When I hear “Kale Week,” the first thing that pops into my mind is “Hell Week.” I bet Mary would agree.
I mean really … What is kale good for, besides decorating salad bars?Turns out kale makes a heck of a good green — but not mean — smoothie.
Yes, I said smoothie. If you can put spinach in a smoothie, why not kale? I’m not the trailblazer who came up with the idea, though. That honor goes to Tina at Carrots N Cake, who blogged about her coconut-kale smoothie more than a year ago.
I pinned the recipe to try — and try it I did. But at the time, I was doing Atkins. The recipe calls for a banana (which you might recall from previous posts is the highest-carb fruit).
Since I was avoiding bananas like a vegetarian avoids Sizzler, I had the bright idea to replace real banana with banana extract and extra ice.
Don’t do that. It tasted … well, not good.
I also subbed Splenda for the honey. And after all that, the recipe still came out to have upwards of 6 Net Carbs, which was one-quarter of my daily allowance. So not worth it.
Realizing my substitutions did Tina’s recipe no favors, I was more than willing to revisit it when Abigail suggested Kale Week. Since I’m doing Weight Watchers, bananas are no longer verboten.
This time, I made the recipe almost as written. The only difference: I used just 2 teaspoons of honey instead of 1 full tablespoon. (It was 1 WW Point vs. 2 — and I’m always willing to save a Point. Besides, I figured a ripe banana was pretty sweet in itself.)
The difference was night and day.
I will admit, my coconut-kale smoothie didn’t seem to be off to a promising start. After a quick whir in the blender, I stopped to scrape the kale bits off the sides — and it looked … well, kind of terrible, really.
But I kept blending. I ran my Ninja until all the chunks were long gone. The power pod was warm to the touch before I decided I’d whirred the suckers into submission.
The result was worth the effort, though. It tasted good — so good, in fact, that I’ll be making it again.
Better yet? My filling, refreshing post-walk nosh had only 4 WW PointsPlus. (I love 0-Point fruits and veggies!)
Have you ever put kale in your smoothie? Would you?