Kiwi Kale Smoothie

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Kiwi Kale Smoothie

We are finally done with all the major holidays, at least for now. It is time to get back to a healthier and leaner diet after the feasting of the past two months. I am so looking forward to lighter foods and warmer days. While it is still cold here, the days are slowly getting brighter and longer again. Spring will be here in slightly over a month…YAY!

Of late, you have probably noticed that I am into smoothies. Our day starts early because of school and work and so breakfast is early. By mid morning I feel like I need a little something to carry me through. Since I do not favor chewing on fruits and raw vegetables at that time, incorporating them into a smoothie is a good way to get the nutrients into the body. I find it light and refreshing and it gives me a boost of energy. On days when I take a smoothie, it is not necessary for me to do lunch. Works out really well for me.

Kiwi Kale Smoothie

I usually use unsweetened soy milk as a base for my smoothies since that is what my boys drink in the morning. We love soy milk but it has a stronger flavor which may not always combine well with some fruits. Coconut milk in cartons is a good option as it has a very mild flavor but it is not something I purchase on a regular basis. I only buy it occasionally for curries and desserts. That leaves me with rice or almond milk. I decided to go with the latter this time because they were on sale at my regular health food store last week. These do not come refrigerated and so I bought a couple of cartons to store in the pantry.

The regular almond milk is lightly sweetened with 7 grams of sugar per serving and it worked really well in this Kiwi Kale Smoothie. There is no need to add any sweetener to the smoothie. In fact, I really enjoyed the slightly tangy combination. The bits of kale provided some roughage and I love the color it lent to the smoothie! :)

Kiwi Kale Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

Kiwi Kale Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 kiwi fruit, peeled
  • ½ cup (30g) packed shredded kale leaves, stem removed
  • 1 cup (240ml) almond milk

Instructions

Combine kiwi fruit, kale, and almond milk in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Remove and serve immediately.

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Kiwi Kale Smoothie

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8-)



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14 Responses

  1. Ramona says:

    That looks totally healthy! I was curious to see what milk you used with the kiwi. I found out the hard way that kiwi does not mix with dairy… it becomes very bitter. Almond milk is a great choice for the smoothie. :)

    • Biren says:

      I only found out recently that the enzyme in kiwi turns milk bitter. Strangely I did not have that experience in my Kiwi Banana smoothie. Not sure if the banana helped neutralize the effects a little. I do like the almond milk though as it is lighter.

  2. Victoria says:

    This is a beautiful smoothie! The almond milk added some great protein too, I’m sure. I definitely need to get back on the healthy train after the holidays. Been traveling a bit and it’s been hard to get back on track!

    • Biren says:

      The past two months hasn’t been good in terms of diet. Like you say, it is time to get back onto the healthy train and this smoothie is a great one to start with. :)

  3. mjskit says:

    I love the idea of use kiwi and kale together! What a yummy smoothie!

  4. I’m thinking I may need to get on the breakfast smoothie bandwagon. Lack of time, the need to lose weight, and find a convenient way to get something so easy and so nutritious into my body all make it a very tempting option :) Never would have thought to include something as grassy and possibly bitter like kale, but I might just try it! Thanks for the inspiration…

    • Biren says:

      Do come along on the ride! I think you will not be disappointed. It is kind of fun to mix up all the fruits and veges and see what it taste like. For some reason, I have never thought of kale as bitter. This bunch that I bought are almost like baby kale. In fact, I was munching them as I went along preparing for the smoothie. :)

  5. Carole says:

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to posts about shakes and smoothies. I do hope you link this lovely one in. This is the link . Please do pop back to check out some of the other links – there are a lot of good ones already. Have a great week.

  6. Patricia says:

    Awesome! I love smoothies and this one sounds really good. Thanks for sharing!

  7. PolaM says:

    What an interesting flavor combination! Maybe I should follow your lead and start preparing for summer… but the snow is still here!

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