I normally like to ring in the new year with a healthy alternative. A toast to the wondrous things that are to come, if you will. Instead of champagne and what’s deemed to be normal, I naturally veer towards green smoothies, salads, bowls laden with fresh vegetables, and healthy proteins for sustenance. Well, on most years. A fact that is neither here nor there, but this might possibly have become a traditional practice for me at the start of every year and I hope to help others in the process. Nuts dot com and a few of us bloggers have agreed on inspiring readers to look for healthier snack alternatives this season, and this kale apple smoothie might just be what you’re looking for. What comes to mind is that starting a journey on the right foot most often makes the finish line that much more attainable. It’s a sensible philosophy I would say.
Nothing feels as liberating as the knowledge that life offers second chances. It allows us to build upon our past successes and victories, but it also acts objectively, as it sometimes coerces us to push reset towards the end of the journey. Whatever the individual case may be, it is never too late or too early to begin. Personally speaking, 2015 was graced with plenty of chocolate and fatty sweets, true, but it also welcomed generous helpings of vegetarian dishes that made me feel good. It marked the year in which I found further balance and contentment in not trying so hard to find dietary balance. Once I stopped reaching for balance and enjoyed the “mostly healthy food with a dab of indulgence once a day” philosophy without putting much thought to it, balance came searching for me. This smoothie represents just that, because it not only makes me feel refreshed as I go on about my day, but it tastes so amazing and amazingly well rounded that Selah doesn’t even notice there is kale in it. I’m the type that stubbornly and quietly works on a goal without much complaint, you see, and so I try hard. Very hard until I attain those goals. Having the pickiest of eaters under my roof has kindly forced me to look for ways to make healthy food more palatable to people with different preferences.
Keeping in mind that there is a variety of kale, I prefer lacinato kale in smoothies as it boasts a smoother texture that is quite contrary to its coarser relatives commonly seen in stores, otherwise known as the curly-leafed type. Lacinato kale also produces this beautifully rich hue, making one feel like they’re sipping on a fancy drink at a yoga function or something of the sort.
Here are some things I suggest for the perfect taste and consistency: use all natural apple juice and always add a bit of banana to round out the flavors. Peanut butter is optional of course, but I’ve found that it also adds a sweeter and rounder quality that counteracts the tart flavor many can’t handle. Or at least, I can’t.
Here’s to hoping that this year will bring the world less auspicious headlines! I personally am praying to soar above the norm. To rise above adversity and defy what I’ve become numb to because there is no enemy scarier than complacency itself. I aim to defy the spiritual status quo, embrace the convictions bestowed on me, and run with them without a single regretful thought, and I hope we will all be in this journey together. What are you hoping for this year, friends?
Kale Apple Smoothie for the New Year
Makes 2-3 servings
Time: 5 minutes
Equipment: a good blender if possible, I use the Magic Bullet
¾ cup all natural apple juice
juice of 1 lemon
1 medium apple with skin, cubed
2 lacinato kales, hard part of the stem cut off
1 ½ - 2 bananas
2 tbsp peanut butter
3 ice cubes (optional)
hulled hemp seeds for sprinkling (I use this kind)
Add all the ingredients into a blender in the listed order. Mix until consistency is fine and smooth and without grits and chunks. If your blender is really efficient I suggest leaving the hard part of the stem on. Pour into tall glasses and sprinkle with hemp seeds.
What are some of your healthy eating goals this year?
Any fun kitchen experiments you're wanting to attempt?