Wednesday, May 2, 2012

How to make your kids eat Kale!

See that green leafy vegetable in the picture above.  Until recently, I had never heard of it.  Move over broccoli, because Kale is the green vegetable to be eating.

One cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6, 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 600% of vitamin K.

It also boasts helping with DNA repair, antioxidant activity, bone health and decreasing the risk of cancer.

Here's how we have been incorporating Kale into our diets regularly.  Bonus is that the KIDS love it!  I'm not kidding here.  The bitter leafy taste of Kale is almost undetectable in....smoothies!

Getting the girls involved in making their own smoothies!

Here is my recipe for our Kale Smoothie:

2 cups of Kale (stems removed)
1 bananna
handful of strawberries (I use frozen)
handful of blueberries (I use frozen - the blueberries make the smoothie purple instead of a dark green)
1 apple
3/4 cup water

I blend this all well in our Vitamix blender for 90 seconds or so until it is smooth.

Get's a thumbs up in our house!

Linking up today with my friend Lisa at Home to 4 Kiddos!


  1. Ooh, Nicole, this is such a good idea! I am going to have try this with my kids! :-) Feel free to come over to my recipe linky from yesterday and link this up! Also, I would love for you to read my post from today-- it is a tribute to motherhood. :-) Hope you are well! God bless, Lisa

  2. CeAnne @ Sanctus SimplicitusMay 2, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Looks delish! We just had a banana, mango, orange juice and spinach smoothie this morning!

  3. Yum! I have used spinach in smoothies before but I can REALLY taste it. I can drink these all day because with the sweet fruits, I can't taste the greens. I'm going to try making them with OJ too, good idea :)

  4. I need to try this...I've heard that kale is also super super easy to grow in your garden and has a really long growing season (kale in winter, anyone?), so it can also be a super cheap way to get good nutrition. Thank you for sharing. ;0)

  5. Monique O'NeillMay 7, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    I used frozen blackberries instead of blueberries just because that's what I had and add 1 cup of water. I loved it. You're right you can't taste the Kale.