Wednesday, February 5, 2014

So Great, So Terrible: Kale Fail

Song of the Day: The 1975 - Chocolate

On Tuesday I was home with Caroline because she had a terrible cough, watery eyes, and runny nose - all around, she just wasn't feeling good.  We took Elliot to school so she could actually be lazy at home, otherwise she just wants to play with him.

I took this extra time at home to try something new with my breakfast smoothie - also my bananas were still green, so I had to do something else.  I bought two bunches of kale last week and have been making kale chips with it using coconut oil and cayenne pepper, YUM, but I've heard of putting it in smoothies so I thought I'd give it a try.  Now, from the little I know about kale, I know that there are different kinds of kale, and some are more fibrous than others, and the curly kale that I had was very fibrous.  This is great for making kale chips, not so great for putting it in a smoothie.

                Different Kinds of Kale
Curly Kale - Use for a smoothie at your own risk

My smoothie fail included: 1 cup kale, 1 cup baby spinach, 1 cups almond milk, 4 tsp chia seeds (this may seem like a lot, but a recipe that I saw called for 1/4 cup (12 tsp) of chia seeds, and that made 2 servings, so I assumed a third of the 1/4 cup would be a good start).

Now, between the chia seeds and the kale not "liquifying" as I directed on the blender, this was a, um... chunky smoothie.  I added a little bit of coconut water to break it up, then tried liquifying again to no avail.  It was just, ugh, so terrible.  Such a let down.  I tried to choke it down as much as I could, but no.  I ended up tossing half of it and making the rest of the kale I had into kale chips for breakfast.  The kale chips were actually pretty delicious.  And I think from here on out, I'll be going back to spinach for my smoothies.

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