I have no problem eating vegetables but some of you, like parents tricking children, need to find a way to hide your leafy greens in your diet. This smoothie, full of kale, is a fantastic way to trick yourself. Chia seeds provide protein, banana and melon give sweetness, and the milk brings it all together.
Top this health bowl with pumpkin seeds, toasted coconut, berries and other favourite fruit, then eat, and feel almost instantly more full and more healthy.
The recipe was provided by The Dairy Farmers of Canada, and is in their 2016 Milk Calendar.
3 ripe kiwis, peeled
3 cups (750 mL) cubed honeydew melon
2 cups (500 mL) lightly packed baby kale
1 large ripe banana
1 cup (250 mL) milk
3 tbsp (45 mL) chia seeds
1 cup (250 mL) raspberries, sliced strawberries or your favourite fruit
1/4 cup (60 mL) in total pumpkin or sunflower seeds, hemp hearts, goji berries, cacao nibs or a combination
2 tbsp (30 mL) shredded coconut
Cut kiwis into chunks and place in a food processor or blender. Add melon, kale, banana, milk and chia. Purée until smooth.
Pour smoothie into 3 or 4 bowls. Arrange toppings on smoothie. Serve with spoons.