Kale is super popular right now because of all of the health benefits, so I add it to my smoothies as well. I actually did a bit of research about Kale and how best to handle it because I had never eaten it. I learned it is best to remove the center stem because it is much tougher than the leaves. I also freeze my kale. I clean it and put it in a gallon sized freezer bag whole, then freeze. After it is frozen you can actually crush it, much easier to add to smoothies that way.
It took me a few times to get it right. I played with different types of ingredients to find what I like best. Some things I learned:
- Flax seed is best used in oil form rather than ground (which is what I tried first)
- Ground nuts do not blend up enough (I'm extremely picky about textures when it comes to food-chunky drinks, not my thing.)
- Raspberries and other berries of the like have LOTS of seeds and I don't enjoy drinking them.
I recently won some Barlean's Flax oil from a Twitter party; it couldn't have come at a better time either. You can buy it at Whole Foods in several different forms and flavors. As far as the protein powder the one I am using right now is pictured. I prefer chocolate when I just mix with milk, so that is what I started with. I am almost out of it and looking for a different flavor. So, I decided to buy individual packets of different types, brands, and flavors because I don't want to spend money on a whole can of it if I won't like it.
The result might not look very appetizing, but I truly enjoy drinking my protein shakes; which if you knew me you might be surprised about. I'm very picky.
What kind of shakes are you drinking? Never had one, are you inspired to try it now?