[This post is part of my Green Smoothie series]
Kale, one of the healthiest greens out there is perfect to use in a smoothie. I typically use curly kale but this time I blended Lacinato or Tuscan kale, of the dinosaur kale variety. A little history lesson: Lacinato kale, enjoyed by the Romans, has been grown in Italy for centuries and is used in much of Italian cuisine. The taste is also a bit milder and sweeter than curly kale, perfect for a morning green smoothie!
The leaves are long, darker in color with a blue-green hue and a rough texture, somehow resembling a dinosaur perhaps ?? I added orange and mango chunks which compliment the peppery, sweet taste of the kale. When blended, the end result is a creamy, vibrant green smoothie.
Lacinato Kale Green Smoothie with Mango and Orange recipe
3-4 leaves lacinato kale, washed and chopped
1 valencia orange, peeled (or any juicy orange)
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1 cup water
In a powerful blender, combine lacinato kale, orange, frozen mango and water. Blend on the highest speed until smooth and creamy.
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 3-4 cups
[Interested in more green smoothies? Check out my list of Green Smoothie Recipes]
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