In my on-going quest to add vegetables to my kids' daily menu, I had started adding Spinach leaves to a batch of frozen fruit smoothies that we would have for afternoon snack. It was easy to grab a bag of the pre-washed baby spinach and add a handfull to each batch. However, I would find that I didn't use the whole bag quickly enough, wasting some of the spinach.
I then started thinking about freezing spinach, dropping in some frozen cubes into the blender. My neighbor suggested trying this method with Kale instead. Kale is what you may call a "super food". The nutritional value for Kale is impressive, to say the least. Calcium, Iron, Magneseum, Vitamins A, K, and C are all packed into these leafy greens.
One "batch" of Kale made about 4 dozen cubes.
Fruit smoothies are great because you can use whatever you have on hand - peaches, bananas, frozen fruits, any kind of juice. This combination was one of my favorites, and the dark berry colors masked the kale color very well.
Fruit Smoothie with Kale Cubes
One large or two small bananas
One handful of frozen blueberries or frozen mixed berries
4-5 (small) Kale Cubes
1 1/2 to 2 Cups V8 Fusion Drink (we like the Pomegranate Blueberry)
Blend until smooth!
My kids did see me drop the green cubes into the blender a couple of times and asked what they were...I just said they were part of the fruit! They shrugged and drank it anyway :)
(and yes...I did take a photo of my Kale cubes. I think they're pretty!)