Nigel Cox
Kelsey Glein
May 27, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

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.

Want more recipes from our favorite smoothie masters? Pick up the June issue of InStyle, available on newsstands and for digital download now.

Check out more of our top-rated smoothie picks:

Pine-Ango-Beet-Tango SmoothieThe Subliminator SmoothieMango-Ginger SmoothieTastes-Like-Ice-Cream Kale Smoothie

Makes: 2 cups

Ingredients:1 cup water½ cup raw unsalted cashews, soaked for 2-4 hours, then drained1 cup torn curly green kale leaves, plus more to taste2 ripe bananas, fresh or frozen⅛ cup diced pitted dates½ tsp natural vanilla extract2 cups ice cubes (a little less if using frozen bananas)¼ tsp minced ginger, plus more to taste½ tsp probiotic powder

Directions:Blend ingredients until smooth

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