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Kale, Blueberry & Cantaloupe Smoothie

I’ve been juicing fruits and vegetables well before it was “cool,” but never really thought anything about it. When my Dad got me a Jack LaLanne juicer for Christmas about five years ago, I was ecstatic. It easily became one of my favorite presents, well, until I had to clean it after I used it. That, was not fun.

Instead of using that big machine just for me, I usually use a smaller, hand me down one that my grandmother had when I was a teenager — yes, that’s how long I’ve been juicing fruits! When I can, however, it’s even easier to use a blender.

My problem with most juice, or smoothie, recipes is that it’s just too much liquid for me at one time. They are usually double servings, and I’m only one person. So, when I make my formulations, it’s just for one person. If you are making it for two people, just double the recipe.

I have to admit, that until recently {i.e. I didn’t know what else to do with all the kale and cantaloupe growing in my garden} green smoothies and juice scared me despite knowing how beneficial it was for me. When I finally broke down and tried it, I found out I really like it.

The possibility of combinations are endless when you get creative! Here’s a hint when making them: Pair slightly bitter greens like kale with a sweet fruit, like a red apple or cantaloupe. It will balance both out. I tend to also like smoothies a little thicker, but if you like it smoother, just add a little regular, or coconut water to thin it out. I also enjoy eating the smoothie out of the glass with a spoon, almost like you would a dessert. {Yes, I know I have weird food habits!}

Oh, and this serving fits perfectly in a wine glass 😉

Single-Serve Kale, Blueberry & Cantaloupe Smoothie
by Michelle Maskaly, The Adirondack Chick 

1 cup chopped cantaloupe
1 1/2 cups chopped kale
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
3-4 tablespoons of water, or coconut water {optional, if necessary}

Layer the cantaloupe, kale and blueberries in a blender and blend until smooth, stopping once to push down any ingredients from the sides. Add water by the tablespoonful to thin it out.

Garnish with a piece of kale and several frozen blueberries.

Note: To make an additional serving, just double the recipe.

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