You’re going to love our Purple Lemonade Kale Smoothie. It’s entirely made of whole foods and provides you with so many nutrients that you need to eat daily to stay healthy, and at the same time it’s seriously so delicious, that you won’t believe it can actually be healthy. Give it a try, you’ll become addicted! 🙂
For the making of this kale smoothie, we use frozen lemon (zest included). We simply cut a fresh lemon into small pieces, store them in a tupperware in the freezer and, after 6 hours, they are ready to be used! You won’t believe how fresh and yummy the smoothie becomes after this!
Do you know how healthy kale is? (extracted from Medical News Today): The nutrients it contains support healthy skin, hair, and bones. The fiber content enhances digestion and contributes to cardiovascular health. With more nutritional value than spinach, it may help improve blood glucose control in diabetes, lower the risk of cancer, reduce blood pressure, and help prevent the development of asthma.
The kale we use is frozen but we don’t buy it frozen. We purchase it fresh and freeze it ourselves.
Blueberries (and other berries such as raspberries and blackberries) are an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps protect cells against damage and aids in the absorption of iron.
They also contain a decent amount of soluble fibre, which slows down the rate at which sugar is released into the bloodstream and helps to keep the digestive system happy.
Blueberries, blackberries and strawberries are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants that have been cited in reducing risk factors for certain cancers, inflammatory diseases, age-related disorders, and cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. The power of their nutritional value comes from their rich, dark colors. Blueberries and blackberries both have the highest levels of antioxidant power, and strawberries boast the most vitamin C per serving of any fruit—even oranges. These fruits are low in fat, high in nutritional density and can easily be incorporated into any diet. (Extracted from www.livestrong.com)
Blueberries are extremely rich in phytochemicals, naturally occurring plant compounds, such as ellagic acid and anthocyanidins which are responsible for the blue, indigo and red colouring. Phytochemicals have been extensively researched for their antioxidant action that helps protect the body against a long list of diseases. (Extracted from www.bbcgoodfood.com)
Blueberries are low in calories and a 100g serving provides 2.4g fibre respectively.
Do you know how important is to consume flax seeds daily?
Flaxseeds have been consumed for at least 6,000 years, making them one of the world’s first cultivated superfoods. Flaxseeds contain anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, along with antioxidant substances called lignans that help promote hormonal balance in addition to several other benefits of flaxseed. Benefits of flaxseed include helping improve digestion, skin, cardiovascular health, cholesterol and hormone balance while fighting cancer and even sugar cravings — and that’s just the beginning! (extracted from www.draxe.com).
Instead of using processed plant milks, sometimes we like to simply add rolled oats and tap water to the blender which creates a perfect consistency for the kale smoothie. Did you know that oats are among the healthiest grains on earth? They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits. These include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.
Oats are loaded with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidant plant compounds. Half a cup of dry oats contains (extracted from healthline.com):
- Manganese: 191% of the RDI
- Phosphorus: 41% of the RDI
- Magnesium: 34% of the RDI
- Copper: 24% of the RDI
- Iron: 20% of the RDI
- Zinc: 20% of the RDI
- Folate: 11% of the RDI
- Vitamin B1 (thiamin): 39% of the RDI
- Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): 10% of the RDI
- Smaller amounts of calcium, potassium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B3 (niacin)
This is coming with 51 grams of carbs, 13 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat and 8 grams of fiber, but only 303 calories. This means that oats are among the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat.
Ripe bananas provide us with a natural sweet flavour without having to add any kind of sweeteners.
We use frozen bananas to get a quick creamy effect. You could use non frozen ones. The flavour will be the same, just the consistency will change slightly. A high-speed blender is needed in order to handle the blending of frozen bananas. If you do not have one, then you should use non frozen ones.
If you have never frozen bananas before, here is a quick guide on how to do so:
Wait a few days until the bananas are ripe enough (the more ripe they are, the sweeter the milkshake will become).
- Peel the bananas.
- Cut them in small pieces.
- Place them into a freezer-safe container or bag.
- Place the container in the freezer overnight.
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Purple Lemonade Kale Smoothie
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- 750 ml water
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 2 tbsp flax seeds
- 20 g frozen lemon with peel
- 80 g raw kale
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 cup frozen blueberries, 120 g
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