How to get kale into your kids
Susan Jane White Eats shoots & leaves
’ve never been a smoothie sucker. Ain’t no overture in my blender when the berries hit the green leafies.
Generally, it looks like Kermit the Frog crawled into the blender, and dragged in Gonzo behind him. A muppet’s smoothie.
That was the case, until I got my thirsty mitts on The Blender Girl Smoothies: 100 Gluten-free, Vegan & Paleo-friendly Recipes, published by Ten Speed Press. It was an accidental liaison, the sort that exercised my nostrils and pelvic floor with delightful measure. I was breathless with laughter. “Pah! Baby food for adults! In the bestseller list? Who would write an entire book on how to liquidise fruit n’ veg?”
Tess Masters, the international runaway success of 2015, that’s who.
Tess is a former greenophobe. I liked her already. The recipes looked and sounded so nourishing, I felt like I was going to live forever. And if I didn’t? I’d die trying.
This Green Goddess is the best I’ve ever tasted. It is criminally good, particularly as it contains a stash load of kale. Yes, kale. That stupid superfood I am forever trying to sneak into my diet and onto my boys’ dinner plates. This is The One. And I joined Tess’s disciples.
Kale has a team of nutrients like calcium and vitamin K, which are well-known allies for oiling your dance moves. Kale’s potassium load can help serenade your blood pressure and hangovers too. Expect a consignment of vitamin A for your body’s defence force, iron for healthy blood, vitamin C for luminous skin and plenty of folate for growing children.
If you can only find purple kale, don’t fret. Add some cocoa, and it will look like a tall glass of melted chocolate and ginger ice cream. Sensation express.