According to my husband, I don't have a "mature taste palette..." Ha. Meaning, I don't care for new or exotic things... and I can't deny it. Now, don't get the wrong impression. I'm not a picky eater, I just have a safety bubble of certain flavors I enjoy :) At restaurants I tend to order the same thing over and over again because I am afraid I might not like something and waste my money. I also do the same thing at home. I'll try new recipes or even make ones up, as long as they are ingredients or spices I use frequently!
Realizing my tendency to stay "stuck" in the food world, I've purposely stepped out and started exploring new recipes and ingredients to try over the last few months. And I have to say, I have not been let down thus far!
My most recent "trial" was kale. Apparently all the cool kids are eating it, so I thought I'd try it....
Just kidding. The real reason is I saw all of the health benefits and I'm always looking for ways or super foods to put in our family's diet to help prolong healthy lives. Kale is known to:
- Lower cholesterol
- Lower risk for certain cancers: bladder, ovary, breast, colon, prostate
- Help detoxify the body
Like most people, I started with a basic smoothie. The more times I made it, the more things I added. I've determined my favorite is my AvoKaleBerry Smoothie. It not only takes on the sweetness from the fruit, but the addition of chia seeds, avocado and kale makes it very nutritious.
1 1/2 cups fresh kale
1 cup mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
1 medium banana
1 cup greek yogurt (flavor of choice: honey, vanilla, strawberry..)
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp of chia seeds
Blend. Drink. Enjoy!
Have leftover kale that needs used? Banana? Avocado? Anything that is going bad? Blend it up. Pour in ice cube trays. Freeze. Voila! Easy smoothie cubes. Pictured below are AvoKaleNana cubes. I blend a few of these with some frozen berries and almond milk for a super quick meal on-the-go.
Please comment with your favorite kale recipes, tips & tricks!!!!
For more information on the health benefits of kale or how to eat it, check out co+op