Drink your Kale

I've always loved vegetables and probably eat more than the average person.  Apparently, that's not enough any more.  Every time I pick up the "Science" section of the NY Times or turn on the television, I'm bombarded with new information regarding the health benefits of - wait for it - KALE.  Surprised?  Not if you're even vaguely interested in the latest wellness information.
There are only a few veggies I won't eat.  First on the list is Lima Beans.  Second is Okra.  I haven't tried Okra fried as it is frequently prepared in the southern states.  I still don't think it would go down my throat without a fight.
Well, now, if you look around the internet, you'll find that KALE is the "it" green.  It's got the most of everything that we humans need in one neat little package.  Unfortunately, unless you blast it at 450 degrees in the oven for 20 minutes and sprinkle it with Parmesan cheese turning it into a chip, I've had no interest in it.  I like spinach, broccoli, beet greens, just about anything leafy and green.  But Kale has a distinct roughness to it's leaf, a squeak between your teeth when chewed.  Sadly, until now, not for me.  This is a miracle food that's loaded with nutrients that even help strengthen your teeth and bones.
Thanks to a blog called http://www.snack-girl.com/, I am able to get my daily recommended serving of Kale painlessly - even pleasantly.  And here's what you do:  Wash and removed the center rib from leaves of Kale and tear it into smallish pieces.  Put it in your blender with a cup of water.  Liquefy it in your blender as if you're making pesto (that means stop the blender and push it down with a rubber spatula).  After it's liquefied, add about 1 cup of frozen mixed fruit and a dropper of stevia or an envelope of two of a natural sweetener (I like Truvia).  Blend until you have a delicious frozen drink.  After you master this recipe, you can add whatever your heart desires.  I'm trying to keep carbs down so I haven't added a banana but I'm sure that would be excellent.  You might be able to get away with adding flax seed meal when you liquefy the Kale but I haven't tried that yet.  Try this for a refreshing summer drink and then tell me you hate Kale!


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