Green Smoothie

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, I am sharing a simple green smoothie recipe. The "green smoothies" have been popular for some time (at least in Southern California (: ) and are a great way to incorporate greens into the diet, especially with a picky child. Admittedly, the sight of the smoothie may be off-putting (I've heard it compared to the contents of the sputum canister in the hospitals) however don't let that scare you. The taste is actually quite good. Here is the simple recipe and you can add fruit or other greens to your preference:

*1/2 cup ice
*1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
*1/2 cup kale
*one chopped banana
Place all the ingredients in the blender and you're done. I also like to add pineapple at times. Since I have been growing kale, I have a regular supply. Kale is an excellent source of vitamin C, B6, K, A as well as antioxidants and fiber. The vanilla almond milk has only 70 calories per cup and 8 gms of sugar, in comparison to 140 calories and 13g of sugar in one cup 2% cow's milk.  Almond milk also has a much longer shelf life than cow's milk. Enjoy, and share your green smoothie recipes in the comments.
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