This summer we're smoothie-obsessed. We're ditching high-sugar drinks and chemical-laden sips in favor of bursting-with-vitamins smoothies.
In our June issue, we enlisted smoothie queen Tess Masters (the chef behind the wildly popular blog the Blender Girl) to teach us how to create her Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale Smoothie, her spin on a top-selling recipe by her friends at SunCafe in Los Angeles. Superstar kale, which is loaded with cancer-fighting antioxidants, oxygen-producing iron, and bone-strengthening vitamin K, makes it as healthy as a bowl of greens, while bananas, cashews, and dates render it as indulgent as dessert. You can even freeze your leftovers for later!
Masters adds digestion-friendly probiotic powder (try one from bewellbydrfranklipman.com) to the mix: "It counteracts the acidity and the sugar content," she says.
Need an extra oomph? Add a tablespoon of avocado oil, which is rich in healthy fats that help regulate blood-cholesterol levels—terrific for your heart!
Read on for the delicious smoothie recipe that will make drinking your salad taste as good as ice cream.
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Tastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale Smoothie
1 cup water
½ cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked for 2-4 hours, then drained
1 cup torn curly green kale leaves, plus more to taste
2 ripe bananas, fresh or frozen
⅛ cup diced pitted dates
½ tsp natural vanilla extract
2 cups ice cubes (a little less if using frozen bananas)
¼ tsp minced ginger, plus more to taste
½ tsp probiotic powder
Blend ingredients until smooth