Leafy greens are amazing for you. From pregnant women to healthy adults and children, every time we turn around we seem to find another study touting their benefits. Women's Health Magazine recently reported, "A study in the journal Neurology reports that getting two-plus servings per day of veggies--especially leafy green ones like kale--slows cognitive decline by 40 percent." Kale and Pear Smoothie
So if we know they are so good for us, why do so many Americans fail to get the leafy greens we need?
Probably because those same amazing leafy greens have a solid reputation for being "yucky."
While I was pregnant the diet I was given to follow included getting at least a cup of dark leafy greens daily...and I had an immutable food aversion to salad. I just couldn't stomach it without feel queasy. So what's a girl to do?
One weekend I was visiting my parents and my step-father proudly proclaimed that he would make me a kale smoothie. I laughed, but he was seriously. I'm sure I made some sort of twisted facial expression that went past skeptical and straight into judgement: I won't like it. But he assured me I would. And he was right: if he hadn't TOLD me there was kale in it, I never would have known or believed it.
Since then I've repeated the experiment with a number of friends and each time it is the same: skepticism melts into disbelief and pretty soon they are crooning about how tasty the smoothie is. So do me a favor and just trust me on this one. It really really is delicious.
1 cup green grapes
1 orange, peeled
1/2 Bartlett pear (or green apple)
1 banana (fresh or frozen)
1 cup kale
1/2 cup water
2 cups ice cubes
Wash fruits and vegetables. Combine and blend. Be mindful of your blender's abilities. A vitamix seems to be powered by something just short of a jet engine. If your blender is a mere mortal, you might want to chop some of the fruits into pieces in advance, or add the ice in stages. If using a frozen banana, allow it to sit on the counter for 10-15 minutes first before blending.
Kale and Pear SmoothieSource: Vitamix Cookbook