• 2 large handfuls of kale, maybe 4 cups worth
  • 1 1/2 quarts kefir plus water to rinse out the jars
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 2 TBLS honey

I made this today with my first harvest of kale. It was wintered over, so a bit tough, so my options were to cook it or puree it. Also, last month I found a flat of strawberries on sale for CHEAP! They were ripe and in season in the Southern Hemisphere (Chile), so they were good, but just too many to do anything with, so I chopped and froze them.

We make kefir and drink it every day. Some batches get really fermented before we drink it and end up separated a bit into curds and whey. So this is best to either eat like cottage cheese and drink/bake with the whey OR puree.

My family loved this smoothie, including my 4 year old who drank 3 cups of it. I believe that part of the reason he is not a picky eater is that I let him help me prepare our food. So by putting the kale in himself, for example, he was more likely to want to drink it. Well, he also saw me put in the yummy strawberries and honey. We spent the afternoon gardening, digging, collecting bugs, planting seeds, and just generally being outside. This smoothie was very refreshing to drink with dinner.

The recipe for this is simple: put all of the ingredients into your blender and puree until smooth, about 1 minute. Drink. Enjoy. Feel Really Good.

For the measurements; I did not chop the kale first or anything, so I just eye-balled it. Probably was about 4 cups if you packed it into a measuring cup. I don’t have a fancy blender and it all chopped up well. I did mostly use small leaves though I suppose. But anyway, I did not remove the stems or ribs or anything, just put it all in. I did put it in first, so the other ingredients packed it down and forced it to get blended.

I had 1 1/2 jars of fermented kefir and I poured all of it into the blender, after removing the grains and then added about 1/4 cup water to each jar and swished it around to clean it out and poured that water into the blender too.

For the honey, I just drizzled a bunch on top and I’m totally guessing on the measurement. Drizzle the amount you’d like to consume, it’s just to soften the sour flavor of kefir and the tough earthy taste of the “wintered-over” kale.

I have been reading a book, “The Smoothie Bible”lately and learning lots of great things about food. Here are some highlights that I learned today while reading about what I’d made.

Kale and other greens are an antioxidant and have anticancer powers. Kale is rich in vitamin A, C, calcium, iron, folic acid and potassium.

Strawberries also produce antioxidant and anticancer powers, as well as antiviral. Rich in vitamin C, A, and potassium. Strawberries are useful in treating kidney stones, gout, rheumatism, arthritis, and are cleansing for the liver.

Bananas are an antiulcer, antibacterial food, they boost immunity, and lower blood cholesterol levels.  They are high in potassium, vitamin b6, and help prevent heart attacks.

Of course I already knew how awesome Kefir was. Rich in 35+ probiotics, it’s great for all sorts of things. Full of protein, calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamin a, b1, b2, b6, d, and k!

You can read more about kefir here on my blog.

Kale from my garden!!

Kale from my garden!! (and arugula—which I did not add to this smoothie). Kale is on the left, in this photo.

Kale Berry Smoothie

Kale Berry Smoothie

My 4 year old drank 3 cups full!

My 4 year old drank 3 cups full!

This recipe makes a full blender.

This recipe makes a full blender.

Yummy fresh chunks of raw kale inside.

Yummy fresh chunks of raw kale inside.