Kickin’ Kale Smoothie

kale smoothie

Don’t let the humble green deceive you. This kale smoothie is packed with a punch!

Start with your typical kale smoothie ingredients:

  • Raw Kale, torn off stem
  • Coconut Milk or Almond Milk, unsweetened
  • Banana
  • Ice

And then add your secret metabolism boosters. Hint: SPICE RACK!

  • ground Cinnamon
  • ground Cayenne Pepper
  • fresh Ginger

Don’t be shy. Add a tablespoon of the Cinnamon, and several more dashes of the cayenne and a a few thin slices of ginger (ground ginger works too).

Blend.

Pour into a glass, sip, and wait for the kick!

You are now fueled for a kick ass day. 

The cinnamon and other intense spices boost your metabolism, find out why here. Go ahead and experiment with other spices in your cupboard too … you might find the cumin and curry are not just for Asian dishes! Try it and see. There’s a world of flavor out there. If you’re anything like me then you will soon find it hard to live a life without spice!

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Baking for Dummies: How to make a Healthy Fruit Crumble

Readers be warned, this recipe is music to the ears of anyone who doesn’t bake, and nails on a chalkboard to anyone who does.

Fruit Crumble

How did I make this fruit crumble? By dumping all the ingredients together and putting it in the oven!! No measuring, just guessing and eyeballing.

This recipe was inspired by all the ripe fruit in my kitchen. My family was away on vacation this weekend and I had a lot of leftover fruit because they weren’t around to help me eat it. I needed to whip something up before the fruit went bad and ended up in my trashcan, so I made this crumble to surprise them with an afternoon snack upon their return home.

Peach Crumble RecipeWhat you need: Handfuls, pinches, and guesstimates of…

For Crumble: flour, egg, oats, brown sugar, coconut milk, melted butter, chopped nuts

For Fruit: peaches, pineapple, (or any other fruit in your kitchen that will go bad soon), cinnamon, nutmeg, salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine crumble ingredients into bowl.  Oats is the dominant ingredient here, Combine oats with other dry ingredients.  Think “healthy” -do not add too much sugar.  Or try using agave or stevia as a substitute.  Combine the coconut milk, egg, and butter.  Pour in and mix with fork. Use enough to make the ingredients stick together -not soupy. Set aside.

Combine the fruit ingredients into a bowl.  I like a lot of cinnamon flavoring so I doused mine in it, add a pinch of salt and some nutmeg.  Once they were coated I plopped them into a good-sized baking pan, topped them with the crumble, sprinkled more chopped nuts on top, and put them in the oven for 40 minutes.

Out popped a warm dish of juicy fruit and crusty topping!  …like pie but easier 🙂 And for following all of my instructions meticulously, I award all of you 5 gold stars!  Hooray for cooking!  Serving suggestion:  serve in fancy looking bowl with greek yogurt (or vanilla ice cream).

Fruit Crumble

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Smoothie with Peach, Nectarine, Kale, Banana, and Almonds

More kale, more healthy satisfaction!

Kale Smoothie

This recipe makes two cups at approximately 187.5 calories per serving.  Like my other smoothies, you could drink the whole all of it for a total of 375 calories to kick start your day, or divide the smoothie into two and share it as a snack.

Kale Smoothie

What you need

  • 1 ripe nectarine
  • 1 ripe peach
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup kale (I use 3 stalks)
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 5 almonds, cut lengthwise

Blend and enjoy!  Keep pulsing until the fruit and kale is small enough to blend smoothly, it should take about 2 minutes.

I cut up the almonds and placed them in a star on top of the drink as decoration.  Almonds are a strong nut packed with power, a hearty decor for the healthy drink of choice!

Kale Smoothie, almonds cut into slivers and placed into star | itsaLisa.com

Nutrition facts retrieved from MyPlate at livestrong.com

kale almond nutrition facts

Enjoy and stay in touch for more healthy recipe ideas!

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Drinking Pink Rabbits

This is one of many posts where I guarantee reference to Pink Rabbits.  For any The National fans out there, don’t be too hopeful, this is just a smoothie recipe, but add some liquor and we can toast to the real Pink Rabbits later.

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For every one else, just know Pink Rabbits is a song from the much anticipated and very excellent 6th album by The National.  My favorite band, give them a listen, they will be your favorite band too one day.

What you need

  • Pineapple, 3 rings
  • 1 Banana
  • Strawberries, a handful (approx 1 cup)
  • 6 oz Coconut Milk
  • Ice

Pile them into the blender,  pulse, blend.

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Observe the lovely pink color and sweet aroma.  Now top with pineapple stalks, two each for rabbit ears.  Sit in a fainting chair, enjoy. (or add tequila – get buzzed, Matt Berninger style) 

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For more of my healthy and nutritious smoothies, try the recipes listed below

And for more about The National… keep coming back! 😉

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Pineapple Kale Smoothie

We all love smoothies.  Especially in the summer when the fruit is fresh and the air is hot!

Pineapple Kale Smoothie | itsaLisa.com

I made this one today after I got back from the gym and it was the perfect refreshment, a strong flavor and the texture of a frappucino… all for 100 calories a serving.

This recipe makes 2 glasses (2 servings)

What you need

  • 1 full cup of kale leaves (about 4 stalks)
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (or 1/2 of a fresh pineapple)
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice

Combine ingredients and blend!  The more you blend, the more frothy it will become.

pineapple kale smoothie with coconut milk | itsaLisa.com

pineapple kale smoothie | itsaLisa.com

I added the pineapple stalk into the cup which can be used as a spoon. Or a serving suggestion for children to make a healthy smoothie more exciting.   …Enjoy!

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