Kale is a green, leafy vegetable, similar to spinach, that contains vitamins A and D, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It has a strong taste that is bitter, yet spicy and can overwhelming some. If you want to enjoy the health benefits of kale but don’t enjoy the taste, you can use your blender to make it into juice. Kale juice allows you to quickly intake the vegetable, rather than eating it slowly bite by bite. Its hard texture requires a slow, careful blending process, or else it won’t liquefy.
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Place a colander in your sink and add three to four whole kale leaves. Rinse the kale leaves under cold water to remove any grime.
Lay the kale leaves flat on your cutting board. Run the blade of your knife vertically down the side next to the stem to remove one side of the leaf, then repeat the process on the other side of the stem to remove the other portion of the leaf. Repeat the process on the other leaves, and then discard the stems.
Chop the kale leaves into large pieces (approximately one to two inches square). Add half of the chopped kale to the blender, along with one cup of water.
Replace the blender lid securely and blend the kale until the leaves break down completely. Remove the blender lid and add the rest of the chopped kale leaves.
Blend in the second batch of kale leaves until they are completely broken down and smooth. Transfer the kale juice to a large glass and drink immediately–if the juice sits for an extended time, a thick foam will form across the top.
Use fruit juice instead of water to add a sweeter flavor–it will help counteract the natural bitterness of the kale.
References and ResourcesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention: Greens
Fine Cooking Magazine: Kale
Planet Green.com: Kale Smoothies