When we got back from Hawaii I was inspired by the kale smoothie that I got at Sweet Home Waimanalo. I had always been afraid of the green smoothie. But after I tried it there, I was an instant convert. As soon as I got home, I decided to make my own. The woman at Sweet Home Waimanalo was gracious enough to tell me that she used about 2 handfuls of cut up kale so I had a pretty good idea of how much kale to use when I made my own. Now that I have been making these for over 2 months now, I have just modified a thing or two and have learned some do's and don'ts of the kale smoothie. Here's my original kale smoothie post.
I have started adding a bit of vanilla extract to the smoothie for a little added flavor. I use the original unsweetened almond milk in it but if I used the unsweetened vanilla flavor, I probably wouldn't add the vanilla extract. I also use a packet of Truvia to give it a little more sweetness although it's really not completely necessary. It would be fine just as it is, I just like a little more sweetness. All kinds of lighter color fruits are perfect for the smoothie: bananas, strawberries, pineapple, peaches, mango, etc. Also, I continue to blend up the kale with 1/2 of the almond milk first. You want to make sure the kale is completely blended up so you don't end of with chunks of it in the final product. That would be kind of off putting!
The main thing I have discovered NOT to do is add dark fruit like blueberries. It makes the smoothie look completely unappealing (I have not taken a picture of it with blueberries). It looks like toxic sludge with darker fruits added in. If you want your food to be pretty and aesthetically appealing, DON'T add blueberries! :) I will add them sometimes but I haven't recently because I realized the smoothie wasn't as enjoyable when it's not appealing.
I think it's beautiful in the pictures above! I love the bright, vibrant green color! I know some people might be grossed out by this. (I posted a picture on my Facebook page and within one minute someone already posted how it looked like green paint and looked gross!) But that's not how I feel, which I guess, is all that matters!