Monday, June 13, 2011

Kale Apple Juice

Kale is one of those ingredients that is really, really good for you but also very, very hard to eat. At least for me. It has  rough texture and not a very good taste. But...

My wife and I have been enjoying our new Vitamix 5200 blender. It is an expensive, high-powered blender. You can save a whole lot of money buying a run-of-the-mill blender. But you cannot replace several other kitchen appliances with a normal blender (appliances we are selling include two blenders, food processor, coffee grinder, and bread machine; it also replaces a juicer, which we don't have). You also cannot blend just about anything you want in a normal blender. You also cannot get your 19-month-old son to eat kale and spinach.

So we have had fun making smoothies, juices, frappucinos, and ice cream in the Vitamix blender. I am most excited that I am now regularly eating kale, thanks to several great juice and smoothie recipes that include the cruciferous, cancer-annihilating vegetable. Just throw a handful or two of the stuff in your Vitamix and add a little water and any fruit ranging from mangos to apples to strawberries, and you will have something that is at least more palatable than the kale leaves themselves. Here is a recipe I have modified from a few sources:

Kale Apple Juice

1/2 cup of water
1-2 cups of kale
1 apple, quartered
1/2 Tbsp of lemon juice
1/2 Tbsp of ground flax seed 

Put the ingredients in order into the Vitamix.
Turn on the Vitamix and quickly turn to High.
Blend for about a minute, or until smooth.

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