7.17.2011

Don't Judge a Smoothie By Its Color



In a world where smoothies have notoriously been fruit-based, vegetables are making a push for equal presence in the blender. Though we are palatally-inclined to favor a blend of berries over a puree of raw spinach, who's to say that veggies and fruits can't compliment each other?

Move over strawberry, kale is banana's new smoothie partner in this green concoction that is both delicious and packed with nutrients. Kale gives the smoothie a verde hue that might look unappealing to some smoothie traditionalists, but the veggie brings a wealth of vitamins, not to mention antioxidants, fiber and anti-inflammatory benefits to the blend. Banana is the unassuming fruity foil, at once smooth, sweet and potassium-rich. Creamy lemon Greek yogurt contributes both protein and zest, making this smoothie a perfect summery treat or a post-workout replenisher.


KALE-BANANA SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

2 cups kale, packed and torn
1 small banana
1 container lemon Chobani Greek yogurt
1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender.

Hint: For an extra chilled treat, use frozen bananas. Swapping some cucumber for part of the kale is another refreshing variation.

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