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Sometimes, when talking to people, I cannot stress enough much I love kale shakes. Not only because kale is so so healthy, but because fruit shakes are a great way to sneak in this highly potential leafy green.

Long time ago I have already posted a Banana Strawberry Kale Shake, but this version is greener (thus looking better), lighter but no less nice and sweet version of that shake. It even feels somewhat fresher to my taste and I totally prefer it to the strawberry-containing one. Although it depends on a person.

Over the months I have experimented with different combinations of kale shakes: I have tried substituting coconut water for orange juice (not enough sweetness to compensate kale’s bitterness), tried it without a banana (becomes more liquidish) and I have even tried an Orange Cocoa Kale shake, which would have been good if cocoa powder had had an ability to dissolve completely in a cool liquid. So this time I came over with this shake. I am sure as hell that someone somewhere posted tons of recipes like this, but I swear I didn’t search them 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 500-750 ml Pure Orange Juice (I used Trop 50 with Stevia this time as it is sweeter, while adding 0 kcal for the sweetness)
  • 1 medium Banana
  • 2 Pink Lady Apples
  • 1.5 large (huge!) Kale leaves

Method:

As always with this type of shakes, prepare first:

  1. Wash all the ingredients well. Safety first, right?
  2. Peel and core the apples, cut each apple in four wedges. You can cut it smaller if your blender isn’t that good. Mine sucks, to be honest, but it did a great job today! 🙂
  3. Peel the banana, cut it in large pieces.
  4. Remove the hard stems in kale leaves.

Now let your blender do the job:

  1. First, add about 100 ml of Orange juice to your blender. Add kale leaves and blend until leaves are well chopped and blended.
  2. Pour in the remaining juice. Add the pieces of fruit and blend until smooth.

The shake will naturally have a slightly grainy, honey-like texture due to the apple. But it is very enjoyable! Not to mention healthy.

If anyone needs to be reminded,

Kale offers high quantities of Beta carotene, vitamins K and C and Calcium. It contains sulforaphane which is believed to have potent anti-cancer properties. Indole-3-carbinol is able to block cancer cells growth and boost the DNA repair in cells. It can also lower cholesterol.

Apple is high in vitamins A and C, and is also a good source of Potassium, Calcium, Iron and Phosphorus. It is believed to neutralize harmful oxidants found in athletes and fitness enthusiasts who train intensively or strenuously. It replenishes the vitamins and minerals and can reverse muscle tiredness. It prevents the loss of calcium, thus protecting our bones; cleans the teeth and keeps harmful bacteria away and has numerous benefits in prevention of diseases including cancers and aiding digestion.

Banana is high in Potassium, which is essential to the normal muscle function, a good source of fiber; it contains the complete range of B vitamins. Bananas have four times the protein of apples and at least twice as much vitamins and minerals. They are good in prevention of anemia, lowering blood pressure. They are an excellent energy source, an aid for digestion and digestion-related problems, they prevent muscle cramps and injuries and reduce the levels of stress. Bananas are an absolute must for athletes and everyone involved in fitness and sports.

Sources:
http://juicing-for-health.com/basic-nutrition/healing-foods/health-benefits-of-apple.html
http://juicing-for-health.com/basic-nutrition/healing-foods/health-benefits-of-banana.html

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