Say hello to the newest savory gazpacho style smoothie on the blog. : ) The other one is this Detox Chickweed Smoothie.
This smoothie is a simple and very green smoothie. It contains kale, kefir (you can also use yoghurt), tomato, garlic, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and salt and black pepper. You can also add cucumber in if you would like to dilute the kale a little.
Speaking of which – this is a pretty strong kale smoothie. It contains two whole leaves of kale, so can definitely be diluted if you are not ready to be drinking so much kale all at once, or do not enjoy the strong taste. Because savory gazpacho style smoothies are not fruit based, the taste of the kale can be a lot stronger than in a smoothie which has fruit in it. This is why green smoothies with fruit bases are popular – they can really help you to ‘sneak’ greens into your diet.
However as Blender Girl mentioned, if you are aiming to use smoothies in your diet to consume more and more greens, then at some point you might want to start veering towards smoothies which contain mainly vegetables and savory ingredients. It can take a while to retrain one’s taste buds to a full bodied vegetable smoothie, but they can be pretty tasty if paired with the right flavorings. Salt and pepper are a must, as well as something tart like lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. I also find that a dash of cayenne pepper gives any green smoothie a delicious kick! Garlic is also a tasty addition, however you can leave this out if your are afraid of garlic breath.
Besides these flavoring techniques, I also found a out a trick to ‘manually’ de-bitter a green smoothie which does not involve heat! It goes like this…
How to Debitter a Kale Smoothie
This is a small de-bittering trick for a green smoothie, but one which I have found to be quite effective.
- Make your green smoothie as per instructions.
- You will probably see a sort of of foam develop after blending.
- Take a table or teaspoon and skim off this foam thoroughly.
- Drink and enjoy!
I do not know quite why this removal of the foam takes away some of the bitterness in green smoothies. I think it might be along the lines that certain bitter compounds collect in, or as, the foam and removing them then renders the smoothie less bitter. Try it and see. Let me know what you think!
For now, have a lovely weekend everyone. x
Savory Kale & Kefir Green SmoothiePrint This
- 2 large kale leaves
- 1 large tomato
- 1 cup milk kefir (you can also use yoghurt, but then add a little extra water)
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 clove garlic
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- De-rib the two kale leaves and peel the half garlic clove.
- Combine all ingredients together and blend. You want to process the smoothie well, so that a minimum amount of fibre from the kale remains. Kale is pretty fibrous, so if you do not blend well, you will end up with a lot of bits in your smoothie.
- Once you have blended the smoothie, take a tablespoon and skim off any foam from the top. Discard this foam, sprinkle your smoothie with a little black pepper and enjoy!
Take note: you should aim to consume your smoothie within a window period of a few hours if not sooner. This is when the enzymes and live compounds are the most active.