Step 1: De-stemify
….to make sure the smoothie, is, well, smooth, we don’t use the tough stems. After a quick rinse, my little one and I simply pull the leaves off and dump them in a strainer.
Step 2: Add the Fruity Goodness
We pack the entire bunch of kale in, along with a cup or so of frozen pineapple chunks. (If I’m using fresh pineapple, I use half a peeled, cored fruit and save the other half for later in the week.)
Step 3: Make It Berry Delicious
Blend it up on the highest setting, adding water as necessary (usually about 1/2 cup at our house) and let it work its way to really, really, smooth. At this point, you can dump in the (12 oz) bag of frozen strawberries, or use a pint of fresh ones!
Generally, that’s all we use to make a delicious green smoothie, but today the little one felt like adding raspberries, too, and how could I refuse? (A handful of frozen raspberries are a nice morning snack, too, as you can see, or as a garnish for a special spoonful.)
Step 4: Nomnom Eat It Up!
Once it’s blended smooth, you can pour it into a glass and enjoy. We like ours nice and thick, but if you like to use a straw, add a little more water.
Step 5: Save the Rest for Later
I pour the extra in a giant Mason Jar and label it so I remember to finish it quickly! With a big glass of one of these smoothies, my kids get at least all the calcium they need in a day, plus protein, and vitamin A and C!