Healthy Drinks

Peanut Butter, Banana & Lollipop Kale Smoothie

Hello, Nadia here with another great, and shall we say exclusive smoothie idea

I’m pretty excited about this one, but there’s a chance you won’t even be able to make it, so elusive is one of the ingredients!  You might say, “Nadia, what is this mission-impossible smoothie you speak of?”  Ok, ok, I’m not gonna leave you hanging, its the:

PEANUT BUTTER, BANANA & LOLLIPOP KALE SMOOTHIE

 

Ingredients:
1 banana
1 cup nut milk
1 cup frozen lollipop kale
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

So what’s up with this smoothie?  Well, its just that lollipop kale is a bit hard to get a hold of.  Yes, this is for discriminating tastes only.  It also begs a few questions.  Peanut butter, banana, and kale…or…”lollipop” kale?  Excuse me…?

Well, the thing is, athletes are particularly fond of the PB-and-banana combo for smoothies, which packs in the protein, and is a good post-workout shake.  That’s old news.

Now, kale smoothies are “in” as well, due to the overall healthiness of kale.  People often freeze the kale just to make it more smoothie-friendly.  The health benefits stay intact, and its kind of just crumbles into your smoothie, and takes away some of the bitterness.

“Lollipop” kale is a relatively new type of veggie, sort of a brussel sprout-kale hybrid, developed in 2010, by Salad Savoy.  Its reportedly the “candy” of the kale world.  Here’s what their website says about this new gourmet offering:

What Makes Lollipops™ Special:

  • NUTRITION: Just 4 oz. of Lollipops™ contain double the amount of Vitamin B6 and twice the amount of Vitamin C than standard Brussels sprouts.
  • VERSATILE: Lollipops™ can be sautéed, steamed, or stir-fried, making it the perfect addition to nearly any meal. They can also be used raw as a complement to salads.
  • STORAGE: Outstanding shelf-life results in less shrinkage and waste, giving you more bang for your buck!
  • CONVENIENT: Shipped in small containers, which minimize refrigeration space and maximize efficiency.
  • HIGH PRAISE: My dish has baby Tuscan kale pesto and sauteed lollipop kale…It’s a great vegetarian dish that works really well for the summertime,” says Chef Daniel Roberts at Cafe del Rey, in Marina del Rey, California.

So there you have it.  You’ve got peanut butter and banana smoothies for the protein value.  You’ve got kale smoothies (mix in some frozen fruit, maybe an avacado) for the super healthiness factor, and then, for those who can find it, and can afford the pricetag, there’s the peanut butter, banana % lollipop kale smoothie.  🙂  Let me know what you think!