future.

Green Monster Smoothie
The inspiration for this smoothie comes from Angela of
Oh She Glows and her green monster movement, and from my favorite drink at Juice Generation here in New York.

1 cup kale leaves, chopped (Note: I discard ribs)
1 heaping cup pineapple, cut into cubes
1/2 pear, chopped
juice of 1 lemon
3 torn mint leaves

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add a few ice cubes, if desired, and continue blending for a full minute. (Even if smoothie looks like it's fully blended before one minute has passed, keep going to make sure the kale is fully


Leslie said...

You're not alone! I'm a green monster-ite too, though I usually make mine with a banana like Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point. I can't wait to try your pear pineapple version! It's important to use sweet fruit, and I've also subbed Swiss chard and spinach for the kale.

Beth said...

This looks delicious!!! I've never made one before, but you've inspired me. Good luck on the bar.

Teanna DiMicco said...

Woah! That sounds really good actually! I think I am going to take the plunge and try this!

Linda said...

I'm horrible in getting leafy greens into my diet and this sounds like the perfect remedy. I have to tell you, this sounds infinitely better than wheatgrass (blech!).

I'm going to test this out this weekend after a kale run at the farmers market! Thx for sharing. :)

Little Bro said...

As your brother, I am judging you. Can't wait for guest week...