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.
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 combination. 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!
- 1 kiwi fruit, peeled
- ½ cup (30g) packed shredded kale leaves, stem removed
- 1 cup (240ml) almond milk
Combine kiwi fruit, kale, and almond milk in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Remove and serve immediately.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day!