This is definitely not a very sexy post, but I thought I would share anyway because it’s kind of brilliant. A way to sneak in one of the best-for-you superfoods in to your smoothies without much hassle and without worrying about your leafy greens wilting or going bad before you get a chance to use them: behold, the power of kale cubes.
I use a 12-serving muffin tin and these are great because once you make them, you have 12 servings of vegetables (so about two weeks worth of smoothies if you drink around one per day) to drop in to your blender along with whatever else you want in your smoothie. Also, since they’re frozen, there’s no need to add ice and no worry of your drink getting watered down.
This is so easy. Really all you need is kale and water, plus a blender and a muffin tin. I put in as much kale as possible, one 16-oz package of pre-shredded or 3-4 bunches of the big leaves. I pack the blender tight with kale, then add a little water, about 2 cups (not too much because I want these as kale-dense as possible) and blend on high until it’s completely liquified.
Then, just pour in to muffin tins, freeze for about an hour and ta-da! You now have perfectly portioned, frozen kale cubes for adding to smoothies.
Here’s a tip: if you’re having trouble getting them to pop out of their muffin tin mold, flip it over, run hot water over the bottom of the muffin tin and they’ll fall right out. Work one section at a time though so you can catch them easily.
I make a smoothie just about every day, right before I go to the gym so it’s waiting on me when I’m finished with my workout. My favorite recipe is one scoop vanilla whey protein powder, one kale cube, a tablespoon of chia seeds and my homemade almond milk (or coconut milk, depending on what I have on hand).
Here’s another tip: Add some berries (fresh or frozen) to change the color from green to purple if you or your kids have a problem with the green color.
Also, I’ve found the best way to get the kale cube incorporated nicely with no chunks is to pulse the blender several times until it’s completely crushed up, then continue blending.
Since the kale is prepared this way, I never waste any of the good greens and I never have to worry about finding a half-bad batch of kale in the fridge when I’m trying to run out the door to the gym. This way is so convenient and so much faster.
Spinach would work perfectly for this as well, whatever you prefer. Both are super nutritious, but kale trumps spinach in the vitamins and minerals department. This info-graphic is a great visual explaining some benefits.
So there you have it! A super easy and fast way to get your veggies. Enjoy!