Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Apple Banana Grape Chia Kale Smoothie

Apple Banana Grape Chia Kale Smoothie recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

With a refreshingly light flavor, not overly sweet or heavy at all, this smoothie was given two thumbs up from all three of my boys. I had a bit of kale left in the refrigerator after making the Chipotle Cream Pasta a few days ago. So, I decided to toss it in the blender and make a smoothie to serve with our lunch. If you are new to green smoothies or still inclined to think you can taste the "green" in them, I recommend using orange juice for all or a portion of the water. I've made this smoothie both ways and prefer the lighter version with water for myself.

Side note: If you are brand new to the idea of a green smoothie, spinach blends up a bit smoother than kale and my taste buds preferred it for many years. This smoothie was the original spinach smoothie that won me over to the green smoothie side (I swear that it only tastes like fruit and orange juice!) and I have never served it to anyone who has not enjoyed it.

Apple Banana Grape Chia Kale Smoothie
Yield: approximately 32 ounces or (3) 10-12 ounce smoothies
(printable recipe)

1 small bunch kale, leaves only, about 2 cups
2 small apples, cored and quartered
2 medium bananas, preferably frozen
1 1/2 cups green grapes, preferably frozen
Optional: 2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 1/2 cups water (or orange juice for a sweeter drink)

Layer ingredients into the blender in the order listed. Puree until completely smooth. Enjoy!

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  1. I love that you included so many fruits in this smoothie! So delicious and refreshing.

  2. I still haven't ventured down the green smoothie path. Not that I wouldn't, I just tend to want to go with more of the fruit and berry type smoothies when I make them. Maybe it's time break out of the comfort zone :)

  3. Isn't it amazing what one can get into a kid in the form of a smoothie!! this looks (and sounds) fantastic :)
    Mary x

  4. The apples sound great and I love pears in a smoothie too. I do like Kale but love spinach smoothies so much more. Frozen grapes - another terrific idea :)

  5. I'm still new to green smoothies and still resisting the urge to pinch at my nose before downing one. But I love how you added a lot of fruits in this recipe. It's really good.

  6. I have to admit I haven't embraced the green smoothie yet...but when I do, I'll do it with one of yours...:)

  7. Love green smoothies - any smoothies, really. I usually have one for breakfast and like to mix them up. Have not ventured to try chia seeds, yet, though.